Assistant Director of Communications and Public Engagement

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Full Time




Rhode Island
United States


Assistant Director of Communications and Public Engagement

The Swearer Center, Brown University

Providence, Rhode Island

The Swearer Center is a community of scholars, students, practitioners, and community members that works together to build on community strengths and address community challenges. Our work engages all as co-learners, co-teachers, co-actors, and co-creators of knowledge and action. Through the creative capacities of our students, faculty, and community partners we explore, build and implement collaborative and strategic projects, programs and initiatives. Our work yields transformative learning, and positive sustainable change, through collective action.

In line with our mission, the Swearer Center is hiring an Assistant Director of Communications and Public Engagement. In consultation with the Director and Senior Assistant Director of the Swearer Center, this position provides focused, strategic, and high-level communications and public relations support to the Swearer Center as a whole, and is responsible for four key responsibilities:

1) Internal/external communications strategy;

2) Content generation and management;

3) Public engagement and external relations;

4) Events.

This position also provides leadership to Swearer’s Operations / Communications team, and supervises the Communications Coordinator and several student workers.

- 1) The Assistant Director develops, implements, and manages a comprehensive and strategic annual internal/external communications and public engagement strategy plan to engage diverse audiences locally, nationally, and around the world including: students, faculty, community partners, academic institutions, donors and foundations, alumni, leaders and organizations in the field (Ashoka, Campus Compact), and media. This position evaluates communications activities in support of Center’s communications plan.

- 2) The Assistant Director is responsible for the development and management of all Center marketing and promotion, including creating, editing, and disseminating publications, reports, website, social media, newsletters, and print materials. This position generates original content (online and print) that engages diverse audience segments (public, professional and academic, among others). This position also develops, implements, and manages content generation mechanisms and systems for collecting, editing, and publishing content from Center stakeholders.

- 3) The Assistant Director is the primary liaison with Brown University’s Government and Community Relations and Communications Offices to coordinate efforts, ensure strategic alignment, share information, and promote Swearer events, activities, and accomplishments in alignment with core University messaging and priorities. This includes: serving as a key contact with the media for Center-specific activities and initiatives; representing the Center in the community (public events on and off campus); identifying high priority and strategic opportunities for co-sponsorship; and preparing the Director and senior staff for events.

- 4) The Assistant Director is responsible for the strategic design of major Center events (i.e. Swearer Engagement Fair, Family Weekend, Commencement, donor events , etc.), and for building campus participation in events that showcase the Center’s work.



Education and Experience:

·       A bachelor’s degree in communications, journalism, marketing, public relations, or a closely related field; advanced degree preferred.

·       5-7 years of related experience in marketing or a closely related field.

·       Or equivalent combination of education/experience.

Job Competencies:

·       Demonstrated record of leadership and accomplishment in the field of communications, marketing and public affairs.

·       Experience in a college or university setting, non-profit service organization, or the private sector related to marketing and public affairs.

·       Ability to work collegially and collaboratively in a dynamic high paced setting. Ability to work independently.

·       Strong organizational, administrative and time-management skills, plus meticulous attention to detail.

·       Demonstrated excellent written and verbal communication skills, technical and academic writing skills, and strong interpersonal skills. Ability to elicit and communicate information in a clear, informative and concise manner.

·       Ability to provide information in a variety of formats and media to promote the Center to various stakeholders from diverse backgrounds.

·       Initiative and judgment to independently problem solve and prioritize in a pressured environment; Ability to manage multiple tasks with competing priorities.

·       Experience with event planning.

·       Excellent computer skills in word processing, email applications (Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Google environment, mail), and spreadsheet/database management (including contact and education management databases like GivePulse and Salesforce).

·       Experience with website maintenance (Drupal), newsletter creation (MailChimp) and social media (like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, Loomly, and ) strongly preferred.

·       Demonstrated skills in web, digital, and print design (including, for example, Canva) and audio and video production and storytelling. Photography experience a plus.

·       Ability to meet a flexible work schedule, including some evenings and/or weekends and holidays.

·       Ability to travel and/or participate in meetings, conferences, and other related activities.


- Please Note: This is a 1-year fixed term position, with an end date of 1-year from hire, with the possibility of an extension on funding.

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All offers of employment are contingent upon consent to criminal background screening check and education verification with results satisfactory to Brown.

Brown University is committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive academic global community; as an EEO/AA employer, Brown considers applicants for employment without regard to, and does not discriminate on the basis of, gender, race, protected veteran status, disability, or any other legally protected status.

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Located in historic Providence, Rhode Island and founded in 1764, Brown University is the seventh-oldest college in the United States. Brown is an independent, coeducational Ivy League institution comprising undergraduate and graduate programs, plus the Alpert Medical School, School of Public Health, School of Engineering, and the School of Professional Studies.

With its talented and motivated student body and accomplished faculty, Brown is a leading research university that maintains a particular commitment to exceptional undergraduate instruction. Brown’s vibrant, diverse campus community consists of about 4,500 staff and faculty, 6,200 undergraduates, 2,000 graduate students, 490 medical school students, more than 5,000 summer, visiting, and online students, and over 700 faculty members. Brown students come from all 50 states and more than 115 countries. Brown is frequently recognized for its global reach, many cultural events, numerous campus groups and activities, active community service programs, highly competitive athletics, and beautiful facilities located in a richly historic urban setting.

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Professional Level


Minimum Education Required

4-year degree