Brown University — Assistant Dean of Student Affairs

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About Brown: 

Brown University is a leading research university distinct for its student-centered learning and deep sense of purpose. Our students, faculty and staff are driven by the idea that their work will have an impact in the world. Brown University offers a flexible work/life balance; summer hours, winter break and a comprehensive Benefits package including time off, annual paid holidays; benefits offerings including health, dental, vision, tuition assistance, retirement, wellness, employee discounts and more. To learn about Brown University’s benefits, visit the University Human Resources web page here for further information.

About the Opportunity:
Brown University’s School of Professional Studies (SPS) brings a Brown education to new audiences of learners: those focused on development of skills and a breadth of knowledge necessary for professional success and leadership. We leverage Brown’s intellectual centers of excellence, rigorous teaching, and developmental approach to learning in a range of programs, including serving students outside of traditional degree programs. We partner with Brown departments, centers, institutes, and schools to develop degree and non-degree programs, and to support the recruitment, retention, and placement success of master’s students, including traditional, non-traditional, and professional students.


The Assistant Dean for Student Affairs is responsible for providing leadership and support to over 1500 master’s students in more than 30 programs to enable success in fulfilling their educational goals. This position provides vision, direction, and coordination of graduate student support practices and policies. The Assistant Dean builds relationships with students, academic programs and units that support master’s students and implements proactive plans, programs, and processes to help students connect with appropriate resources and address challenges and needs in a timely way. This position coordinates interventions, referrals, and follow-up services within a broad network of campus and community resources.


Education and Experience:

  • Master’s degree and 5-7 years related experience or equivalent combination education and experience

Job Competencies:


  • Demonstrated experience collaborating with academic and student affairs staff in a timely and professional manner.
  • Knowledge of student advocacy best practices and methods.
  • Demonstrated experience with and commitment to the values of access, equity, inclusion, and diversity in higher education.
  • Proven ability to undertake academic advising successfully with residential populations in a college or university setting.
  • Excellent verbal, writing, and presentation skills.
  • Ability to communicate and interact effectively with students, faculty, staff, and all external constituencies.
  • Strong computer skills including MS Word, Excel, student information databases, and Internet or web- based applications.
  • Ability to maintain composure in a fast-paced, dynamic, and demanding environment.


  • Experience with master’s students.
  • Experience with distance learning students.
  • Experience with international students.
  • Experience with Black, Latinx, and HUG students.

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Additional Information:
Applicants are asked to include a resume and cover letter. This position requires work on Brown’s campus in Providence, with flexibility to work remotely multiple days per week. Brown is not able to provide visa sponsorship for this position.

Background Check:
All offers of employment are contingent upon a successful criminal background check and education verification satisfactory to Brown.

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Job Posting Title:
Assistant Dean of Student Affairs

School of Professional Studies

Grade 11

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Time Type:
Full time

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Position Work Location:
Hybrid Eligible

Submission Guidelines:
Please note that in order to be considered an applicant for any staff position at Brown University you must submit an application form for each position for which you believe you are qualified. Applications are not kept on file for future positions. Please include a cover letter and resume with each position application.

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