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At a time of need for increased and innovative public health communications, the Associate Dean of Strategic Communications in the Brown University School of Public Health (SPH) is a collaborative, creative, impact-focused leader and entrepreneurial communications strategist. The incumbent is charged with overseeing a fast-paced communications operation that advances the strategic vision and priorities of Brown SPH and its students, staff and faculty. Reporting to the Dean of the School of Public Health and serving as an integral member of the School’s senior management team, the Associate Dean of Strategic Communications leads the development and execution of an iterative communications, engagement and marketing strategy for the School.
Integrating communications across all school functions, the Associate Dean responsible for developing and overseeing a robust, 21st century communications and engagement strategy, including a content generation and social media engagement strategy aimed at building key audiences and impact in the areas of Public Health education, research, policy and practice. The incumbent supports and collaborates with enrollment colleagues to engage and nurture prospective students around the world, applying cutting-edge marketing and engagement tactics and connecting students to the best Brown SPH has to offer. The incumbent guides and oversees close collaboration with advancement colleagues to capture and present via diverse assets and delivery mechanisms the most compelling impact stories from SPH students, faculty, research and alumni.
As an ambassador for the school, the Associate Dean will interact with all constituents, including the students, parents, faculty, staff, and other stakeholders in the SPH and Brown communities. The incumbent will support the Dean of the School of Public Health by generating broader and more comprehensive awareness of the qualities and character of the school community, in order to achieve goals in thought leadership, research recognition, enrollment and advancement, and ensure both impact and sustainable growth.
The Associate Dean oversees two teams, one led by the Director of Communications and focused on all school communications activities, and one led by the Director of Events and focused on all in-person and virtual, on-and off-campus events supporting the mission and vision of the school.
The incumbent leverages across communications the attributes of a leader who is invigorated by and eager to respond to the challenges and opportunities brought about by historic changes in Public Health, an ever-changing information ecosystem, and the disruption and growth affecting institutions in Higher Ed. The incumbent brings to their work a strategic vision, an innovative mindset, an entrepreneurial background, a passion for Public Health, and significant experience implementing modern marketing, communications and engagement best practices.
Education and Experience
- Bachelor’s degree in marketing, communications, journalism or related field.
- Minimum of 10 years of experience in marketing/communications/audience engagement roles.
- Broad and deep experience implementing modern marketing, communications and engagement best practices.
- Extensive experience in an entrepreneurial environment and with emerging information technologies and communications approaches
- Experience in a departmental leadership role.
- Experience with strategic management of a brand and its voice through diverse media to generate results.
- Knowledge of principles, tools and practices for measuring performance of marketing efforts.
- Experience in managing operating budgets.
- Excellent writing and communications skills required.
- Demonstrated ability to manage a complex work environment and meet deadlines effectively.
- Experience supervising and managing direct reports.
- A willingness and ability to support a diverse and inclusive campus community.
- A proven leader who is invigorated by and eager to respond to the challenges and opportunities brought about by historic changes in Public Health, an ever-changing information ecosystem, and the disruption and growth affecting institutions in Higher Ed.
- Possesses strategic vision, an innovative mindset, an entrepreneurial background, and a passion for Public Health.
All offers of employment are contingent upon a criminal background check and education verification satisfactory to Brown University.
Demonstrated ability to support a community of diverse perspectives and cultures in an inclusive environment.
Occasional evening and weekend work may be required to meet project needs and priorities.
This position is Hybrid Eligible.
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