Associate Director for Research and Program Management

Brown University

Job Description:

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.

Rapid changes in media technology, content creation, and information consumption have democratized information and empowered new voices. They have also opened the floodgates for an overabundance of information to be pushed in front of people, everywhere, all the time—making it harder to access quality content and to discern trustworthy information on questions that impact our health.

At the Information Futures Lab (IFL), students and researchers work alongside community organizations, journalists, civic society leaders, and other sources of trusted information to envision a better future for our information spaces. Together, the Lab improves local information ecosystems and supports people in effectively accessing, creating, and making sense of information that is crucial to their wellbeing.


The Associate Director of Program and Research Management is committed to driving forward the IFL’s mission and evaluating the success of the mission.

The Associate Director leads the strategic direction in producing training programs, products and publications tailored for both academic and practitioner audiences. By sharing research-supported best practices in pedagogy and related disciplines, they extend the ripple effect of IFL’s impact management, catalyzing broader conversations and fostering meaningful change beyond the Lab’s immediate sphere.

Collaboratively working with the leadership team, the Associate Director forges a robust framework for measuring impact across diverse dimensions of IFL’s endeavors. This framework in turn informs the Lab’s research, fellowship programs, training, communications, partnerships, The Information Project (TIP), etc. By setting forth clear criteria and methodologies, the Associate Director paves the way for a rigorous and data-driven approach to understanding the influence of IFL’s efforts.

Collaborating with IFL Co-directors, the Associate Director leverages a profound understanding of research landscapes, coupled with an awareness of evolving practices spanning across academia, the private sector, community organizations and think tanks, to drive collaboration in information related disciplines. The Associate Director supports the Lab’s research on health information issues, ensuring findings are effectively communicated. Their expertise guides the oversight of research endeavors, strategic planning, and the dissemination of IFL’s overall work.

Education and Experience

  • Master’s Degree with 5-10 years or more experience in investigative research with possible area expertise on race and racial inequality, equity and public health or information disorder. Coursework or experience in related fields can substitute for educational level.
  • Experience managing teams of six or more, including managers with direct reports and ability to manage up as needed.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills and excellent interpersonal skills.
  • Demonstrated strong attention to detail/accuracy.
  • Proven flexibility in adjusting to changing demands and deadlines.
  • Strong knowledge and command of evolving media information trends, education and training best practices, and a commitment to ongoing professional development.
  • Ability to sustain a high level of productivity and work independently while being part of a collaborative team.
  • Sound judgment, discretion and confidentiality in handling sensitive matters.

All offers of employment are contingent upon a criminal background check and education verification that are satisfactory to Brown University.

Demonstrated ability to support a community of diverse perspectives and cultures in an inclusive environment.

This is a fixed term position with a current end date of 6/30/2025 which may be extended based upon available funding.

This position is hybrid eligible.

Benefits of Working at Brown:

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Job Posting Title:

Associate Director for Research and Program Management


School of Public Health


Grade 12

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Fixed Term (Fixed Term)

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Full time

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Position Work Location:

Hybrid Eligible

Submission Guidelines:

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