Associate Program Director (Biotechnology Master’s Program)

Brown University

Job Description:

The Associate Program Director (Biotechnology Master’s Program) has a key leadership role in supporting program growth and maintaining a robust cutting-edge, competitive academic program.  This position contributes directly to the curriculum and co-curriculum of the Biotechnology Master’s Program through teaching, formal academic advising, and programming, as well as the placement of students in faculty research laboratories.

With guidance from the Program Director, the Associate Program Director develops and implements student marketing, recruitment, and admissions strategies. This involves collaborating with the School of Professional Studies to create an approach to attract prospective students through career fairs and institution visits, and by leveraging social media platforms. The Associate Program Director will also market the program internally (among current students and faculty) to grow the 5th-year master’s program. As a key member in the administration of the Biotechnology Master’s Program, the Associate Program Director serves on the admissions committee which involves helping to develop and uphold holistic review rubrics, reviewing applications, making recommendations for admissions, and communicating with prospective and accepted students through email, phone calls, and Zoom meetings to encourage matriculation. The incumbent will also develop a strategy for reviewing financial aid reports and suggest support levels for admitted students.

Furthermore, the Associate Program Director plays a significant role in curriculum and co-curricular program review and development. This includes developing a strategy to facilitate student thesis placement, identifying new research opportunities for students, reviewing the Program’s curriculum and student outcomes, and developing new programming for student success. The Associate Program Director works with student groups to develop and implement social activities and events to foster a sense of student belonging.

NOTE: In order to be fully considered for this position, applicants should include a CV/Resume as well as a Cover Letter discussing their teaching and mentoring philosophy and how their experience has prepared them for this role.

Job Qualifications:
Education and Experience

  • Required: Master’s Degree in a Biology discipline
  • Required: 5-7 years of experience working in higher education in STEM disciplines or the biotech industry
  • Preferred: Ph.D. in life sciences.
  • Preferred: Demonstrated success in developing and teaching upper-level STEM courses in higher education
  • Preferred: Experience with higher education administration.
  • Preferred: Interdisciplinary program management
  • Or equivalent combination of education and experience.

Job Competencies

  • Ability to stay abreast of current topics in STEM, with a focus on those pertinent to the biotechnological industry, and higher education.
  • Exceptional interpersonal and communication skills with an emphasis on a capacity to build relationships with students
  • Strong demonstrated ability to work independently, meet deadlines, and remain flexible as unforeseen needs arise.
  • Demonstrated ability to handle confidential and private information appropriately and professionally.
  • Possesses a willingness and ability to work with a diverse and inclusive campus community.
  • Knowledge of administrative functions of social media and networking platforms
  • Ability to travel to conferences and institutions up to 4 times per year.


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Associate Program Director (Biotechnology Master’s Program)

Office of Graduate Studies

Grade 11

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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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