Director of Academic Innovation

Brown University

Job Description:

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 Director for Academic Innovation is responsible for identifying and launching new online Master’s programs to reach diverse audiences of learners at the early, mid and professional stages of their career around the world. The Director will report to the Dean of the School of Professional Studies and VP for Academic Innovation, and will lead a team of staff within the Academic Innovation unit to launch and manage these programs. The Director will also work closely with the Directors of Marketing, Enrollment and Recruitment and their respective teams to manage new program development. Externally, the Director will be a key partner with the Sheridan Center, the Registrar’s Office, and academic departments. This role is critical to the success of the University’s plans to expand the visibility and impact of Brown through an expansion of Master’s programs.


Education and Experience

  • Master’s degree required
  • 5-7 years of experience in higher education
  • 3+ years of managerial experience

Job Competencies

  • Strong understanding of online education, market analysis, academic policies, procedures and culture, particularly in graduate education
  • Excellent interpersonal, writing, presentation, and communication skills
  • Must be able to coordinate and supervise staff
  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity and inclusion in graduate education
  • Demonstrated ability to support a community of diverse perspectives and cultures in an inclusive environment

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Submission Guidelines:

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

Background Check: 

All offers of employment are contingent upon a successful completion of a background check.

Benefits of Working at Brown:

Information on the Benefits of Working at Brown can be found here.

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Job Posting Title:

Director of Academic Innovation


School of Professional Studies


Grade 12

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Full time

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Position Work Location:

Remote 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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