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Company: Brown University
Location: Providence, RI
Career Level: Director
Industries: Government, Nonprofit, Education


Job Description:

The Director of Community Engagement is a position of leadership charged with optimizing the School of Public Health's approach to civic and community engagement through facilitating relationships between SPH, community leaders, and stakeholders across the University.  The Director is responsible for ensuring that community engagement work is rooted in sustained and meaningful relationships with the local community and maximizes existing institutional efforts.

Section 3: Major Responsibilities

Strategic Partnerships (50%)

Supporting Actions:  Develop and implement a strategic plan to advance meaningful community engagement that aligns with and leverages Brown University's and the School's planning and resources, including research and teaching, in collaboration with faculty and academic administration.  Ensure that implementing the strategic plan would have a measurable and equitable impact on human health in Providence, Rhode Island and beyond.  Lead and coordinate School's community engagement efforts and portfolio, working with community partners to identify strengths and issues most important to advancing community health and well-being, with a focus on addressing health disparities.  Oversee, strengthen, and enhance mutually beneficial partnerships between community partners and School of Public Health students, faculty, and staff.  Work across the School and University to coordinate existing and new community engagement efforts, to strengthen and amplify impact and to minimize overlap and community burden.   Assess and enhance relationships with current community partners, and in alignment with the School's strengths and strategic priorities, develop new constructive and purposeful relationships with governmental public health agencies, community-based organizations, faith-based organizations, health care systems, and/or other related partners within and beyond Rhode Island. 

Supporting SPH Faculty, Students & Staff (20%)

Supporting Actions:  Develop programming and professional development for faculty, students, postdocs, and staff involved or interested in community engagement and/or conducting community-based research, in conjunction with relevant academic leadership (e.g., staff or faculty in Offices of Faculty Affairs, Education, Research).  Propose, develop, and implement programs and initiatives to advance the School's and community partner's mutual goals and interests, such as internship opportunities for students.  Serve as an advisor for faculty, students and staff engaged or seeking to engage in community-based work.  Collaborate with SPH faculty and administrators to identify opportunities to infuse community engagement in research, teaching/course development, service, and public health practice, including program assessment and evaluation.  Support incorporation of diversity, equity, inclusion, and anti-racism as it relates to community engagement into curricular and co-curricular experiences to broaden students' educational exposure and expand their knowledge of health disparities

Accountability & Impact (20%)
Supporting Actions:  Develop mechanisms to track, measure and report on the status of community engagement efforts and impact, and to reduce redundancies and community burden (in collaboration with other University offices, such as the Swearer Center for Public Service).  Work with the Director of Accreditation and Assessment to identify, implement, and track all CEPH (Council on Education for Public Health) requirements related to community engagement, including reporting requirements for the accreditation process to be finalized in March 2021.  Work with the SPH Communications Office to maintain and update the Community Engagement website and communicate/highlight community engagement efforts.  Have ongoing communication with partners, and disseminate findings/knowledge gained from ongoing community engaged research and activities.

Leadership & Administration (10%)

Supporting Actions:  Oversee and manage the School's Community Advisory Board, convene and plan productive meetings, and ensure processes to support the recruitment and retention of external partners. Attend and participate in relevant School, University and community meetings to represent and advance community engagement interests, and serve as a member of University, School and/or Department committees, as applicable.  Manage community engagement budget.  Assume other duties as requested.

Section 4: Job Qualifications 

•    Bachelor's Degree and eight (8) to ten (10) years of experience at increasing levels of responsibility and leadership in the field of public health, health care, higher education, non-profit community-based organizations, or community engagement fields.
•    Demonstrated experience with working collaboratively across different disciplines;
•    Strong commitment to School's mission;
•    Experience working collaboratively with community members, non-profit community-based organizations, and other mission-driven organizations including those from underrepresented communities;
•    Strategic, organized, detail-oriented professional with the flexibility to assume responsibilities outside of role and ability to embrace ambiguity;
•    Proven track record of developing, managing and collaborating with diverse teams of scholars, students, practitioners and community partners;
•    Demonstrated awareness of privilege and structural racism's impact on individual and community health, and experience applying an equity lens to designing and leading community-based research efforts;
•    Commitment to valuing diversity and contributing to an inclusive working and learning environment, including inclination to respect different points of view;
•    Proven capacity to work independently and as a leader or member of a team, and effectively interacting with a wide array of diverse individuals and groups at all levels (students, faculty, administration/staff, alumni, community-based organizations, area residents, external constituents, including healthcare industry professionals)
•    Demonstrated ability to communicate research findings effectively;
•    Experience supporting policy development through research is preferred;
•    Excellent organization, written, and oral communication skills.

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

Recruiting Start Date:


Job Posting Title:

Director of Community Engagement


School of Public Health


Grade 12

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Full time

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Position Classification:

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.

Vaccination Requirements:

In order to maintain 90% or greater universal vaccination rates on campus, all newly hired employees at Brown University must receive the final dose of the COVID-19 vaccine before they begin work, unless they are approved for a medical or religious exemption. All employees must also receive a COVID-19 booster within thirty (30) days of becoming eligible. For more information, please visit the Healthy Brown site.

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