The Director provides visionary leadership and strategic planning for the services and programs of the Brown Center for Students of Color under the direction and collaboration of the Assistant Vice President for Campus Life Engagement. The Director also cultivates a community environment that supports students of color at the intersection of their identities and lived experiences to ensure their academic and personal success.
The Director collaborates with students, faculty, colleagues, and alumni as a campus-wide leader to create opportunities for students to connect their curricular and co-curricular learning; educates the campus community and institution and division leaders by advocating for the academic and social needs of students of color; and facilitates opportunities for community building in support of Brown and the Division of Campus Lifeâ™s mission. Serving as a liaison between students and higher administration, the Director is able to creatively bridge the Universityâ™s needs and goals with the student-driven activist and coalitional spirit and history of the BCSC. Grounded in supporting student activism, the Director builds successful partnerships within the University to advocate effectively for change. Within the BCSC, the Director supervises professional and student staff with humility and a dedication to dismantling formalized hierarchies in favor of a community-minded leadership approach.
As a scholar-practitioner, the Director implements and promotes principles of Third Worldism and transformative justice in BCSC services and programs. With a deep investment in building relationships with and mentoring students of color, the Director retains an authentic and collaborative connection with students â“ the heart of the BCSC. In challenging moments, the Director coordinates efforts for community care and healing to mitigate the effects of the multiplicity of systems of oppression affecting students of color on interpersonal and structural levels.
Serving on the Campus Life Executive Group, the Director actively contributes as a campus leader and often works in collaboration with students, faculty, staff, and alumni on issues related to equity and inclusion education.
For over forty years, the Brown Center for Students of Color (BCSC) has modeled inclusivity, empowerment, and advocacy for the experiences of marginalized students at Brown. Under the thoughtful leadership of its next Director, the BCSC will build upon this legacy and advance community building and capacity building opportunities focused on equity and inclusion for students, faculty, staff, and alumni across the Brown community.
To be considered, applicants must submit both a cover letter and a resume.
Masterâ™s degree required; doctorate/terminal degree highly preferred. Â Â
5-7 years of experience managing a similar center or portfolio of programs in a University or similar setting, including supervision of professional staff.Â
Previous experience in university administration and/or management at a non-profit institution, including managing people and financial resources, strongly preferred.
Teaching and facilitation experience in a classroom or other instructional environment is highly preferred.
A leader with a proven ability to mobilize others to achieve results and progress towards a collective vision.
A willing partner who is able to demonstrate successful collaboration with other offices, groups or departments within or beyond an institution.
Strong communicator who is equally able to inspire students, build rapport with faculty and staff, and engage in dialogue with university administrators at all levels.
Guided by sound judgment and able to make difficult decisions among opposing viewpoints.
An innovative thought leader who is driven to generate creative solutions to complex problems, motivated by the needs of the communities they serve.
Draws upon depth and breadth of practical knowledge regarding educational issues related to equity, social justice and students of color in university settings
An intuitive understanding of youth development principles and ability to apply informed strategies to the challenges students face on campus.
Demonstrated leadership experience managing professional staff, budget, and administrative responsibilities in a similar organization, ideally within a university setting.
Flexible in investing time to represent and lead the Center while maintaining an ability to model work/life balance.
An effective communicator with strong written and oral communication skills to tailor messaging to a variety of audiences, including students, community partners, university faculty and staff, and fellow administrators within the institution.
Background Checks: Criminal and Education
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Director of Brown Center for Students of Color
Campus Life & Student Services
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Internal Number: REQ168828
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