Brown University — Associate Director, MPA Program

The Associate Director for the Brown MPA Program reports to the Director of the Master of Public Affairs Program to develop and implement strategic and innovative plans, programs and policies to strengthen Watson’s MPA program.

Specifically, the Associate Director will:

  • Manage the ongoing operations of the MPA program, including academic affairs, admissions, career services, finances, student services, events, and communications, and oversee the program’s staff.
  • Serve as the program’s admissions lead and manage the strategy and implementation of the MPA recruitment and admissions cycle each year based on admissions targets.
  • Leads and Manages the strategic planning and coordination of the MPA program


  • Master’s degree required.
  • 5 to 7 years of relevant experience in higher education, academic administration, recruiting or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Experience in or knowledge of the public policy sector preferred
  • Ability to understand and operate in a complex campus environment and to create collaborative networks across multiple constituencies
  • Demonstrated experience in management, project oversight and staff management.
  • Ability to manage complex student concerns and work with a diverse population of students, including international and under represented populations.
  • Proven ability to work independently and as a team member
  • Superior presentation and communication skills (oral and written)
  • Experience with MS Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint)
  • Experience with budgeting
  • Ability to implement best practices strategies for recruitment and admissions
  • Willingness to travel to promote the program.
  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity and inclusion as well as an understanding of the contributions a diverse workforce brings to the workplace.
  • Any offer of employment is contingent upon a successful background check and employment verification.

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