Brown University — Senior Associate Dean for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Brown University’s Division of Biology and Medicine – composed of The Warren Alpert Medical School (AMS) and the Program in Biology invites applications and nominations for a Senior Associate Dean for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion.  

Reporting to the Dean of Medicine and Biological Sciences/Senior Vice President for Health Affairs at AMS with a dotted line to the Vice President for Institutional Equity and Diversity of the entire campus, the Senior Associate Dean is a core member of the Division of Biology and Medicine’s senior leadership team. The Senior Associate Dean provides specific leadership, oversight, and strategic vision for policies and initiatives to promote an inclusive and equitable learning and working environment for students, medical trainees, faculty and staff. In this critical position, the Senior Associate Dean will assist in leading efforts to ensure that Brown’s Division of Biology and Medicine is a local and national leader in centering equity and racial justice in academic medicine and biological sciences with the ultimate goal of positively impacting the delivery of patient care and training of scientists to address health disparities. 

The Senior Associate Dean works with AMS, the Office of Institutional Equity and Diversity (OIED), the Program in Biology and affiliated clinical partners to ensure that diversity and equity are high level priorities and collaboratively works across organizational systems to implement effective policies and initiatives. The Senior Associate Dean oversees the Office of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs (ODMA) at the medical school, supporting a coordinated leadership model. The mission of ODMA is to create a learning and training environment that fosters equity, diversity an inclusivity within AMS.  Additionally, the position develops key relationships with Clinical Departments and Basic Science Departments within the Division of Biology and Medicine, the Office of the General Counsel, BioMed Human Resources, the Office of Women in Medicine and Science, the Office of BioMed Faculty Administration, the Offices of Medical Education and Student Affairs at AMS and the affiliated hospitals.

Requirements for this position include the following: 

  • An advanced degree (MD, PhD, or equivalent);
  • Minimum 6-8 years of administrative leadership experience at an institution, preferably higher education (an institution with an academic medicine division: medical school, dental school, etc. is a plus) or equivalent combination of education and experience; 
  • A record of leadership positions with progressively increased responsibility and experience addressing issues of equity, diversity, inclusion and/or social justice; 
  • Demonstrated ability to apply best practices in diversity and inclusion into complex organizational settings utilizing skills in strategic planning and program implementation across various units, in building diversity and inclusion initiatives, and implementing sound equitable policies preferably in higher education or healthcare setting; 
  • A track record of building partnerships and credibility with a diverse set of faculty, trainees, students and staff from a broad array of clinical and scientific disciplines and areas.

Founded in 1764, Brown University is a leading Ivy League research university where students and faculty collaborate to address the defining challenges of a complex and changing world. Its campus is in vibrant Providence, Rhode Island, ranked as one of the 20 most ethnically diverse cities in the United States, with more than 40% of its residents identifying as Hispanic and 16% Black or African American. It boasts vibrant immigrant communities that are well represented in the city’s leadership and education system, as well as its civic and cultural organizations. One of Rhode Island’s most attractive attributes is the diversity of the people who have made the state their home.

The Brown University Division of Biology and Medicine has retained Diversified Search Group to assist in this recruitment.  The full position description can be viewed online by way of this link. For best consideration, qualified and interested candidates are asked to submit a letter of interest and a CV/resume by February 1, 2021.  Please submit all applications, expressions of interest, nominations or inquiries electronically to: