Brown University — Assistant Dean of the College for Pre-Professional Advising

Job Description:

At Brown University, academic advising deans play a critical role, overseeing the College’s advising programs and a range of curricular and co-curricular opportunities that enable all undergraduates to develop and thrive as they connect their learning experiences to living lives of meaning and purpose. In this context, the Assistant Dean of the College for Pre-Professional Advising provides academic advising and support as an academic dean, while holding particular expertise in the area of Pre-Professional advising.

In addition to fulfilling decanal duties, this position will have special responsibility for guiding and supporting students and recent alumni who are interested in careers in health, medicine and law. Pre-Professional Advising initiatives typically advise 800 students and recent alumni per year who explore and apply to professional graduate programs in medicine, dental, veterinary sciences and law. The team emphasizes student learning and self-exploration, offering advising and support that invites students to prepare themselves for these careers through curricular and co-curricular opportunities.

The Assistant Dean is responsible for working with students to imagine and pursue possibilities for engagement beyond Brown. The Assistant Dean is responsible for student advising, outreach, presentations and programming, personal statement review and, as necessary, the preparation of dean’s certifications and institutional letters of nomination. The position works with the Health Careers Advising Committee, which is composed of faculty, staff and external advisors in the health careers field.

The Assistant Dean works with colleagues to design and implement effective strategies for outreach to and inclusion of specific student populations, including historically underrepresented students, first generation college students, those with high demonstrated financial need, and international students. The incumbent liaises with academic departments, programs, and centers to coordinate pre-health and pre-law activities across campus. Additionally, the Assistant Dean works to inform and support faculty in their roles as advisors, recommenders, interviewers, and mentors. The Assistant Dean is responsible for programmatic assessment and evaluation. The position supervises graduate students and coordinates additional part-time and/or full-time pre-professional advising support.  In conjunction with the Senior Associate Dean, the Assistant Dean may conduct portfolio-specific budget planning and forecasting as well as serve as an ambassador for Brown’s pre-health and pre-law initiatives to internal and external audiences.

The Assistant Dean also fills the role of academic advisor and colleague to other college divisions and programs, and serves as a member of various College and University committees, as assigned.


  • An earned master’s degree or comparable experience, terminal degree (e.g. M.D. or Ph.D.) preferred.
  • Three to five years experience as an advisor and/or academic administrator at a college or university.
  • Experience in the development and execution of strategy and organizational systems/processes, documentation, and assessment.
  • Experience and/or familiarity with graduate school requirements, applications and interviews for the medical, law, dental, nursing, veterinary and other health professions.
  • Experience in student support, advising, writing, interview skills, and assessment related to health and law graduate school applications.
  • Proven track record in furthering university diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives while supporting students from historically underrepresented and/or minoritized backgrounds is required.
  • Successful experience in academic program administration, including planning and development, implementation, and assessment.
  • Demonstrated ability to collaborate with and mobilize others (staff, faculty, students) to achieve shared results.
  • Outstanding written and oral communication skills, discretion, sound judgment, and leadership skills.

Occasional evening and weekend work required for essential College and University events.

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

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Job Posting Title:
Assistant Dean of the College for Pre-Professional Advising

The College

Grade 11

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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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