Brown University — Assistant / Associate Dean of the College for Financial Advising

Job Description:

At Brown University, academic 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 and in close partnership with the Office of Financial Aid (OFA) and Student Financial Services (SFS), the Assistant/Associate Dean for Financial Advising promotes integrated and holistic academic and financial advising, outreach, and support to Brown undergraduates, primarily those with high demonstrated financial need. The Assistant/Associate Dean provides campus expertise, consultation, and coordination for these students (often first-generation and/or historically underrepresented groups) in support of institutional equity and inclusion.

This work includes the development and implementation of advising and support programs around financial issues that may intersect with academic, social, and personal circumstances. The incumbent works collaboratively with other College and campus colleagues and student groups to identify the hidden costs of a Brown education and propose programmatic solutions to address them. The Assistant/Associate Dean creates systematic methods of communicating financial support information to students, staff, and faculty to increase awareness and understanding of robust financial support services and actively connects students to a variety of additional resources and opportunities across the University. The Assistant/Associate Dean develops resources to help students understand and manage their finances, simplifies and shares information about access to additional resources, and provides tools to help students develop their own financial roadmaps. The Assistant/Associate Dean may also supervise full-time and/or student staff who work directly with the College’s financial advising programs.

This is a dual graded position posting. The candidate’s qualifications/experience will determine if the position is filled at a grade 11 or grade 12 level.


  • Advanced degree required.
  • Grade 12 Level: Minimum of five to seven years of higher education and/or relevant professional experience. Experience with financial aid policies and processes strongly preferred.
  • Grade 11 Level: Minimum of three to five years of higher education and/or relevant professional experience. Experience with financial aid policies and processes strongly preferred.
  • A strong record of creative problem solving, including strategic thinking and planning, required.
  • Proven track record in furthering university diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives while supporting students from historically underrepresented and/or minoritized backgrounds (irrespective of citizenship status) is required.
  • Demonstrated ability to collaborate with and mobilize others (staff, faculty, students) to achieve shared results.
  • Exceptionally strong written and verbal communication skills; must be an experienced, excellent writer and presenter.
  • Strong understanding and knowledge of the benefits and challenges to attending college as a student with high demonstrated financial need and/or zero-PC student and/or intersecting populations (e.g. first-generation college students, underrepresented students, undocumented students, etc.).
  • Strong organizational, administrative, and time management skills required.Aptitude for utilizing technology and effectively managing budgets.
  • Experience with Web and print communications and/or program planning or development required. Experience with social media is helpful.
  • Excellent organizational, administrative, managerial and delegation, and research skills.
  • Excellent judgment and discretion in handling FERPA-protected and confidential materials.
  • Ability to work a flexible schedule including some evenings and weekends, as required.
  • Supervisory experience preferred but not required.

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

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Job Posting Title:
Assistant/Associate Dean of the College for Financial Advising

The College

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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