Brown University — Director of Marketing and Communications

Job Description:

About Brown:
Brown University is a leading research university distinct for its student-centered learning and deep sense of purpose. Our students, faculty and staff are driven by the idea that their work will have an impact in the world.

Brown University offers a flexible work/life balance; summer hours, winter break and a comprehensive Benefits package including time off, annual paid holidays; benefits offerings including health, dental, vision, tuition assistance, retirement, wellness, employee discounts and more.  To learn about Brown University’s benefits, visit the University Human Resources web page here for further information.

About the Opportunity:
Brown University is undergoing a tremendous growth in the arts, with newly appointed leadership for the Brown Arts Institute, and the state of the art, one of a kind Lindemann Performing Arts Center scheduled to open in Fall 2023. Brown seeks to fulfill its ambitious vision for the arts as an integral presence throughout a liberal arts education. We believe the arts are fundamental to critical inquiry into the most important questions facing humanity around the world, and we support artists operating at the highest levels of their craft to inform, and be informed by, scholars in disciplines across the sciences, social sciences, and humanities.

We seek to hire a Director of Marketing and Communications for the Brown Arts Institute (BAI) to develop and execute the overall communications and messaging strategy for the BAI, across all owned, earned, and paid media channels for a range of constituents that includes Brown’s campus community, alumni and donors, and local, national, and international artists and audiences. The Director advances the BAI’s priorities by conceptualizing, developing, and implementing a range of communications content across digital and media platforms including overseeing the BAI’s website and social media presence, developing marketing content for large- and small- scale events and initiatives, and managing relationships with news media in coordination with Brown’s central news operation.

Reporting to the Director of Programs and Operations, with a dotted line to the Artistic and Faculty Directors, the Director oversees a growing marketing and communications team within the BAI that serves as a new collaborative service, guiding the communications efforts of the University’s seven core arts departments affiliated with the BAI. As such, the Director guides the overall communications for the arts at Brown, leveraging the BAI’s academic and artistic programs to support constituent engagement with the goal of positioning Brown University as a leading global institution for experimental arts practice, education, and research.

The Director of Marketing and Communications joins the BAI team at a key moment for the Institute as it forms its leadership team and prepares for the 2023 opening of the new Performing Arts Center. The Director will help introduce this highly-flexible, multi-use space to the campus community, the performing arts community, and culture seekers. The Director is responsible for helping to define the brand identity of the Lindemann Performing Arts Center (PAC), the BAI, and their attendant artistic and academic programs. The Director works closely with the Office of University Communications and external firms retained by BAI to ensure that messaging is aligned with overall University strategies and consistent with best practices to deliver innovative, high-impact communications to meet the evolving needs of the BAI.

The Brown Arts Institute cultivates creative expression and fosters an interdisciplinary environment where faculty and students learn from one another and from artists and scholars in a wide range of fields across the campus and around the world. The BAI builds on Brown’s reputation as a destination for arts exploration, contributing to cultural enterprise through the integration of theory and practice, with an emphasis on innovation and discovery that results from rigorous art-making and experimentation.

Education and Experience:

  • Required: BA in marketing, communications, public relations, or a related field, or equivalent professional experience in the arts
  • Preferred: Advanced degree
  • Strongly Preferred: Prior experience in marketing for arts organizations
  • Minimum 8-10 years of experience in a strategic marketing role in a fast-paced environment
  • Background in arts, higher education or a complex non-profit organization strongly preferred
  • Experience working in a creative environment
  • Experience with online collaboration tools for project management a plus


  • Demonstrated success planning and executing marketing and communications strategies with measurable results to advance the goals of an organization
  • Expertise in developing effective messaging across various media tailored to diverse audiences
  • Superb verbal and written communication skills
  • Ability to manage multiple priorities in a fast-paced, high-volume environment; proficiency in managing multiple projects with competing deadlines
  • Extensive knowledge of digital and print marketing principles, including data analytics to assess key performance indicators
  • Demonstrated experience analyzing and reporting on digital marketing metrics, including proficiency
  • Developing dashboards and/or other mechanisms for tracking performance indicators
  • Knowledge of web and digital strategies and standards to improve communications, usability and user experience, accessibility/508 compliance
  • Familiarity with laws and statutes governing privacy, copyright, fair use and other areas of intellectual property as it pertains to distributing content
  • Experience managing and editing content for public-facing assets including websites and social media platforms
  • Excellent management skills, including the ability to inspire staff members
  • Ability to quickly learn new systems and adapt to changing University practices
  • Proficiency with the full Microsoft and Google Suites of software; basic knowledge of Adobe Suite a plus
  • Willingness and ability to support and promote a diverse and inclusive campus community

Additional Information:
Applicants are asked to include a resume and cover letter.

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

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Job Posting Title:
Director of Marketing and Communications

Brown Arts Institute

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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