Brown University — Director of Operations and the Brown Learning Collaborative

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:
The Sheridan Center for Teaching and Learning seeks to fill a new position, the Director of Operations and the Brown Learning Collaborative. The mission of the Sheridan Center is “to provide a place where all learners at Brown University can grow, interdisciplinary collaborations can form, and educators can experiment with different modalities of teaching and learning. At the core of our work is a commitment to educational excellence, equity and access through evidence-based, reflective practices. Through educational partnerships at Brown and globally, we advance the university’s mission and create teaching and learning communities dedicated to improving learner success and supporting educators’ professional growth.”

The Director of Operations and the Brown Learning Collaborative has oversight for day-to-day operations of the Sheridan Center, as well as responsibilities for key strategic initiatives and some educational development work. As part of the leadership team with the Executive Director, this position will:

  • Support staff hiring, onboarding, mentoring, professional development, supervision, and offboarding;
  • Contribute to the development and execution of the Center’s communication strategy with students, faculty, and the broader community, including regular reporting of the Center’s activities;
  • Advance and implement key initiatives in the Sheridan Center’s strategic plan, coordinating work across hubs;
  • Collaborate with the College, Graduate School, academic units, Office of the Provost, and staff in the Sheridan Center to support academic excellence at Brown;
  • Support the development of the Brown Learning Collaborative and supervise student-facing Sheridan initiatives

The Director of Operations and the Brown Learning Collaborative will maintain a small portfolio of programs, special projects and consultation work, in alignment with the resources, needs, and strategic goals of the Center. (The Sheridan Center is an intergenerational center for teaching and learning, which also serves students as teachers and learners. Therefore, for candidates with a terminal degree in alignment with a Brown department, position may involve occasional teaching responsibilities, in line with the needs of the Center.)

Education and Experience:

  • Doctorate or other terminal degree in discipline represented by a Brown University department
  • 8+ years experience in educational development (e.g., in a Center for Teaching and Learning) in a postsecondary setting, or similar relevant experience
  • Effective postsecondary teaching experience as an instructor of record
  • Experience in teaching or educational development on how to work effectively with a diverse student and faculty population
  • Staff supervisory experience with a strong record of mentoring and professional development
  • Demonstrated capacity to work both collaboratively and independently, to exercise sound judgement, and to handle sensitive and confidential matters
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, including strong attention to responsiveness in professional communications, as well as experience communicating work to a variety of stakeholders
  • Demonstrated collaborative leadership, mentoring, and management skills
  • Experience with change management processes


  • Experience working in or collaborating with student success initiatives
  • Teaching or educational development experience in digital learning
  • Budgetary experience
  • Experience in assessment, evaluation, educational research, or educational measurement
  • Active role in scholarly community related to educational development, such as a leadership role in professional association committee or strong record of publications and presentations


  • Ability to take initiative and prioritize work tasks with equanimity and flexibility
  • Effective supervisory skills and dispositions
  • Operational capacities, i.e., effective administration and project management
  • Facility with work in a collaborative environment, as part of a multidisciplinary team, with the ability to balance different interests and work styles, and engage in conflict resolution
  • Consultation with instructors, administrators, and staff about instructional and curricular issues
  • Conversant with the literature on educational development and inclusive teaching
  • Strong attention to detail and the ability to successfully plan and implement programs and events
  • Strong administrative skills and the ability to work collaboratively and effectively with administrators, faculty, students, and staff
  • Facility with digital learning skills
  • Reflective and committed to ongoing professional development
  • Comfort with organizational change processes and experience facilitating organizational change
  • Aptitude for professional communications skills, including website management
  • Possess a willingness and ability to support and promote a diverse and inclusive campus community

Additional Information:
Applicants are asked to include a CV and cover letter (please bundle as a single .pdf).

This position requires work on Brown’s campus in Providence, with the opportunity to work remotely one day per week.  Brown is not able to provide visa sponsorship for this position.

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

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Job Posting Title:
Director of Operations and the Brown Learning Collaborative

Teaching and Learning/Sheridan Center

Grade 12

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Full time

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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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