National Institute on Aging

Brown University — Human Resources Specialist

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 local human resources team supporting a portfolio of units within the Office of the Provost seeks to add a new member. We partner with units to understand their operational needs and provide HR support for their success.

The Human Resources Specialist serves as the key HR liaison for a portfolio of units within the Office of the Provost, reporting directly to the Director of Human Resources and collaborating closely with colleagues in University Human Resources.

The Human Resources Specialist has a comprehensive understanding of all Human Resources-related processes and serves as an advisor to the HR Director on a variety of HR functions including recruitment, hiring, onboarding, policy and procedure administration, equity reviews, job audits, and salary recommendations.  The HR Specialist consults in conjunction with the Director and University Human Resources on all employment related functions, and serves as a point of contact within a collection of units reporting to the Office of the Provost resolving day-to-day issues and triaging employee and labor relations issues to the Director as needed.  The HR Specialist provides information on Brown University Human Resources protocols to supervisors and managers, provides HR policy guidance and interpretation, and is the key point of contact for employment inquiries.  Serves as the Workday liaison for the units, providing guidance to managers and in-unit staff for all Workday processes including regular communications, resources, and trainings.


  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent combination of education and professional experience


  • 2-4 years of human resources or related experience (Equivalent combination of education and experience is acceptable.)
  • Demonstrated proficiency with Word, Excel, Powerpoint, and Google docs/forms
  • Experience with a HRIS database; prior experience with the Workday system is a plus
  • Excellent organizational and communication skills in order to effectively communicate while prioritizing in meeting deadlines.
  • The ability to maintain confidentiality and show discretion when dealing with information of a sensitive nature
  • Attention to detail and problem solving skills.
  • The ability to work independently
  • Excellent organization and prioritization skills
  • Excellent customer service skills; effective oral and written communication skills


  • Highly effective oral and written communication skills
  • Able to communicate with all levels of employees
  • Planning and organization skills
  • Accuracy and attention to detail
  • Effective time management, efficient
  • Competent in basic use of Excel, Word, Power Point
  • Stays current, continually updates skills
  • High degree of communication, leadership, conflict resolution and training skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to prioritize, problem-solve, and work independently
  • Possess a willingness to promote an inclusive and diverse campus community

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Additional Information:
Applicants are asked to include a resume and cover letter. This position requires work on Brown’s campus in Providence, with flexibility to work remotely multiple days per week. Brown is not able to provide visa sponsorship for this position.

Background Check: All offers of employment are contingent upon a successful criminal background check and education verification satisfactory to Brown.

Recruiting Start Date:

Job Posting Title:
Human Resources Specialist

Office of the Provost

Grade 9

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Time Type:
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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EEO Statement:
Brown University is an E-Verify Employer.

As an EEO/AA employer, Brown University provides equal opportunity and prohibits discrimination, harassment and retaliation based upon a person’s race, color, religion, sex, age, national or ethnic origin, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, or any other characteristic protected under applicable law, and caste, which is protected by our University policies.

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