National Institute on Aging

Brown University — Assistant Director, Curricular Initiatives

Job Description:

The Assistant Director, Curricular Initiatives is responsible for the oversight, strategy, and management of a portfolio of programs and functional areas in the Swearer Center. The position contributes leadership and oversight of Swearer Center’s curricular programs, initiatives, and cross-campus efforts. The position develops and manages strategies and systems that scale and connect community-engaged curricular initiatives among students and faculty to other areas of the Swearer Center.

The Assistant Director will be responsible for ensuring the integrity and rigor of the curricular, co-curricular, and experiential learning dimensions of relevant programs; developing outreach and recruitment strategies and managing application processes; and supporting documentation, assessment, and communications functions related to the programs. The Assistant Director will also work with Swearer Center and other university colleagues to cultivate and sustain strategic partnerships internal and external to Brown.

The Assistant Director is responsible for multiple programs in the Center, which may include but are not limited to: curricular (course-based) programs (including the Engaged Scholarship Certificate), undergraduate fellowships (including the Community–Based Learning and Research Fellowship), and coordination with faculty, graduate student, and community-based learning initiatives. The position may include responsibility for advising students and/or  teaching an undergraduate course aligned with the Swearer Center’s engaged scholarship certificate. The position includes responsibility for new efforts that are developed in an ongoing way by the Swearer Center.

The position may supervise 1-4 Swearer staff members, graduate and undergraduate student employees, and reports to a Director-level position. Decisions made by this position can impact programs, functional areas within the Swearer Center, and some portfolio-specific decisions may impact the University. The position provides feedback and direction to community-engaged curricular programs and initiatives in regard to budgets, goals, tasks, and overall strategy.


  • Required: BA and 5-7 years relevant experience; or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Preferred: Master’s or terminal degree in a relevant field; experience teaching undergraduates.
  • Understanding of higher education context and the goals of Brown undergraduate education; solid understanding of Brown’s culture and educational philosophy.
  • Proven experience with curricular design, academic advising, and/or teaching community-engaged courses.
  • Prior knowledge of community-engaged scholarship from any inter/disciplinary approach and engaged pedagogy (e.g. critical/decolonizing service learning; community-engaged teaching).
  • Strong skills in program management and assessment.
  • Interest in and ability to engage, collaborate with, support, and educate undergraduate students. Demonstrable skills and experience in facilitation and student advising.
  • Experience working collaboratively and effectively with partners within higher education and in the public and non-profit sectors. Ability to build collaborations with diverse communities.
  • Intellectually curious and open-minded. Capable of thoughtfully identifying issues and opportunities, and articulating strategies to pursue them.
  • Proven track record in furthering university diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives while supporting students from historically underrepresented and/or minoritized backgrounds is required.
  • Excellent organizational and prioritizing skills. Detail-orientation.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills, facilitation and presentation skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to support a community of diverse perspectives and cultures in an inclusive environment.
  • Ability to generate enthusiasm and understanding with a variety of audiences and partners.
  • Ability to work occasional evening and weekend events/programs, including some holidays.

Additional Information
Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

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

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Job Posting Title:
Assistant Director, Curricular Initiatives

Howard R. Swearer Center for Public Service

Grade 10

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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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