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Company Name:
Brown University
Approximate Salary:
Not Specified
Providence, Rhode Island
United States
Position type:
Full Time
Experience level:
3-5 Years
Education level:
Bachelor Degree

Program Manager, Swearer Center for Public Service

The Swearer Center is a community of scholars, students, practitioners, and community members that works together to build on community strengths and address community challenges. Our work engages all as co-learners, co-teachers, co-actors, and co-creators of knowledge and action. Through the creative capacities of our students, faculty, and community partners we explore, build and implement collaborative and strategic projects, programs and initiatives.

Our work yields transformative learning, and positive sustainable change, through collective action.

In line with our mission, the Swearer Center is hiring four Program Managers for key aspects of our work:

1. Faculty Engagement and Research

2. Academic Engagement

3. Community Partnership

4. Student Development

Program Managers will develop and manage strategies and systems related to their portfolio that integrate their activities with broader Center and University strategy and initiatives. Program Managers will provide focused management to a defined portfolio of programs, initiatives, and stakeholders (students, faculty, and/or community partners), and will be responsible for program development and management which includes:

- planning and implementing meetings, workshops, events, and other programming;

- managing processes and programs, program evaluation, documentation, and data tracking;

- managing approved program expenses;

- representing programs and the Center at student-, faculty-, and community-facing events and conferences;

- working with the Communications team to contribute to enhanced content for the Center's communications (website, newsletters, and publications);

- advising, mentoring, and/or supervising undergraduate students and post-graduate fellows in groups and individual settings;

- developing and maintaining meaningful relationships with key internal and external stakeholders required to cultivate and sustain programmatic and strategic partnerships of the Swearer Center;

- coordinating closely with other Swearer Center teams (including Communications and Operations teams).

Available positions include:

The Program Manager for Faculty Engagement and Research will be responsible for the management and coordination of multiple programs and relationships related to engaged teaching, engaged research, and community innovation. This Program Manager will support the effective implementation of professional development activities (e.g., faculty learning communities), student programs led by faculty fellows (e.g., Royce Fellows, Storytellers), and a new community innovation design team. The ideal candidate would have significant experience and understanding of engaged scholarship, social innovation, and/or the higher education context.

The Program Manager for Academic Engagement will provide focused management of Swearer Center academic engagement, curriculum development, and community-engaged scholarship initiatives that enable undergraduate students to integrate their academic coursework with community-based learning and research experience. The position is responsible for a defined portfolio of academic engagement programs, which could include for example: Brown in Washington, Brown in Tulsa, Providence-Jerusalem Exchange, and/or other new programs as developed. The ideal candidate would have experience with curriculum development and international educational programs, and be willing to occasionally travel domestically and internationally for program support and assessment.

The Program Manager for Community Partnership will have responsibility for the management, coordination, and development of programs within the Swearer Center's community engagement ecosystem that enable community-based partner organizations to access and leverage resources of the institution to advance their organization's mission and work. These programs may include but are not limited to Off-Campus Federal Work-Study, the Brown University AmeriCorps VISTA Fellows Program and the Engaged Scholars Program. The program manager will (pro-)actively cultivate and manage partnerships with organizations and agencies across multiple issues areas including education, health, economic justice and the environment. The ideal candidate has experience with program/project management, higher education/community partnership, partnership cultivation and management.

The Program Manager for Student Development provides focused management of Swearer Center Student Development programs, co-curricular initiatives, and other campus initiatives related to community engagement. The position is responsible for a defined portfolio of programs and cohorts of students, which could include for example: Bonner Fellows, Peer Advisors, Community Corps, and/or other new programs as developed. The ideal candidate would have the ability to engage, collaborate with, support, advise and educate undergraduate students, as well as to integrate community engagement experiences with the goals of a Brown undergraduate education.


  • Bachelor's degree and 3-5 years relevant experience; or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Strong skills in program/project management, program structure and process, documentation and assessment.
  • Collaborative work style, strong team player, with an emphasis on inclusiveness and flexibility; ability to build collaborations with diverse communities.
  • Track record of execution and change orientation: open-mindedness; focus on learning, assessment, constant improvement, and accountability; attention to detail.
  • Interest in and ability to engage, collaborate with, support, and educate undergraduate students; understanding of and ability to articulate the integration of community engagement and the goals of Brown undergraduate education.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills. Excellent organizational and multitasking skills.
  • Ability to generate enthusiasm among students and practitioners in the field.
  • Ability to work evening and weekend events/programs, including some holidays.

Please note: Program Managers are full-time exempt, one-year fixed-term positions with the possibility of extension based on funding.

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Applicants are required to use the Brown Career Site to apply for the position and to submit their resume, cover letter and any related documents. Cover letters should include which of the Program Manager positions they are applying for (and order of preference), and experience and qualifications pertaining to the role(s) they are interested in.

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All offers of employment are contingent upon consent to criminal background screening check and education verification with results satisfactory to Brown.

Brown University is committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive academic global community; as an EEO/AA employer, Brown considers applicants for employment without regard to, and does not discriminate on the basis of, gender, race, protected veteran status, disability, or any other legally protected status.

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Located in historic Providence, Rhode Island and founded in 1764, Brown University is the seventh-oldest college in the United States. Brown is an independent, coeducational Ivy League institution comprising undergraduate and graduate programs, plus the Alpert Medical School, School of Public Health, School of Engineering, and the School of Professional Studies.

With its talented and motivated student body and accomplished faculty, Brown is a leading research university that maintains a particular commitment to exceptional undergraduate instruction. Brown's vibrant, diverse campus community consists of about 4,500 staff and faculty, 6,200 undergraduates, 2,000 graduate students, 490 medical school students, more than 5,000 summer, visiting, and online students, and over 700 faculty members. Brown students come from all 50 states and more than 115 countries. Brown is frequently recognized for its global reach, many cultural events, numerous campus groups and activities, active community service programs, highly competitive athletics, and beautiful facilities located in a richly historic urban setting.

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