The Director is responsible for the day to day functioning of the Health Scholars Program (HES) a program created in 2020 to increase the diversity of student entering the Master of Public health program and to equip students to be transformative leaders. The Director is involved in student recruitment and is responsible for building and maintaining relationships with Historically Black Colleges (HBCUs)and other minority-serving institutions. The Director serves as a resource for students and manages all elements of the program, including the planning of workshops, lectures, and leadership experiences, engaging experts from the University and beyond. The Director will host speakers and presenters and will lead and facilitate discussion among the Health Equity Scholars.
The Director will interact closely with internal stakeholders, including faculty and colleagues from various Brown departments. It is anticipated that the Director will coordinate activities for the HES with the Office for Diversity and Inclusion and collaborate on events where appropriate. The Director also works closely with Advancement and Alumni Affairs to assist with fundraising, expand alumni engagement in the HES program, and represent the program to potential donors.
External stakeholder management will include the recruitment and stewardship of a mentor network. This network will be made up of professionals who will be invited to mentor the HES and will be paired with the Scholars based on the Scholarsâ™ academic and professional interests.
Program Management- 40%
The Director is responsible for the day to day functioning of the Health Equity Scholars program. This includes financial management, such as contributing to the creation of the annual budget and managing the programâ™s expenses. This position is responsible for representing the HES program internally through interaction with appropriate faculty and staff. The Director will manage a network of contacts at Historically Black Colleges and Universities, using the network to identify students, potential mentors, and opportunities for greater collaboration. This position also has responsibility for the successful planning and execution of events for the HES cohort, including lectures, workshops, etc. The Director is a resource for the HES and will help to connect them to academic, career, and other support services as needed. The Director will host speakers and guests to HES events, and will facilitate discussion sessions with the Scholars as needed.
Program Strategy- 25%
The intention is to grow the HES to serve a greater number of students from a wider network of minority-serving institutions (MSI). This position will contribute to the strategy for expansion, including budgeting, identifying target populations, and planning for rollout with relevant departments.
The Director will also look for novel opportunities for strategic partnerships, whether through new internships for the Health Equity Scholars, or creative networking opportunities for the students.
Major Responsibility: Student Support - 20%
The Director will work closely with the leadership of the MPH program, the Core Advising Teams, and the Diversity and Inclusion office to ensure that HES are welcomed and oriented to life at Brown. This position will help with the creation of orientation and welcome activities, and with ongoing activities throughout the academic year. The Director will be a resource for the Scholars and will collaborate with other support providers to ensure that Scholars are positioned for success.
This position will connect students with mentors who can support their professional interests. Additionally, the Director will create structured networking opportunities so that Scholars are able to meet and learn from a wide variety of public health professionals and leaders.
Outreach - 15%
The Director will collaborate with existing student recruitment efforts, including contributing to marketing/communications and leading outreach to target institutions. This position supports the Advancement office with fundraising efforts; sharing information about potential donors, providing details about student progress, alumni success, etc. This position will continually work to grow the HES network, identifying potential mentors, speakers, and other leaders. The Director will also help to engage Brown and Brown SPH alumni in the HES program. Finally, this position will, over time, build and manage an alumni network of the Health Equity Scholars so that Brown is able to track their career progress and continue to engage them in the HES program.
The Director is able to make decisions related to both the day-to-day operations of the Health Equity Scholars program and to the programâ™s larger strategic vision, including:
Staffing decisions, priority-setting, program expenses
Student recruitment strategies
Changing or updating program content
Collaborations with other Brown schools or departments
Some examples of decisions for which the Director will provide advice to others include:
Strategic approaches to new partners or supporters
Student support (financial, academic, etc.)
Internal and external communications
The Health Equity Scholars program will enroll ten students each academic year of the 2-year MPH program for a total of 20 students, with plans to grow. The Scholars will participate in bi-weekly leadership development and enrichment events. Lectures and networking events will occur quarterly, at a minimum. The Director may also plan and participate in annual events that involve travel, such as a visit to the Centers for Disease Control. At time of hire, the Director will not be responsible for managing staff, but it is likely that some support staff (coordinator-level) may be added at a later date.
Job Qualifications and Competencies:
Masterâ™s degree or Bachelorâ™s degree with equivalent combination of education and experience.
Eight to ten years of relevant experience
Background in leadership development, education, training, or student services
Experience and comfort with small group facilitation, presentations, and public speaking
Creative thinker with experience in program design and development
Demonstrated ability to work both collaboratively and independently, and to exercise sound judgement.
Strong management skills
Leadership ability; able to inspire and engage others
Demonstrated commitment to diversity and inclusion
Ability to manage multiple, competing priorities
Excellent communication skills; strong writer, comfortable with public speaking
Excellent interpersonal skills; experience leading training and group facilitation
Ability to build productive working relationships with diverse groups of stakeholders
ADA Physical Requirements:
Requires ability to read
Requires occasionally standing, sitting, walking; using hands to finger handle, or feel objects, tools of controls; reaching into hands and arms; climbing stairs; hearing; talking
Operates a computer and other office equipment
Lift/Carry/Push/Pull typically less than 10 pounds
Limited exposure to chemicals
Brown University is committed to advancing diversity, inclusion, and equity. The School of Public Health is committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive working and learning community of faculty, staff, and students. We embrace diversity along its many dimensionsâ”including race, ethnicity, sex, religion, socio-economic background, sexual orientation, gender identity, physical ability, and other aspects of identity. In your cover letter or in a separate statement, we ask that you address how your past and present work demonstrates accomplishments in and a commitment to diversity, inclusion, and equity, and how you intend to show this commitment in your role as Director of Human Resources. We value the different ways this might be demonstrated including in teaching, team-building, mentoring, service and community engagement.
Candidates from historically under-represented groups, including but not limited to, women as well as racial and ethnic minorities, are particularly encouraged to apply. Brown University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.
Brown University is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, religion, political affiliation, marital or partnership status, parental status, military service, or any legally protected characteristics. The University embraces diversity and celebrates difference. Like all employees of Brown, this position requires a strong commitment to promoting diversity and inclusion.
All offers of employment are contingent upon a criminal and educational records check satisfactory to Brown.
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