Director of Distributed Scholarship

Providence, Rhode Island
May 14, 2018
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Director of Distributed Scholarship

Brown University’s School of Professional Studies

Providence, Rhode Island

The Director of Distributed Scholarship is a senior leadership position responsible for facilitating and executing the strategic vision, and sustainable and effective development and distribution of content through multiple delivery platforms managed by Brown’s School of Professional Studies (SPS). The Director joins the Extended Leadership Team at the School of Professional Studies at a moment when numerous strategic outreach efforts expanding the University’s reach to extended audiences are in development.

- Building on resources that already exist within The School of Professional Studies, including BrownX, The Choices Program (which was developed in collaboration with The Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs) pre-college online courses for use in high school science education, and other online content, the Director will be a forward-facing leader who cultivates additional relationships with many of Brown’s world-renowned centers of research and scholarly excellence (examples: Watson Institute, Center for the Study of Race and Ethnicity in America, John Carter Brown Library, Brown Arts Initiative, Brown Institute for Brain Science, Institute at Brown for Environment and Society, Public Health, Population Studies and Training Center, Data Science Initiative and others). The Director will work with scholars to ensure that the content presented is accessible to a broad public of learners, designed to align to the University’s core research and expertise, and delivered to global audiences with a variety of learning aspirations and through multiple platforms.

- Core areas of focus include:

  • Building a portfolio of content that showcases the breadth, depth, and relevance of Brown’s scholarship to a wide population;
  • Facilitating the dissemination of Brown University research and expertise to global audiences using multiple delivery methods;
  • Extending the content and reach of current efforts in pre-college engineering, Choices Program social studies curricula, online undergraduate and executive education courses, BrownX courses, and
  • Developing and implementing a budgetary model that is self-sustaining and ensures flexibility for innovation.


  • Build a portfolio of content that showcases the breadth, depth, and relevance of Brown University’s scholarship to a wide population.(30%)
  • Select and facilitate the intentional dissemination of Brown University research and expertise to global audiences using multiple delivery methods. (30%)
  • Cultivate and manage an interdisciplinary team within SPS to develop content and delivery platforms (20%)
  • Develop and implement a budgetary model that is self-sustaining and ensures flexibility for innovation.(20%)


  • Bachelor’s degree and 7+ years of relevant experience in strategic curriculum design, development and delivery or equivalent combination of education and experience required. Master’s degree preferred.
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively with established and emerging faculty and scholars.
  • Understanding of technology and digital pedagogy in teaching and learning;
  • Evidence of knowledge in using multiple delivery methods in support of teaching and learning.
  • Budgetary experience.
  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity and equity.
  • Excellent communication skills.
  • Excellent interpersonal and collaboration skills, including the flexibility to adapt to and incorporate others’ needs.
  • Track record of fostering collaborative and successful partnerships.
  • Supervisory experience, including management skills related to personnel and operations.
  • Excellent organizational skills and experience in managing logistical systems.
  • Ability to solve problems with creative solutions.
  • Ability to balance mission aspirations with resource constraints for gradual progress and prioritized achievement.
  • Ability to effectively multi-task.
  • Experience with project management and project management software preferred.
  • Complete working knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite required, Excel preferred; Google tools.

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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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Brown is an Ivy League University located in Providence, Rhode Island, comprised of 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 graduate and undergraduate instruction.  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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