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Assistant Director, Recognition Programs at Brown University in Providence, RI

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Assistant Director, Recognition Programs

Brown University Division of Advancement


The Assistant Director plays a critical role in the development and implementation of the strategic vision for University-wide recognition programs, including, the gift acknowledgment program, procedures, and practices that increase the goodwill and giving of current donors, and facilitate the "retention" and "upgrade" of donors at all levels in support of University priorities. Partners include Individual Giving, Events, Brown Annual Fund, Schools, Units, and Institutes; and Advancement-Communications. The position reports to the Director for Stewardship and works in close collaboration with the directors of Volunteer Engagement, and Special Events. S/he ensures that brand and design standards are maintained, that work is produced on budget, and that delivery deadlines are met. The Assistant Director, Recognition Programs also plays a leading role in Brown’s $3B campaign.



  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent combination of education and experience. Journalism or Communications degree preferred.
  • 3-5 years of recognition, event planning or related experience or/and stewardship and communications.
  • Demonstrated efficient project management skills success in program development from conceptualization to communication/marketing and implementation.
  • A strong mastery of Microsoft Office and Constituent Relationship Management software is essential.
  • Experience with managing high volume of work-flow in a highly collaborative setting.
  • Experience within a higher education or non-profit environment preferred.
  • Commitment to meeting deadlines and delivering work with high standards.
  • Ability to work independently as well as collaboratively.
  • Ability to lead and to motivate staff as necessary to achieve the organizational goals.
  • Ensure a culture where effective teamwork, collaboration, and innovation are expected, recognized, and rewarded.
  • Directs and supervises assigned personnel including performance evaluations, orientations and trainings.
  • Provide oversight and direction to direct staff and work groups.
  • Positive and energetic approach to work.
  • Curious and eager to learn.
  • Very detail oriented, highly motivated.
  • Ability to effectively represent the University and to work effectively in a team environment with a mix of alumni and colleagues.
  • Must have excellent verbal and written communications skills.
  • Strong writing and proof reading skills and understanding of AP style.
  • Must be dedicated to providing exceptional customer service for internal and external constituents.
  • Must be able to work under pressure and meet established deadlines.
  • A commitment to collaboration and collegiality is required.


To View More Details and To Apply, please use this link to the position on Brown’s Career Site:


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.  Please check the status of your application through the account you create when you apply.

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.


About Brown  (Please visit our website and get to know us better at:  www.brown.edu)


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.


Brown offers competitive benefits such as a generous retirement plan and education programs; details are available at:  http://www.brown.edu/about/administration/human-resources/


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