• Title

  • Director, Center for Student Involvement

    Posted: 04/10/2022

    Job Summary

    Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) is actively seeking its next Director for the Center for Student Involvement (CSI). This is a great opportunity to lead and develop a team that provides general oversight for students’ organizations from similar cultural backgrounds and who share interests in athletics, entrepreneurship, global issues, and more. CSI is an on-campus hub that offers RISD students several opportunities to grow as critical thinkers and global citizens. RISD strives to cultivate a culturally competent campus environment that advances principles of social equity and inclusion, environmental and climate justice, and equal access to resources and opportunities. As an employer, RISD offers a supportive, collegial and inclusive work environment and a competitive benefits package.

    The Director, Center for Student Involvement, is responsible for creating a vision for the department that is founded on student development theory and that maximizes RISD’s co-curricular learning experiences. The Director will assess and determine the next steps for creating, implementing, and ensuring a leadership program built on best practices, focused on student development, and supportive of the values of student learning both in and out of the classroom.  The Director will present a campus operation that serves as a model for inclusive practice and champions diversity and equity through its educational and operational endeavors. The Director ensures opportunities that achieve student-learning outcomes through direct student engagement, collaboration with campus and community partners, and departmental oversight. The Director of CSI will provide departmental leadership in order to ensure proactive responses/dynamic solutions that satisfy the needs of emerging student artists and designers at undergraduate and graduate levels. The Director will oversee both the operational and student activities budget. 

    Essential Functions

    • Oversee the conceptualization and delivery of events, campus programs, and student services based on a student leadership theory-based model and practice that creates, empowers, and educates student leaders as engaged participants in their learning.  Foster and promote opportunities on RISD’s campus and in the greater Providence community, where students take initiative to create and promote social and cognitive development through creation of student clubs and organizations, and programs.  Ensure strong partnerships so as to leverage RISD’s art curriculum and community service-learning programs.
    • Large /small scale events include: new student orientation, traditional Artists’ Ball, and spring weekend.
    • Programs include: leadership series; business / entrepreneurship offerings; Alternative Spring Break; volunteer, fitness, student-initiated opportunities, and tailored programs addressing the needs and opportunities of undergraduate and graduate student populations.
    • Leadership advising includes: Student clubs and organizations, RISD student government (undergraduate); student design production teams.
    • Community Engagement includes: the development of relationships with external community partners that enable effective service-learning and that engender reciprocity between RISD and the local community. Participates in Center for Community Partnerships task forces, program development, and advisory committee.
    • Hire, train, evaluate and supervise CSI staff and paraprofessionals, as well as mentor new professionals within the division.  This includes investing in staff professional development opportunities and empowering staff to engage in an intentional developmental practice.
    • Employ departmental use of forecasting, planning, and assessment in the delivery and evaluation of departmental events, programs, and services
    • Manage CSI’s operational and student activities budgets.  Ensure appropriate protocols for the budgeting, use, and accounting of student fee money.  Create guidelines and policies for the distribution of this fund that balance consistency and emerging student needs.
    • Oversee and develop student facilities under CSI’s auspices. Such facilities include E’ship, Design Guild, Tap Room, and Student Athletic Centers.  Oversee business agreements, leases, and relationships with external partners including leasing relationships and Brown University athletics.
    • Develop, implement, and monitor risk management policies and contracts as they relate to all student clubs and organizations, community partnerships and programs, off-site travel and programs, and departmental facilities.
    • Facilitate sustainable partnerships with campus constituents that leverage knowledge, talent, and resources.  Emphasize such partnerships and collaboration with student affairs offices.
    Additional Functions:
    • Conduct special projects as needed by the and perform other related duties as assigned. 
    Knowledge/Skills/Experience
    • Demonstrated understanding and application of leadership, supervision, student development, and the achievement of departmental mission – with an emphasis on multicultural competence. 
    • Ability to articulate and demonstrate the employment of diversity, inclusion, and equity in systems, policies, procedures, and services.
    • Previous experience supervising staff.
    • Ability to prepare program budgets and monitor program expenditures.
    • Knowledge of best practices for developing student activities and leadership programming including risk and liability management; designing service delivery; planning and implementing student activities and leadership programming.
    • Outstanding organization, administration, oral and written communication, and presentation skills. 
    • Must be able to communicate and interact effectively with students, faculty, staff, and members of the Providence community. 
    • Proficient in computer skills, including MS Word, Excel, databases, the Internet, and web-based applications.
    • Master's degree, preferably in College Student Personnel or Higher Education or equivalent combination of education and experience.
    • Minimum five years’ progressively responsible experience designing, managing, supervising, or implementing culturally inclusive student activities and leadership programming; experience with fiscal and personnel management.
    Preferred Qualifications:
    • Familiarity with and appreciation for working in art or creative communities.
    • Experience with social media tools. 
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