The Intercultural Student Engagement Office at Rhode Island School of Design is pleased to announce an opportunity to join the team as an Associate Director of Intercultural Learning and Development. The Intercultural Student Engagement Office provides an array of programs, services, support, and advisement that support student development and that continue to enhance RISD's commitment, awareness, knowledge, and leadership on multiculturalism, interculturalism, and social justice issues.
The Associate Director will develop, recommend, implement and lead first generation college student programs including recruitment and retention initiatives; conceptualize and deliver ISE's cultural competency trainings and programs focused on student social identity development; religious and spiritual student development; and ISE professional staff and student work study supervision. The Associate Director will manage ISE' assessment clearinghouse and utilize empirical data in order to evaluate ISE programs and services, as well as to guide ISE's practices and campus engagement. The Associate Director will serve as a resource for academic and social success of RISD graduate and undergraduate students; additionally, the Associate Director will serve as a resource to the campus at large on the awareness and integration of inclusive practices within a college specialized in art and design disciplines.
With an understanding of best practices for student development, including intercultural development, administer, develop, recommend, assess and modify, as appropriate, ISE's Project Thrive program designed to increase the retention and socio-academic success of RISD's first generation to college students. Chair the Project Thrive Advisory Committee comprised of faculty, staff, and students. Conceptualize and implement Project Thrive's mentor training program and new student cohort orientations. Actively engage with faculty, academic affairs, and student affairs staff to gather feedback and understand needs in order to implement new and align existing recruitment/retention initiatives including those with Experiential and Foundation Studies, Liberal Arts Studies, Art and Design Education, and campus wide early alert systems.
Religious and Spiritual Life
Develop religious and spiritual partnerships in order to produce and facilitate ISE's programs, services, and co-curricular engagement for students affiliated with religious and spiritual practices. Manage RISD's religious/spiritual chaplains-on-call services and serve as RISD's liaison with local religious/spiritual leader communities. Partner and collaborate with the Office of the Chaplains at Brown University to provide programming and advance religious and spiritual support.
Training, Development & Assessment
Utilize theory and empirical data to assess needs, design, and evaluate ISE programs. Deliver or co-deliver office programs to a range of constituents that heighten awareness, increase knowledge, and build students' cultural competency across themes of social identities, inclusive practice, and social justice. Partner with areas of college for mutually beneficial outcomes. Design and implement assessment instruments that evaluate programs, performance gaps, and degrees of student learning.
Responsible for the development and implementation of major elements/aspects of ISE's Cultural Programmer student model along with its orientation, professional development, training, and evaluation modules. Supervise, direct, and evaluate Assistant Director, Diversity programs, and graduate or other student interns working in the office.
Master's degree in higher education or disciplined directly rooted in multicultural, intercultural, and/or social justice education. Doctoral level course work in human/social services development, global studies, and/or multicultural education welcomed.
Minimum five years of student engagement (preferably intercultural) experience in higher education or a combination of education and professional experiences in social services, community organizations, human rights agencies, or other direct service practices rooted in diversity, inclusion, and social equity.
Demonstrated awareness of religious and spiritual practices. History of producing programs and/or services addressing faith/spiritual communities and interfaith approaches.
Ability to articulate theoretical knowledge of social identities, oppression, and privilege, and ally-ship and translate theoretical knowledge into responsive and impactful advising, services, and programs.
Understanding of theoretical knowledge relative to first generation college to college students. Demonstrated ability to synthesize theory and practice to provide programs designed to advance first generation to college students' academic and cultural success.
Familiarity with Early Alert, mentoring programs, and best practices in relationship to student success programs.
Demonstrated success in self-directed initiatives as well as working collaboratively in teams representing diverse perspectives and identities. Proven successes displaying communication, planning, time management skills, and leadership skills.
Ability to handle sensitive and confidential situations with professional decorum.
Program development and facilitation experience related to socio-cultural and religion-spiritual competencies.
Track record of student and staff development management.
Background with data, evaluation, and program assessment including the ability to design assessment instruments. Ability to interpret and provide recommendations that address the data and its findings.
Database and computer skills.
Ability to monitor, track and manage expenses according to a fiscal year allocation.
Must be able to stay abreast of best practices in intercultural student engagement field and able to evaluate and translate these practices within the RISD community.
12 months per year
Occasionally required to work evenings and weekends. Some travel is required.
Documents Needed to Apply:
Incomplete applications will not be considered. Please upload all required documents.
The successful candidate will be required to meet our pre-employment background screening requirements.
RISD recognizes diversity and inclusivity as fundamental to its learning community and integral to an art and design education. We welcome candidates whose experience has prepared them to contribute to our commitment to diversity and excellence. RISD is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Employment decisions are made without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetics, or any other protected characteristic as established by law.
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Internal Number: R-00398
About Rhode Island School of Design
Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), founded in 1877, is a fine arts and design college located in Providence, Rhode Island. Enrolling about 2000 undergraduates and 400 graduate students from across the United States and 55 other countries, RISD offers 16 undergraduate majors and 16 graduate majors, and is ranked annually by U.S. News & World Report as one of the top art and design schools in the United States. RISD’s rigorous education encourages creative experimentation and intellectual risk-taking, challenging students to question their approach to art making through critical thinking. There are over 90,000 works of art in the RISD Museum, which houses a collection of fine and decorative art objects. The first public galleries opened in 1893. The RISD Library is one of the oldest independent art college libraries in the country with more than 150,000 volumes and 380 periodical subscriptions which offer unusual depth and richness in the areas of architecture, art, design, and photography. The RISD campus is contiguous with the campus of Brown University and the two institutions share social, academic, and community resources.RISD recognizes diversity and inclusivity as fundament...al to its learning community and integral to an art and design education. We welcome candidates whose experience has prepared them to contribute to our commitment to diversity and excellence. RISD is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Employment decisions are made without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetics, or any other protected characteristic as established by law.