Associate Commissioner for Student Success

Warwick, Rhode Island
Aug 29, 2017
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Outside Academe


To serve as Associate Commissioner for Student Success (Chief Outcomes Officer), to assist the Commissioner of Postsecondary Education (CPE) in planning and coordination of policies and programmatic initiatives for higher education in Rhode Island, and to assist in the management of the Office of the Postsecondary Commissioner. Provide the vision, strategy, and leadership required to ensure that the system students achieve excellent outcomes. Develop and implement policies and programmatic initiatives to ensure student success and key policy issues with PK-20 focus.


Develop policies and programmatic initiatives to: Improve student access, persistence, and completion rates while closing equity gaps; ensure quality academic and student success programs, services, and policies; Improve accountability in support of CPE’s agenda.

Secure grant funding and implement initiatives that address critical policy issues in Rhode Island and nationally with secondary focus.

Monitor implementation of CPE policies and initiatives for public postsecondary education and regulatory compliance for independent colleges and universities as appropriate.

Design assessments and identify and implement metrics and dashboards to determine the success of Council approved programs and progress on system goals.

Provide intellectual and organizational assistance on system-wide, statewide and interagency committees charged with exploring issues related to system policies and services.

Direct the activities of professional and administrative staff involved in student success and policy-level programming.  Work within the unit will be focused on innovative, evidence-based, data driven solutions, plans, programs, and administrative reviews that will yield improved information and processes for the Commissioner, the Council on Postsecondary Education, and the public institutions of higher education.

Assist the Commissioner in the development and implementation of all policies and programmatic initiatives related to the Council on Postsecondary Education.

Assist Commissioner with all planning and work in partnership with the senior leadership team to ensure comprehensive and coordinated leadership approaches.

Represent the Commissioner, as directed, in matters relating to postsecondary education inside and outside of Rhode Island.  This duty may include, but is not be limited to, representing the Commissioner on various boards, panels, and commissions that are oriented to policies and student success.

Oversee reviews and assessment of new and existing academic program proposals within Rhode Island public higher education; the administration of proprietary education programs within Rhode Island; and reviews of in-state independent institutions of higher education that fall under the jurisdiction of the Council on Postsecondary Education, as well as out-of-state institutions wishing to offer programs in Rhode island.

Coordinate the administration of such federal and state programs as may be assigned.  Oversee administration of the federal Veterans Education Program within Rhode Island.

Draft academic and other policies within the scope of the Council on Postsecondary Education’s policy manual. Oversee the annual IPEDS (Integrated Postsecondary Education Data Statistics) data collection process for submission of fundamental data to the US Department of Education, as well as the collection, the interpretation, and the dissemination of academic and student data and other statistics for the purposes of planning and for public information.

Oversee inter-institutional cooperation/collaboration on policies, programs, and activities among public and independent postsecondary education institutions.

Develop and lead strategic partnerships across the system and with external stakeholders, with a focus on structuring partnerships to maximize student success.

Foster a visible focus on data analytics and student outcomes across the system, and encourage a shared understanding and commitment among faculty, staff and students at the institutions to excellent outcomes that are clear, understandable and transparent.

Other duties as assigned by the Commissioner of Postsecondary Education.


Education:Doctorate in education leadership or related discipline preferred, master’s degree required


Experience:A minimum of ten years of appropriate policy development and administrative experience with a focus on student success in a higher education agency, in a college or university, or in a system office.



Knowledge and understanding of state-level and national policy, planning, and research issues in postsecondary education.

Evidence in doing academic and/or administrative research and analysis with commonly used computer software and statistical packages.

Demonstrated ability to conceive, plan, implement, write, and report on technical research projects in postsecondary academic issues.  This skill must include extensive experience in speaking to small and large groups.

Demonstrated experience using statistical methods to analyze data, create models to depict trends, and generate reports.

Evidence of planning and directing working groups/committees.

Demonstrated experience as a strong leader/manager with strong interpersonal skills.

Ability to maintain effective working relationships with associates, supervisors, and other public and private agencies.

Commitment to the goals and strategic priorities set forth by the Council on Postsecondary Education.

This is a full-time position.  Please submit applications via the RIOPC Employment website at:

Applications must be received by September 26, 2017.   The application should include a cover letter and a resume as well as the contact information of three references.

The office of the Postsecondary Commissioner

is an AA/EEOD employer and values diversity.

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