Assistant Director, Programming & Student Organization Leadership

Providence, Rhode Island
Jul 06, 2018
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), the country’s preeminent art and design school, located in historic Providence, RI, is seeking an Assistant Director, Programming & Student Organization Leadership to join its Center for Student Involvement. The Center for Student Involvement (CSI) creates opportunities that support and challenge students to think critically, act globally, and nurture community through campus activities, leadership development, experiential & service learning, and much more.

As an employer, RISD offers a supportive, collegial and inclusive work environment and a competitive benefits package.

The Assistant Director has the responsibility to identify, design, recommend, and implement, as approved, structures and support for student organization leadership development. Actively engage with staff, faculty, and students to support, plan, and implement large scale, campus-wide programming for the Center for Student Involvement. Responsible for the implementation of CSI’s student organization leadership training program, with support and guidance from the Associate Director. Support the daily needs and development of student organizations in the management of event planning by liaising and coordinating with on and off campus partners to ensure the successful execution of these events. Identify student organization needs and interests and connect these with the appropriate staff, faculty, and community partners in order to further nurture and develop skills and growth.

Essential Functions/Duties: 

1. Advise and support student organizations with the planning and coordination of both on and off-campus activities, ensuring required paperwork is completed accurately and thoroughly. Ensure student organizations and activities comply with policies, procedures, and standards related to student organizations. Align student organization advising and support with best practices for diversity, equity, and inclusion. Staff/attend student events and meetings as needed, including evening and weekend events.

2. Plan and execute a portfolio of CSI events as assigned including but not limited to, Block Party, Stress Relief Weeks, Mid-Year Organization Fair, Student Art Sale, and SpringFEST Weekend. Support orientation in the planning and implementation of Welcome (Back) Weekend, Artist Ball, and Graduating Students' Week. Coordinate with campus and community partners as appropriate to ensure the successful execution of events.

3. Develop and create learning outcomes for RISD's student organization leadership training programs. Gather, mine and distill data and information necessary to report on, evaluate and analyze trends in student learning and event data. Conduct research and assess various programs and services of CSI. Incorporate data assessment and feedback into operational recommendations and future planning. Suggest improvements as needed and present findings to staff and faculty.

4. Manage portfolio of CSI event budgets. Monitor and track student organizational budgets and alert to areas of concern and or opportunity. Maintain accurate and up-to-date financial records in support of the Budgets and Operations Manager to ensure proper procedures, controls, and financial guidelines for all areas including organization expenditures.

5. Perform administrative functions of CSI, to include maintaining and publicizing a calendar of student events and activities.

6. Support other CSI initiatives including, but not limited to, all orientation programs, leadership and community engagement programming, and Student Affairs initiatives by participating in planning, offering feedback and making recommendations regarding programs and logistics; attending programs; and serving as a point of contact at program to answer questions and facilitate needs. 

Qualifications (Required): 
• Master's Degree in higher education administration or related field, or equivalent combination of education and experience is required.
• 1 – 3 years of progressive experience planning and executing large and small scale programming 
• Experience conducting training and leadership development workshops, budget planning and maintenance, and producing publications for a variety of mediums, including websites.
• Demonstrated experience using Microsoft Office (.i.e. Word, Excel, etc.) Experience with Adobe Creative Suites.
• Experience in higher education and/or student affairs, and demonstrated ability to blend the academic and co-curricular components of student life is necessary.
• Demonstrated ability to think critically about, model, and implement concepts of diversity, inclusion, and intercultural relations in operations, systems, programs, and partnerships.
• A demonstrated interest in, and commitment to, the mission of an arts and design school.
• Demonstrated commitment to working successfully with students representing diverse backgrounds, circumstances, and perspectives.
• Ability to work a flexible work schedule including evenings and weekends as needed.

The successful candidate will be required to meet our pre-employment background screening requirements.

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