Rhode Island School of Design (RISD or the College) seeks a talented and experienced human resources professional to provide support and services to Academic Affairs. The Office of Human Resources supports RISD’s vibrant community by offering a variety of programs and services that are designed to meet the personal and professional needs of its employees. The Human Resources team is committed to furthering RISD’s vision of creating and sustaining a diverse, equitable and inclusive community.
Founded in 1877, RISD has earned an international reputation as a leader in art and design education. It is recognized for its renowned faculty of artists and designers, the breadth of its specialized facilities, and the intensity of its studio-based approach to learning-an approach where critical thinking informs the making of works by hand. Approximately 2,500 students from around the world study at RISD, pursuing full-time bachelor’s or master’s degree programs in 19 fine arts, architecture, or design majors, complemented by essential study in the liberal arts.
The RISD Museum, with the third largest college or university museum collection in the country, is an integral part of the institution and a resource for the College and the larger community. RISD’s mission incorporates artistic and scholarly achievement with social impact, and the institution has played a vital role in preparing students for leadership roles in all sectors, as demonstrated through the outstanding and varied accomplishments of its 27,000 alumni.
The College is located in Providence, Rhode Island, which offers its own vibrant art scene and is conveniently located between two other major cultural centers: Boston and New York. The RISD campus is contiguous with the campus of Brown University and the two institutions share social, academic, and community resources.
The Human Resources Partner (HRP) is a strategic and trusted liaison who supports diversity, inclusion, and equity initiatives, and the development and delivery of human resources policy, programs, and services for employees and departments that make up Academic Affairs. Reporting to the Director of Employment and Employee Development, the Human Resources Partner will join RISD at an exciting time as the inaugural VP Social, Equity and Inclusion will lead the implementation of our Social Equity Inclusion Action Plan to make the vision real through formulating policy, evaluating progress, identifying opportunities and locating areas of concern across the campus. The successful HRP will demonstrate the knowledge and skill to engage across a wide variety of individuals and identities through meaningful interactions characterized by respect, mutual understanding, and reciprocity. The HRP will promote a culture of inclusion, providing advice and counsel aimed at enhancing performance through coaching, counseling, training, and career development. The successful candidate will provide advice and recruiting expertise to search committees and individual hiring areas to creatively source, relocate, and retain talented and diverse faculty and staff; provide accurate and robust advice, interpretation, and guidance to employees and managers regarding the full range of human resources and College policies and processes; work within federal and state laws to minimize risk for the College and to support the day to day needs of the Academic Affairs in resolving complex problems. The HRP will conduct investigations in response to Title VII and Title IX allegations, and partner with internal or external subject matter experts in delivering a full range of integrated HR solutions to the division of academic affairs.