Rhode Island School of Design is actively seeking an Associate Director of Expanded Education. This is an exciting opportunity for a skilled individual to join the Continuing and Expanded Education Division whose mission is to educate students of all ages in art and design with high-quality accessible programs. In alignment with its Strategic Plan, Rhode Island School of Design is developing a new initiative: RISD Expanded Education. RISD ExEd will provide a new set of in-person, online, and hybrid educational offerings to corporate, non-profit, and government partners. RISD ExEd offerings will enable our partners to transform their organizations through the power of art & design. In serving our partner organizations, RISD ExEd will also strengthen ties between the school and industry, create new spaces for innovation in teaching and learning, secure additional revenues to support the mission of the school, and expand our reach and impact in the world.
The Associate Director is a critical member of the Expanded Education team, who reports to and collaborates closely with the Director, to build this new team and set of offerings. With a commitment to centering inclusivity, diversity, and equity in executing key responsibilities, the Associate Director leads the development and delivery of standard and custom programs. This requires coordinating the collaborative efforts of colleagues across RISD and managing a mixed team of employees, external contractors, and service providers. The Associate Director is responsible for routine client interactions. They also manage key technology and business processes for the team.
The Associate Director role calls for exceptional program management skills, a solid understanding of corporate learning and development, and a genuine curiosity about the intersection of art and business. This position is ideal for someone who thrives in a collaborative environment, where they can have an active voice and hand in shaping something new and exciting.
Leads the development of program content and activities, consistent with design frameworks and the high-level solution designs of custom engagements
Coordinates and integrates the contributions of subject matter experts, faculty, and external partners to program content
Ensures that all programs and content are well integrated with relevant learning technology platforms
Manages program updates and continuous improvement based on internal and customer feedback
Tailors program experiences and versions program content for custom engagements
Creates and manages detailed project plans and budgets for program development
Leads delivery of all programs to a high standard of excellence including scheduling, logistics, materials, and technology for all virtual, on-the-job, and in-person program components
Supervises program delivery staff and. directs the work of RISD faculty, adjunct facilitators, external speakers, webinar producers, event staff, etc.
Manages program scope and budget for each program and cohort
Develops and executes processes for client onboarding and ongoing communications
Leads regular team meetings with client counterparts to review progress and feedback
Client Relationship Management
Serves as the day-to-day contact for Expanded Education clients
Identifies unmet needs of existing partners and surfaces additional business opportunities.
Participates in strategic account reviews with the Director and other staff from across RISD
Participates in sales meetings with prospective clients and the Director
Conducts scoping, scheduling, and costing exercises during proposal development
Technology and Process Management
Collaborates with RISD colleagues and external vendors on the implementation, evaluation, integration, and testing of learning technology tools and platforms
Serves as point-person for RISD internal business processes and systems
Perform related assignments as directed by the Director, Expanded Education.
Excellent project management and organizational skills
Desire to integrate a focus on sustainability, social equity and inclusion, and equal access to resources and opportunity throughout the work of the department
Demonstrated customer focus and relationship building skills
Strong verbal and visual communication skills
Experience using a structured approach to scope and manage complex projects
Experience navigating complex organizations with multiple stakeholders
Experience with online learning technologies such as LMS, LXP, LCMS
Ability to represent the school appropriately across levels and cultures
Ability to collaborate productively with colleagues across functions, departments, and levels
Ability to manage operational ambiguity and uncertainty while pursuing strategic goals
Ability to quickly become literate in content from multiple disciplines
Desire to learn and develop new knowledge at the intersection of art, design, and business
Desire to be part of an entrepreneurial team that is shaping a new and exciting function for the school
Strong technical and digital literacy
Bachelor's degree required or equivalent combination of education and experience
Minimum of 7 years' experience in online education, corporate learning & development, or executive education required
35 hours/week; 12 months/year
Documents Needed to Apply
Cover Letter (required)
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.
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.