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Admissions Officer, Rhode Island School of Design

Rhode Island School of Design
Rhode Island, United States
Salary Not Specified
Closing date
Aug 15, 2021

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Position Type
Administrative, Business & Administrative Affairs, Affirmative Action & Equal Opportunity, Student Affairs, Admissions, Enrollment, Retention & Registrar, Counseling, Minority & Multicultural Affairs, Other Student Affairs
Employment Type
Full Time
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Job Summary

Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) is seeking an Admissions Officer to join its Admissions department. The primary mission for Admissions is to ensure the enrollment goals of the college by bringing in new degree program students. These goals are achieved through recruitment and outreach, application review by faculty and staff, and engagement with admitted students. We welcome applicants with demonstrated success in working with diverse populations and in a multicultural environment that reflects our student body and embraces our vision and mission.

In collaboration with the admissions team, the Admissions Officer will contribute to all aspects of RISD’s admissions process. Specifically, the Admissions Officer is responsible for traveling to high schools, portfolio days, and other relevant events to articulate RISD’s offerings, recruiting prospective applicants, and building relationships with key influencers. The Admissions Officer will review and evaluate applications for admission to the College and participate in admissions committee meetings. In addition, the Admission Officer will participate in and contribute to the development and delivery of yield programming, including but not limited to Admitted Students Day and various housing, student, career, and international student webinars.

We seek a culturally competent candidate who will thrive in a campus environment that is committed to advancing the principles of social equity and inclusion, environmental and climate justice, and equal access to resources and opportunities.

Essential Functions

  • Coordinate the schedule for and participate in the planning and development of recruitment activities such as conducting regular information programs on and off-campus. Participate in and recruit alumni volunteers for Portfolio Days. Present during high school visits and evaluate artwork to support prospective student portfolio development.

  • Support areas of auxiliary responsibility, which may include, but are not limited to, minority recruitment initiatives, student ambassador program development, digital media/marketing outreach, and/or event coordination.

  • Conduct evaluations of applicant credentials, including visual art submissions, attend Admissions Committee meetings, and act as a voting member of the admissions committee in the decision process.

  • Serve as a knowledgeable ambassador for RISD while counseling prospective students, families, and other interested parties regarding undergraduate and graduate degree programs and admission processes.

  • Initiate, cultivate, and manage relationships with applicants, parents, counselors, and teachers concerning RISD and the RISD application.


  • B.F.A., B.A. in Studio Art preferred, or an equivalent combination of education and experience

  • Ability to evaluate visual artwork

  • Demonstrated experience with public speaking

  • Computer skills including MS Office Suite, Adobe Suite, Keynote, and/or PowerPoint a plus

  • Demonstrated experience working independently and effectively as a member of an ethnically and culturally diverse team and community.

  • Valid driver's license and passport required



Work Schedule:

35 hours/week; 12 months/year

Some evenings and weekends required throughout the year.

Employment Status:

Full-Time, Regular



Documents Needed to Apply:

Resume (required)

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.

For certain positions, RISD is currently supporting remote work arrangements due to the pandemic. When work resumes in person, employees are expected to perform work on campus.

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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