Rhode Island School of Design’s (RISD) Office of Intercultural
Student Engagement (ISE) seeks an Assistant Director of Diversity
Programs to serve as a community liaison to promote the services
and programs of ISE that support strategic priorities and that
enhance recruitment initiatives, orientation programs and
advisement for affinity groups.
The ISE cultivates an environment that recognizes an ever-changing
campus and global community. This office supports historically
excluded groups including but not limited to First Generation,
International, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer,
Intersex, Asexual, Polyamorous, Religious, Social Economic Status,
Spiritual, Students with differing physical and psychological
abilities, Students of Color, and those of all ages. Students who
interact with the ISE typically go on to serve in campus leadership
roles in Resident Life and other critical areas.
The Assistant Director is a self-starter who recognizes gaps and
proactively seeks opportunities to work cross-departmentally. The
successful candidate is deeply committed to and energized by
connecting with art + design students and the greater RISD
community and has exceptional interpersonal skills with an open and
welcoming attitude. This position leads with authenticity,
centering the students’ developmental needs and interests by
developing and delivering programs, services, and systems that
support their social, cultural, and academic success. As well, the
Assistant Director of Diversity Programs makes recommendations to
the Director of ISE on the alignment of ISE programs and
opportunities with those of campus stakeholders to advance the
recruitment, retention, and completion of non-majority student
We seek a culturally competent candidate whose professional
practice is aligned with advancing the principles of social equity
and inclusion, environmental and climate justice, and equal access
to resources and opportunities.
- Offer advisement based on social identity development,
oppression, privilege, and liberation theory and practice to
populations representing marginalized students, including (but not
limited to) LGBTQIA+, race/ethnicity, national origin,
- Provide leadership and advocacy toward outcomes that benefit,
welcome, and support for students of marginalized identities.
- Produce ISE’s signature programs including but not limited to
BBQueer, heritage months, Drag show and actively engage other
departments and areas in order to maximize outreach and
- Plan and organize collective gatherings to explore issues of
identity, culture, campus climate for students, and program
- Train, supervise, and mentor the Cultural Programmers.
- Coordinate, monitor, and oversee the use of and logistics for
the Pride Room and Reflection Rooms. Serve as a resource for
affinity student organizations on programming and advocacy
services, working closely with the Center for Student
- Serve as the ISE community liaison to cross-campus stakeholders
in order to create and align opportunities that deepen the
awareness and ensure the inclusion of non-majority populations.
Engage RISD Admissions and the divisions of Student Affairs and
Academic Affairs in mutually beneficial diversity and inclusion
outcomes related to recruitment, orientation, and campus
experience. These outcomes will include, but may not be limited to
outreach visitations to diverse high schools, ISE hosting campus
visits for diverse students, and designing orientation programs
that welcome and engage intercultural students with RISD.
- Represent ISE and promote ISE services and programs to external
partners that promote the successful integration and cultural
transition of minoritized student populations into RISD and
- A Master’s degree or equivalent combination of education and
professional experience with a focus in either multicultural or
social justice education or education and experience related to
working with nonprofit and community organizations that focus on
identity, culture, and inclusion.
- Minimum of three years in student advising and working with a
wide spectrum of students that represent the intersectionality of
- Demonstrated understanding and sensitivity apropos to the
intersections of ability, class, ethnicity, gender, gender
identity, race, religion/spirituality, and sexual
- A demonstrated knowledge of historical and contemporary
multiculturalism with an American context.
- Ability to foster and build relationships with internal and
external partners in order to achieve common goals required.
Experience working with Admissions on recruitment initiatives and
outreach in higher education highly desired.
- Demonstrated ability to engage in personal development
practices around social identities, oppression, privilege,
liberation, and ally-ship.
- Knowledge of social identity theories for minoritized students
and the ability to incorporate those paradigms in student
development practices, services, and program development.
- Demonstrated proficiency in working as a team member and
collaborator among a variety of constituents including faculty,
staff, student affairs practitioners, community leaders.
- Ability to handle and address sensitive, personal situations
with confidentiality, decorum, and protocol.
- Demonstrated commitment to promoting and enhancing diversity,
equity, and cultural competency.
- Demonstrated interpersonal, communication, and time management
- Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
- Strong computer skills, i.e. MS Office (Excel, Word, Gmail and
- Ability to mentor and guide students.
- An appreciation for art and design, developed through
education, employment, or personal interest is highly
35 hours per week; 12 months per year
Some evenings and weekends required throughout the 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.
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
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