Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) is actively seeking a Human
Resources Partner for a one year term appointment. RISD Human
Resources partners with campus colleagues to attract, retain,
develop and reward a diverse workforce. We strive to enhance the
experience of all employees and to foster an environment that
values respect, teamwork, diversity, and inclusion. Our team works
proactively to create an environment that respects the whole
person. 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.
The Human Resources Partner (HRP) will be a trusted adviser
responsible for the alignment, development, and delivery of Human
Resource policy, programs, services, and resources in support of
the designated areas of the College. The selected candidate will
demonstrate the knowledge and skill to engage across a wide variety
of individual differences and identities through meaningful
interactions characterized by respect, mutual understanding, and
reciprocity. The HRP will provide accurate and robust advice,
interpretation, and guidance to employees and managers regarding a
full range of HR/College policies and processes; will use their
solid knowledge of federal and state laws to minimize risk for the
College and to support the day to day needs of the leaders,
managers, and employees in resolving complex problems. The HRP will
promote a culture of inclusion providing advice and counsel aimed
at enhancing performance through coaching, counseling, training,
and career development.
- Proactively engage with assigned divisional partners to
understand divisional objectives and needs.
- As an integrated partner, identify, recommend and implement
solutions that achieve desired results that best align operational
and people (HR) strategies.
- Partner with divisional leaders to successfully roll out
institution-wide initiatives for assigned areas and clients.
- Serve as a proactive and trusted partner providing timely,
accurate, and robust advice, interpretation, and guidance to
employees and managers regarding a full range of HR policies,
processes, practices, agreements, and issues.
- Stay abreast of both state and federal laws in order to
mitigate risk and support the day-to-day management of
- Surface and identify practice and policy issues and
- Partner with internal and external legal resources as
- Assist in developing a culture of inclusivity and
- Act as a point of contact for employee, employment and labor
relations issues; recommend courses of action, ensuring appropriate
documentation of events and consistency and fairness in all
- Interpret and administer collective bargaining agreements,
provide advice, coaching, corrective action, or investigation as
- Request and interpret a wide variety of human resources
management data for assigned division leaders and area.
- Analyze and share results, highlighting trends, progress and
opportunities, and help develop and implement actions and solutions
required based on data analysis.
- With an understanding of divisional operations, trends and
needs, provide ongoing advice and performance management guidance
(e.g., coaching, counseling, career development, and improvement
- With a continuous improvement approach, act as a conduit and
advocate for performance management tools, techniques, and
processes for assigned group in order to optimize performance and
the college process.
- Identify divisional and individual training and coaching needs
and skill gaps.
- Either directly or through other staff/consultants, create and
deliver targeted training sessions to address opportunities within
- Evaluate and monitor results. Work with managers to ensure
regular feedback and development occurs with employees.
- With an understanding of institutional process and divisional
talent needs, engage and leverage the appropriate subject matter
experts in delivery of services, including but not limited to
compensation, benefits, legal, risk, labor, and a range of other
internal or external resources.
- Bachelor's degree in related field or equivalent combination of
education and experience.
- Five years’ experience advising directly on a range of HR,
management, and employee-related issues within a complex
- Knowledge of multiple human resource disciplines. Strong
knowledge of related federal and state rules and regulations.
- Demonstrated cultural competence with an understanding of
inclusion and diversity issues in the workplace.
- Strong interpersonal, communication, presentation, and
listening skills . Ability to be clear, fluent, and concise.
- Experience working effectively with diverse groups, including
faculty, staff, students, and consultants.
- Effective communicator, able to collaborate and engage with
others who are different from themselves in meaningful ways through
interactions characterized by reciprocity, mutual understanding,
- Proven experience partnering with multiple divisional leaders,
managers, and employees on a wide variety of HR issues.
Demonstrated credibility and ability to influence others and serve
as a trusted advisor.
- Ability to identify, manage and mitigate risk using exceptional
- Strong computer skills and experience utilizing HRIS
- Ability to analyze data in order to shape and inform sound
- Experience leading and supporting HR and college-wide
- Capacity for ambiguity and ability to navigate paradox.
- PHR, SPHR, and/or SHRM CP/SPC
- Bi- or multi-lingual
- Experience in higher education or in a complex organization is
- Union experience
35 hours/week; 12 months per year
Full-time; Exempt; One-Year Fixed Term
Documents Needed to Apply:
Salary Grade Structure
Incomplete applications will not be considered. Please upload
all required documents.
- Resume (required)
- Cover Letter (required)
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
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