Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) seeks a Program Manager for
Adult Extension in Continuing Education (CE). This is an exciting
opportunity for a skilled individual to join the Continuing
Education (CE) team whose mission is to provide an immersive and
innovative art and design education for everyone, at all stages of
life and all levels of experience .
The Program Manager, Adult Extension is responsible for
researching, planning, staffing, coordinating, monitoring,
evaluating, and implementing a select and diverse offering of
programs. Actively engages the Associate Director, Adult Extension,
other Program Managers, CE instructors and other key CE staff in
order to develop, recommend, implement, and assess online, on-site,
and hybrid learning initiatives. Hires, orients, supervises and
evaluates course instructors. Maintains standards of current
programs and proposes ideas for new programs. Makes suggestions for
cross-disciplinary initiatives and for the integration of
technology into traditional by-hand subject areas for both online
and in-person classes. Serves as initial point of contact on a
variety of inquiries/issues and engages faculty, staff, and
students as appropriate to reply/resolve. This position requires
strong communication and collaboration skills as it is the primary
conduit of information and communication between instructors and
all other CE personnel.
We seek applications from equity-minded candidates who will thrive
in a campus environment that is committed to advancing the
principles of social equity and inclusion, and equal access to
resources and opportunities.
- Research, design, and recommend courses and course descriptions
for adult certificate and elective courses in order to cultivate
students’ artistic, creative, social, and intellectual development
in a supportive learning environment. Keep current with external
trends, needs, and interests and actively consult with other
practitioners to identify areas appropriate for development. Assess
program outcomes and make recommendations to the Associate Director
- Serve as central point of contact for all assigned programs,
and ensure that standards, procedures, and academic policies are
maintained and updated as appropriate. Responsible for identifying
and resolving issues regarding grades, instructor relations, and
satisfaction with courses and course content.
- Recruit, train, contract, and evaluate selected instructors.
Responsible for overall communication with instructors. Works
collaboratively with CE staff to solve a variety of logistical and
- Supports the program evaluation process for adult certificate
programs and classes on a rolling basis by reviewing curriculum,
benchmarking programs against competitors, researching new trends
in the field, meeting with relevant faculty, and reviewing student
evaluations in preparation for each program review. Make
recommendations to the Associate Director and Director for program
changes and updates accordingly.
- Prepares comprehensive descriptions for all courses and
programs for final review and approval by the Director. Ensures the
timely flow of course descriptions/content and contract
- Proactively engages the Assistant Director, Advising +
Registration on student advisement issues, and counsels current and
prospective students as necessary.
- Advises the Director on program and instructor assessment
initiatives, thus contributing to the establishment of annual
goals, objectives, and action plans.
- Demonstrated cultural competence with an understanding of
inclusion and diversity issues in an academic setting.
- Demonstrated understanding and ability to stay abreast of
current trends and developments in various art and design fields
within the assigned program area.
- Computer skills, including Microsoft Office, G-Suite, and
database skills as well as familiarity with Learning Management
Systems (i.e. Canvas, Blackboard, Moodle).
- Experience working on a team, ability to manage multiple
projects and tight deadlines with agility and a high degree of
- Experience working with diverse populations of students,
families, and faculty.
- BFA, BA/BS in appropriate disciplines such as art, design, art
education, arts management, or equivalent combination of education
- Minimum three (3) years’ experience in art education and/or
program development/implementation in an arts or continuing
- MA, MFA in appropriate disciplines such as art, design, art
education, arts management.
- Previous supervisory experience
- Experience teaching at the post-secondary level, in-person and
- Digital visualization and drawing tools and registration
database software packages.
35 hours per week; 12 months per year
Documents Needed to Apply:
Cover Letter (Required)
Salary Grade Structure
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
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CE - Academic Programs