Executive Director, Accreditation and Institutional Effectiveness

Rhode Island School of Design
Rhode Island, United States
Salary Not Specified
Posted date
Nov 4, 2021

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Position Type
Administrative, Academic Affairs, Accreditation, Institutional Research & Planning, Other Academic Affairs, Executive, Executive Directors, Other Executive
Employment Level
Employment Type
Full Time

Job Summary

Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) has a distinguished history of providing innovative leadership in art and design education and an ongoing commitment to creative experimentation and risk-taking. This progressive, inquisitive attitude permeates RISD’s campus culture, supporting the undergraduate and graduate students, faculty, curators, administrative, and support staff who form our community. RISD’s students are diverse, coming from a wide range of geographic, socioeconomic, and cultural backgrounds, representing all forms of diversity. The College strives to cultivate a culturally competent campus environment that advances principles of social equity and inclusion, environmental and climate justice, and equal access to resources and opportunities. The Office of the Provost supports RISD’s academic mission and the work of faculty and students across all divisions. RISD's exceptional faculty fosters student growth and development in a variety of arts and design disciplines, enabling students to become confident, cross-disciplinary thinkers.

Rhode Island School of Design is actively seeking an Executive Director, Accreditation and Institutional Effectiveness to join the Office of the Provost. The Executive Director, Accreditation and Institutional Effectiveness provides leadership for the use of systematic and data-informed research and analysis to support institutional decision-making and planning, external accreditation and federal/state reporting, and educational assessment and review. This position oversees the Office of Institutional Effectiveness and its staff. It also develops, manages, and strategizes about research, data, and analysis needed to support RISD’s mission and goals based in input and information from senior leadership. The incumbent in this position manages processes of surveying and data collection and leads fulfillment of RISD’s accreditation and federal/state requirements, including major reports, periodic reports, and completion of institutional self-studies. The Executive Director oversees the integrity of data and its use across the institution and researches and supports best practices for program assessment and review in higher education and in schools of art and design.

Essential Functions

  • Oversees the institution’s efforts to collect, analyze and report information about the institution to facilitate data-informed decision-making and strategic planning at multiple levels of leadership and management.
  • Develops and sustains guiding strategies for institutional research and its uses on campus, working with and supervising the Director of Institutional Research.
  • Prioritizes requests for data and reporting to meet needs of institutional planning and major initiatives, as determined by the Provost’s Office.
  • Oversees the integrity of data sourcing, collection, synchronization, and dissemination, across the institution, for both internal and external reporting.
  • Develops appropriate policies and procedures to ensure consistent data stewardship.
  • Serves as the institution’s primary liaison between RISD and NECHE, NC-SARA, and other entities. Responds to external information requests and shares, internally, key revisions to accreditation standards and policies.
  • Oversees the institution’s planning for institutional and program reaccreditation (NECHE, NAAB, LAAB, RIDE), and museum reaccreditation. Establishes timetables and leads staff and faculty in developing program and institutional self-studies as required. Reviews, edits, and approves materials/reports as appropriate.
  • Supports the Provost’s Office on institutional initiatives that pertain to accreditation (such as development of General Education guidelines or institutional learning outcomes) with an understanding of best practices.
  • Promotes a culture of assessment among faculty and staff and provides input to the Vice Provost about accreditation to help inform the Academic Program Review process.
  • Consults with academic units in developing, measuring and analyzing learning outcomes and consults with administrative units in developing, measuring, analyzing performance outcomes and ensuring accountability.
  • Provides qualitative and quantitative data to ensure that Academic Program Review self-studies are developed using strong evidence as the basis for conclusions.
  • Master’s degree or equivalent combination of education and experience required
  • Minimum ten years’ experience in higher education administration, with a broad understanding of current practices and frameworks around institutional research, data management, and accreditation and assessment
  • Minimum of three years management experience required
  • Demonstrable record of discretion regarding confidential information and ability to manage detailed reporting and multiple deadlines
  • Experience in working with multiple constituents, including faculty, students, staff, as well as external visitors and representatives
  • Ability to influence others outside of span of control
  • Demonstrated experience representing an institution with national accrediting bodies and other commissions
  • Proven ability to interact with members of the community representing diverse backgrounds and interests


Work Schedule

35 hours/week; 12 months/year

Employment Status

Full-Time; Regular. Exempt.



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.

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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