Assistant Vice Provost for Adult and Online
At Rhode Island College
Rhode Island College, a leading, regional
college with vibrant programs in the arts and sciences, education,
and professional programs, seeks a dynamic, innovative, and
experienced leader to serve as Assistant Vice Provost for
Adult and Online Education. Reporting to the Provost and
Vice President for Academic Affairs, this administrator will be
responsible for development and implementation of the College’s
strategic plan for adult and online education.
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About the College
Rhode Island College (www.ric.edu) is a highly respected
post-secondary education institution dedicated to preparing
students through rigorous academic programs, thoughtful service,
and enriching opportunities. As Rhode Island’s first institution of
public higher education, the College has grown from its origins in
teacher preparation to becoming a leading regional comprehensive
college, with particular strengths in nursing, teacher preparation,
social work, business, science, technology, mathematics, and
liberal arts disciplines. In the Spring of 2022 Rhode Island
College became the first institution of higher education in Rhode
Island to earn federal Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) status.
Dr. Frank D. Sánchez has served as president of RIC since 2016.
Nearly 90 majors and programs at the undergraduate and graduate
levels are offered through its five distinct academic schools: the
Faculty of Arts and Sciences, the Feinstein School of Education and
Human Development, the School of Business, the Zvart Onanian School
of Nursing, and the School of Social Work. These units are
complemented by the School of Graduate Studies, which puts career
advancement within reach for students pursing certificates of
graduate study or programs at the master’s and doctoral level.
Building upon RIC’s commitment to community education and workforce
development, the Office of Professional Studies and Continuing
Education supports students who seek to enrich their knowledge and
skills through continuing education programs.
With an enrollment of more than 6,000 undergraduate, graduate,
and doctoral students, the College student body is 71 percent
female and 38 percent students of color, and more than 46 percent
of the undergraduates are first-generation college students.
Eighty-five percent of the student body resides in-state.
RIC has 297 full-time faculty, 301 adjunct faculty, and 505
staff members, and an annual budget of more than $119 million. With
an average class size of 18 students and a 13:1 student-to-faculty
ratio, the College has a friendly, close-knit community that
results in lifelong friendships and mentors.
Students have the opportunity to participate in research and
internships to advance their learning and goals. Study-abroad and
domestic study-away programs allow students to pursue their
education in different institutions and settings for a semester,
year, summer, or during the short January term.
One of RIC’s key initiatives is to provide a high-quality
student experience. The College is investing more than $310 million
in facility and infrastructure improvements over a five-year
The College also is committed to building community, equity,
diversity, and cultural competency for its faculty, staff,
students, and the regional community. Inclusive excellence is one
of the five pillars of the College’s strategic plan, “Affirming our
Strength and Building our Future,” along with learning innovation,
student success, community partnerships, and institutional
A member of the Little East Conference, the RIC Athletics
programs are NCAA Division III with 12 varsity teams for women and
9 for men. The College also offers club sports.
The Division of Academic Affairs boldly focuses on the success
of RIC students. One of the needs of its students is for flexible
and convenient courses of study. More than 22 percent of
undergraduate students and 80 percent of graduate students are age
25 and older. Many of these students juggle their academic
obligations with other responsibilities. A significant percentage
of students cares for dependents and/or works at least 21 hours a
week off campus for pay.
While the College offers online and hybrid classes, it does not
offer online degree or certificate programs that support flexible
learning in a systematic fashion. RIC’s current strategic plan
seeks to address this growing student academic need.
The Assistant Vice Provost for Adult and Online Education is a
new administrative position that will work closely with the Provost
and academic deans to establish and implement the strategic
direction and administrative support systems for adult learning and
online programs in alignment with the College’s academic plan. The
AVP will provide leadership to facilitate the growth of existing
programs, the development of new programs, and the enhancement of
student services for adult and online learners with special
attention to equity, social mobility, and workforce
The AVP will work closely with Enrollment Management, Marketing
and Communications, and the Dean of Graduate Studies to promote
adult, graduate, and online programs. This administrator will
collaborate with the Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning, the
Office of Information Technology, the Records Office, the Bursar,
Financial Aid, and Student Success to ensure quality delivery of
programs and services for adult and online learners.
Essential Job Functions
- Collaborate with academic and administrative leaders to support
the development and implementation of a strategic plan for online
and hybrid programs for adult learners seeking certificates and
undergraduate and graduate degree programs.
- Develop a recruitment strategy for adult and graduate student
- Using workforce development data, work with academic leadership
to recommend program development for adult learners.
- Ensure the College’s online programs comply with federal and
state regulations including National State Authorization
Reciprocity Agreement (NC-SARA), the New England Commission on
Higher Education (NECHE), and the Americans with Disabilities Act
- Support the professional development of student support and
operational offices in serving adult and online populations.
- Use data for enrollment planning, budget development and
forecasting, assessment and continual improvement, and decision
making, planning, and reporting.
- Provide senior-level support for college-level initiatives, as
requested, and serve on assigned internal and external committees
and task forces.
- Perform other duties and responsibilities as assigned by the
Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs.
- A master’s degree is required; a doctoral degree is
- A minimum of five years of experience in planning and
administration of online and distance education initiatives in a
university or college setting is required.
- All applicants and employees are required to be able to perform
the essential functions of the job, and the College and will
explore reasonable accommodations for individuals with
Skills, Knowledge, and Abilities
- Demonstrated commitment to inclusive excellence with experience
serving adult populations
- Demonstrated success in working with academic leaders and
faculty to develop and implement adult and online programs
- Knowledge of and experience with technologies and best
practices in adult and online education
- Experience recruiting adult students and online student
- Competence using data to evaluate and assess programs and
services for continual improvement
- Ability to identify complex system challenges and work
collaboratively with others to resolve them
- Excellent communication skills, including the ability to listen
effectively, build consensus, and work with others to solve
- A proven record of implementing online programs with special
attention to serving the adult and graduate student
- Knowledge of adult and online recruitment strategies and best
practices for adult learners
- Proficiency with data and technology systems
Providence, Rhode Island
The College is based in the vibrant capital city of Providence,
which has a population of approximately 180,000 residents. Rich in
diversity, culture, and history, Providence has been ranked as one
of the “hippest cities” in the U.S. and has a growing and diverse
The area offers an exciting variety of cultural, entertainment,
and recreational venues. The RISD Museum of Art has more than
80,000 works of art, and the Roger Williams Park Zoo is considered
one of the finest zoos in New England. Broadway shows and plays,
museums, parks, festivals, over 700 restaurants, and more than a
hundred public and private beaches are only a sampling of what this
great city and state offer residents and visitors.
Weekday and weekend excursions to major cities are within easy
reach. The city is an hour from Boston and three hours from New
Application & Nomination Process
Confidential inquiries are welcomed, and nominations are
- Application packet must include a) a letter of interest, b)
current curriculum vitae or résumé, and c) at least four references
with full contact information including e-mails (References
will not be contacted without consent from applicant.)
- Submit application packet (preferably as PDFs)
of applications begins immediately. The search will remain
open until the position is filled. Additional information will be
requested upon receipt of application.
Submit nominations to
complete contact and e-mail information for the individual being
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As an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity institution which
values and is committed to inclusion and expanding the diversity of
its faculty and staff, the College invites members of protected
classes, including minorities and persons with disabilities, to
identify themselves as such at the time of application.
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