Rhode Island School of Design Director, Title IX & Bias Response in Providence, Rhode Island

Job Summary Overview:

Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) seeks a Director, Title IX & Bias to provide vision and oversight around Title IX and bias related issues, emphasizing compliance and education. Reporting to the Senior Vice President of Finance & Administration, this newly created position will lead institutional efforts to ensure compliance with statutory and regulatory requirements as they relate to Title IX and other forms of bias and discrimination. The Director will oversee and conduct prompt, thorough, and impartial reviews and investigations of reported incidents. By proactively engaging and collaborating with faculty, staff and student populations, the Director will foster and ensure an inclusive, equitable, safe and welcoming environment both in an out of the classroom. It will be important for the Director to provide leadership, education, guidance and additional resources, working with faculty, students, and staff on responsibilities related to sexual violence, harassment, and discrimination. In addition, the Director will ensure policies and process are accessible and relatable.

Founded in 1877, RISD has earned an international reputation as a leader in art and design education. It is recognized for its renowned faculty of artists and designers, the breadth of its specialized facilities, and the intensity of its studio-based approach to learning – an approach where critical thinking informs the making of works by hand. Approximately 2,540 students from around the world study at RISD, pursuing full-time bachelor’s or master’s degree programs in 19 fine arts, architecture or design majors, complemented by essential study in the liberal arts. The RISD Museum, with the third largest college or university museum collection in the country, is an integral part of the institution and a resource for the College and the larger community. RSID’s mission incorporates artistic and scholarly achievement with social impact, and has played a vital role in preparing students for leadership roles in all sectors, as demonstrated through the outstanding and varied accomplishments of its 27,000 alumni.

The ideal candidate will have the ability to build trust and work collaboratively with students, faculty, and staff utilizing a fair and diplomatic approach. The successful incumbent will possess sound judgement in managing sensitive information. The Director must have excellent communication skills, both verbal and written, and well-developed interpersonal skills.

Job Qualifications Required:

Bachelor’s degree is required.

Significant experience with Title IX, discrimination, and harassment investigations, resolutions, and prevention initiatives in a comparably complex environment.

Experience in participating in complaint and grievance processes and hearings.

Demonstrated knowledge of federal and state laws and regulations related to discrimination and harassment based on all protected categories and all university community members, including Title IX, as well as Title VI, Title VII, ADEA, ADA/Section 504.

Knowledge of best practices as they relate to institutions of higher education compliance with Title IX and VAWA.

A compassionate nature, listening skills, fairness, and the ability to build trust and work collaboratively with students, faculty, and staff is integral to this role.

Must have excellent communication skills, both verbal and written, and well-developed interpersonal skills, with the ability to deal with sensitive and confidential information.

Effective management and analytical skills and the ability to act independently, take initiative and exercise sound judgment.

Job Qualifications Preferred:

Master’s degree or JD preferred.

Employment Type: Full-Time

Department: Financial Administration