Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), one of the world’s leading institutions of art and design education, located in historic Providence, RI, is seeking a Community Coordinator to join its Residence Life Department. RISD’s Residence Life provides a safe and supportive environment empowering students to create inclusive communities that foster their artistic and personal development. 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 Community Coordinator is a full-time, 12-month, live-in position that provides front-line leadership and direction to a residence life area housing art and design students. Community Coordinators (CC) are responsible for fostering and developing vibrant and inclusive communities primarily through the direct supervision and implementation of the co-curricular experience. CCs are each responsible for supervising the daily performance of paraprofessional Resident Advisors (RA), a paraprofessional Advocate for Inclusion in Residence (AIR). CCs also assist with departmental processes, programs, and special projects as assigned. This is a term position expiring at the end of each fiscal year. Community Coordinator terms may be extended on an annual basis allowing for consecutive service of up to 3 years.
RISD employs four Community Coordinators with different areas of focus. This position’s focus is the following:
Community Coordinator for the Hill Houses and Apartments: Oversees RISD’s historic Hill Houses and Benefit Street Apartments. These areas house over 300 upper-class undergraduate and graduate students. The Community Coordinator is involved in the development and implementation of a residential experience aimed at meeting the needs of upper-class students living in a mix of traditional and apartment-style housing. The CC also focuses on the development of a holistic sophomore experience in close partnership with the Assistant and Associate Directors for Residence Education.
Bachelor’s Degree required. Master’s degree in student personnel, higher education administration, counseling, or related field of study preferred. Demonstrated success working with a diverse group of students needed.
A positive attitude and the ability to create enthusiasm, demonstrate flexibility and maintain composure in stressful situations required. Physical ability to respond to crises or emergency situations in all buildings necessary (many areas are not wheelchair accessible).
Past Residence Life experience preferred. Familiarity and understanding of curriculum, facilitation, and assessment best practices preferred. Familiarity with common office software and/or college information management systems such as Workday and housing management systems such as StarRez preferred.
Previous supervisory experience, an awareness of social justice principles, and an appreciation for art and design developed through employment, education or personal interest are highly desirable.
Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), founded in 1877, is a fine arts and design college located in Providence, Rhode Island. Enrolling about 2000 undergraduates and 400 graduate students from across the United States and 55 other countries, RISD offers 16 undergraduate majors and 16 graduate majors, and is ranked annually by U.S. News & World Report as one of the top art and design schools in the United States. RISD’s rigorous education encourages creative experimentation and intellectual risk-taking, challenging students to question their approach to art making through critical thinking. There are over 90,000 works of art in the RISD Museum, which houses a collection of fine and decorative art objects. The first public galleries opened in 1893. The RISD Library is one of the oldest independent art college libraries in the country with more than 150,000 volumes and 380 periodical subscriptions which offer unusual depth and richness in the areas of architecture, art, design, and photography. The RISD campus is contiguous with the campus of Brown University and the two institutions share social, academic, and community resources.RISD recognizes diversity and inclusivity as fundament...al 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.