Rhode Island School of Design — Registrar

Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), founded in 1877, has earned an international reputation as a leader in art and design education. RISD is known for its phenomenal faculty of artists, designers, and scholars, the breadth of its specialized facilities and the intensity of its studio-based approach to learning. Approximately 2,400 students from around the world study at RISD, pursuing full-time bachelor’s or master’s degree programs in a choice of 19 studio majors complemented by essential study in the liberal arts. The RISD Museum, with the third largest college or university museum collection in the country (over 90,000 works of fine and decorative art), is an integral part of the institution and a resource for the College and the larger community. RISD has played a vital role in preparing students for leadership roles in all sectors, as demonstrated through the outstanding and varied accomplishments of its 26,000 alumni.

Reporting to the Provost, the Registrar will be an experienced, strategic and visionary leader who is responsible for developing and directing a future-oriented and data-focused Registrar’s Office with the capacity to guide central academic and student information operations. The Registrar will oversee the hiring, training and professional development for a staff of seven as well as lead the development, implementation, assessment, and adaption of registration planning initiatives, policies, procedures, and information management systems, which support and foster the academic mission of the College, while developing partnerships with faculty leadership, senior administrators, and academic programs to ensure superior student academic experiences and educational outcomes. The Registrar researches, analyzes and interprets data to shape discussions involving enrollment trends, academic and curricular policies/processes, and emerging software platforms to support strategic enrollment practices. The Registrar will play a strategic role on key governance committees and on strategic committees representing the College and will lead the development, organization, implementation and evaluation of short- and long-term strategic registration plans. In addition, the Registrar will be expected to:

  • work closely and collaboratively with other administrators, departments, and faculty governing bodies and committees to educate on, provide advice and interpretation regarding, and ensure compliance to existing College registration policies and procedures;
  • Cultivate internal and external relationships to better understand, support, and inform academic initiatives and to develop and adapt registration polices and processes which support and advance student academic experiences and learning outcomes. Provide leadership and advice on issues related to academic policy, curriculum, and compliance with Federal laws and regulations, including FERPA;
  • oversee the College’s student information system and ensure the system supports and informs the College’s academic mission. Evaluate existing registration technology and tools and make recommendations as appropriate. Lead the implementation of new applications and enhancements in order to support advanced services, special features (i.e., Brown/ RISD Dual Degree Program) and improve administrative processes. Work closely with the Chief Information Officer to institute practices and procedures to ensure that the College’s registration management system is responsive, efficient, secure, accurate, and reliable;
  • develop and analyze reports and interpret data to shape discussions and decisions involving course enrollment, institutional planning, academic programming, and curricular polices/procedures. Collaborate with department heads on course and room scheduling and is responsible for the federal IPEDS reports on student enrollment and retention, along with related internal and external reports;
  • oversee student registration, grade collection, issuance of transcripts, recording of transfer credits, certification of enrollment and degree completion, and degree audit process for graduation; and,
  • be responsible for the administration of the student records system, the degree auditing functions, and readmission. Review student records each term and recommend actions on probation and dismissal for academic reasons. Oversee administration of VA benefits and serve as an administrative advisor to students.

A master’s degree or equivalent related experience and education as well as documented significant progressive supervisory experience in a registrar’s office are required. Candidates must exhibit excellent analytical skills and broad knowledge of student administration systems and have extensive experience with high level use of student information systems. The demonstrated ability to work as a knowledgeable user/client of technology and systems development, experience successfully implementing and improving administrative processes using information technology effectively, and the ability to collaborate with administration, faculty, staff, and students will be expected of the Registrar.

Review of applications will begin August 24, 2016 and will continue until the position is filled. A resume with an accompanying cover letter may be submitted via the Spelman Johnson website at www.spelmanandjohnson.com/open-positions. Nominations for this position may be emailed to Kendra E. Dane at ked@spelmanjohnson.com.  Applicants needing reasonable accommodation to participate in the application process should contact Spelman Johnson at 413-529-2895.

Spelman Johnson
Rhode Island School of Design – Registrar
Kendra E. Dane, Search Associate

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Rhode Island School of Design recognizes diversity and inclusivity as fundamental to its learning community and integral to an art and design education. We welcome candidates whose experience in leadership and higher education 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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