Vice President for Human Resources

Rhode Island School of Design   Providence, RI   Full-time     Human Resources
Posted on May 28, 2024
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Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), known internationally as one of the leading art and design colleges, requests nominations, recommendations, and outstanding applications for its Vice President for Human Resources (VPHR). RISD seeks a passionate and strategic people and culture leader attuned to best-practice human resources administration to join the College and lead an equity-centered HR strategy aligned with RISD’s unique culture and mission.


Reporting to the Senior Vice President for Finance and Administration, the VPHR is the Chief Human Resources Officer of the institution and is responsible for leading a human resources function and strategy that aligns with and advances RISD’s mission and strategic direction. The VPHR leads the development and administration of human resources policies, procedures, programs, and services that advance RISD’s mission and support a community of more than 2,600 students, 650 full and part-time faculty, and more than 650 staff. They are a strategic partner, collaborating closely with stakeholders across RISD to implement human resources management policy, practice, and strategy, making recommendations in concert with RISD’s human resources philosophy and RISD’s strategic interests. The VPHR is responsible for designing and operating human resources systems and practices that support employment and service across the employee life cycle of a unionized environment, overseeing programs and policies in compensation, benefits, labor relations, recruitment, social equity and inclusion, EEO, employee training and development, change management, and employee communications.


RISD seeks a collaborative and strategic human resources leader—who has a proven track record of successfully and affirmatively advancing social equity and inclusion goals—to articulate a vision for modern, equity-centered human resources functions responsive to RISD’s unique culture and specific operational needs. The VPHR will be a visible, transparent, transformative, and collaborative leader, working closely with leadership on strategic human resources issues and institutional priorities.


RISD has retained Isaacson, Miller, a national executive search firm, to assist in the recruitment of its next Vice President for Human Resources. Please direct all applications, nominations, and inquiries to Isaacson, Miller, as indicated at the end of this document.


Dan Rodas, Partner,

Tim Lanigan, Senior Associate

Isaacson, Miller


Rhode Island School of Design is an equal employment institution.


RISD is looking for equity-minded applicants who represent the full diversity of the globe and who demonstrate a sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, and ethnic backgrounds present in their community. When you join the team at RISD, you can expect to be part of an inclusive, innovative, and equity-focused community that approaches higher education as a matter of social justice that requires broad collaboration among faculty, staff, students, and community partners. In deciding whether to apply for a position at RISD, you are strongly encouraged to consider whether your values align with our Mission + Values, our SEI Accountability Commitments, and our Strategic Plan.

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