Join the experienced Human Resources team at Rhode Island School of Design, one of the world's leading institutions of art and design education located in Providence, RI. The Human Resources Partner (HRP) will be a trusted adviser responsible for the alignment, development and delivery of Human Resource policy, programs, services and resources in support of the Academic or other areas of the College. The selected candidate will demonstrate the knowledge and skill to engage across a wide variety of individual differences and identities through meaningful interactions characterized by respect, mutual understanding and reciprocity. The HRP will provide advice and recruiting expertise to search committees and individual hiring areas to creatively source, relocate and retain talented and diverse faculty and staff. The HRP will provide accurate and robust advice, interpretation and guidance to employees and managers regarding a full range of HR/College policies and processes; will use their solid knowledge of federal and state laws to minimize risk for the College and to support the day to day needs of the leaders, managers and employees in resolving complex problems. The selected candidate will promote a culture of inclusion providing advice and counsel aimed at enhancing performance through coaching, counseling, training and career development. The HRP will be an experienced investigator who is able to conduct fact finding and/or investigations in response to Title VII and IX allegations. The selected individual will partner with internal experts engaging, as appropriate, subject matter experts in delivering a full range of integrated HR solutions.
Proactively engage with assigned divisional partners to understand divisional objectives and needs. As an integrated partner, identify, recommend and implement solutions that achieve desired results that best align operational and people (HR) strategies. Partner with divisional leaders to successfully roll out institution wide initiatives for assigned areas and clients. Serve as a proactive and trusted partner providing timely, accurate and robust advice, interpretation, and guidance to employees and managers regarding a full range of HR policies, processes, practices, agreements, and issues. Stay abreast of both state and federal laws in order to mitigate risk and support the day-to-day management of employees. Surface and identify practice and policy issues and opportunities.Partner with internal and external legal resources as required. Assists in developing a culture of inclusivity and awareness. Act as a point of contact for employee and labor relations issues; recommend courses of action, ensuring appropriate documentation of events and consistency and fairness in all resolutions. Interpret and administer collective bargaining agreements, provide advice, coaching, corrective action or investigation as needed. Request and interpret a wide variety of human resources management data for assigned division leaders and area. Analyze and share results, highlighting trends, progress and opportunities, and help develop and implement actions and solutions required based on data analysis. With an understanding of divisional operations, trends and needs, provide on-going advice and performance management guidance (e.g., coaching, counseling, career development, and improvement plans). With a continuous improvement approach, act as a conduit and advocate for performance management tools, techniques, and processes for assigned group in order to optimize performance and the college process. Identify divisional and individual training and coaching needs and skill gaps. Either directly or through other staff/consultants, create and deliver targeted training sessions to address opportunities within assigned groups. Evaluate and monitor results. Work with managers to ensure regular feedback and development occurs with employees. With an understanding of institutional process and divisional talent needs, provide sourcing creativity and expertise which allow the assigned division(s) to recruit, relocate, and retain a high performing, culturally competent and diverse workforce who position RISD to meet its stated goals and objectives. Engage and leverage the appropriate subject matter experts in delivery of services, including but not limited to compensation, benefits, legal, risk, labor and a range of other internal or external resources.
Knowledge, Skills, Experience
Bachelor's degree in related field or equivalent combination of education and experience.
Significant (Five to seven years') experience advising directly on a range of HR, management and employee related issues within a complex environment.
Knowledge of multiple human resource disciplines. Strong knowledge of related federal and state rules and regulations.
Demonstrated cultural competence with an understanding of inclusion and diversity issues in the workplace.
Strong interpersonal, communication, presentation and listening skills. Ability to be clear, fluent, and concise.
Experience working effectively with diverse groups, including faculty, staff, students and consultants.
Effective communicator able to collaborate and engage with others who are different from themselves in meaningful ways through interactions characterized by reciprocity, mutual understanding and respect.
Proven experience partnering with multiple divisional leaders, managers and employees on a wide variety of HR issues. Demonstrated credibility and ability to influence others and serve as a trusted advisor.
Ability to identify, manage and mitigate risk using exceptional judgement.
Strong computer skills and experience utilizing HRIS systems.
Ability to analyze data in order to shape and inform sound decision making.
Experience leading and supporting HR and college wide projects.
Capacity for ambiguity and ability to navigate paradox.
PHR, SPHR, and/or SHRM CP/SPC;
Bi- or multilingual;
Experience in higher education or in a complex organization is highly desirable;
Fixed Term, 3 years
12 months per year
Documents Needed to Apply:
Incomplete applications will not be considered. Please upload all required documents.
The successful candidate will be required to meet our pre-employment background screening requirements.
RISD recognizes diversity and inclusivity as fundamental 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.
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Internal Number: R-00428
About Rhode Island School of Design
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.