Senior Vice President for Finance and Administration
Rhode Island School of Design
September 26, 2017
Providence, Rhode Island
Job Summary Overview:
About RISD: Founded in 1877, Rhode Island School of Design is one of the oldest and best-known colleges of art and design. RISD is recognized for its accomplished faculty of artists, designers, and scholars, the breadth of its specialized facilities, and its immersive approach to studio-based learning. Each year approximately 2,400 students from around the world pursue a creative, studio-based education at RISD, which offers rigorous Bachelor's and Master's degree programs in 19 architecture, design, fine arts and art education majors complemented and animated by essential study in the liberal arts.
The RISD Museum, with the third largest university museum collection in the country (approximately 100,000 works of fine and decorative art), is an integral part of the institution and a resource for the larger community. The RISD Library was founded in 1878; its collections include more than 155,000 volumes and 320 periodical subscriptions (print) and offer unusual depth and richness in the areas of architecture, art, design and photography. The library is noted for its artist's book collection, its rare books and outstanding visual and material resource collections.
For more information on the Rhode Island School of Design, visit http://www.risd.edu/
Candidate Profile: Reporting to the President, the Senior Vice President for Finance and Administration is the chief fiscal and fiduciary officer. Working in partnership with senior leadership and the Board of Trustees on financial planning, budget modeling, and major resource allocation matters across all areas of the school, the SVP will work collaboratively to oversee all finance, budget and treasury, campus services, public safety, integrated planning and institutional research, general counsel, technology, and human resource functions. The selected candidate will build a dynamic, strategic, and integrated finance and administration structure that encourages collaboration, fosters innovation and provides leadership in the development and execution of strategies, approaches, and solutions to address both short and long-term complex, multi-factor, and intricate financial and operational issues of the institution. The SVP will lead a team of 270 individuals including ten direct reports, and have responsibility for a $60.1 million budget.
RISD seeks an individual with strong strategic communication and leadership capabilities who has the vision to anticipate and respond to the challenges and opportunities in higher education in general and art and design education in particular. A demonstrated commitment to diversity and inclusion and an ability to connect with others and cultivate relationships based on mutual trust and respect through active listening and direct dialogue are required. The SVP will operate with the highest levels of integrity, honesty, and transparency, and create strong and enduring collaborative relationships with leaders across the college as well as with faculty, staff and external constituencies. The SVP will serve as a key, trusted advisor to the President, the Board of Trustees, and to other senior leaders.
Job Qualifications Required:
The successful candidate will be a person who leads with integrity and transparency. The SVP will be a proven financial leader with a minimum of ten years of experience leading financial and administrative functions in complex organizations and creating and sustaining a culture of excellence and accountability. The SVP will have strong financial and business skills, will be a savvy and insightful partner, and will have the demonstrated ability to work in a mission-driven environment where excellence, creativity and innovation are the norm. The SVP must have an established record of visionary and proactive approaches to complex financial management, comprehensive problem solving, and relationship building. Superb communication and collaboration skills are paramount.
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 t...he 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 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.