Administrative, Clerical, Support, Meetings/Expositions/Events, Project Management/Program Development
4 Year Degree
Rhode Island School of Design invites you to bring your interests and talents to our vibrant campus community, where approximately 1,000 full- and part-time employees enjoy an inclusive work environment and a competitive benefits package. The College seeks a Trustee Relations Liaison to join the President’s Office.
The Trustee Relations Liaison will cultivate relationships with Trustees and serve as the primary liaison between the Board of Trustees, the President and senior administration, staff, faculty, student body, and alumni. Plan, coordinate, execute, document, and facilitate meetings and projects for the Board of Trustees. Ensure effective operation of the Trustee Office, manage routine and non-routine communications, develop work plans, and perform special projects as needed. Manage the systems that assure the security, accuracy, and accessibility of the legal records of the Board.
Essential Functions & Duties
-Establishes and successfully navigates strong relationships with Trustees of various styles and personalities to ensure a professional, responsive, and effective experience with the College and support the president’s vision.
-Provides professional expertise and support to the Trustees and President related to confidential and non-confidential matters.
-Develops and leads robust communications plan for Trustees to inform them about relevant institutional issues, priorities, and progress and to ensure ongoing stewardship.
-Oversees the execution of all full Board meetings and coinciding events in collaboration with Board leadership and senior administration and with support from the Trustee and Community Relations Coordinator.
-Attends all full Board meetings and provides on-site support. Records and distributes official meeting minutes.
-In collaboration with Board leadership and senior administration, develops agendas ensuring that best practices for Board governance are considered. In consultation with the General Counsel, prepare resolutions and consent agendas.
-Develops, recommends, and implements work plans to accomplish projects in consultation with the Board Chair and President. As part of this process, ensures that Board-referred action items for the institution are addressed and regular communication about progress is disseminated both internally and to the Board.
-Oversees the execution of New Trustee Orientation in collaboration with Committee on Trustees and Governance (CoTG), senior leadership, and the Events and Special Projects Manager to effectively onboard new Trustees.
-Manages the daily operations of the Trustee’s Office by creating and maintaining robust documentation and timelines, following project management best practices. Hires, trains, develops, and directly supervises the work of the Trustee and Community Relations Coordinator.
-Actively engages with the General Counsel and Vice President of Institutional Engagement to research and incorporate best practices for Board management/governance into all aspects of Board work. As part of this process, administers and analyzes regular surveys and prepares studies of attendance, engagement, diversity, and committee membership assignments for Board leadership’s use in Trustee recruitment/Board development and future committee assignment strategies.
-Acts as administrative support to the Executive Committee and the Committee on Trustees and Governance (CoTG) by planning and executing meetings, overseeing work plan implementation, recording and distributing meeting minutes, and ensuring action items are addressed.
-Responsible for managing, monitoring and tracking the budget for the Trustee Office.
-Bachelor’s degree and experience supporting senior management and/or a Board preferably in a higher education environment. -Strong project and/or event management, research, and organizational skills. -Excellent oral and written communication skills. -Ability to build relationships and interface effectively with Trustees and the diverse institutional community. -Professional attitude, integrity and ability to maintain confidential information. -Ability to balance competing priorities and respond effectively to rapidly changing plans and schedules. -Strong analytical skills and ability to solve problems imaginatively. -Ability to collaborate on projects. -Willingness to learn new systems. -Proficiency with A/V and remote meeting set-up.
About Rhode Island School of Design
Every day the world signals with ever more clarity what it means to be a global citizen at a time that holds more change, uncertainty and opportunity than any other period in history. Today the ability to think and act creatively is its own economy - one that the world is depending on for the human spirit to carry us forward.Since its founding in 1877, RISD has been one of the most preeminent colleges of art and design in the world. It has a long and venerable history, and has a deep and abiding belief in the value of a discipline-based, immersive art and design education with a strong liberal arts component.RISD's diverse programs in Architecture + Design, Fine Arts, Foundation Studies, Graduate Studies and Liberal Arts are rigorous, probing and supportive of learning and community-building across a broad spectrum of curricular and co-curricular options. Teaching and learning happen in a multitude of ways and students are encouraged to question their approach to understanding through making, while also developing the necessary skills to hone their own critical, personal and attuned perspectives. Experts in their respective fields, RISD faculty are also extraordinarily dedicated te...achers. Students and faculty come together as a vibrant community that seeks to understand and celebrate difference and creativity.