Vice President of Strategy and Planning and Senior Advisor to the President

Vice President of Strategy and Planning and Senior Advisor to the President

Rhode Island School of Design

Providence, Rhode Island


Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) seeks an experienced, strategic-minded, and versatile individual to join the leadership team of one of the world’s leading art and design colleges. New president Crystal Williams has joined the College at an exciting inflection point in its history, as RISD commits itself anew to assuring that RISD’s students—talented young artists, designers, learners, and innovators—are well prepared for their futures. The Vice President for Strategy and Planning (VPSP) leadership role is an opportunity to advance and execute on the ambitious goals and strategic initiatives of the College, in broad collaboration with a range of internal and external partners and guided by the overarching goal for RISD to become a fully inclusive, innovative, and equity-focused educational community.


This vice president will strategically align and integrate a range of institutional planning activities to position the College for continuous improvement. The work will include generating processes to advance RISD’s current strategic plan as well as driving new and cross-cutting initiatives. In addition, as a senior advisor to the president, the VPSP will play a critical part in helping the president to achieve maximum impact in her role. The vice president will provide strategic and analytical support to the president, manage special presidential initiatives from beginning to end, and assist the president’s office and senior leadership team to function collaboratively.


The successful candidate will be a problem-solver and systems thinker who is able to shape and lead significant organizational change efforts. The VPSP will have a naturally consultative mindset and will have the vision and foresight to manage large-scale initiatives while also being able to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of internal operations. This individual will oversee the formation of the office of strategic initiatives as well as oversee the president’s administrative office.


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