Employment

This page includes information about current vacancies in the Office of the Postsecondary Commissioner and on searches being run by the Council on Postsecondary Education. The Office of the Postsecondary Commissioner is an AA/EEOD employer and values diversity. Salary ranges can be found on the OPC non-union, non-classified pay plan.

 

Current vacancies 

OFFICE OF THE POSTSECONDARY COMMISSIONER 

Director, P-20 Readiness and Transitions

The Office of the Postsecondary Commissioner seeks a director of P-20 readiness and transitions, who coordinates and manages projects and initiatives related to successful student transitions from high school to postsecondary opportunities.

Duties

  • Support the assistant commissioner of postsecondary academic and student affairs in the management and oversight of the P-20 readiness and transitions portfolio
  • Coordinate and manage the FAFSA portal, and act as the point person for data-sharing agreements with the LEAs
  • Oversee distribution and completion of the alternative FAFSA application process
  • Actively participate as a member of the inter-agency Prepare-RI program core team, overseeing OPC's program priorities, goals, and all initiatives associated with the program
  • Monitor and oversee all dual/concurrent enrollment fund activities including concurrent course list approvals, dual course offerings, institutional funding allocations, student participation and outcomes, and all related reporting
  • Oversee student success by helping with tracking and reporting related to FAFSA completion, and postsecondary participation of students within one year of high school graduation
  • Support the attainment and equity goals of OPC through collaboration with RIDE colleagues on outreach measures intended to increase high school student participation in concurrent/dual enrollment courses
  • Maintain and update the Prepare-RI content on the RIOPC website
  • Establish and maintain frequent communication with colleagues at RIDE, DLT, Commerce, public and private institutions of higher education, and other state agencies to promote the success of initiatives and shared goals
  • Maintain electronic record-keeping and other systems to facilitate coordination and success of unit programs
  • Assist with research activities, development or grants, and grant management
  • Assist with coordination and planning of meetings and events, and develop materials as needed
  • Attend and represent the assistant commissioner and/or RIOPC at local, regional, and national meetings, as needed
  • Fulfill other related programmatic duties as assigned by the assistant commissioner

Requirements

Education: Master's degree required

A minimum of three years of professional experience in education administration. Knowledge of or professional experience in work at the intersection of PK-12 and postsecondary education including program/grant management, teaching, administration, and/or research.

Skills: Demonstrated organizational and administrative abilities. Ability to speak and write effectively. Demonstrated knowledge of computer software packages (including word processing, webpage, presentation, visualization, and spreadsheet applications).
Knowledge and understanding of CPE regulations and policies are preferred. Ability to work both independently and collaboratively in a fast-paced environment.

This is a full-time position with a pay grade of 13. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled with priority given to applications received by November 23, 2022.

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Director, Workforce Strategy and Operations 

The director of workforce strategy and operations will assist the assistant commissioner for workforce at the Office of the Postsecondary Commissioner to drive strategy for workforce development across higher education in Rhode Island.

The director will be responsible for assisting the assistant commissioner in strategic planning, evaluation, and development of Rhode Island’s system-wide postsecondary workforce strategy and policies. The director will work with the assistant commissioner to monitor college progress on key state workforce goals, across all Rhode Island institutions of higher education, and advance state-level work on aligning Rhode Island’s higher education system with the current and future workforce needs of the state and its citizens.

A key aspect of this role is the ability to work collaboratively with the academic and institutional leaders at Rhode Islands’ public and private/independent institutions, Rhode Island Department of Labor & Training, and Commerce RI.

The director will attend meetings on behalf of the assistant commissioner with higher education institutions, employer partners, non-profit partners, and other partners that support workforce development and the operation of the education centers.

Duties

Work with the assistant commissioner of workforce to develop and execute the Office of the Postsecondary Commissioner’s workforce development strategy for higher education that coordinates short- and long-term plans for aligning higher education to the workforce needs of the state/region.
This includes, but is not limited to:

  • Serving as a liaison to meetings that involve workforce development strategy across industries;
  • Creating partnerships across business, education, government, and philanthropy to stimulate the development of innovative programs and delivery systems that close RI workforce gaps and increase attainment of postsecondary credentials of value; and
  • Producing written strategy documents, when applicable, that convey, assess, and communicate the workforce education needs of the state and region to Rhode Island institutions of higher education.

Provide leadership for the administrative and planning functions of the current OPC education centers in Providence, Westerly, and Woonsocket, and any future centers in the system including:

  • Work with the assistant commissioner of workforce to establish and oversee the execution of policies and guidelines for efficient and sound management of the center and its finances.
  • Augment a team that manages the day-to-day programs and services offered at each of the centers including but not limited to scheduling, finances, programs, services, and facilities and equipment.
  • Work with the assistant commissioner of workforce to prepare and implement the budget for the center(s) to ensure financial stability and growth as well as leveraging other funding sources where applicable.

Seek grant and foundation funding to further postsecondary and employer-driven training programs that align postsecondary credentials to the region’s workforce. This includes:

  • Develop funding proposals and determine the growth of the Rhode Island Higher Education and Industry Center(s), where the strategic growth should be within the state, and strategies to implement the plan.
  • Build and expand industry partnerships with the Office of the Postsecondary Commissioner, its education centers, and institutions of higher education to determine needs and link the industry with postsecondary institutions to provide employer-driven training.
  • Represent the Office of the Postsecondary Commissioner on boards and commissions related to workforce development when designated.
  • Perform other duties and responsibilities as assigned.

Education: Master’s degree in a related field.

Experience

  • At least 3-5 years of substantial professional engagement in higher education, workforce, at the college, university, or system level, business, and government
  • Previous experience in creating a strategy for large initiatives
  • Previous successful experience in the areas of workforce and economic development, project management, fundraising
  • Knowledge of current trends and issues in the global higher education community
  • System work in workforce development (strongly preferred).

Skills

  • Demonstrated ability to lead independently, meet deadlines and maintain high expectations
  • Excellent verbal, written, and quantitative communicator
  • Demonstrated familiarity with local business industries and job markets
  • Demonstrated familiarity with institution of higher education academic and industry training offerings of both the state’s public colleges and universities and the Department of Labor and Training
  • Effective people management abilities
  • Demonstrated strong organizational skills
  • Strong social networker, with demonstrated success in inter-agency collaboration

This is a full-time position with a pay grade of 14. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled with priority given to applications received by November 18, 2022.

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Educational Support Coordinator 

The educational support coordinator serves as the RI Reconnect services coordinator. The coordinator supervises, trains, and coordinates the educational navigators; and assists with the supervision and implementation of new and existing projects in the RI Reconnect program. Additional responsibiltiies include

  • Facilitate network development including but not limited to increasing on- and off-campus connections and collaborations, student outreach, needs assessments, student support, follow-up, communications, and data collection and record-keeping.
  • Work with potential postsecondary students who are reenrolling and enrolling in college or in workforce development to facilitate completion.
  • Facilitate education or training enrollment, persistence, and completion for students with targeted outreach to under-represented populations.
  • Cultivate and nurture partnerships for student resources.
  • Work with participants in all RI Reconnect program initiatives and provide coaching and coordination of wrap-around services to support program persistence and completion, and job placement (as applicable).
  • Assist with the creation of policies and procedures to ensure program efficiency and success.
  • Assist with project management to ensure project success including participant tracking and grant management.

Duties

  • Manage RI Reconnect implementation including assignment of adult students to navigators: Manage the pipeline of applicant students and lists of students with long-term enrollment barriers, facilitate student outreach through mailings, email, and telephone campaigns.
  • Provide leadership, resources, and administrative support to partner navigators.
  • Provide ongoing feedback and facilitate communication among students, navigators, and on- and off­-campus resources, as needed.
  • Meet one-on-one with navigators to review the participant caseload.
  • Conduct training for navigators on new procedures for Back to Work and RI Reconnect, assist with the creation of new policies, and assist with data collection.
  • Assist with coordination and oversight of the participant management database including implementation, use, and assisting with its accuracy.
  • Provide support and follow-up on an as-needed basis for student participants, especially students with persistent support needs, during extended hours and weekends.
  • Assist in the development, coordination, and implementation of the navigator training curriculum, staff meetings, group support, etc.
  • Maintain navigator network operational policies and ensure compliance.
  • Oversee the development and maintenance of the directory of student resources; asset/resource map development and maintenance.
  • Ensure that student records to track outcome measurement are complete and maintained in a timely manner and establish procedures to ensure accuracy and completion.
  • Perform other duties and responsibilities as assigned by the director of adult programs & policies.
  • Provide coverage for other project staff as needed.
  • Be available to work some evenings and weekend hours, and to travel locally, regionally, or nationally, as required.

Qualifications

Required

  • Bachelor's degree in a relevant field.
  • Experience in social services and/or higher education, or in a relevant field.
  • Ability to establish professional relationships with students, co-workers, and all referring agencies.
  • Excellent organizational skills; strong verbal and written communications skills, including presentation skills.
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced, high-performing team environment.
  • Knowledge of and ability to utilize computer applications, such as Microsoft Office, in an educational environment.
  • Proven ability to effectively interact and communicate with a diverse group of students, alumni, and staff.
  • Willingness to pursue appropriate and ongoing professional development.
  • Able to plan, organize and administer multiple activities and meet deadlines.
  • Strong respect and desire to support diverse and inclusive communities.
  • This position will require travel to locations throughout Rhode Island including but not limited to the education centers in Westerly and Woonsocket. Must have access to and use of own transportation.
  • Availability to work some evenings and weekend hours, as required.

Desired skills

  • Master's degree prefered
  • Proficiency in English and Spanish
  • Experience working with grants
  • Lived experience as an adult college student preferred

This is a full-time position with a pay grade of 10. The position reports to the director of adult programs and policies. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled with priority given to applications received by November 15, 2022.

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RHODE ISLAND NURSING EDUCATION CENTER  

Information Technologist

The Information Technologist, under the direction of the manager of simulations and technology, will plan, implement, and provide services that support the use of information technology within Rhode Island Nursing Education Center. The IT will provide technical consultation and assistance to faculty and staff located at RINEC and provide associated administrative and logistic support as required. Serve as a technologist responsible, with the support of the joint institutions, for the complex instructional technology systems. Assist with the operation and maintenance of simulation equipment. Work with the information technology support at OPC, RIC, and URI to fulfill the mission of RINEC.

Rhode Island Nursing Education Center is a facility shared between the Rhode Island College and the University of Rhode Island nursing programs. The center features 133,000 square feet of shared simulation labs, clinical teaching labs, mock hospital and exam rooms, classrooms, and offices, all representing state-of-the-art technology and learning environments.

Duties

  • Provide technology support for administrative, research, and teaching use of information technology at RINEC
  • Provide desktop support services for faculty and staff located at RINEC
  • Support functioning of all RINEC IT equipment, including simulators, skills labs, video- capture, AV classroom equipment, simulation software, hardware and manikins, and access to web-based programs
  • Assist faculty in the integration of technology into the curriculum
  • Conduct demonstrations and training sessions in the use of instructional hardware and software
  • Create and publish user documentation, including web resources and user manuals, for supported instructional technology tools and software within RINEC
  • Participate in projects to integrate new technologies including installing, configuring, and testing new hardware and software
  • Develop technical proficiency with all aspects of the operation, maintenance, support, troubleshooting, and repair of RINEC simulation equipment
  • Provide technical consultation to faculty and staff located at RINEC
  • Work with project lead/manager to evaluate, specify, and procure related components. Work with project lead/manager develop and manage bids, contracts, request for proposals and vendor relationships in support of information technology initiatives
  • Function independently or as a member of an information technology team
  • Maintain an active commitment to professional development
  • Work with staff to produce tools to capture and report data from various activities at RINEC
  • Must be available to work non-standard schedule to fulfill assigned duties and responsibilities
  • Perform other duties as assigned

Qualifications

Required Skills, Knowledge, and Abilities

  • Experience with personal computers, printers, Microsoft Office Suite
  • Demonstrated knowledge of desktop computer hardware and software (Windows and Macintosh platforms), and the ability to provide end user support and troubleshoot user problems with computer hardware and software
  • Ability to understand institutional policies, plans, objectives, rules, and regulations and communicate the interpretation to subordinates and others
  • Ability to communicate effectively (verbally and in writing) and possess strong interpersonal skills
  • Ability to document procedures and practices
  • Demonstrated project management skills
  • Ability to organize, coordinate, and direct support staff

Required Qualifications

Education and Experience: Bachelor’s degree and a minimum of one years’ experience in information technology or two years’ experience as a student employee providing information technology services; or an associate's degree from a college or technical school with a minimum of five years of experience.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in computer/information technology
  • Experience in healthcare or a simulated learning environment
  • Experience in higher education environment

This is a full-time, non-union, non-classified position with a salary grade of 10. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

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Standardized Patient Actor (Part-time)

Portray a patient or supporting role for RINEC healthcare simulations, based on curricular case studies for Rhode Island College (RIC) and the University of Rhode Island (URI). Ideal for a person looking for part-time flexible work.

For more information please select the job description.  

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WESTERLY EDUCATION CENTER

Educational Support Specialist (Navigator)

Office of the Postsecondary Commissioner seeks Educational Support Specialist (Navigator) candidates, who assist non-traditional age students who are re-enrolling or enrolling in college or in workforce training.

Navigators facilitate network development, which may include: increasing on- and off-campus connections and collaborations; student outreach; needs assessments; student support and communications; and data collection/record-keeping. Navigators facilitate enrollment, drive persistence and support completion efforts.

Specific duties
Network Representative - Adult Student Coaching

  • Be available to work 19 hours per week including afternoon, evenings and weekend hours, and to travel locally, as required.
  • Be available to represent RI Reconnect at Westerly Education Center.
  • Provide engaged, proactive, and strategic coaching services aimed toward developing and maintaining working relationships with adult students to maximize their achievement, retention, persistence, and educational and/or workforce training goal attainment.
  • Conduct comprehensive needs assessment, identifying and addressing barriers to program completion.
  • Engage adult learners through portal referrals, walk-ins, appointments, and workshops to assist students with enrollment processes utilizing a variety of contact methods (email, phone call, in‐person, classroom presentations, etc.)
  • Support students with financial aid applications and processes.
  • Support students with completing applications for SNAP, rent relief, and other social services.
  • Maintain a thorough understanding of workforce development eligibility requirements, college policies, procedures, programs, curriculum, and services to give accurate information concerning admission, registration, and progress toward workforce credential attainment, graduation and/or transfer.
  • Plan with students to utilize personal strengths and available supports to address barriers to educational achievement; develop a plan with each student and review progress toward objectives.
  • Communicate promptly and consistently with students, using a variety of methods (email, phone call, in‐person, classroom presentations, etc.).
  • Refer students to academic support services, appropriate campus services, public benefits, and community-based resources, as needed.
  • Advocate for students and teach self-advocacy skills.
  • Complete all required data and record keeping and ensure that it is kept up to date for all students served, including progress notes, contact sheets, intake questionnaire, etc.

Qualifications

Required

  • Experience in social services and/or higher education, or in a relevant field.
  • Ability to establish professional relationships with students, co-workers, and all referring agencies.
  • Excellent organizational skills; strong verbal and written communications skills, including presentation skills.
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced, high-performing team environment.
  • Knowledge of and ability to utilize computer applications, such as Microsoft Office, in an educational environment.
  • Proven ability to effectively interact and communicate with a diverse group of students, alumni, and staff.
  • Willingness to pursue appropriate and ongoing professional development.
  • Able to plan, organize and administer multiple activities and meet deadlines.
  • Strong respect and desire to support diverse and inclusive communities.
  • This position will occasionally require travel to locations throughout Rhode Island. Must have access to and use of own transportation.

Desired skills

  • Proficiency in English and Spanish
  • Experience working with grants
  • Lived experience as an adult college student preferred
  • Experience in early childhood education

This is a part-time, grant-funded non-union position is based at Westerly Education Center. The salary is $23/hour and the position reports to the educational support coordinator.

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WOONSOCKET EDUCATION CENTER 

No openings at this time.