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.

Information on vacancies at the public institutions can be found on their employment websites: 

Employment at URI  |  Employment at RIC  |  Employment at CCRI

Current vacancies:  


Manager of Simulations and Technology Operations (full-time)

Rhode Island Nursing Education Center (RINEC) seeks a manager of simulations and technology operations who will be responsible for management and oversight of the Simulation Center, Skills Labs, and technology operations. This is a full-time position. To apply, please submit a resume and cover letter to HR@riopc.edu. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled with priority given to applications received by August 18, 2021.

RINEC is overseen by Rhode Island Office of the Postsecondary Commissioner (OPC). It is a facility shared among OPC and the nursing programs of Rhode Island College and University of Rhode Island. RINEC offers state-of-the- art learning environments for these undergraduate and graduate nursing students.

The primary duties of the position are:

  • Develop simulations and technology strategies that are aligned with the mission and goals of RINEC and support the strategic needs of the nursing programs of RIC and URI.
  • Supervise day-to-day operations of simulations and IT full-time and part-time staff, as well as simulations and IT third-party vendors.
  • Lead committees and working groups of faculty, administrators, and staff from RIC, URI, and OPC.
  • Evaluate and select application software to facilitate teaching, learning, and research.
  • Coordinate with RIC and URI IT departments to ensure policies of both institutions are followed as it relates to their faculty, staff, students, and curriculum.
  • Ensure that simulations and technology staff maintain the proper level of technical expertise.
  • Ensure functioning of all equipment including those within simulation spaces, skills labs, classrooms, study spaces, and other shared resources/spaces.
  • Manage resources including, but not limited to desktop support, classroom support, simulation spaces, skills labs, and website.
  • Maintain an accurate and adequate inventory of hardware, software, equipment, and supplies.
  • Identify, develop, and validate new technologies and equipment to further the mission of RINEC.
  • Develop, review, and refine reference guides for faculty and staff.
  • Assist with the preparation of programmatic reports as directed and compile data as needed by the executive director and management committee.
  • Perform other duties as required.

Education: Bachelor’s degree required. Master’s degree preferred.
Experience: Minimum of two years of experience in the simulation field is required. Minimum of two years of experience in the IT field is preferred. Supervisory experience preferred.
Required Skills, Knowledge and Abilities:

  • Ability to work non-standard hours is required.
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to effectively manage multiple tasks and projects concurrently and efficiently.
  • Demonstrated ability to work as part of a team and collaborate with a wide variety of constituencies.
  • Ability to interpret institutional policies, plans, objectives, rules, and regulations.
  • Skilled in strategic planning, project management, and organization; able to focus on key organizational priorities without losing sight of the details.
  • Ability to work with diverse populations.

Preferred Qualifications: Proficiency with simulation, desktop, server, and network technologies. Experience in a higher education environment, two years of management experience; and experience in a healthcare / media learning environment  

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.  

Apply for this position.




Business Operations Coordinator

Westerly Education Center, Rhode Island Office of Postsecondary Commissioner

The Business Operations Coordinator is responsible for recommending, implementing and administering the business functions of Westerly Education Center including consumable tracking, ordering of consumables, budget tracking, grant oversight, and processing personnel actions. Responsible for all business functions of Westerly Education Center including accounts receivable, accounts payable, accounting, grants and fiscal budgets.

Essential duties

  • Participate in planning sessions with the Executive Director of Westerly Education Center to prepare budgets for inclusion in the OPC budget.
  • Develop and implement the budget and accounting system.
  • Prepare financial reports for the Executive Director, including financial analysis and projections of operations.
  • Track budgets vs. expenditures and encumbrances for all accounts, including general revenue funds, grants and contracts.
  • Maintain all financial records, personnel records etc., for all funding sources.
  • Maintain prospective and retrospective records of all service contracts, inventories and routine purchases.
  • Prepare contracts for various services, e.g., equipment leases and service agreements.
  • Assist Executive Director with the development and implementation of the reporting structure for evaluation and comparison to goals and objectives.
  • Ensure that financial policies and procedures of the institution that is hosting the financial activity in its accounting system are adhered to, including adherence to general accepted accounting principles. Recommend for implementation to the Executive Director financial policies and procedures specific to the WEC if required.
  • Monitor, oversee, and prepare contracts for various services, e.g., equipment leases and service agreements.
  • Maintain various fiscal/administrative databases.
  • Assist in maintaining equipment and facilities through either contractual means or coordination with building contractual arrangements in coordination with other employees.
  • Oversee the reconciliation of college budgets and accounts including PCards with WEC’s financial records, and compare allocation and overhead funds and expenditures against approved budgets on a monthly basis.
  • Provide support to and liaise with staff with prescribed federal, state, and institutional policies and procedures, including adherence to best practices accounting principles.
  • Train, assist, and support area coordinators, principal investigators, support staff and others in business functions. Supervise designated professional and administrative support staff and student workers with budget, financial, personnel, and purchasing responsibilities.
  • Will be required to assist members of the public, students, and prospective students in a customer service capacity.
  • Process requisitions, purchase orders and journal entries for Office of the Postsecondary Commissioner, Westerly Education Center, and RI Nursing Education Center.
  • Work with Office of the Postsecondary Commissioner, Westerly Education Center and State of RI purchasing staff to post bids for various services and goods to be procured by agency.
  • Manage, track and coordinate grants procured by Office of Postsecondary Commissioner and Westerly Education Center. OPC/WEC acts as the fiscal agent on more than 25 RealJobsRI grants with the RI Department of Labor, SNAP E&T grant program, US Department of Labor Apprenticeship grant, and various other monies granted by donors.
  • Manage relationships with workforce training partners.
  • Assist students in grant-funded workforce trainings with enrollment and services.
  • Assist in managing the daily operations of Westerly Education Center.

LICENSES, TOOLS, AND EQUIPMENT: Personal computers, printers, word processing, database management, and spreadsheet software.

Required Qualifications:

  • A bachelor's degree in business or related field; and at least 5 years of experience in a business management function that provides evidence of substantial quantitative knowledge and skills in business management and budgeting.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of budget processes and analysis
  • Demonstrated computer expertise with word processing, spreadsheets, databases, and web-based systems such as PeopleSoft
  • Ability to produce clear and concise reports
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • Demonstrated ability to handle details accurately and to plan, communicate, and oversee work on a variety of fiscal projects
  • Demonstrated ability to organize and synthesize complex data, to undertake new initiatives, and to work in an environment with complex policies and procedures
  • Ability to work independently and effectively
  • Critical thinking to troubleshoot and solve complex financial inquiries
  • Must be able to interpret institutional policies, plans, objectives, rules, and regulations and to communicate the interpretation to subordinates and others
  • Experience in a university, college, government institution or similar setting is preferred.

To apply, send a resume and cover letter to Faith Hanson at faith.hanson@riopc.edu.

Information Technologist
Office of the Postsecondary Commissioner, Westerly Education Center
Part-time (19 hours per week)

To be responsible for performing a variety of complex technical support tasks within the area of specialization directly related to the operation and maintenance of mini computers, networks, and/or telecommunications systems, as well as other related systems; and to do related work as required. Works under the general supervision of a superior with latitude for the exercise of independent judgement; receives detailed instructions on some complex assignments; work is subject to review usually upon completion, for proper application of system management techniques.

Essential Duties

  • Implement, maintain and document operating system software and/or applications software as directed by management or project team leaders
  • Develop knowledge of multiple software packages as required
  • Provide technical help with multiple operating systems from Microsoft and Apple
  • Maintain user permissions in Microsoft Active Directory
  • Assist with VMware vSphere maintenance
  • Provide desktop support services for faculty and staff located at WEC
  • Ensure functionality of all WEC IT equipment including labs, video capture, AV classroom equipment, and access to web-based programs
  • Participate in projects to integrate new technologies including installing, configuring, and testing new hardware and software
  • Function independently or as a member of an information technology team
  • Respond to technical emergencies

Required Skills, Knowledge and Abilities

  • Must have technical knowledge of computer hardware and be proficient in one or more application packages
  • Must have experience installing and configuring application packages and using Microsoft Office Suite
  • Must possess strong interpersonal skills and be able to communicate effectively verbally and in writing
  • Must be able to interpret and adhere to institutional policies, plans, objectives, rules, regulations, and standards

Required Qualifications
Graduation from a college of recognized standing with an associate’s degree or higher including or supplemented by successful completion of course work in computer science, information science or equivalent.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience with multiple operating systems from Microsoft and Apple
  • Experience with Microsoft Active Directory
  • Experience with VMware vSphere
  • Experience with VMware Horizon
  • Experience working in a higher education setting

To apply, send a resume and cover letter to Tom Pearce, Manager of Operations & Facilities at tom.pearce@riopc.edu




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