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Posted: August 17, 2021

Compensation Partner

Rhode Island School of Design
Providence, Rhode Island
Phone: 401-454-6429
Fax: 401-454-6565


Serve as a trusted adviser responsible for administering, analyzing and interpreting compensation programs and best practices to support RISD’s mission. Conducts research, analyzes data and prepares recommendations requiring a broad understanding of compensation techniques, methods and practices. Reviews requests for new or revised classifications to determine appropriate salary grade assignment and hiring range. Participates in special studies of problem areas requiring job analysis, job evaluation or similar techniques. Audits jobs for content and prepares job descriptions reflecting job responsibilities, activities, duties and requirements. Collects and analyzes competitive salary and total compensation information to determine institution's market relationship. Identifies and completes various total compensation surveys. Reviews existing and proposed statutory requirements governing compensation and recommends appropriate courses of action. Serve as a Workday Partner, reviews and adjudicates requests and actions, creates and models reports and completes various costing models, and tests and updates human resources related business processes, rules, codes, and fields.


  • Prepares and maintains job descriptions; ensures descriptions accurately reflect the work being performed by incumbents.

  • Identifies and accurately completes a variety of compensation surveys, matching RISD jobs to survey benchmark jobs. Gather, summarize and input data as requested. Ensures survey sources reflect and represent RISD’s organizational structure. Proactively collect, analyze and interpret data results to better understand RISD‘s posture to the external market. Display and present results/trends in a compelling manner to convey action needed and/or to support current position.

  • Researches employee compensation in similar industries; based on findings, recommends changes or updates to the existing compensation practices, policies, grade structures, cyclical increase programs, and one-time payment plans, and/or stipends.

  • Assesses jobs and their respective duties to determine classification as exempt or nonexempt. Analyzes survey data and other market intelligence to determine competitive compensation ranges for each position. Prepares and presents summary reports of job analysis and compensation analysis information.

  • Conducts data and prepares cost analyses and models to be used in employee negotiations and collective bargaining agreements.

  • Gathers and compiles information and materials in support of Compensation SubCommittee meetings.

  • Develops and maintains relationships with managers, human resource partners, and recruiters. Serves as a proactive and trusted partner providing timely, accurate and robust interpretation and guidance on a full range of compensation policies, processes, practices, plans, legislation, questions and issues.

  • Maintains and updates Workday processes and workstreams. Serve as a Workday Partner, reviewing and adjudicating human resources requests and actions. Designs and creates a variety of standard and ad-hoc reports. Leverages new and existing systems/tools/technologies to advance administrative ease, increase awareness and education, and offer self-service/convenience for employees and managers. Helps evaluate and test new releases, modules, enhancements and/or processes and implements as appropriate such as Position Budgeting.

  • Minimum Qualifications:

    Bachelor's degree in human resources or related field or equivalent combination of education and experience. A minimum of three years compensation administration & HRIS experience within a complex environment. Demonstrated ability to identify and research market compensation plans, trends and practices. Proven ability to analyze impact, cost, and opportunities in order to shape and inform sound decision-making. Demonstrated understanding of federal laws. Prior experience completing market surveys and interpreting results. Strong attention to detail a must. Previous HRIS experience required. Microsoft Office experience required. Excellent interpersonal, organizational, and communication skills required (Workday preferred). Demonstrated cultural competence with an understanding of inclusion and diversity within the workplace. Ability to identify and mitigate risk using exceptional judgement.

    For more information and to apply, please visit

    Catherine Davis
    Director, Compensation & Benefits
    Rhode Island School of Design
    2 College Street

    Providence, Rhode Island 02903
    Phone: 401-454-6429
    Fax: 401-454-6565