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Director of Assessment and Institutional Effectiveness

04/25/2019 3:16 pm

Reporting to the Provost, the Director of Assessment and Institutional Effectiveness is responsible for all institutional research and oversight of assessment. This person will be responsible for the collection, analysis, interpretation and communication of data, both internal and external, to drive institutional decision-making. This person will oversee implementation and continued support of our Institutional Assessment support software. Responsibilities include overseeing data and analytics infrastructure and handling all internal and external requests for institutional data, including governmental agency reporting requirements, ranking entities, IPEDS and all other accrediting or reporting agencies. S/he will also work with faculty to update the university policies and procedures for continuous improvement of undergraduate and graduate student learning outcomes assessment and degree program evaluation; work with provost, vice presidents, and the president to plan, assess, and achieve the university’s strategic plan; assist with the Higher Learning Commission reaffirmation of accreditation of the University; and implement and manage an assessment system to document, monitor, and evaluate the productivity and effectiveness of student learning outcomes. The selected candidate will play a critical role in linking planning, budget, and assessment within academic affairs, enrollment management, and student affairs.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include the following:

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES:
• Lead evidence-based strategic and operational planning for the university
• Assist Vice Presidents and the President in the successful attainment of the university strategic plan
• Provide leadership and coordination for the Office of the Provost in planning, program and unit evaluation, budgeting, and resource allocation to meet institutional priorities and academic programming needs
• Direct and manage long-term and annual strategic planning, institutional research, assessment (Office of the Provost, unit, and program level), and accreditation activities of the university to improve institutional performance, productivity, utilization of assets, and accountability
• Translate university strategic plan into specific metrics, assess for continuous planning, and make policy recommendations
• Implement and monitor a performance system for the Office of the Provost unit and program-level evaluation, monitor performance and measure achievement of goals, and provide regular feedback to university leadership

QUALIFICATIONS:

• Expertise in student learning outcomes assessment, coordination of program review in higher education, evaluating degree program effectiveness, developing guidance materials and training faculty, and preparing reports for university and accreditation bodies.
• Strong computer system skills and a capacity to create dashboard reporting systems.
• Capacity to design and administer surveys and analyze and communicate results.
• Excellent interpersonal communication, written, and graphic presentation skills to effectively collaborate, develop, implement, and communicate data and recommendations with a wide range of stakeholders (board members, administrators, faculty, staff, and students).
• Demonstrated knowledge, skills and abilities in working with faculty, staff and students with diverse backgrounds including academic, socioeconomic, cultural, sexual orientation, and disabilities.
• Strong organizational and analytic skills to prioritize, take initiative, follow projects through to completion, and manage multiple task/projects.
• Forward-thinking, innovative, and proactive in identifying problems and implementing evidence-based improvements.
• Excellent collaborative leadership style with a strategic and creative approach to issues, and exceptional problem-solving and decision-making abilities.

EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCE:

Minimum Qualifications:
• Master’s Degree from a regionally accredited University in Education, Psychology, Statistics, Business, or related field (Quantitative analysis emphasis preferred).
• At least five years of administrative experience in higher education, preferably in institutional research, planning, and assessment, leading, directing, and overseeing multiple functions, programs, and activities.
• Experience in working with state and national accreditation agencies.
• Experience in data collection, storage warehousing, access, analysis, and usage for evidence-based improvements.
• Experience in data analysis, including predictive modeling and hierarchical/longitudinal analysis.
• Experience with higher education learning management, data and reporting systems.
Desired Qualifications:
• Doctorate from a regionally accredited University.
• Extensive experience in strategic planning, applied institutional research and analysis, and educational assessment.
• Three years of experience as a Director-level, or higher, of Institutional Research and Assessment in a college or university setting, with previous experience with the Higher Learning Commission reaccreditation efforts.
• Experience with IPEDS data reporting.

TO APPLY:

Review of resumes will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.  Please submit cover letter indicating salary requirements, resume and list of three professional references to HumanResources@rockford.edu.

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