Divisional Director for Research & Assessment

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The Research and Assessment department is responsible for facilitating and coordinating the research and assessment-related activities within the Division of Student Affairs and select university-wide initiatives through a variety of campus partnerships. The department also coordinates and supports strategic planning and institutional effectiveness measures across the division. In total, these responsibilities facilitate the development and active use of data in the decision-making process that is not limited to measuring operational effectiveness but includes reflections on the active student learning processes and other related measures of student success both inside and outside the classroom.

Primary purpose of position:
Reporting to the Assistant Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs, the Divisional Director will assume leadership in research and assessment activities to advance the mission of the division and the constituent departments. The Divisional Director will design and implement research and assessment projects on Student Affairs programs and services and oversees hands-on assistance with department and unit level assessment, research and evaluation.

• Provides coordination and expertise in designing, implementing, and interpreting assessment, evaluation, and research projects including, but not limited to: learning, programmatic, and operational outcomes, student retention and success measures, integrated institutional and divisional research data sets, program evaluation, satisfaction and benchmarking, participation in national assessment instruments, reaffirmation (accreditation) support, research being conducted by individuals and workgroups within the Division of Student Affairs, and project-specific assessment related to the Division’s strategic and tactical operations
• Coordinates all division activity relative to program review utilizing the CAS standards
• Serves as campus co-coordinator for the Anthology Baseline assessment system
• Coordinates all division activity utilizing the Anthology Planning and Compliance Assist modules
• Utilizes additional research, assessment, and evaluation tools, systems, and modules as needed and as technology evolves
• Represents the division on committees including, but not limited to: the Institutional Effectiveness Oversight Committee, Student Success Working Group, Student Success Working Group Planning Committee, Academic Affairs Assessment Improvement Team, and task forces, committees and working groups related to SACS reaffirmation and five-year reviews

Minimum Education and experience:
PhD or EdD in an area related to assessment and measurement, statistics, student affairs, higher education, education research or other research-oriented discipline related to assessment and evaluation, statistics, or social science.


Preferred education, knowledge, skills and experience:
• Seven to ten years of experience in a higher education setting; professional practice in or collaboration with Student Affairs with assessment, evaluation, and/or research as their primary position responsibility
• Experience in supervising full-time assessment staff and graduate students
• Knowledge of theory and practice related to college student development, including familiarity with professional standards such as The Council for the Advancement of Standard in Higher Education (CAS), ACPA/NASPA Competencies, and Assessment Skills and Knowledge (ASK) Standards
• Professional presentations and publications experience in student affairs and/or higher education assessment arenas
• Skilled in quantitative and qualitative research design and administration. Preference is given to those with experience in experimental and survey design, data analysis, and statistical reporting
•Demonstrated experience leading, promoting and/or implementing aspects of diversity, equity, and inclusion into the work environment
• Demonstrated understanding of the challenges facing students from underrepresented and/or marginalized backgrounds
• Experience facilitating mission alignment and broad planning frameworks, strategic planning, outcomes-based approaches, key performance measures, and accreditation compliance
• Strong analytic, interpersonal, written and verbal communication skills
• Ability to work independently to accomplish assigned goals in a timely manner
• Ability to work with detailed information with attention to accuracy