Director of Educational Effectiveness

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Position Information

Functional Title Director of Educational Effectiveness Position Type Administrative/Professional Appointment Type Regular FTE %


Work Schedule (if atypical) Job Description Summary

The University of La Verne is a private not-for-profit university founded in 1891 located in La Verne, California. The core values that we live by are Ethical Reasoning, Diversity and Inclusivity, Lifelong Learning and Community and Civic Engagement.

If you’re passionate about these values, join us at University of La Verne!

This position leads the University’s efforts to enhance a culture of evidence, student-centered learning, and continuous improvement. In collaboration with college efforts, the Director would oversee Academic Program Review and the Academic Assessment Plan for the University. The position would exercise particular leadership in Baccalaureate Learning Outcomes assessment, leveraging Campus Labs’ assessment features, ROC/Adult Learner assessment, and assessment support for sponsored research. As a resident expert, the Director would also provide assessment workshops, training, and consulting support for faculty, staff, and administrators. The six key responsibility domains are:
1) Institutional Assessment Planning & Management
2) Program Review Process Oversight
3) Assessment Training & Consulting
4) Assessment Resource Hub
5) Assessment Infrastructure Planning
6) Assessment Staff Management & Development

Specific Duties

Institutional Assessment Planning & Management

  • Develop and lead the implementation of the Academic Assessment Plan for the University in collaboration with Deans, Department / Program Chairs, faculty and decentralized assessment coordinators. This includes developing an institutional framework for assessing student learning and promoting a learning-centered environment
  • In collaboration with Deans, Department / Program Chairs and in consultation with the General Education Committee, design and oversee an assessment process for Baccalaureate Learning Outcomes, including transfer students, that ensures integrity in the meaning of a La Verne undergraduate degree
  • In collaboration with ROC Dean and Department / Program Chairs, oversee and facilitate continuous improvement in assessment processes for ROC students
  • In collaboration with Deans and La Verne Experience (LVE) point persons within each college, design and oversee an assessment process for LVE Programs
  • Network with Deans, Department / Program Chairs, and Grad Council to ensure that the assessment processes for graduate programs follow norms that ensure integrity in the meaning of a La Verne graduate degree
  • Help advise grant teams on how to design and implement proper assessment into grant projects and institutionalize learning from such efforts
  • In conjunction with the Director of Institutional Research, identify and explore systemic issues that arise from student success data. Acting as a change agent, develop recommendations and advocate for addressing the most critical issues

Program Review Process Oversight

  • In collaboration with Deans, Department / Program Chairs, and decentralized assessment coordinators, enhance and oversee the Program Review Process to ensure timely, high-quality, consistent studies that promote a culture of continuous improvement in student learning outcomes.
  • Provide consulting expertise to Department / Program Chairs and decentralized assessment coordinators to ensure that Program Reviews (PRs) meet quality standards
  • Help Deans and Associate Provost incorporate Program Reviews into the Academic & Student Affairs resource planning process by making the link between program investments and contributions to student success clear.

Assessment Training & Consulting

  • In collaboration with the Director for the Center of Teaching and Learning (CTL), identify faculty and staff development needs in assessment concepts, processes and methodologies.
  • In collaboration with the Director for CTL, develop and oversee the delivery of curriculum that addresses key needs
  • Refine training and development approaches over time based on previous assessments and evolving needs
  • As the resident expert, provide consulting services and thought leadership on assessment practices to all parts of the campus community
  • Lead efforts to help faculty leverage synergies between assessment, teaching effectiveness, and scholarship in pedagogy using broad based assessment data

Assessment Resource Hub

  • Develop and maintain a web-based resource center where internal constituents can access multi-media resources for enhancing their knowledge of assessment practices
  • Keep abreast of best practices and trends in the assessment field
  • Serve as ongoing curator of external resources, making the most relevant and useful available via web and other platforms
  • Serve as a clearinghouse for assessment projects across campus to ensure better coordination and cumulative learning across projects

Assessment Infrastructure Planning

  • Identify and serve as lead customer for technology infrastructure supporting assessment efforts such as Campus Labs’ Assessment Module
  • Develop and advocate for a human capital plan in support of assessment that encompasses the network of centralized and decentralized assessment staff

Assessment Staff Management & Development

  • Supervise, coach and develop centralized assessment staff to promote their flourishing and efficient fulfillment of the office’s goals
  • Foster a learning community among the network of decentralized assessment staff. This includes coordinating their training and development and facilitating the sharing of internal best practices

Additional Responsibilities

  • Perform other duties as assigned
Minimum Qualifications
  • Four years of experience in assessment in an institution of higher learning or similar setting.
  • Two years of experience in designing and executing training curriculum
  • Two years of experience with leading organizational change efforts in an institution of higher learning or similar setting.
  • Masters Degree

Knowledge & Skills

  • Demonstrated knowledge of key issues and concepts in higher education and in the areas of assessment of student learning, program evaluation, quantitative and qualitative research methods, research design, and statistical analysis is required.
  • Excellent project management and relational skills – ability to manage complex, large scale projects as a facilitator of a project team, involving individuals from a variety of departments
  • Exemplary communication skills (both written and oral), highly developed organizational and leadership skills, an ability to work collaboratively with administrators, faculty, staff, and accreditors
  • Thought leader with a humble posture that fosters mutual trust and respect
  • Self-starter with the ability to work with minimal supervision
  • SKILLS: Learning Strategies, Instructing, Critical Thinking, Active Listening, Judgment & Decision-making, Monitoring, Complex Problem Solving, Service Orientation, Systems Analysis, Social Perceptiveness, Management of Personnel Resources, Persuasion, Time Management
Preferred Qualifications
  • Teaching experience at the postsecondary level is highly desired.
  • Experience with regional or professional accreditation processes is highly desired.
  • Doctorate in related discipline is highly desirable.
Benefits Summary

Salary will be commensurate with experience and internal equity. Benefits include a comprehensive health and wellness plan, tuition remission program for employee, spouse, and dependent children, a generous 10% contribution to the University’s 403B retirement plan, and a generous time off plan.
Employment is contingent upon successful completion and clearance of a background check and employment verification.

U.S. News & World Report rates La Verne Online No. 1 in California for the third consecutive year and 24th best in the country. Washington Monthly’s 2016 “America’s Best Colleges for Adult Learners” rankings place La Verne No. 3 among private, 4-year institutions in California.
La Verne is Tier 1 in U.S. News 2017 “America’s Best Colleges” National University rankings for the seventh straight year, and again made Forbes “America’s Top Colleges” rating (WASC Accredited).
Location La Verne Central Campus Posting Detail Information

Posting Number 2018-190518SA Special Instructions to Applicants Open Date Close Date Open Until Filled Yes Posting Specific Questions

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Applicant Documents Required Documents
  1. Resume
  2. Cover Letter
  3. List of 3-5 Professional References
Optional Documents
  1. Transcripts
  2. Letter of Recommendation 1
  3. Letter of Recommendation 2
  4. Letter of Recommendation 3
  5. Curriculum Vitae




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Posted: 4/2/2019
Application Due: 5/2/2019
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