Director of Program Evaluation

Montgomery, Alabama
$86,000 to $130,000 per year
Nov 10, 2020
Position Type
Tenured & Tenure-Track
Institution Type
Specialized Institutions

Air University's Education Support Squadron invites applications from qualified individuals for the position of Director, Program Evaluation. This position takes the lead role in planning, coordinating, developing, and conducting Professional Education assessments for Air University Officer Professional Military Education programs to provide meaningful data for strategic planning and contributing to assessment of AU Institutional Effectiveness efforts.


Oversees Officer Professional Military Education assessment programs in accordance with Air Force and Air University instructions. Coordinates inputs to Air University’s institutional effectiveness program integrating the processes of planning, assessment/evaluation, and resourcing activities. Directs all aspects of the Educational Support Squadron Program Assessment division in accordance with applicable Air Force and Air University instructions, including management responsibilities for a staff that includes civilian and active duty personnel. Establishes systems and processes to collect student, faculty, and alumni feedback on educational programs, and produces summary reports for presenting appropriate date for review by authorized personnel. Employs both qualitative and quantitative methodology for proper data gathering analysis, and reporting of findings on the effectiveness of the Officer Professional Military Education program curricula, instructional methods and delivery, and academic support activities. Serves as research consultant for Air University's institutional effectiveness research and independent research efforts. Provides technical advice on research methodology to students, faculty, and external researchers seeking to collect data from Officer Professional Military Education populations. Provides guidance and assistance to faculty, students, alumni and employees in accordance with operating instructions. Coordinates Officer Professional Military Education inputs to Air University's comprehensive institutional effectiveness program, integrating the processes of planning, assessment and evaluation, and resourcing activities. Designs surveys and other data gathering instruments for Officer Professional Military Education educational programs. Provides training, assistance and guidance to the faculty and staff on Professional Education policies and procedures.

Serves as research consultant for Air University institutional effectiveness research and independent research efforts. Provides technical advice on research methodology to students, faculty, and external researchers seeking to collect data from Officer Professional Military Education populations. Maintains professional expertise and relationships with educators, researchers, and government officials in curriculum areas of specialization. Utilizes correspondence with professional organizations and research and writing for publications involved with institutional effectiveness to stay abreast of developments and potential applications. Represents the Educational Support Squadron at meetings, conferences, and symposia with collegial and professional organizations.

Provides service roles to support the Air University Officer Professional Military Education schools as academic institutions. Service roles may include providing advice and counsel to Course Directors, Program Directors, and Deans on topics related to Institutional Effectiveness.


A master's degree is required, but a doctorate degree is desired in a related field.

The incumbent should have deep experience in program assessment and/or program curriculum evaluation from an accredited University. Knowledge of scholarly research methods and the ability to conduct inquiry and publish in professional journals or books is desirable. Knowledge of institutional and educational program evaluation methods, including design and production of data-gathering instructions such as surveys, questionnaires, and/or critiques. Knowledge of statistical design and use of statistical models and computer-based statistical routines for analysis of data. Knowledge of requirements for teaching effectively, including distributed learning techniques and curricula development in a complex academic environment. A wide range of experience in strategic planning, educational technology, and distributed learning.The ability to plan, organize, and direct the functions of a small organization, including mentoring, motivating, and appraising subordinate personnel.

Air University is committed to building a culturally diverse and inclusive educational environment:

  • We are dedicated to recruiting and retaining a diverse faculty committed to inclusive teaching and scholarship.
  • Prospective candidates must engender a climate that values and uses diversity in all its forms to enrich debate and make the institution more inclusive.

Applicants should address how they will further these goals in their cover letter.

Conditions of Employment

  • U.S. citizenship is required
  • Males must be registered for Selective Service (see Legal and Regulatory Guide)
  • A Secret Security clearance is required
  • You may qualify for moving expenses if authorized may be covered using PCS, Recruitment or Relocation Incentive in accordance with agency policy
  • The position may be subject to random drug testing
  • This job is being filled by an alternative hiring process and is not in the competitive civil service (this is an Administratively Determined position in the excepted service)