Dean of Institutional Effectiveness

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Dean of Institutional Effectiveness

Salary: $107,498.00 - $166,765.00 Annually
Job Type:
Job Number: 201700241
Closing: 3/17/2021 12:00 PM Pacific
Location: Merced, CA
Department: Information Technology Systems

Additional compensation for doctorate
Interviews tentatively scheduled for March
Merced College is a midsized community college located in California's Central Valley. Founded in 1962, the college serves more than 16,000 students with room to expand on its 267-acre main campus and 120 acre Los Banos site. Merced, incorporated in 1889, offers historical sites, affordable housing, access to the Bay Area and Sacramento, and is the Gateway to Yosemite National Park and the Sierra mountains as well as home to the University of California Merced campus. Our tree-shaded, growing community of just over 80,000 includes multiple biking and walking trails as well as access to several lakes - large and small - throughout the county.

The Dean of Institutional Effectiveness oversees an area vital to college success. Research, planning, and a collaborative leadership style are valued attributes to help Merced College continue to meet the needs of its student population through data-driven decision-making processes. This is an exciting opportunity to join a dynamic, innovative team. College research and planning efforts, ranging from MIS and other institutional effectiveness reports to accreditation, fall under the responsibility of the Dean of Institutional Effectiveness. Merced College is looking for a team player committed to student success to help lead this critical area.

Merced College Vision
Merced College will provide transformative and empowering educational experiences to meet student and community needs.

Merced College Mission
Growing our community through education and workforce training:

  • lifelong learning
  • basic skills
  • career technical education
  • transfer
  • degree/certificate programs
  • Ensuring student success through equitable access, continuous quality improvement, institutional effectiveness, and student achievement.

    General Description:
    Under the direction of the Associate Vice President of Information Technology Services, the Dean of Institutional Effectiveness will provide leadership and perform all necessary functions related to the collection, interpretation, and use of institutional data. Plan, organize, direct, coordinate, establish, and provide a high standard of vision, leadership, and direction to the district's institutional effectiveness functions and operations. Provide leadership for the institution's assessment, accreditation, research, and accountability processes. Responsible for planning and implementing strategies that provide direction for strategic planning, accreditation compliance, enrollment management, institutional research, institutional effectiveness, and assessment of institutional outcomes.

    Examples of Duties
    Essential Functions:
    • Provide overall coordination of program review efforts, including:
    • maintaining an institutional inventory of program review reports
    • maintaining calendar of program review schedules and status
    • supporting program review efforts by data and training for faculty and staff
    • maintaining all program review information on the Merced College website
    • developing and maintaining data instruments, software, and integrity measures necessary to collect and manage Merced College data
  • Oversee the collection and distribution of information for external agencies and monitor the college's compliance with criteria established by appropriate state, regional, and/or national accreditation and licensing organizations
  • Provide day-to-day oversight of all institutional research, institutional effectiveness, accreditation, assessment, and strategic planning activities
  • Develop, administer, analyze, and report on surveys that measure engagement, performance, and satisfaction for both students and employees
  • At the discretion of the Associate Vice President of Information Technology Services, regularly attend administrative team meetings
  • Compile and prepare state and federally mandated reports including ad hoc reports and a variety of surveys and summaries
  • Prepare statistical reports, historical/projected information, and other materials
  • Identify and collect institutional benchmark data and provide related reports as needed
  • Lead the planning, development, and implementation of Merced College's strategic plan and its concomitant performance indicator
  • Prepare scorecard reports identifying progress in achieving strategic initiatives and goals
  • Prepare and publish an annual institutional effectiveness report
  • Serve as a member of various campus committees and task forces as appropriate
  • Participate in the development of the college enrollment management plan and FTES targets based on financial and enrollment goals
  • Create, maintain, and provide essential institutional research and planning information in support of institutional decision making
  • Provide data analysis and reports supporting a wide range of topics, including but not limited to; accreditation, institutional outcomes, campus population demographics, enrollment, and faculty workload
  • Work with faculty and staff to provide overall coordination for student learning outcomes; maintain SLOs database
  • Develop and administer budgets for areas of responsibility
  • Manage, supervise, and evaluate assigned staff; participate in the screening and selection of staff as required; train staff on services and programs as implemented
  • Perform other related duties as assigned
  • Knowledge of:
    • Relational database design and management and expertise in a major database package (e.g., Microsoft Access, Microsoft SQL)
    • Complex research methodology and data analysis
    • Theories, principles, and practices associated with institutional planning
    • Enrollment management strategies and evaluation
    • Demonstrated knowledge and leadership experience in institutional effectiveness strategies
    • Demonstrated knowledge of strategic planning
    • Federal and state laws and regulations affecting college operations and functions
    • In-depth knowledge of community college educational services, accreditation standards and the process of accreditation
    • Principles of management, leadership, training, and employee performance evaluation
    • Academic institution budget preparation and administration
    Ability to:
    • Execute complex research methodology
    • Conduct data analysis
    • Communicate effectively with a diverse range of institutional stakeholders including managers, faculty, and classified staff
    • Study timely, key demographic and educational trends and interpret information for relevance to Merced College
    • Manage multiple timelines for internal and external reporting requirements
    • Effectively lead and motivate administrators, managers, faculty, and staff with a collaborative style in a collegial and participatory governance environment
    • Manage and lead area staff
    • Demonstrate sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, and ethnic backgrounds of community college students

    Typical Qualifications
  • Master's degree from an acceptable accredited institution in education, research methods or assessment, management, planning, or related field AND
  • Two years of formal training, internship, or leadership experience in a discipline that incorporates methodology and assessment AND
  • Supervisory or managerial experience in an educational environment AND
  • Experience with educational research tools such as data warehousing, business intelligence, enterprise information systems, ERP, and statistics packages AND
  • Experience using database software, mainframe applications, and statistical software AND
  • Sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, and ethnic backgrounds of community college students

  • License or Certificate:
  • Valid California driver's license or ability to obtain within 90 days of hire date

  • Preferred:
  • Doctorate in education or related field
  • Experience with higher education administrative/student information systems including technical understanding of data warehousing and data mining

    The conditions herein are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individual with disabilities to perform the essential job functions

    Work is performed primarily in an office environment with some travel to different sites; incumbents may be required to work extended hours including evenings and weekends

    Physical ability to:
    • Hear and understand speech at normal levels
    • Communicate so others will be able to clearly understand normal conversation
    • Read printed matter and computer screens
    • Stand or sit for prolonged periods of time
    • Bend, twist, stoop, kneel, crawl, push, and pull
    • Reach in all directions
    • Work at a desk, conference table or in meetings of various configurations
    • Operate office equipment requiring repetitive hand movement and fine coordination including use of a computer keyboard
    See in the normal visual range with or without correction

    Hear in the normal audio range with or without correction

    Supplemental Information
    How to Apply:
  • Submit a complete application by the closing date/time on the Merced College career pages at

  • Required Documentation:
  • Letter of interest addressing your qualifications for the position (cover letter)
  • Resume
  • List of three professional references (no letters of recommendation permitted)
  • Legible unofficial college transcripts (undergraduate and graduate); transcripts must include the degree major and date the institution granted the degree; official copies are not required unless applicant is hired
  • Diversity Statement: The Merced College District has a diverse staff and student population. As such, applicants must demonstrate sensitivity to the needs of a diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability and ethnic backgrounds of community college students and the community at large. Please describe your leadership efforts and professional experience promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion in a work setting. Please do not include any personally identifying information. Limit your response to one (1) page.

  • If Applicable:
  • Foreign transcripts must include a U.S. evaluation and translation completed by an approved organization per the State of California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (Download PDF reader)
  • Equivalency Review Form (Required for applicants who do not possess the stated minimum educational qualifications and are seeking consideration on the basis of equivalency)

  • Only the required documentation as listed above will be accepted for this recruitment; any additional documentation will be removed from your application profile

    Interview Information:
    Those applicants deemed highly qualified for the position will be invited to appear for oral interviews before a screening committee. A limited number of candidates will be invited to interviews. Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, the first interview will be scheduled via Zoom. The second/final interview will be scheduled onsite. Applicants are required to ensure access to the necessary technology to participate in a Zoom interview and will be responsible for their travel expenses, if necessary.

    Employee Benefits:
    The District pays (with small contribution from employee) health, prescription, vision and dental insurance premiums for the employee and dependents. Life and income protection insurance premiums are provided for the employee only. Sick leave and retirement benefits are also provided.

    Condition of Employment:
    The selected candidate must be fingerprinted and tested for tuberculosis at his/her own expense prior to the start of employment. In compliance with the Immigration Reform Act of 1986, all new employees are required to verify their identity and the right to work in the United States. Merced College does not sponsor visas. All offers of employment are subject to approval by the Board of Trustees. The applicant must be able to perform the essential functions of the position with or without reasonable accommodations.
    Individuals with disabilities may request any needed accommodation to participate in the application process. Please submit your request with your application to the Human Resources Office. Merced Community College District is an Equal Opportunity Employer

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    Job No:
    Posted: 3/3/2021
    Application Due: 3/18/2021
    Work Type: Full Time