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Divisional Director for Research & Assessment

The University of North Carolina at Charlotte
King 220

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Working Title:

Divisional Director for Research & Assessment

Position Designation:

EHRA Non-Faculty

Employment Type:

Permanent - Full-time

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Work Schedule:

Monday through Friday, 8 AM to 5 PM

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Student Affairs


Dean of Students (Adm)

Work Location:

King 220

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Primary Purpose of Department:

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.

Summary of Position Responsibilities:

The Divisional Director 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 work groups within the Division of Student Affairs, and project specific assessment related to the Division’s strategic and tactical operations. The Divisional Director also coordinates all division activity relative to program review utilizing the CAS standards, serves as campus co-coordinator for the Anthology Baseline assessment system, and coordinates all division activity utilizing the Anthology Planning and Compliance Assist modules. The Divisional Director utilizes additional research, assessment, and evaluation tools, systems, and modules as needed and as technology evolves. The Divisional Director also 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/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:

1. Seven to ten years of experience in higher education setting; professional practice in or collaboration with Student Affairs with assessment, evaluation, and/or research as their primary position responsibility.

2. Experience in supervising full time assessment staff and graduate students.

3. 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.

4. Professional presentations and publications experience in student affairs and/or higher education assessment arenas.

5. Skilled in quantitative and qualitative research design and administration. Preference given to those with experience in experimental and survey design, data analysis, and statistical reporting.

6. Demonstrated experience leading, promoting and/or implementing aspects of diversity, equity, and inclusion into the work environment. 7. Demonstrated understanding of the challenges facing students from underrepresented and/or marginalized backgrounds.
8. Experience facilitating mission alignment and broad planning frameworks, strategic planning, outcomes-based approaches, key performance measures, and accreditation compliance .

9. Strong analytic, interpersonal, written and verbal communication skills.

10. Ability to work independently to accomplish assigned goals in a timely manner.

11. Ability to work with detailed information with attention to accuracy.

Preferred Certifications/Licenses:

A terminal degree in an academic field related to research and assessment with emphasis in higher education student development.

Special Notes to Applicants:

The Division of Student Affairs highly values cultural competence:

Demonstrate knowledge, behaviors, language and skills policies that are respectful of affirming of students’ cultures, identities and gender expressions.

Please provide a statement describing your diversity philosophy.

The finalist will be subject to a criminal background check.

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About Us

UNC Charlotte is North Carolina's urban research university. It leverages its location in the state's largest city to offer internationally competitive programs of research and creative activity, exemplary undergraduate, graduate and professional programs, and a focused set of community engagement initiatives. UNC Charlotte maintains a particular commitment to addressing the cultural, economic, educational, environmental, health, and social needs of the greater Charlotte region. 

Located in the state’s largest metropolitan area, UNC Charlotte is among the fastest growing universities in the UNC System.  A large public university with a small college feel, UNC Charlotte’s 1,000-acre campus is the home away from home for more than 29,000 students.  The University offers internationally competitive research and creative activity opportunities and exemplary undergraduate, graduate and professional programs coupled with a focused set of community engagement initiatives that enrich the region’s quality of life.

In fulfilling our mission, we envision a University that promises:

  • An accessible and affordable quality education that equips students with intellectual and professional skills, ethical principles, and an international perspective.
  • A strong foundation in liberal arts and opportunities for experiential education to enhance students’ personal and professional growth.
  • A robust intellectual environment that values social and cultural diversity, free expression, collegiality, integrity, and mutual respect.
  • A safe, diverse, team-oriented, ethically responsible, and respectful workplace environment that develops the professional capacities of our faculty and staff.

To achieve a leadership position in higher education, we will:

  • Rigorously assess our progress toward our institutional, academic, and administrative plans using benchmarks appropriate to the goals articulated by our programs and in our plans.
  • Serve as faithful stewards of the public and private resources entrusted to us and provide effective and efficient administrative services that exceed the expectations of our diverse constituencies.
  • Create meaningful collaborations among university, business, and community leaders to address issues and opportunities of the region.
  • Develop an infrastructure that makes learning accessible to those on campus and in our community and supports the scholarly activities of the faculty.
  • Pursue opportunities to enhance personal wellness through artistic, athletic, or recreational activities.
  • Operate an attractive, environmentally responsible and sustainable campus integrated with the retail and residential neighborhoods that surround us.

Dual Career

The University of North Carolina at Charlotte is committed to the recruitment and retention of highly qualified and productive faculty, administrators, and other professional staff members. We recognize that career decisions are influenced by family considerations.  For up to one year from the date of an employee’s relocation to Charlotte, the University will assist the employee’s  spouse or domestic partner with efforts to find employment within the University and/or within the surrounding area.

Diversity at UNC Charlotte

UNC Charlotte is committed to cultivating diversity and inclusion throughout the campus. Our campus community is comprised of people who represent the wide breadth of gender identities, sexualities, races and ethnicities, faith traditions, nationalities, and other social groups and backgrounds.  All of these identities and experiences enrich the University as a whole.  UNC Charlotte strives to celebrate and leverage the benefits of this diversity, and to sustain an inclusive and welcoming environment for all students, faculty, and staff.

To learn more about plans, programs, resources and news and events relating to diversity and inclusion at UNC Charlotte please use the following link:

To access the full text of the UNC Charlotte Plan for Campus Diversity, Access and Inclusion please use the following link:

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Overview of the UNC Charlotte Plan for Campus Diversity, Access and Inclusion.

The goal of quality education for all at UNC Charlotte is the foundation for our Diversity Plan.  At its fullest potential, higher education allows students to interact with people from different backgrounds and to engage a range of ideas and perspectives.  This educational experience cultivates the skills that graduates will need to function adeptly in a global society.  

As North Carolina and the Charlotte region undergo rapid population growth and demographic change, UNC Charlotte must respond to the needs of a more diverse student population. It is imperative that the University prepare its students to become leaders and thriving citizens in a pluralistic and multicultural society. In adopting our Diversity Plan, we affirm that:


    • We believe that a diverse faculty, staff and student body are critical in advancing teaching, scholarship, and community engagement at UNC Charlotte.
    • We are committed to enhancing opportunities for living, working and learning in a diverse environment
    • We are committed to educating our students to interact effectively and respectfully in the global community. 

      The Plan identifies components of a diverse campus community and outlines steps toward building an inclusive environment that promotes the success of all students, faculty, and staff. It is a living document that affirms our institutional values and is designed to offer guidance to University departments and units for achieving the University goals for diversity.  The seven broad objectives of the Diversity Plan are:

      1: Promote a broad understanding of goals for diversity, access, and inclusion for the University through active outreach to the campus community.

      2: Recruit and graduate a diverse student body that reflects community diversity and addresses the state’s need to increase access to higher education for historically underrepresented and economically disadvantaged students.

      3: Increase the recruitment of underrepresented faculty and advance their progression through the faculty ranks.

                  4: Increase the representation of staff from underrepresented groups.

      5: Ensure the presence of institutional environments and course development that enhance learning and appreciation for the full range of diversity.

      6: Develop external relationships with the community to enhance diversity on and off campus.

                  7: Ensure the Success of the Plan through Assessment, Accountability, and Recognition.


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