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Director of Student Affairs Assessment and Student Engagement

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Category:: Professional
Department:: Student Affairs
Locations:: Binghamton, NY
Posted:: Oct 27, 2021
Closes:: Open Until Filled
Type:: Full-time
Ref. No.:: 00065
Position ID:: 138543

About Binghamton University:

Binghamton University is a world-class institution that unites more than 130 broadly interdisciplinary educational programs with some of the most vibrant research in the nation. Our unique character - shaped by outstanding academics, facilities and community life - promotes extraordinary student success.

Binghamton merges rigorous academics, distinguished faculty and state-of-the-art facilities to engage and challenge its 18,000 students. The high-achieving Binghamton student body also represents a great diversity of life experiences, from first-generation college-goers to international students. Beyond their talent, these classmates share a desire to shape the future through technology, insight, intellectual exploration and community service.

Job Description:

Budget Title: Senior Staff Associate (SL-5)

Salary: Commensurate with experience

The Director of the office of Student Affairs Assessment and Student Engagement (SAASE) leads a talented team of analysts providing data analysis, program assessment and strategic planning support for the Division of Student Affairs and, in collaboration with Institutional Research and Assessment, for the university.

Division of Student Affairs

The Division of Student Affairs at Binghamton University manages a portfolio of traditional student affairs units, as well as auxiliary enterprises and multiple academic support programs. Given its programmatic and budgetary scale, the Division maintains its own business, planning and assessment, communications and human resources offices. The Division of Student Affairs at Binghamton is an entrepreneurial, creative and analytics-driven culture where change is a constant. The Vice President places a high value upon informed risk-taking and strategic innovation. The Director of SAASE is continuously engaged with the Vice President in conceiving, validating and developing new initiatives. The institutional culture is genuinely collaborative; Student Affairs and Academic Affairs joint enterprises include co-leading the institution's high impact learning innovations council. The University uses SAS Analytics, which assists staff with acquiring trusted data, creating dynamic reports and developing key performance dashboards in support of data-based decision-making. Given those divisional and institutional cultural touchstones, the successful candidate will demonstrate the capacity to think outside of traditional assessment boundaries and independently navigate across the university.

Office of Student Affairs Assessment and Student Engagement (SAASE)

The SAASE staff, professionals as well as graduate and undergraduate interns, are talented and motivated; and the organization has cultivated a high-performance, team-oriented culture. The work of the office includes traditional assessment as well as data analytics, data visualization, outreach and professional development and creative data mining projects to support strategic initiatives. Past projects have measured how students actually spend their time, the migration patterns of students across different on-campus/off-campus housing options, well-being and health practices of students and a meta-analysis of the different types of high impact learning. The office also maintains "B-Engaged," a tool to facilitate, coordinate and report on student co-curricular activities and experiences that serve as the backbone of the university wide strategic priority centered on high-impact learning. SAASE is at the center of a dynamic Division of Student Affairs, which significantly impacts the strategic direction of the university as a whole. The Director of SAASE is, accordingly, highly visible across the University.

Duties and Responsibilities include:

  • Lead a team of five professional staff members; and recruit, hire, train, motivate and supervise team members, including talented graduate and undergraduate students, in mining gems from data, and presenting information in a compelling and creative fashion
  • Directly support the Vice President for Student Affairs in evaluating current programs and services and in conceiving, validating and implementing new approaches
  • Serve on university project teams including but not limited to the High Impact Learning Innovations Council, Healthy Campus Steering Committee, Healthy Campus Leadership Team and Carnegie Steering Committee contributing expertise with respect to data collection, analysis and strategic planning
  • Partner with the Vice President and other leaders to influence a culture of genuine innovation where units undertake critical program evaluation and data analysis in order to become truly responsive organizations
  • Provide leadership and expertise in the design, implementation and interpretation of assessment and planning applied to programs and services across the Division of Student Affairs, and critically evaluate divisional assessment practices
  • Facilitate and maintain high standards for quantitative and qualitative analysis for a broad range of university data and processes for quality improvement, reporting and decision making
  • Support Division of Student Affairs fundraising efforts by supporting communications staff in the development of compelling program narratives
  • Oversee annual senior survey in collaboration with the Fleishman Center for Career and Professional Development and other campus constituencies
  • Oversee CampusGroups platforms for engagement with a focus on continuously improving usage of the system
  • Serve as the outreach and support person for Qualtrics and WEAVE assessment software
  • Work closely with the office of Institutional Research and Student Records on ensuring effective, consistent and efficient data reporting campus-wide
  • Support the President's Roadmap through accurate reporting for SP2, SP4 and SP6


  • Master's degree required, doctorate preferred, in a field related to higher education, assessment, statistics, management, or social science
  • Minimum of four years' experience working in evaluation, assessment, project management and/or research in higher education, though the unusual candidate with strong relevant experience may be considered
  • Demonstrated track record of supervising, inspiring, training and guiding employees, including students
  • Demonstrated ability to build productive relationships with faculty, academic administrators, student affairs professionals, students and student groups, with sensitivity, insight, and savviness
  • Experience with managing institutional data, and a solid grounding in the laws and best practices in collecting and disseminating data; experience in the subtleties of formatting and disseminating assessment information for a variety of audiences
  • Sophistication in managing expectations and facilitating conversations with senior leaders in all areas
  • Highly effective office management skills, strong project management skills with acute attention to detail, ability to manage demanding workflow and competing deadlines
  • Exceptional oral and written communications skills
  • Creative innovation skills, the ability to work independently and to lead a team
  • Commitment to diversity and serving the needs of a diverse community

Additional Information:

Offers of employment may be contingent upon successful completion of a pre-employment background check and verification of degree(s) and credentials.

Binghamton University is a tobacco-free campus.

Pursuant to Executive Order 161, no State entity, as defined by the Executive Order, is permitted to ask, or mandate, in any form, that an applicant for employment provide his or her current compensation, or any prior compensation history, until such time as the applicant is extended a conditional offer of employment with compensation. If such information has been requested from you before such time, please contact the Governor's Office of Employee Relations at (518) 474-6988 or via email at [email protected]

Payroll information can be found on our website

Cover letters may be addressed "To the Search Committee."

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Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer
The State University of New York is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. It is the policy of Binghamton University to provide for and promote equal opportunity employment, compensation, and other terms and conditions of employment without discrimination on the basis of age, race, color, religion, disability, national origin, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, veteran or military service member status, marital status, domestic violence victim status, genetic predisposition or carrier status, or arrest and/or criminal conviction record unless based upon a bona fide occupational qualification or other exception.

As required by Title IX and its implementing regulations Binghamton University does not discriminate on the basis of sex in the educational programs and activities which it operates. This requirement extends to employment and admission. Inquiries about sex discrimination may be directed to the University Title IX Coordinator or directly to the Office of Civil Rights (OCR). Contact information for the Title IX Coordinator and OCR, as well as the University's complete Non-Discrimination Notice may be found here.

Application Instructions:

Deadline for Internal Applicants: 11/12/2021

Deadline for External Applicants: Open until filled

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the vacancy is filled.

Persons interested in this position should apply online.

Please submit:

  1. Resume,
  2. Cover letter, and
  3. Contact information for three professional references

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Working at Binghamton University

Message on working at Binghamton University from President Harvey Stenger    


Binghamton University opened its doors as Triple Cities College in 1946, to serve the needs of local veterans returning from service in World War II. Originally located in Endicott, N.Y., five miles west of the present campus, the fledgling school was a branch of Syracuse University.

Four years later, the college was incorporated into the State University of New York (SUNY) and renamed Harpur College in honor of Robert Harpur, a Colonial teacher, patriot and pioneer who helped settle the area west of Binghamton.

In 1961, the campus moved across the Susquehanna River to Vestal. Growing enrollment and a reputation for excellence soon led to the selection of Harpur College as one of four doctorate-granting University Centers in the SUNY system.

In 1965, the campus was formally designated the State University of New York at Binghamton, and in 1992, Binghamton University was adopted as our informal name.

Mission Statement

Binghamton University is a premier public university dedicated to enriching the lives of people in the region, state, nation and world through discovery and education and to being enriched by partnerships with those communities.

Vision Statement

Binghamton as an institution is dedicated to higher education, one that combines an international reputation for graduate education, research, scholarship and creative endeavor with the best undergraduate programs available at any public university.

We are an academically selective community that shares ideas across departments, disciplines and borders. We encourage faculty, students and staff to ask unexpected questions, foster open dialog and develop innovative solutions to important problems.

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