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Director of Assessment & Planning

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Job no: 521028
Position Type: Staff Full Time
Campus: UMass Boston
Department: Inst Res Assess & Planning
Pay Grade: 34
Date opened: 23 Oct 2023 Eastern Daylight Time
Applications close: 04 Dec 2023 Eastern Standard Time

General Summary of Position:The Director for Assessment and Planning will lead the Office of Assessment and Planning (OAP) to support and advance the holistic student success goals of UMass Boston, driven by our ten-year university-wide strategic plan, For The Times. The Director, with the support of the Assessment and Research Analyst, will drive learning assessment, institutional effectiveness, and policy evaluation for improving learning outcomes. The role will encompass coordinating comprehensive outcomes assessment plans for academic units and degree programs, such as Academic Quality and Development (AQUAD), academic unit effectiveness, and ad hoc research projects with the Office of Institutional Research (OIR) and other relevant organizational units. The Director will serve on and support the work of the University Assessment Council. The Director will plan and implement assessment activities that are consistent with best practices in the field and will satisfy expectations for regional accreditation as well as specialized accreditation.

The Director will be responsible for working collaboratively in coordinating comprehensive campus-wide efforts to assess institutional effectiveness at the university, college, and department levels; will act as a resource to faculty in developing learning outcomes assessment processes and programs, as well as assisting administrative staff in developing programs to assess effectiveness; and will provide statistical and methodological expertise to campus offices required to collect, analyze, and interpret data, particularly for assessment purposes. The Director also has a significant focus of responsibility on retention and graduation analysis and reporting at the undergraduate and graduate levels, providing data and analysis and policy proposals in support of improving university completion rates.

Examples of Duties:
  • Promote a university-wide culture of assessment and continuous improvement through consultation, instruction, and professional development with faculty, professional staff, and academic administrators.
  • Prepare regular reports on retention and graduation rates at the undergraduate and graduate level, including evaluation of the components of student success and how these might shape policies that increase student success.
  • Consult with faculty groups and committees (e.g., departmental reviews, General Education Committee) on all phases of assessment (e.g., planning, implementation, data analysis, reporting).
  • In collaboration with academic technologists and other campus colleagues, ensures the software, technical tools, and systems used at the institution support the assessment model and meet user needs.
  • Serve on and support the work of the University Assessment Council.
  • Coordinate, administer, and report on university-wide assessment activities (e.g. National Survey of Student Engagement).
  • Collaborate with administrative departments to promote institutional effectiveness outcomes.
  • Analyze and interpret assessment results of various types, both quantitative and qualitative.
  • Document and report assessment activities to university community and relevant external agencies.
  • Supervise assessment research analysts and graduate student assistants involved with assessment activities.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.
  • Minimum Qualifications:Earned doctorate in Educational Research and Evaluation, Sociology, Psychology, Public Policy or other research based social science field and a minimum of five-seven (5-7) years of evaluation/assessment is required. A Master's degree in one of the above fields and a minimum of ten years of increasingly responsible experience in higher education evaluation/assessment can be substituted for the required experience. Demonstrated experience with assessment practices, evaluation research design, development of data collection instruments, with qualitative and quantitative data analysis required. Experience with PeopleSoft, SQL, and OBIEEE preferred.

  • Demonstrated knowledge of and skill in using statistical analysis tools such as SAS, SPSS, R and Tableau for data visualization with the ability to learn new technology tools as they develop.
  • Knowledge of and demonstrated experience with appropriate statistical analysis, qualitative analysis and other business-oriented software.
  • Knowledge of the higher education policy context nationally and internationally, including data policy issues.
  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with senior administrators, deans, faculty and other key constituents.
  • Demonstrated adaptability and flexibility to execute multiple goals and plans within a fast paced, team-oriented department.
  • Demonstrated record of successful collaboration with academic and administrative partners.
  • Strong oral and written communication skills.
  • Strong interpersonal skills.
  • Strong organizational, analytical and problem-solving skills.
  • Strong commitment to customer service.
  • Application Instructions:

    Please apply online with your resume, cover letter and list of three professional references.

    Review of candidates will begin following the application closing date.

    Only Internal candidates in the Professional Staff Bargaining Unit will be considered during the first 10 business days of the posting. All other candidates will be considered after that period.

    Salary Ranges for the appropriate Pay Grade can be found at the following link:

    Grade: 34

    Salary Ranges

    All official salary offers must be approved by Human Resources.UMass Boston is committed to the full inclusion of all qualified individuals. As part of this commitment, we will ensure that persons with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodations for the hiring process. If reasonable accommodation is needed, please contact the ADA/504 Coordinator Andrea Haas or 617-287-5148.

    Applications close: 04 Dec 2023 Eastern Standard Time

    Organization

    Working at University of Massachusetts Boston

    The University of Massachusetts Boston is nationally recognized as a model of excellence for urban public universities. The scenic waterfront campus is located next to the John F. Kennedy Library, with easy access to downtown Boston. 

    The second-largest campus in the UMass system, UMass Boston combines a small-college experience with the vast resources of a major research university. With a 16:1 student-to-faculty ratio, students easily interact with professors because most teaching occurs in small class sizes. Ninety-three percent of full-time faculty hold the highest degree in their fields.

    UMass Boston’s academic excellence is reflected by a growing student body of nearly 16,000 undergraduate and graduate students. The university’s eight colleges offer more than 100 undergraduate programs and 50 graduate programs. The University Honors Program serves 300 students who thrive on intellectual challenge. Enriched courses probe more deeply into theory or venture further into application.

    UMass Boston’s diverse student body provides a global context for student learning, and its location in a major U.S. city provides connections to employers in industries such as finance, health care, technology, service, and education, offering students opportunities to gain valuable in-school experience via internships, clinicals, and other career-related placements.

    More than 100 student organizations — including clubs, literary magazines, newspaperradio stationart gallery, and 16 NCAA Division III sports teams — offer a rich campus life. Students live throughout Greater Boston and in apartment communities just steps from the campus, and enjoy the rich amenities, cultural attractions, and educational opportunities that make the city the biggest and best college town in the nation.

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