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Assistant Director for Assessment and Evaluation

The University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Knoxville, TN

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Assistant Director for Assessment and Evaluation

The Division of Access and Engagement (DAE) is seeking an experienced professional for the role of Assistant Director for Assessment and Evaluation. This is an exciting opportunity to contribute in meaningful ways to divisional and institutional goals. Reporting to the Executive Director for Assessment and Evaluation, this position will play a vital role in measuring the effectiveness of efforts across campus to recruit and retain diverse talent. The Assistant Director will support the DAE team, as well as faculty and staff, by creating resources for communicating best practices for implementing assessment and gathering data, generating evaluation reports, keeping a pulse on national and local data trends to inform decision-making, and communicating recommendations to stakeholders both internal and external to the university. Additionally, this position will provide guidance to campus administration as they implement and assess the impact of their efforts to foster positive and welcoming learning and work environments.

Job Function/Responsibilities

40% Campus-wide support for the evaluation of access and engagement efforts

·         Serves as a consultant to staff, faculty, and campus leadership as they seek ways to improve the culture and climate in their respective units, departments, and colleges.

·         Reviews and guides the design of climate assessments (e.g., surveys, etc.) and needs assessments to guide campus leadership in measuring success in recruitment and retention efforts.  

·         Coordinates the collection and analysis of data related to university culture and climate via surveys, focus groups, and other assessment/evaluation methods.

·         Leads processes to regularly communicate progress made toward meeting institutional and divisional goals via reports and presentations.

·         Monitors progress of evaluation projects though all phases to assure adherence to programmatic objectives.

·         Analyzes quantitative and qualitative data to inform the direction of programs, initiatives, and funding.

·         Develops and/or uses innovative and equity-centered methodologies and techniques for evaluation, data collection, analysis, and presentation.

30% Data forecasting

·         Researches and communicates current trends in higher education to guide decision-making processes around access and engagement efforts.

·         Maintains a working knowledge of established national evaluation frameworks and guidelines and provides up-to-date information on best practices to key stakeholders.

·         Regularly investigates trends in national and local data (e.g., projected demographic data, information from national surveys and studies, etc.) to guide key performance indicators for strategic plans around access and engagement activities.

30% Education and Resource Development

  • Creates and provides educational resources for best practices in assessment and evaluation for faculty, staff, and administration to enable them to assist with and conduct evaluation of efforts to enhance/improve their cultures/climates.
  • Provides subject matter expertise on equity-centered assessment and evaluation concepts and methods to staff, faculty, and graduate students.
  • ·         Develops toolkits and templates that can be used by individuals and teams across campus to create strategic planning processes and mechanisms to assess and evaluate their access and engagement efforts.

    ·         Supervises and provides professional development for the Graduate Research Assistant for Assessment and Evaluation.

    ·         Develops professional development opportunities for DAE staff to enhance data literacy.

    ·         Assists with other related duties as assigned.

    Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Evidence of the ability to effectively evaluate educational programs.
  • Demonstrated effectiveness in strategic planning and program evaluation.
  • The ability to work creatively, collaboratively, and professionally in an interdisciplinary university environment.
  • The ability to take initiative, work independently and manage multiple projects.
  • Knowledge of current qualitative and quantitative techniques for collecting, analyzing, and reporting data.
  • The ability to work effectively in a team.
  • Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written.
  • A commitment to professional development and to cultivating welcoming and inclusive spaces.

  • Qualifications

    Required level/type of experience and/or years of experience:

    Master's in Education, Social Sciences, Public Policy, Statistics, Evaluation, Assessment, Educational Psychology, or closely related field. Degree must incorporate evaluation methodologies and a minimum of three (3) years of evaluation, assessment, and research experience.

    Two years of graduate assistantship, internship, and/or graduate coursework will count as one (1) year of professional experience.

    Preferred Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • A minimum of five (5) years of professional evaluation, assessment, and research experience in diversity, equity, and inclusion.
  • High level of effectiveness in strategic planning of inclusion initiatives.
  • High level of knowledge in the use of data visualization software (e.g., Tableau, Power BI, etc.).
  • For full consideration please submit a resume/CV, cover letter, and list of three references which includes name, email, and physical address.

    Job: Other Professional
    Primary Location: US-Tennessee-knoxville
    Organization: Vice Chancellor Access & Engagement
    Schedule: Full-time
    Job Posting: Jun 13, 2024, 1:36:08 PM


    Working at The University of Tennessee, Knoxville

    Founded in 1794, the University of Tennessee is one of the nation’s oldest and most storied public universities. Based in Knoxville, Tennessee’s flagship land-grant institution includes the statewide Institute of Agriculture and the Space Institute in Tullahoma. The university embodies excellence in teaching, discovery, scholarship, research, creative activity, outreach, and engagement. Known as the Volunteers, we lead with a spirit of selflessness, empathy, and courage, and strive to be champions for diversity, equity, and inclusion

    UT Knoxville is a Research 1 university with 11 academic colleges and more than 900 programs of study. With an enrollment of more than 30,000 students, our academic programs are repeatedly ranked top in their class. The university co-manages Oak Ridge National Laboratory, the country’s most prominent national lab, driving innovation in advanced manufacturing and materials, national security, and more. We are closely connected with our communities through outreach and extension efforts across Tennessee and through partnerships with non-profits, corporations, and industries—regionally, nationally, and around the globe.

    The city of Knoxville is nestled in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains. The modern, thriving community is surrounded by gorgeous lakes and hundreds of miles of walking, hiking, and biking trails. Situated along the banks of the Tennessee River, our beautiful features an eclectic music scene, internationally recognized festivals, unique restaurants, and a robust offering of diverse cultural activities. Knoxville is located within a day’s drive of Atlanta, Nashville, Asheville, Charlotte, Louisville, Cincinnati, Memphis, Chicago, and Washington D.C.

    Knoxville and the surrounding counties have a population of more than 850,000 people. The region houses many leading corporations and organizations, including Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Pilot/Flying J, the Tennessee Valley Authority, and Regal Cinemas, along with HGTV, Food Network, and other networks owned by Discovery Inc.

    As a member of the UT family, you will be surrounded by top-notch faculty, staff, and students from around the world. You will be part of a diverse campus community that is passionate about changing the world and cheering for the Vols on game day.

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