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Executive Director of Institutional Effectiveness & Assessment

Clayton State University
Clayton State University

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Job Title: Executive Director of Institutional Effectiveness & Assessment
Location: Clayton State University
Regular/Temporary: Regular
Full/Part Time: Full-Time
Job ID: 273741
About Us

Located in Morrow, Georgia, Clayton State University is roughly 15 miles southeast of downtown Atlanta. The university offers employees an adaptable, collaborative environment that fosters professional and personal development.
The university is committed to having a positive impact on the State of Georgia and beyond by serving students and the community through broadening access to high-quality education and advancing workforce development. Clayton State offers multiple certificates, Associate's, Bachelor's, and Master's Degree programs, which currently enroll over 5,500 students in challenging campus and online courses.
Clayton State's main campus is situated on 214 beautiful acres in a lakeside setting just minutes from downtown Atlanta, making access to the vibrant metropolitan area swift. The Atlanta-Journal Constitution has named the university a Top Workplace in Atlanta for six consecutive years. The Chronicle of Higher Education also named Clay-ton State one of 79 higher education institutions across the nation in its list of 2017 Great Colleges to Work For.

Job Summary

The Executive Director of Institutional Effectiveness and Assessment for Clayton State University provides oversight of assessment activities for the purposes of program development, evaluation, and accreditation. The Executive Director supervises and coordinates assessment and accreditation activities, including Academic Program Reviews and preparation/submission of required accreditation reports, works with administration and faculty to propose policies and procedures, and promotes a "culture of assessment." The Executive Director of Institutional Effectiveness Assessment ensures program assessment activities are designed, implemented, analyzed, and reported in a manner that is useful for curricular and program improvement. The Director of Institutional Effectiveness and Assessment analyzes trends and outcomes and provides insights and analysis of Clayton State University's programmatic offerings.

  • Oversees data collection, assessment, analysis, and reports.
  • Collaborates with assessment and accreditation liaisons in each college to promote the
    understanding, articulation, and documentation of student learning outcomes for each program
    and for the University as a whole.
  • Partner with Information and Technology Services in identifying and implementing innovative
    approaches to data analysis, reporting, and visualizations.
  • Aid faculty members and staff with developing measurable student learning outcomes and
    designing curriculum maps to assess student learning.
  • Ensure program assessment activities are designed, implemented, analyzed, and reported in a
    manner that is useful for curricular and program improvement.
  • Serve as lead contact for college assessment and accreditation liaisons and for accreditation
    activities, including Academic Program Reviews and preparation/submission of required reports
    (primarily SACSCOC) and logistics for site visits.
  • Advise the University leadership on accreditation initiatives related to SACSCOC, including the
    alignment of budget allocations for administrative assessment.
  • Analyze trends and outcomes and provide analysis for assessing student learning goals.
  • Coordinate with the Office of Institutional Research on the design, distribution, analysis, and
    reporting of faculty, staff, student, and alumni surveys and for data collection activities such as
    retention, completion, etc.
  • Serve on committees as assigned to communicate/document assessment plans and guidelines,
    e.g., Academic Affairs, Faculty Senate, etc.
  • Research and analyze trends and outcomes for strategic purposes and make recommendations
    as appropriate.
  • Work collaboratively with other offices, such as student affairs, enrollment management,
    alumni engagement, etc, to advance Clayton State¿s mission.
  • Commitment to ongoing professional development.
Required Qualifications

Master's degree required in Education, Assessment, Psychology, or a related field. Three years of experience in higher education assessment and research design required.

Preferred Qualifications

Doctoral degree preferred. Familiarity with assessment and accreditation best practices, with knowledge of SACSCOC
Standards of Accreditation preferred.

Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities
  • Demonstrated knowledge in the areas of assessment of student learning, program evaluation,
    quantitative and qualitative research methods, and statistical analysis.
  • Experience in and knowledge of the accreditation process.
  • Experience with national and regional accreditation preferred.
  • Demonstrated leadership working across an array of stakeholders.
  • Excellent project management skills.
  • Strong managerial/supervisory skills.
  • Proven ability to take initiative and problem-solve.
  • Desire to work in a collaborative, fast-paced environment.
  • Interest in and willingness to seek innovative solutions with a growth mindset.
  • Experience with database-driven, web-based applications and statistical software.
  • Knowledge of Qualtrics is a plus.
  • Strong written and oral communication skills are required.
USG Core Values

The University System of Georgia is comprised of our 26 institutions of higher education and learning, as well as the System Office. Our USG Statement of Core Values are Integrity, Excellence, Accountability, and Respect. These values serve as the foundation for all that we do as an organization, and each USG community member is responsible for demonstrating and upholding these standards. More details on the USG Statement of Core Values and Code of Conduct are available in USG Board Policy and can be found online at
Additionally, USG supports Freedom of Expression, as stated in Board Policy 6.5, Freedom of Expression and Academic Freedom, which can be found online at

Conditions of Employment

Offers of employment are contingent upon completion of a background investigation, including a criminal background check demonstrating eligibility for employment with Clayton State University, as determined by Clayton State University in its sole discretion, confirmation of the credentials and employment history reflected in application materials and, if applicable, a satisfactory credit check. Applicants may be subject to a pre-employment drug and alcohol screening. Candidate must disclose potential, actual, or apparent conflicts of interest in compliance.
Offers are made expressly subject to the applicable federal and state laws, statutes, rules, and regulations of this institution and the Bylaws and Policies of the Board of Regents (BOR) of the University System of Georgia (USG), which are available for your inspection upon request.

Equal Employment Opportunity

Clayton State University is an equal employment, equal access, and equal educational opportunity and affirmative action institution. It is the policy of the University to recruit, hire, train, promote, and educate persons without regard to race, color, national or ethnical origin, age, disability, gender, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, or veteran status as required by applicable state and federal laws (including Title VI, Title VII, Title IX, Sections 503, and 504, AREA, ADA, E.O. 11246, and Rev. Proc. 75-50). Clayton State University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Institution. For questions or more detailed information regarding this policy, please contact the Clayton State University Office of Human Resources at (678) 466-4230. For individuals requiring disability-related accommodations for participation in any event or to obtain print materials in an alternative format, please contact the Disability Resource Center at (678) 466-5445.


As an outstanding comprehensive metropolitan university located 15 miles southeast of downtown Atlanta, Clayton State University has come a long way since its inception 40 years ago.clayton_state_university1.jpg

The University first opened in September 1969 as Clayton Junior College with Dr. Harry S. Downs as founding president and an enrollment of 942 students. The Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia elevated it to baccalaureate status as Clayton State College in 1986 and university status as Clayton College & State University in 1996. The school’s current designation as Clayton State University was approved in 2005.

clayton_state_university2.jpgSince Downs’ retirement in January 1994, the University has had two presidents; Dr. Richard A. Skinner, who took office upon Downs’ retirement, and Dr. Thomas K. Harden, who took office in June 2000. When Harden was named chancellor of the University of Wisconsin Green Bay, Dr. Thomas J. "Tim" Hynes, Jr., was appointed interim president, starting on May 18, 2009. The current enrollment is in excess of 6,000 students and the school provides a multitude of undergraduate degree credit programs that—in the words of the university’s mission statement—provides "career-oriented education with a solid liberal arts foundation."

In addition to more than doubling its undergraduate degrees over the past 10 years, Clayton State also has added seven graduate programs in the past three years. The first, the Master of Arts in Liberal Studies, began in 2006. Since then, the Master of Science in Nursing, the Master of Health Administration and the Master of Business Administration all began in 2007, and the Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) programs, MAT - English and MAT - Mathematics, in 2009. The Master of Archival Studies is scheduled to begin in 2010.

The past five years at Clayton State have also been highlighted by the establishment of the first joint state and federal archives facilities adjacent to campus, the institution of a comprehensive strategic planning process, the reaffirmation of the University’s accreditation by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and the opening of the Clayton State – Fayette instructional site in Peachtree City. In a six week period between August and October 2008, the University dedicated three new buildings; the University’s first student housing, the Student Activities Center and a new building for the AACSB-accredited School of Business.


Clayton State is also home to Spivey Hall, the finest small performance facility in the Southeast. First opened in 1991, Spivey Hall is known locally, nationally and internationally for presenting the best in jazz and classical music as well as an education outreach program that serves tens of thousands of school children from throughout metro Atlanta annually.

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