ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR FOR ASSESSMENT, RESEARCH & RETENTION

Location
Greenville, Pitt County
Posted
Jan 22, 2014
Job Description: The Office of Student Affairs Assessment, Research & Retention (SAARR) in the Student Affairs Division at East Carolina University is seeking applications for the position of Associate Director for SAARR. SAARR champions a culture of evidence & improvement within the division in support of student learning, development, & success; provides leadership to increase the institution's knowledge about students, the educational environment, & institutional effectiveness to continuously improve student programs & services, and does so through service in support of outcomes-based assessment, data-driven decision-making, strategic planning, student-focused research, & professional education. Reporting to the Director of SAARR, this position will exercise leadership in assessment, evaluation, & research to advance the missions of Student Affairs & SAARR. This position will design & implement assessment & research projects on Student Affairs programs & services at the division level & oversees hands-on assistance with unit level assessment, research & evaluation. This position provides coordination & expertise in designing, implementing, & interpreting assessment, evaluation, & research projects including, but not limited to: learning & operational outcomes, student retention & success measures, institutional research data sets, program evaluation, satisfaction & benchmarking, institutional/cultural climate studies, participation in national assessments/surveys, program review & accreditation support, research being conducted by individuals & work groups within the division, & project specific assessment related to the Division's strategic priorities. The work of this position requires a high level of effective collaboration within & beyond the Student Affairs Division. This position will identify, address & implement assessment & evaluation processes that enhance learning & operational outcomes, student retention & success, & advance the mission of the Division; Provide leadership in guiding & mentoring division staff to address their assessment & evaluation needs through development of measurable program goals & learning outcomes, & selecting appropriate assessment strategies; Plan & execute effective strategies that assist Student Affairs departments identify factors that will lead to enhanced retention, student success, & institutional effectiveness; including process development, data gathering, analysis, report preparation, visualization, & usage; Manage & oversee the administration of survey projects, using principles of research & measurement theory to develop rigorous & reliable methods that assess student learning & development, including consideration of psychometric characteristics, qualitative/quantitative analysis, & human research integrity; Set direction, enhance, & manage the assessment strategies of the Division's major & special events; Develop, foster & maintain the Division's key performance indicator (KPI) dashboard system in collaboration with Institutional Planning & Institutional Technology Computing System; Analyze, interpret, & disseminate available data from professional literature, national data banks, institutional effectiveness research, & other student-related studies specific to new initiatives & key strategic projects; Supervise staff, graduate & undergraduate students who assist with assessment, evaluation, & research processes; Prepare correspondence & reports about assessment activities within the division including the contributions of the division toward student learning, retention, & success; Plan & execute professional development activities for Student Affairs staff to enhance their assessment, evaluation, & research competencies; Co-chair in the management of the Student Affairs Assessment Team (SAAT); Manage daily operations of SAARR in the absence of Director; other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications: Minimum of a Master's degree in 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. Five years of experience in higher education setting; professional practice in or collaboration with Student Affairs is preferred; must include a demonstrated record of conducting assessment, evaluation and/or research. 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) and Assessment Skills and Knowledge (ASK) Standards. 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. Ability to understand mission alignment and broad planning frameworks, long-term goals, outcomes-based approaches, and key performance measures. Strong analytic, interpersonal, written and verbal communication skills. Ability to work independently to accomplish assigned goals in a timely manner. Ability to work with detailed information with attention to accuracy. Qualifying degrees must be received from appropriately accredited institutions and conferred by the time of hire.

Special Instructions to Applicants: In order to be considered for the position, all applicants are required to submit a candidate profile, a letter of interest, a current resume/vitae, and a list of references including contact information, on-line. In addition, each candidate should arrange to have a minimum of three letters of reference that speak directly to the candidate's qualifications for this position submitted to the Chair of the search committee at the address indicated below: Dennis McCunney Director, Volunteer and Service-Learning Center East Carolina University 1611 Old Cafeteria Complex Mailstop # 174 Greenville, NC 27858-4353 Additionally, original official transcripts, as well as a criminal background check, will be required upon offer of employment. All degrees must be received from appropriately accredited institutions and conferred by the time of hire. East Carolina University seeks to create an environment that fosters the recruitment and retention of a more diverse student body, faculty, staff and administration. In order to promote the university's diversity goal, Student Affairs strongly encourages applicants from women, minorities, and historically underrepresented groups.

Date Initial Screening Begins: 02-04-2014

Job Close Date: Open Until Filled