Director of Assessment

Location
Rio Grande, Gallia County
Posted
Apr 30, 2014
The University of Rio Grande/Rio Grande Community College seeks applicants for the position of Director of Assessment. The successful candidate will provide leadership and support to collect and use timely information about student learning, ensure Rio uses assessment results to inform effective and innovative teaching and student-support efforts, and to ultimately advance student success at the institutional, departmental, programmatic, and course levels. The Director of Assessment will guide all accreditation-required assessment and ensure compliance with the reporting requirements of applicable agencies. The individual will work with the director of Rio’s Management Information Systems (MIS) on reporting institutional data required by the U.S. Department of Education, the State of Ohio, accrediting agencies or data requested by national, state, local agencies, or private sector firms, other educational institutions, and/or other external collectors of University data. S/he will ensure reports meet stated requirements and are consistent with current best practices. The Director of Assessment will be able to develop and deliver workshops on assessment techniques for academic and support departments, software-based survey development and delivery, assessment data analysis and use, and rubric use and norming sessions. S/he will also support faculty engaged in assessment work for programs holding external accreditation and for the institution’s program review process. The successful candidate should have thorough knowledge of higher education assessment literature and be able to provide expertise in developing assessment techniques and rubrics. S/he should have strong skills in survey development and software use and the ability to collect relevant data from students directly through focus groups, structured interviews, and surveys. PRINCIPAL DUTIES: • Direct, develop, and conduct projects, surveys, studies in support of institutional assessment, planning, research, program reviews, student learning outcomes, and decision-making; establish and maintain related time-lines and priorities; assist administrators and other University personnel with assuring smooth and efficient progress of planning activities; resolve related issues, conflicts and discrepancies in a proper and timely manner. • Oversee Rio’s plan for academic assessment, determine a common timetable for assessment stages, and advise all academic assessment activities by aiding with the selection of criteria and the selection or development of appropriate instruments; serve as a clearinghouse for program assessment reports. • Provide education on assessment processes and procedures for faculty and staff by arranging conferences, workshops, etc., and maintaining a library of assessment methodology, ideas, and materials; maintain a pool of current resources and information about national assessment issues by attending appropriate conferences and procuring relevant publications. • Develop, recommend, and administer the assessment budget; process requisitions, and monitor expenditures of allocated funds; review and approve all related expenditures. • Participate and/or chair committees and task forces as needed. • Represent the institution in organizations devoted to institutional assessment. • Develop reports in support of enrollment management, accreditation, self-study, performance indicator reporting, grant requirements, and other ongoing efforts of the University to measure its effectiveness. MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: • Master’s degree in Educational Statistics and Measurement, Research Design, Higher Education or Public Administration, or in another related field. • Minimum of 5 years of high level experience in progressively more responsible administrative roles in federal, state or local government, not-for-profit or higher education. • Demonstrated ability to plan, organize, coordinate and direct multiple projects and activities with varied deadlines; utilize sound judgment, be a strategic thinker and effective in moving strategic agendas; and ensure the utmost discretion and confidentiality in all matters; • Ability to set priorities and work well with all levels of personnel; • Strong written and research skills with the proven ability to problem-solve. • Excellent interpersonal skills with ability to interact with diverse internal and external constituents; • Experience in or knowledge of the nature and operation of small universities and colleges highly desired. • Higher education classroom teaching experience preferred. • Demonstrated understanding and use of qualitative and quantitative research tools. • Strong background in statistical analysis and research design. • Thorough knowledge of current assessment and evaluation practices in higher education. PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS: • Doctorate in Educational Statistics and Measurement, Research Design, Higher Education or Public Administration, or in another related field. • Experience in or knowledge of the nature and operation of small universities and colleges highly desired. • Higher education classroom teaching experience preferred. APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS: Qualified applicants must send a letter detailing their interest and qualifications, resume, transcripts (unofficial accepted for application purposes), as well as the names and contact information of at least three references to: Mr. Chris Nourse Director of Human Resources Email: cnourse@rio.edu Fax: 740.245.7972 Review of applications will begin immediately. Position is open until filled. Background check and official transcripts required prior to hire. For additional information about Rio, please visit: www.rio.edu