Assessment Specialist - 501603

Posted on6/13/2018
Job typeFull-time
Reports toDirector of Institutional Effectiveness
Reports in officeInstitutional Effectiveneess
Application due dateOpen Until Filled
Job start dateTBD
CityRichmond
State/ProvinceVirginia
Other Location23173
InstitutionUniversity of Richmond
Institution descriptionLocated minutes from downtown Richmond, Virginia, the University of Richmond blends the intimacy of a small college with exceptional academic, research, and cultural opportunities usually found only at large institutions. Richmond offers a unique combination of undergraduate and graduate programs. Our School of Arts & Sciences anchors Richmond as a nationally ranked liberal arts university. A ranked business school, the nation’s first school of leadership studies, a highly respected law school, a nationally recognized international education program and the community-focused School of Professional and Continuing Studies build on that strong foundation and make this university something unique.

UR is committed to developing a diverse faculty, staff and student body, and to modeling an inclusive campus community which values the expression of differences in ways that promote excellence in teaching, learning, personal development and institutional success. In keeping with this commitment, our academic community welcomes candidates from diverse backgrounds and candidates who support diversity. EOE
Job dutiesThe Assessment Specialist provides design and measurement expertise to ensure the quality of program-level assessment. The position works closely with faculty to develop effective assessment plans to improve student learning. The Assessment Specialist develops on-going relationships with faculty to support a culture of assessment. The position also provides expertise to administrative units across the University in planning and evaluation and assessment of the QEP. By providing expertise in assessment methods, tools and practices, the Assessment Specialist works to promote a culture of continuous improvement across the University.

RESPONSIBILITIES:
ACADEMIC ASSESSMENT PROCESS: Manage all aspects of the University’s systematic and integrated process of assessment of academic programs. Consult with faculty department chairs, department faculty and school assessment committees to develop and improve their annual assessment plans. Assist them in the development and implementation of direct assessment measures of student learning outcomes tied to program/department goals. Provide expertise in the development of assessment instruments and methodology. Manage the successful completion and timely submission of annual assessment and action plans in the fall. Review assessment and action plans and work with faculty to revise their plans as needed to ensure continuous improvement. Manage the successful completion and timely submission of annual assessment and status reports in the early summer. Review assessment and status reports and work with faculty to revise their reports as needed to ensure continuous improvement. Work assiduously with faculty throughout the year to ensure that all academic programs submit their assessment and action plans and their assessment and status reports in compliance with SACSCOC Principles of Accreditation.

ADMINISTRATIVE PLANNING AND EVALUATION PROCESS: Manage all aspects of the University’s systematic and integrated process of administrative planning and evaluation. Consult with administrative department heads to develop and improve their annual evaluation plans. Assist them in the development and implementation of indirect and/or direct evaluation measures tied to department goals. Provide expertise with the identification and/or development of program evaluation tools. Manage the successful completion and timely submission of annual evaluation and action plans in the fall. Review evaluation and action plans and work with administrators to revise their plans as needed to ensure continuous improvement. Manage the successful completion and timely submission of annual evaluation and status reports in the summer. Review evaluation and status reports and work with administrators to revise their reports as needed to ensure continuous improvement. Work assiduously with faculty throughout the year to ensure that all academic programs submit their assessment and action plans and their assessment and status reports in compliance with SACSCOC Principles of Accreditation.

GENERAL EDUCATION ASSESSMENT PROCESS: Manage the assessment processes for the University’s two general education programs and complete the assessment reports. The general education assessment process includes assessment of the first-year seminar program, the fields of study courses and second language acquisition in the traditional undergraduate schools, as well as the common seminar and areas of study in the School of Professional and Continuing Studies. Work directly with general education instructors to complete the assessment process. This includes identifying courses to be assessed, notifying instructors in advance, educating instructors on the assessment process, reminding instructors throughout the semester, collecting assessment results from each instructor, following up as needed, compiling the aggregate results and returning to instructors for feedback, collecting feedback from instructors and incorporating it into the final assessment report. Work with the University’s General Education Committee, the full-time faculty in the School of Professional and Continuing Studies, the Coordinator of First-Year Seminar program and the First-Year Seminar Committee to develop and improve assessment of general education competencies.

QUALITY ENHANCEMENT PLAN (QEP) ASSESSMENT: Develop an assessment plan for each QEP as part of the 10-year SACSCOC accreditation process. Develop and refine assessment instruments as needed for the QEP assessment plan in response to changes in objectives, updates to expects outcomes, and suggestions from the SACSCOC on-site committee (when applicable). Work with QEP faculty to educate them about the process, what they will be required to do, and the timeline for assessment. Work with the QEP director and coordinator to train faculty in and to monitor assessment activities. Summarize, analyze and disseminate assessment results to University constituents. Work closely with director to write the assessment section of the fifth-year, QEP Impact Report. Work with the director to identify and resolve any QEP compliance issues that arise.

SACSCOC ACCREDITATION SUPPORT: Work closely with director in troubleshooting and resolving accreditation compliance issues. Annually document compliance with institutional effectiveness requirements and compliance for the QEP Impact Report. Working in partnership with the director, develop and write the assessment section of the QEP Impact Report and responses to institutional effectiveness requirements for the 10-year Compliance Certification Report and the Fifth Year Interim Report. Attend SACSCOC annual meeting and utilize SACSCOC resources to enhance knowledge and expertise regarding compliance, accreditation and continuous improvement.
QualificationsQUALIFICATIONS:

Experience with both the theory and practical application of learning assessment in a higher education environment, especially direct measures of student learning outcomes. Knowledge of Excel or SPSS or similar program for data analysis. Skill in qualitative and quantitative data collection, analysis, and reporting. Must be detail-oriented and have excellent interpersonal, customer service, organization and planning, prioritization, problem-solving, follow-through, time management, and oral and written communication skills. Also, must be flexible and possess the ability to successfully handle multiple projects simultaneously and work well independently as well as part of a team.

EDUCATION & EXPERIENCE:

Master’s degree in educational measurement and evaluation, educational research and statistics or a related field required. A doctorate preferred.
A minimum of 3 years professional level experience in assessment, evaluation or a related area.
WORK HOURS:

Full-time, exempt position
Monday – Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.; 7.75 hrs./day; 38.75 hrs./week
Salary range$60,000 - $80,000
Salary benefitsSALARY STRUCTURE:
Pay Grade 8
To see more detailed salary information please review the University of Richmond's Compensation Structure.
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