Senior Research & Assessment Associate

Posted on8/17/2017
Job typeFull-time
Reports toVP, Integrated Planning
Reports in officeIntegrated Planning
Application due dateASAP
Job start dateASAP
State/ProvinceRhode Island
Other Location02903
InstitutionRhode Island School of Design
Institution descriptionFounded in 1877, Rhode Island School of Design or RISD (pronounced “RIZ-dee”) stands out as one of the most well-respected colleges of art and design in the world. Approximately 2,450 undergraduate and graduate students from the US and abroad come together on campus with an accomplished faculty of artists, designers and liberal arts scholars to form a vibrant creative community that respects individuality, open-ended inquiry and hands-on making. Applying their creative thinking and problem solving abilities in a broad range of fields, RISD’s 26,000 alumni exemplify the vital role artists and designers play in fueling global innovation. Both the college and the RISD Museum help make Providence, RI among the most culturally active and creative cities in the region. To learn more about RISD and our community, visit and
Job dutiesWorking collaboratively across the institution, RISD Integrated Planning aims to foster, promote and support a culture of evidence-based integrated planning, assessment and continuous improvement. Integrated Planning will facilitate a wide range of planning and assessment efforts; promote the effective collection, use and dissemination of data for institutional decision-making; and provide education, consultation and support for assessment activities.

In this unique opportunity the Senior Research & Assessment Associate will support the Integrated Planning function and Academic Affairs in promoting a culture of assessment among faculty and staff by developing a comprehensive, systematic assessment program that enhances RISD’s unique learning environment while supporting RISD’s mission and goals.

With an understanding of best practices in learning assessment, the staff member is expected to design, recommend, and implement a framework for assessing student learning for general education, and at the program- and institutional-level. This will be accomplished by actively engaging department heads, program directors, and faculty in the development of learning goals and outcomes for academic programs. The Senior Research Associate will also engage Student Affairs staff in developing and assessing co-curricular learning outcomes. The professional in this role will assess performance toward these learning outcomes, and coordinate data collection, analysis and interpretation related to the assessment of student learning. The associate will also manage and coordinate the administration and analysis of data from national student surveys.

The ideal candidate will possess a demonstrated track record of building collaborative and collegial relationships across the College community and will have the ability to effectively communicate assessment processes and statistical analysis results to multiple audiences. Candidates should be proficient with software tools used in data collection, analysis and reporting, and should have advanced writing, oral and presentation skills, with data visualization skills a plus. The ideal candidate will also be expected to teach periodically.
QualificationsRequired Qualifications:
• Master’s degree required.
• Minimum 3 years of experience in learning assessment or academic program evaluation within higher education.
• Possess demonstrated track record of building collaborative and collegial relationships with diverse populations including faculty, staff, students and committees.
• Ability to effectively communicate assessment processes and statistical analysis results to multiple audiences.
• Demonstrated application and analysis of qualitative and quantitative methods used in learning assessment and evaluation.
• Proficiency with software tools used in data collection, analysis and reporting (Excel, Filemaker, PPT, Keynote, SPSS/SAS, web-based survey tools, student information systems, etc.).
• Advanced writing, oral, and visual presentation skills, ability to present technical and analytic information to a nontechnical audience.

Preferred Qualifications:
• Experience teaching in art/design/studio at post-secondary level.
• Advanced data visualization skills.
• Knowledge of survey research methodology.
• Experience with program and/or regional accreditation.
Salary rangeDependent on qualifications and experience
Salary benefitsFor detailed information on Benefits for this position please visit our Benefits website.
Application procedureTo learn more and to apply please visit our website.