Assessment Specialist

Posted on6/13/2018
Job typeFull-time
Reports toDirector of Institutional Effectiveness
Reports in officeInstitutional Effectiveness
Application due dateOpen until filled
Job start dateNegotiable
InstitutionUniversity of Richmond
Institution descriptionLocated just 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. In addition, UR is committed to a diverse faculty, staff, and student body, and to modeling an inclusive campus community. This culture, coupled with strong benefits, makes the University of Richmond an employer of choice in the Richmond area. UR is a private, highly selective, liberal arts university with a welcoming spirit that prizes diversity of experience and thought.

With more than 60 undergraduate majors and an average undergraduate class size of 15 students, the University provides a collaborative learning and research environment unlike any other in higher education, offering students an extraordinary combination of the liberal arts with law, business, leadership studies, and continuing education. The University of Richmond ranks number 30 among the nation’s best liberal arts colleges by US News and World Report, one of many accolades that showcases Richmond as a premiere place to grow professionally and personally.
Job dutiesBrief Summary:
Reporting to the Director of Institutional Effectiveness, the 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.
1. 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.
2. 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.
3. 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.
4. 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).
5. 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.

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QualificationsKnowledge, skills & ability: 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.
Salary rangeDependent on qualifications and experience
Salary benefitsPay Grade 8
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Application procedureTo learn more and to apply please visit our website.

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.