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Analyst, Assessment & Strategic Planning

Application Procedure:

Interested applicants should apply using our online employment system ( and include a cover
letter, resume or curriculum vitae, and a list of three professional references. Only complete application packets will be considered.

Job Duties

Student Affairs at Auburn University is seeking applicants for the newly created position of
Analyst, Assessment & Strategic Planning. This position will report to the Director of
Assessment & Strategic Planning. This position will assist in providing assessment, planning,
and evaluation support for all of Student Affairs, which includes 28 departments with over 300
staff members. This position will make daily decisions about designing, implementing, and
interpreting assessment and research projects using descriptive and inferential analyses (e.g.
ANOVA, regression, etc.) and other approaches as appropriate. This position will serve in a
consultative role as a resource to Student Affairs departments for assessment, planning,
program review, and accreditation.

Essential functions of this position include, but are not limited to:

Designs, implements, interprets, and analyzes information to support projects, programs, and
university-wide functions in planning, assessment, and evaluation, including program review.

Oversees and conducts quantitative and qualitative assessment projects that provide reliable
findings to support planning and program execution.

Develops and implements databases, data collection systems, data analytics, and other
strategies that optimize statistical efficiency and quality. Ensures the accuracy and integrity of
data sources and information.

Assists in the selection, administration, interpretation, and use of assessment methods related
to projects or programs. Provides guidance to department/division staff to address
assessment, planning, and evaluation needs through the development of measureable
program outcomes and learning outcomes. Assists in developing appropriate assessment
plans and assists with the review of plans.

Prepares correspondence and reports about assessment projects within the
department/division. Identifies, analyzes, and interprets trends or patterns in data sets. 
Clearly presents findings/translates data into understandable and easily readable content.

Assists with projects related to the department or division to enhance assessment, planning,
and evaluation needs. Locates and defines new process improvement opportunities.

May assist with development of strategic plan for department or division. Researches and
responds to questions, concerns, or needs regarding assessment tools and administration.

Designs and facilitates professional development events for staff members for assessment and
planning related topics.

Builds relationships across campus and within the division to contribute to a culture of

Assists with meta-assessment feedback processes pertaining to program and learning
outcomes reporting.

Job Qualifications

Entry into the applicant pool requires a master's degree from an accredited institution in
statistics, educational research or assessment, higher education administration, or a related
field, plus three (3) years of experience in institutional research or assessment, research
design, analysis, and reporting findings. This position requires knowledge of program
assessment, strategic planning, student affairs, higher education practices, advanced
statistical and psychometric knowledge, research and experimental design, data management,
data analysis, and a basic understanding of accreditation standards.
Required knowledge and skills include, but are not limited to:
- Knowledge of program assessment, general education assess ment, and higher education
- Knowledg e and skills in quantitative and qualitative research design and administration,
- Strong analytic, interpersonal, written, and verbal communication skills,
- Ability to work independently to accomplish assigned goals in a timely m anner and ability to
work with detailed information with attention to accuracy
- Proficiency with quantitative and qualitative analysis soft ware products.
All applicants should be able to demonstrate significant experience with the following software
applications or product equivalents: Microsoft Office Professional Suite, SPSS, and Tableau.

Desired qualifications include a doctoral degree in statistics, educational research or
assessment, higher education administration, or a related field, plus five (5) years of
experience in institutional research or assessment, research design, analysis, and reporting
findings. Preference given to applicants with experience where assessment is their primary
responsibility in professional practice, collaboration with Student Affairs in assessment,
evaluation, and/or research. Experience with Campus Labs Baseline, Planning, Compliance
Assist, and Engage platforms and computer-assisted qualitative data analysis software
(NUDIST, NVivo, Miner, etc.) is desirable.

Institution Description

University, located in Auburn, AL, is one of the nation's premier public land-grant
institutions, and in 2018 was ranked 46th among public universities by U.S. News and World
Report. Auburn maintains the highest levels of research activity standards for teaching
excellence, offering Bachelor's, Master's, Educational Specialist, and Doctoral degrees in
agriculture and engineering, the professions, and the arts and sciences. Its 2018 enrollment of
30,440 students includes 25,734 undergraduates and 4,706 graduate and professional
students. Organized into twelve academic colleges and schools, Auburn's has over 9,119
faculty and staff members and offers more than 200 educational programs. The University is nationally recognized for its commitment to academic excellence, positive work environment,
student engagement, and welcoming campus.


Application Due Date: 2019-03-19
Job Start Date: 2019-05-01
Salary: $39300 - $65500
City: Auburn
State/Province/Region: AL
Institution: Auburn University
Reports To: Director, Assessment & Strategic Planning
Staff # Reporting to Position: 0
Reports In Office: Assessment & Strategic Planning - Student Affairs

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