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Senior Director Assessment Resource Center

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Apply on-line at (direct link: Upload (a) a letter of application in which candidates describe in detail their qualifications for the position, (b) Resume/CV, and (c) names and contact information for three references.

Job Duties

The Assessment Resource Center (ARC) in the College of Education at the University of Missouri seeks an experienced, entreprenuerial researcher to become the next director.  We seek a visionary leader who would relish the opportunity to substantially grow the ARC as a research and evaluation center that serves the four-campus University of Missouri (UM) system, and the nation. 

Essential Functions and Abilities

Strategic Planning

  • Adapt, implement and monitor a strategic plan and vision to grow the ARC, in collaboration with the leadership team.
  • Work closely with College of Education leadership to expand the mission of the ARC and promote the college’s research and evaluation enterprise.
  • Work closely with researchers and the research infrastructure across the UM system.
  • Identify, recommend and implement opportunities for new research, approaches, and resources, and promote synergistic collaborations to serve the mission of the ARC.
  • Maintain a positive and inclusive organizational culture
Research Leadership
  • Oversee the planning, design, and implementation of major research initiatives.
  • Ensure all research and evaluation projects are designed around client needs with sound methodology.
  • Negotiate and secure contracts and procure and maintain grants.
  • Provide expert advice on research projects.
  • Serve as interface between research projects and clients.
  • Coach and mentor research staff.
  • Participate in data analysis in collaboration with center research staff.

 Outreach and Business Development

  • Supervise the Assistant Director who manages day-to-day operations of the ARC.
  • Adjust resources, maintain connections with the community, and provide oversight of the center.
  • Secure and maintain excellent professional relations within the College of Education, the University, the state of Missouri, educational institutions and organizations, and business development relationships. Serve as primary client contact.
  • Lead and secure proposal efforts.
  • Disseminate findings through publication of papers, technical reports, and presentations.
  • Generate new business opportunities for revenue and effectively allocate resources to support the financial health of the organization.

Job Qualifications

Minimum Qualifications 

  • PhD. in research, evaluation, measurement and statistics or similar field
  • Experience conducting research, including leading and managing major and multiple grants from federal agencies
  • Research expertise evidenced through publications/presentations and awards.
  • Proven ability to develop research staff capacity in research design and methods, project management, client relationships, and business development
  • Record of successful leadership from the local to the international level on issues related to research
  • Ability to analyze complex problems, formulate plans for resolution and follow through with implementation of the plans, through effective delegation of authority
  • Excellent oral, written, and analytical skills, exhibiting fluency in area of specialization.
  • High degree of personal integrity
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with diverse stakeholders, including scholars, industry leaders, students, and staff.

Institution Description

The Assessment Resource Center (ARC) in the College of Education at the University of Missouri is self-sustaining as it provides practical assessment and evaluation resources for a diverse set of clients nationwide in higher education, preK-12 education, nonprofit organizations, government, and business. It has been in operation since the mid-1930s. ARC staff members provide a range of custom assessment and evaluation services to both campus and to external clients. ARC’s current products and services include:

  • The Network for Educator Effectiveness: A comprehensive preK-12 educator evaluation system used by 60% of Missouri school districts and expanding to other states.
  • Research and Evaluation Services: A small team of researchers who collect, analyze, and report quantitative and qualitative data for clients.
  • IT Services: A team of programmers who build and maintain custom evaluation and assessment systems for both internal and external projects, including a proprietary system for the scoring of open-ended assessments.
  • Campus Assessment Services: Course evaluations and classroom testing for the MU campus.
  • Qualtrics administrator for the MU campus.
  • Sales of assessment products, including tests and materials nationally through an online store.
  • Distribution: Shipping and receiving for projects with tens of thousands of documents from hundreds of schools across the United States.


Competitive and commensurate with experience and qualifications.

Application Due Date: 2020-04-01
Job Start Date: 2020-08-01
Salary: Dependent on qualifications and experience.
City: Columbia
State/Province/Region: MO
Institution: Assessment Resource Center, University of Missouri
Reports To: Associate Dean for Engagement and Outreach
Staff # Reporting to Position: 25
Reports In Office: Engagement and Outreach, College of Education

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