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Director of Student Achievement Research

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Job Duties

Job duties

Under direction of the Dean of Institutional Effectiveness, the Director of Student Achievement Research (SAR) is responsible for research projects related to student success and learning. The Director of SAR will use District and College data systems to develop and disseminate research reports, analyses, data files, evaluations and planning documents related to student success and learning. The Director of SAR works with key college faculty and managers to develop student success models, interpret, understand and analyze data to guide student success action planning.

The Director of SAR will also work collaboratively with the District Director of Institutional Research and Reporting and other IR staff district wide in order to develop and promote consistent and effective information districtwide. Monitors and evaluates efficacy of financial aid and other student support programs such as College Promise, using advanced statistical techniques to control for biases (e.g., selection bias) and provide valid, reliable conclusions regarding the effectiveness of programs.

Examples of Duties

Tracks cohorts of students who have received specific interventions such as College Promise, financial aid, tutoring, etc. and uses multivariate statistical modeling to ascertain the value-added benefits of interventions for cohort students after controlling for competing or confounding effects.

Serves as a college resource for information and research findings leading to action planning regarding key student success indicators and their relationship to characteristics of the college and community, and current trends in education.

Leads research and model development for various programs and initiatives such as the College Promise initiative and develops statistical models of student achievement, including Student Success Metrics for CTE, that provide insight into the interaction of student characteristics and behavior with college programs and services.

Trains college personnel on methods for accessing, analyzing and reporting on data related to student achievement and college programs and services designed to increase student success.

Assists with the integration of college planning processes including the strategic plan, program reviews, and institutional effectiveness.

Job Qualifications

Master’s degree or equivalent from an accredited institution, preferably in statistics, mathematics, or one of the social sciences, or graduate level education and specialization In Urban Planning, Management/Business Planning, or Educational Planning/Leadership AND five (5) years of increasingly responsible institutional research experience at an advanced level.

Institution Description

Established in 1913, Bakersfield College serves 36,000 students annually and is a key institution for the community of nearly 400,000 people who call Bakersfield home. BC is a designated Hispanic Serving Institution and our diverse student body represents the many communities we serve. Bakersfield College has received widespread recognition and numerous awards for its leadership in technology, equity work, accreditation, and guided pathways reforms. You can see details about BC and our students on BC's Renegade Scorecard:

Bakersfield itself is historic city with a thriving "old town" center that hosts many outstanding restaurants as well as local microbreweries and artisanal coffee shops. Straddling the Kern River and adjacent to the Sequoia National Forest, Bakersfield is an outstanding location for outdoor activities. Though Bakersfield has been growing steadily for decades, housing is still affordable and traffic is still quite manageable.


Kern Community College District provides a rich health and welfare benefits offering to our employees, including Health, Dental, Vision, Life Insurance, and Long-term Disability.

In addition to the above benefits, the District also offers a robust voluntary benefits selection:

  • Flex 125
  • Additional products and services through American Fidelity
  • Supplemental voluntary life insurance
  • Tax Shelter Annuities

The District participates in CalPERS retirement system and Social Security benefits for Classified and Management employees. Employees covered under the California Public Employees Retirement System (CalPERS), are vested 100% after five years of full time service credit.

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Application Due Date: 2020-04-14
Job Start Date: 2020-06-01
Salary: $102704 - $134757
City: Bakersfield
State/Province/Region: CA
Institution: Bakersfield College
Reports To: Dean of Institutional Effectiveness
Staff # Reporting to Position: 0
Reports In Office: Office of Institutional Effectiveness

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