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Associate Director 3, Assessment

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Job Duties

The Associate Director will provide analytical support to projects within the Office of Institutional Planning and Effectiveness and assist with facilitation of faculty assessment working groups. Primary analyses will be of the Common Curriculum's student learning outcomes as well the university's Graduation and Alumni surveys.


The position will present detailed findings to inform and aid continuous improvement. The position will also assist with developing website content and identifying assessment resources for faculty and staff.


The Associate Director will team with other members of the office to assist with faculty and staff training on skills necessary for assessment of student learning and administrative effectiveness.


Essential Functions:

  • Collect data and assist in the analysis of student learning outcomes for general education. Validate data and manage data integrity issues and resolutions. Identify errors and inconsistencies in data and implement process for improvements.
  • Provide support and assist with the development and distribution of university surveys.
  • Assist with faculty and staff training in creating assessment assignments and exams. Organize and prepare material for post hoc assessment committees.
  • Develop and present comprehensive summaries, complete reports with graphs and/or charts, and other appropriate results that provide interpretation of assessment findings. Complete adhoc reports or data gathering as needed.
  • Manage and update web content.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Job Qualifications

Education and Experience:

Master's degree is required, preferably in Education, Higher Education, Statistics or related field.


A minimum of five years of work experience analyzing and/or providing interpretive results from large data sets is required.

Work experience with surveys, research and assessment methodology is strongly preferred.


Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

Candidate must demonstrate strong interpersonal and verbal communication skills with the ability to develop and maintain effective relationships with both internal (e.g. faculty and staff) and external constituents. Must also demonstrate the ability to communicate effectively in writing. The ability to conceptualize and produce verbal and written messages appropriate for broad distribution to all levels of university faculty and staff is essential.

Candidate must demonstrate strong analytical and problem-solving skills with the ability to identify, analyze, and evaluate issues and devise appropriate solutions. Must also possess strong organizational and project management skills to effectively meet deadlines on multiple simultaneous projects. A strong focus on attention to detail and accuracy is essential.

Candidate must possess a strong working knowledge of MS Office (Word, Excel) and survey tools (e.g. Qualtrics). Must also have Experience with use of business intelligence and statistical analysis tools.

Institution Description

Southern Methodist University (SMU), is a nationally-ranked private university located near the heart of Dallas.

With seven degree-granting schools, SMU is a distinguished center for teaching and research located near the heart of Dallas, Texas. SMU's 11,600 students benefit from small classes, research opportunities, leadership development, international study, and innovative programs. The University is strengthened by its partnership with the North Texas region, a global center of commerce and culture. SMU students, faculty, and alumni are changing the world through their chosen fields, civic engagement, and service to society. SMU’s progress in the last 20 years includes a near tripling of applications, an increase of more than 165 points in the student SAT average scores, an increase in underrepresented student population enrollment to 25 percent, and a more than doubling of the University endowment, currently valued at $1.5 billion


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Application Due Date: 2020-06-30
Job Start Date: 2020-08-01
Salary: Dependent on qualifications and experience.
City: Dallas
State/Province/Region: TX
Institution: Southern Methodist University
Reports To: Associate Provost
Staff # Reporting to Position: 6
Reports In Office: Provost

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