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Assistant Director of Learning Outcomes Assessment

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Job Duties

The Assistant Director of Learning Outcomes Assessment is a member of the Office of Planning, Assessment and Institutional Research with general responsibilities related to University-wide assessments and a primary focus on learning outcomes assessment.  We are seeking highly qualified applicants from diverse backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives to add value to our team.

The Assistant Director is responsible for supporting the University-wide learning outcomes assessment process for undergraduate, graduate, and certificate programs, as well as for General Education, at all Penn State locations. Qualified candidates must have the experience and skills necessary to support faculty engagement in the learning outcomes assessment process.

Primary responsibilities of the Assistant Director include:

  • developing and maintaining a connection with program coordinators/directors of graduate studies at a subset of colleges and campuses to support assessment of undergraduate programs (baccalaureate, associate), graduate programs, and certificates
  • developing and maintaining relationships with faculty and staff involved in the assessment of General Education
  • analyzing data collected from assessment reports
  • supporting and leading University-wide assessment projects
  • supporting University-wide committees that provide direction for the assessment of student learning

Additional responsibilities include:

  • consulting one-on-one with program coordinators and academic administrators
  • developing and delivering resources, presentations, and workshops
  • reviewing and providing feedback on program-level learning outcomes assessment plans and reports
  • collaborating on the development and implementation of assessment studies
  • representing the Office of Planning, Assessment, and Institutional Research on committees, taskforces, and University-wide initiatives or discussions

The Assistant Director may collaborate on projects with institutional research staff as well as other units.

Job Qualifications

This position typically requires a Master's degree or higher plus three years of related experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience, such as a Master’s degree in Higher Education, Educational Psychology, Social Science or related fields with additional years of experience related to learning outcomes assessment. A Ph.D. degree with additional years of experience related to learning outcomes is assessment preferred.

The ideal candidate will have advanced knowledge of learning outcomes assessment in higher education, knowledge of research design, data collection, analysis and interpretation, and experience working with faculty.

Required skills and abilities include:

  • the ability to apply learning outcomes assessment procedures and strategies in all disciplines
  • excellent interpersonal, written and verbal communication skills, and the ability to interact and communicate effectively with University administrators, faculty and staff
  • the ability to develop and lead assessment-related trainings
  • skill with research and data analysis processes and software, such as Access, Excel, Qualtrics, SPSS, SQL, R, and/or NVivo
  • self-motivation with a strong orientation towards customer service
  • experience in the higher education domain, or a strong enthusiasm to learn about higher education
  • a demonstrated ability to create clear and effective presentations and reports

Institution Description

There’s a reason Penn State consistently ranks among the top one percent of the world’s universities. Across 24 campuses, our 100,000 students and 40,000 faculty and staff know the real measure of success goes beyond the classroom – it’s the positive impact made on communities across the world.

Our ideals stem from our origins as Pennsylvania’s sole land-grant institution, which allow us to continue to bring positive impact to humanity through our teaching, research, and engagement mission. And across the world is a community of Penn Staters – more than half a million strong – driven by that same spirit to serve our local and global communities.

At Penn State, passion is met with collaboration in an environment that is rooted in shared pride for the accomplishments of our fellow students, faculty, staff, and alumni. Penn Staters cheer each other on to build a culture committed to service and engagement.

Our University values represent our core ethical aspirations for all our daily activities and actions as students, faculty, staff, and volunteers at Penn State. Are Values are as follows; Integrity, Respect, Responsibility, Discovery, Excellence, and Community.

We Are Penn State.

One Community. Impacting Many.


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University Park, PA
Application Due Date: 2020-12-31
Job Start Date: 2021-01-01
Salary: Dependent on qualifications and experience.
City: State College
State/Province/Region: PA
Institution: The Pennsylvania State University
Reports To: Director of Assessment
Staff # Reporting to Position: 0
Reports In Office: Office of Planning, Assessment, and Institutional Research

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