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Assistant Director & Assessment

Application Procedure:

Please complete application on Rice University website:

Job Duties

Reporting to and under the supervision of an associate director, the assistant director will split their responsibilities between 1) the development, implementation, and management of undergraduate civic leadership programs and fellowships and 2) centerwide assessment of civic engagement practices. The assistant director will work with community partners, faculty, and alumni to implement undergraduate civic engagement programs focused on civic research and public policy (such as Leadership Rice Mentorship Experience, Houston Action Research Teams). In collaboration with CCL colleagues, academic units, and community partners, they will implement data collection methods and design and implement programmatic and institutional assessment and evaluation projects that measure civic engagement learning outcomes, diversity, equity and inclusion, and social impact. They will produce reports to inform center decision making, strategic planning efforts, financial allocations, and communications strategies. Additionally, they will assist in reporting that contributes to larger institutional assessment efforts, such as SACSCOC accreditation and the Carnegie Leadership Classification.

Essential Functions

  • Administers program operations, ensuring efficient, effective and productive operations
  • For academic programs, may be responsible for student recruitment and admissions, student records, curriculum support, coordinating the accreditation process, managing scholarships and fellowships, and monitoring student progress 
  • Creates and implements plans to achieve program objectives and mission
  • Provides support in developing relationships with internal and external entities  
  • Participates in the design, planning and implementation of research projects and data analysis
  • Identifies, locates and obtains data / information
  • Designs database models
  • Builds automated reporting solutions
  • Manipulates and cleans-up data
  • Completes data analysis, including using statistical software to quantify data
  • Reports and presents research findings, ensuring information presented is valid and accurate
  • Creates and implements outreach plans that may include relationship development, communications, event and conference management 
  • Creates budget plans, monitors and approves expenditures, develops reports, conducts analyses and manages and maintains financial records 
  • Interprets, implements, and ensures compliance with policies and regulations and recommends changes to procedures and processes 

Job Qualifications

Bachelors degree required, Masters preferred 

  • Three years of related professional experience in undergraduate civic engagement education and assessment at a college or university, in government, or in non-profit organization 
  • Experience working in assessment, research, and/or public policy
  • Knowledge and understanding of the assessment practices and trends used in higher education and civic engagement 

Skills Required

  • Knowledge of theories, including community engaged learning, student development, learning and identity development and experience applying and assessing those frameworks professionally 
  • Strong rapport building skills and experience collaborating with faculty, staff, students, and community partners 
  • Strong quantitative research skills, including ability to use statistical analysis software
  • Ability to collect, organize, analyze, interpret, identify relevant trends and present information in a meaningful manner 
  • Ability to present a wide-range of data verbally and visually for diverse audiences
  • Demonstrated ability to take initiative and independently plan, organize, coordinate and perform work in various situations where numerous and diverse demands are involved
  • Possess critical and creative thinking skills, high standard of integrity, and incorporate best practices into the organizational culture
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team to meet expected deadlines and schedules 
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office products, including data management programs (Access and Excel)


  • Building direct partnerships with government and community organizations and/or faculty 
  • Teaching and/or facilitation
  • Qualitative research skills
  • Data visualization tools (e.g., Tableau Prep & Desktop)
  • Experience using assessment reports and reporting to inform and improve practice and communicate stories of impact
  • Experience building relationships with and collaborating with diverse populations and with all constituencies of a research university

Institution Description

The CCL convenes university and community stakeholders to take actions towards achieving an equitable, inclusive, and just society.

We are committed to recognizing, responding to, and condemning all forms of discrimination and harassment whenever and wherever we see it by addressing systemic barriers of injustice, exclusion, and oppression.

Through ethical community partnerships and critical pedagogies, we empower students and faculty to transform the structures that perpetuate oppression locally and globally.

We advance critical hope in a belief that an equitable, inclusive, and just society is possible.


Health, Wellness Programs, Retirement, Tuition, Holiday and Paid Time Off.

For more information:
Application Due Date: 2022-01-31
Job Start Date: 2022-02-16
Salary: $45000 - $53000
City: Houston
State/Province/Region: TX
Institution: Rice University
Reports To: Program Director
Staff # Reporting to Position: 0
Reports In Office: Center for Civic Leadership

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