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Director of Accreditation and Assessment

Application Procedure:

Priority will be given to those who apply by March 27, 2023.  

Applications should include the following: 

  • A cover letter that describes the candidate’s interest in the position, relevant qualifications, and a reflection on the candidate’s potential to contribute to a diverse and inclusive environment;
  • A resume;
  • Complete information for three professional references: names, institutional affiliations, e-mail addresses, and phone numbers.

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Job Duties


Accreditation and Compliance:

  • Provide direction and leadership in accreditation compliance, incorporating institutional goals and objectives.
  • Serve as the College’s Accreditation Liaison Officer (ALO) for the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) and serve as the College’s subject matter expert with respect to accreditation standards.
  • Establish yearly goals and objectives, including the development of a timeline for completion of all tasks, institutional self-studies and reports, and coordination of site team visits for accreditation, as required.
  • Collaborate with academic and administrative leadership to ensure MCAD remains in compliance in relation to planning, assessment, and evaluation processes of the College.
  • Develop and oversee implementation of state licensing plan, regulatory and Minnesota state licensure documents.
  • Manage state authorization processes for all necessary states, as required.
  • Work with Registrar, Chief Financial Officer and other appropriate staff in writing accurate and timely reports that respond to federally-mandated, consortia, marketing, and requests for institutional data from external agencies, education institutions, associations and societies.
  • Develop peer-comparison reports based on external data using IPEDS and other data, as requested.
  • Stay abreast of changes in accreditation policies and procedures; maintain knowledge of current trends, events, and emerging issues.
  • Serve as a steward of data for the institution, ensuring privacy, security, and ethical issues while continuously improving institutional data collection and documentation procedures.


  • Provide leadership and expertise in maintaining a culture of assessment across the College.
  • Develop and oversee the College assessment plans, including identifying goals and objectives, appropriate measures and metrics, and analyzing and reporting findings. 
  • Provide assessment resources and training to faculty and staff to help them understand, implement, communicate and use evidence of student learning to improve MCAD programs and services.
  • Communicate the College’s assessment plans, policies and procedures to internal and external audiences. 
  • Develop and facilitate professional development (workshops, trainings, briefing materials, tutorials) in areas related to curricular and co-curricular assessment.
  • Utilize and provide guidance, consultation and support for the College’s course evaluation software.
  • Respond to regular and ad hoc requests for research from the President, VPAA, and other members of the Executive Leadership Committee in collating reports for the purposes of promoting evidence-based decision-making for policy development and strategic planning.
  • Oversee the development and administration of internal and external surveys and the dissemination of the results, including supporting chairs and the administrative leaders in interpreting the findings for continuous improvement.

Other Responsibilities:

  • Collaborate on new program development with the curriculum committee.
  • Chair or participate in related college committees, as assigned.
  • Submit annual area reports and analysis to the VPAA. 
  • Performs other duties as assigned.
  • Represent MCAD’s vision, purpose, and values in day to day work and interactions with MCAD students, staff, faculty, and campus guests, as well as the greater community.

Job Qualifications

  • Advanced degree in education, social or behavioral sciences, public policy, or equivalent disciplines from an accredited college or institution, required.
  • Three years of experience planning, developing and reporting on assessment or evaluation in a higher education context preferred.
  • Experience with the Higher Learning Commission, or another regional accreditor in higher education preferred. 


  • Proficiency in research or evaluation design, methodology, and reporting using both qualitative and quantitative data.
  • Ability to provide effective facilitation and training, and to work effectively and professionally across disciplines, departments, and with diverse groups.
  • Strong organizational and time management skills, with the ability to manage several projects simultaneously, prioritize and complete projects within a timely manner.
  • Exceptional attention to detail and accuracy. 
  • Effective communication skills: written and verbal.
  • Demonstrated commitment to justice, equity, inclusion & diversity.

Institution Description

Founded in 1886, Minneapolis College of Art and Design is located in the rich art-and-design community of the Twin Cities. Recognized nationally and internationally for its innovative approaches to art and design education, MCAD is home to approximately 800 students from 45 states and 15 countries. Offering a transformative education for creative practitioners of all backgrounds, MCAD prepares students to confidently lead and practice in an ever-evolving world. It is where students find their personal and professional purpose as creative, cultural leaders. 

The college offers bachelor’s degrees in fourteen disciplines including arts entrepreneurship, design, fine arts, and media arts, one MFA, three online master’s degrees, and continuing education classes for all ages. Through the core curriculum, students focus on their careers and craft by learning technical and professional skills and developing their creative leadership capabilities.

Including Emmy-winning directors, Whitney Biennial artists, and Guggenheim fellows, MCAD alumni make an impact. They set new standards across a broad range of creative careers, from independent artist to corporate designer to entrepreneur.


MCAD’s community of staff and faculty enjoy a dynamic, creative, and inclusive work environment. We offer a comprehensive benefits package which includes medical, dental, vision, and 403(b) retirement plans, commuter benefits, and employer paid basic life insurance policy, short term and long-term disability coverage.

MCAD promotes work life balance with a 35 hour work week, 14 paid holidays, an additional two personal holidays, accrued vacation time, accrued vacation time, accrued sick time, volunteer time off, as well as additional summer days.

In addition, after six months of service, full-time employees and their eligible dependents can receive free tuition at MCAD, as well as the potential to receive reduced tuition at more than 600 colleges nationwide.
Application Due Date: 2023-03-27
Job Start Date: 2023-05-01
Salary: $65000 - $72000
City: Minneapolis
State/Province/Region: MN
Institution: Minneapolis College of Art and Design
Reports To: Vice President Academic Affairs
Staff # Reporting to Position: 0
Reports In Office: Academic Affairs

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