The Director of Assessment leads for the Office for Planning and Institutional Effectiveness (PIE) at Vanderbilt University on the development and implementation of the institutional assessment strategy, including the collection, analysis, and use of information about the effectiveness of academic programs and initiatives and other institutional priorities.
Assessment provides vital feedback to faculty and staff to enable the enhancement of Vanderbilt's academic programs and initiatives, and the Director will ensure that Vanderbilt's assessment strategy provides robust information which is integrated into decision-making. The Director will also be responsible for providing leadership for Vanderbilt's institutional accreditation activities including outcomes assessment and plans for continuous improvement.
The Director reports to the Assistant Provost and Executive Director for Planning and Institutional Effectiveness and will be a member of PIE's leadership team. The Director oversees the work of the Assessment Team. Partnering closely with the other teams in PIE and with senior leaders in Academic Affairs and across the University will be a fundamental part of the Director's role.
The Office for Planning and Institutional Effectiveness (PIE) is a new Office, bringing together the former Vanderbilt Institutional Research Group and the Office of Assessment.The Office partners with leaders in Academic Affairs and beyond to support decision-making, planning, and actions based on high-quality and relevant data, information, and analysis. The Office comprises four teams: Partnering, Analysis, Assessment, and Data Governance and Reporting.
Deadline for priority consideration is September 18, 2019 at 11:59PM CT.
Duties and Responsibilities
Surveys and assessment
The Director will review all institutional survey activity conducted by Academic Affairs in order to develop an assessment strategy for the division. This review will consider timing, methodologies, and the choice and design of survey tools and techniques for administration, as well as alternatives to surveying and ways to ensure maximum use of assessment outcomes. S/he will advise on how to ensure maximum utility and impact of survey instruments to avoid over-surveying. S/he will consider the best way to maximize response rate.
The Director will advise on the introduction and use of alternative methodologies for assessing programs and activities, including qualitative methodologies or "short, sharp" forms of data collection.
The Director will develop a communications strategy for assessment outcomes to ensure awareness among appropriate leaders of the messages and information generated by PIE's assessment activity.
The Director will lead the implementation of assessment strategy and associated communications on behalf of PIE, including advising on assessment of institution-wide initiatives.
Resources allowing, the Director may advise local areas on their own assessment plans to ensure methodological soundness and avoid conflicts with institutional assessment activities.
The Director will work closely with leaders within and beyond Academic Affairs to understand the strategic need for assessment and to advise on appropriate ways to collect information and evaluate the effectiveness of different initiatives.
The Director will drive culture change institutionally around assessment and the strategic use of data in decision-making, through relationships, engagement, and training.
The Director will be one of the "public faces" of PIE and will be expected to present and share information with diverse audiences on a regular basis.
The Director will work closely with colleagues in PIE to collect and analyze data and information and to develop and implement communications and engagement strategies around assessment.
The Director will work closely with the SACSCOC accreditation liaison to fulfill annual reporting requirements and prepare reaffirmation reports.
The Director will provide leadership and collaboration across and beyond Academic Affairs for assessments related to student learning outcomes and unit assessments.
The Director will represent Vanderbilt at accreditation meetings.
The Director will become a source of expertise around both quantitative and qualitative assessment techniques, with the objective of making the Assessment Team a center of expertise for partners across Vanderbilt.
The Director will remain abreast of developments in assessment techniques and technologies and advise about their acquisition and use, including making recommendations about rationalization and consolidation of platforms and tools as appropriate.
Strategic Leadership and People Management
The Director will lead the Assessment Team, including shaping expectations, delegating responsibilities, collaborating to develop solutions and enhance the team's impact and effectiveness, and providing feedback and day-to-day support and management.
Contribute to the development and implementation of PIE strategy, communications, and decision-making, advising the Assistant Provost and Executive Director
Collaborate with colleagues from the PIE Leadership Team to deliver innovations and solutions to support Vanderbilt's mission.
Develop the PIE team, leading on hiring, line management, and professional development within Assessment and contributing to decisions about team structure, behaviors, and values within the PIE team.
Develop and maintain internal networks in order to remain aware of organizational priorities, initiatives, developments, and politics, which may affect PIE's work, and to support engagement with PIE's outputs.
Remain abreast of developments in higher education and institutional research and use external networks to inform Vanderbilt decision-making.
Deputize for the Assistant Provost and Executive Director as required.
Profile of an Ideal Candidate
A master's degree in social sciences, with training in quantitative and qualitative research methodologies is necessary.
A doctorate is preferred.
Experience in designing, administering, and communicating survey outcomes is necessary.
Experience in designing and/or administering qualitative research tools such as focus group is necessary.
Experience in managing professional staff is necessary.
A proven track record in communicating complex quantitative material to an academic or similar professional audience in various formats (written, oral, etc.) is necessary.
A proven track record of collaborative working with varied stakeholders is necessary.
Experience working with academic and professional leaders in a higher education setting or similar setting is strongly preferred.
Experience of working with data-driven analysis and reporting tools is strongly preferred.
The willingness and ability to represent Vanderbilt nationally through participation in consortium and other professional associations in a professional and positive manner is necessary.
About Vanderbilt Benefits
In addition to offering a lively community that encourages learning and celebrates diversity, Vanderbilt University offers a competitive, flexible benefits package including health, dental, vision, life, accidental death & dismemberment, disability insurance, paid time off, and a 403(b) retirement plan with employer match. Vanderbilt offers tuition assistance to employees, spouses and dependent children. Also, after five years of service, Vanderbilt will pay up to 55% of the tuition for up to three dependent children to earn a bachelor's degree. Learn more about Vanderbilt's benefits at VU Benefits Overview.
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