Educational Researcher and Assessment Specialist

Job Summary

[Posted November 19, 2013]

The Educational Researcher and Assessment Specialist is responsible for ensuring (1) clearly defined outcomes at all levels (college, program, course, unit), (2) proper measurement and evaluation of those outcomes, and (3) mapping and documenting of the relationship between each level of outcomes. This position will work with a number of stakeholders, including faculty, Deans, and the E-learning team, in aligning outcomes and assessments with academic, governmental, and professional standards, as well as the College’s mission, goals, and strategic plan. This position reports to the Director of Research, Planning and Evaluation

Essential Duties/Responsibilities

The Assessment Specialist will encourage a culture of assessment and quality improvement around the delivery of courses and curricular programs at the College. The selected candidate will provide expertise in the design and implementation of assessment activities and interpretation of data related to student development and learning outcomes. S/he will provide professional development opportunities for faculty and staff on assessment and quality improvement. The selected candidate will:

  • Provide support and leadership for the creation of an environment in which assessment activities are understood and practiced for on-going improvement.
  • Provide expertise and support in the design and implementation of assessment activities and the interpretation of data related to student learning outcomes and assessment measures.
  • Work closely with Faculty and Student Support staff to develop/implement institutional planning for the Assessment of Student Learning Outcomes.
  • Identify, design, coordinate, promote and deliver innovative and relevant faculty and staff professional development programs.
  • Plan, organize, facilitate, and monitor the assessment of general education at the undergraduate level.
  • Work with faculty and department chairs to refine course and program level educational objective statements and learning outcomes.
  • Serve on campus committees or teams related to student learning outcomes assessment, academic program review, and other related responsibilities.
  • Compile, summarize, and report on campus-wide teaching and learning assessment results for the campus and external constituents. Assist in responding to state, federal and other externally mandated reporting requirements that include accrediting agencies.
  • Manage the College’s early semester assessment and course evaluation system.
  • Engage in professional development to stay abreast of assessment theories, pedagogical, and technological developments. Research current trends and developments; exercising informed judgment, advise on new directions. Participate in local, state, regional, and national professional associations, conferences and committees as appropriate.

Other Duties/Responsibilities

  • Collaborate with faculty, staff, and administrators on research projects and initiatives that have as their goal the improvement of institutional effectiveness (teaching, learning, student success).
  • Conduct quantitative and/or qualitative studies to address institutional challenges. For example, study impediments to student retention and student success.
  • Use the resulting data to guide the development of new policy and initiatives to improve student success and retention.
  • Contribute to the design and implementation of an ongoing institutional research agenda. Based on careful analysis of institutional data, participate in institutional strategic planning and help monitor progress toward strategic goals.

Education & Experience Requirements

Required Qualifications

  • Master’s Degree.
  • Three years of full-time related work experience in a higher education setting within the field of assessment/student learning outcomes.
  • Knowledge of, and applications experience with: program assessment and development techniques, learning outcomes and teaching effectiveness; quantitative research methodology including multivariate analysis, linear regression and item response theory; qualitative research methodology including focus groups and interview techniques; interpretation and reporting of statistical and qualitative analysis; test and survey question development, rubric development, trends in and integration of student learning and assessment; advanced Microsoft Office and spreadsheet management; SPSS, SAS, SDATA or similar analytic software.
  • Possess excellent customer service and written and verbal communication skills.
  • The ability to work with multiple deadlines and multiple projects simultaneously.
  • Good presentation skills.
  • Proven ability to work independently and communicate pro-actively and professionally within a collaborative, cross-functional team of faculty, project managers, and technical talent.
  • Ability to apply advanced critical thinking skills in a fast-paced, changing environment.
  • Demonstrated commitment to quality and innovation.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Master's Degree in any of the following areas: measurement and evaluation, educational statistics, higher education with an emphasis in assessment, learning theory or related field, and/or Ph.D./Ed.D. in a related field.
  • Additional years of full time related work experience in a higher education setting, preferably within the field of assessment/student learning outcomes.
  • Two years teaching experience in higher education.
  • Knowledge of and applications experience with: championing quality initiatives and program review processes; continuous quality improvement process; faculty evaluation and professional development processes; data mining within student record databases (Jenzebar and TaskStream particularly helpful); national trends related to assessment and educational research, particularly related to higher education.
  • Some experience with project leadership and knowledge of the higher education accreditation process.

Skills & Knowledge Required

  • Customer service communication, team building/team player, exercising good judgment, effective decision-making, etc. 
  • Superior analytical, writing and editing skills.

Physical Effort Required



Commensurate with experience