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Student Life Assessment and Research facilitates the development of a culture of continuous improvement throughout Student Life. By serving as a resource for Student Life in the development of assessment tools, data collection, and the analysis and dissemination of results, Student Life Assessment and Research helps Student Life understand its impact and engage in data-informed decision making.
Provide vision and strategic leadership of the central Student Life Assessment and Research unit. Overall responsibility for, and authority over, planning, organizing, developing, administering, evaluating, and budgeting for this unit. As core leader in Infrastructure Strategy Team, enable and be in-service of content functions of Student Life to advance mission of organization. This position will be reporting to Senior Associate Vice President of Student Life.
Overall leadership. Provide Division of Student Life (SL)-wide leadership to advance a culture of inquiry to understand and demonstrate our impact within a large, decentralized institution committed to diversity, equity, and inclusive excellence. Guide Student Life as it implements an assessment model focused on gathering, analyzing, reporting, and utilizing data related to productivity, participation, satisfaction, and student learning outcomes. Promote and facilitate reflection and evidence-based practices and programs. Serve as Student Life’s chief expert on issues of research, assessment, and evaluation. Serve as assessment leader in SL Infrastructure Strategy Team, with other SL leaders charged to enable and be in-service-to the efforts of functional areas guiding SL. Represent Student Life on campus-wide assessment initiatives. To include:
Conduct central assessment efforts. Provide vision and operationalize a comprehensive, cohesive, sustainable, centralized assessment, research, and evaluation organization for Student Life. Design, implement, analyze, synthesize, and report on key areas of inquiry across Student Life. Responsible for gathering and interpreting data in a timely manner and providing accessible interpretation to diverse audiences. Ground inquiries in college impact and student learning and development literature in order to inform our understanding of how students change and the influences on those changes. Serve as Student Life representative for broad institutional research, assessment, and other data analytics efforts, contributing expertise, managing appropriate data sharing, and utilizing institution-wide resources for inquiries.
Support SL unit-based assessment efforts. Assist units in identifying, conducting, and reporting on inquiries unique to their mission. Through consultation, coordination, and provision of professional development opportunities for SL staff, support units engaging in inquiries extending beyond Central assessment efforts. Identify and foster sightlines of common outcomes and inquiry across diverse areas of the Division of Student Life and beyond.
Coordinate gathering of impact and supporting evidence. Serve as assessment leader in SL Infrastructure Strategy Team, with other SL leaders (e.g., Technology and Communications directors) charged to enable and be in-service-to the efforts of functional areas guiding SL. Oversee the implementation and ongoing management of a systematic approach to gathering evidence of the Division’s impact and continuous improvement processes, which includes a Division-wide digital, searchable document repository populated with materials produced from all Student Life units (e.g., annual reports, strategic plans, policies/procedure documentation, donor publications). Examine the documentation stored within the repository for themes and potential areas for improvement within the Division.
MANAGEMENT & IMPLEMENTATION (30%)
Responsible for hiring, development, and supervision of staff (professional and student), financial management, and policy adherence. Supervise staff within the Unit to ensure accountability and data integrity of deliverables.
Work collaboratively with professional development staff to build staff capacity in assessment, research, and evaluation through the Annual Student Life Research Symposium, workshops, retreats, speakers, online resources, and other curriculum as needed.
Lead the Unit, including strategic planning, implementation, and evaluation. Identify and employ innovative and appropriate systems, outsourcing, tools, and internal staffing to enhance effectiveness and efficiency of the Unit to advance the mission, core work, strategic priorities, and values of Student Life through informed inquiry.
Deliver appropriate and time-sensitive products related to standard, national studies such as the CIRP Freshman Survey and the Multi-Institutional Leadership Survey, as well as in-house inquiries.
Codify structures to facilitate Student Life engagement, centrally and at the functional unit level, around assessment (e.g., MOUs, data sharing agreements).
Lead and/or leverage relevant existing and new groups within and beyond Student Life to ensure a more coordinated approach to understanding the student experience.
Continue to refine well-established Divisional student learning outcomes (SLOs) and identify and develop new SLOs for the Division as appropriate.
STRATEGIC PLANNING (30%)
Work with leadership in SL Technology, Communications, and Finances as the Infrastructure Strategic Lead Team to identify and implement innovative solutions that advance SL core work. Partner with the financial lead and other relevant parties to live into an evidence-based strategic planning and budget decision-making model. Align data systems to facilitate appropriate and efficient institutional data sharing and research collaborations.
Represent and bring Student Life point-of-view on University-wide inquiries related to student and college impact, particularly in the cocurricular arena (e.g., University’s HLC accreditation), including developing collaborations with faculty and graduate students. Actively participate in campus-wide inquiry initiatives, serving as an informed partner, sharing data, and leveraging institutional data from other sources, as appropriate.
Serve on the Student Life Strategy Team, comprised of Director-level leadership, to ensure alignment for enabling SL’s core work.
Conduct ad hoc inquiries, as required by executive leadership and/or the institution.
Serve as PI of record for central SL assessment and research efforts (e.g., CIRP Freshman Survey, SLO assessment project) and coordinate all actions associated with IRB on behalf of SL units.
TEAM CONTRIBUTIONS (5%)
As appropriate, contribute to the profession through presentations and publications. Other duties, as assigned.
Ph.D. or equivalent degree in Education, Social Sciences, or a related field.
Minimum of 6 years of management or supervisory experience directing and leading staff to perform productively and efficiently with experience in recruitment, selection, coaching, training, career development, performance management, and team building.
Minimum of 3 years of experience in a leadership role performing higher education assessment and research with analytical skills. background and experience using both qualitative and quantitative methods for assessment and evaluation of educational programs, including experimental and survey design, data analysis, and statistical reporting.
Demonstrated proficient ability to summarize data from multiple sources and present complex data analyses in appropriate formats that are accessible and engaging to varied audiences.
Ability to collaborate with others and build/lead teams in a socially, intellectually, and culturally diverse organization;
Demonstrated proficiency in oral, public speaking, and written communication skills.
High level of organization, attention to detail, and ability to meet deadlines.
Ensure that appropriate success metrics, including Key Performance Indicators (KPI's), participation, satisfaction, and comprehensive student and/or staff learning outcomes are gathered, analyzed, reported, and utilized for data-informed decision-making and continuous improvement.
5 plus years of experience in a leadership role in assessment, including staff supervision, development, and mentoring;
Demonstrated strong assessment and research abilities;
Demonstrated strong and effective administrative, supervisory, and management skills;
Demonstrated ability to run a nimble organization embedded in a fast-moving, complex organization, with creativity and ability to foster and navigate institutional relationships;
Record of scholarship in the area of higher education assessment, research, or evaluation, including data analytics and facility in working across large data sets;
Familiarity with and use of the literature on college impact and student learning and development in grounding inquiries;
Strategic thinker able to analyze processes and procedures and identify opportunities and innovative methods for strengthening and closing gaps;
Demonstrated ability to inspire utilization of data toward continuous improvement through outstanding oral, public speaking, and written communication skills;
Evidence of working effectively in a socially and intellectually diverse team environment;
Demonstrated ability to work under pressure of deadlines and competing priorities in a changing environment;
Proficiency with tools for statistical analyses, data visualization, survey administration, and client management systems;
Familiarity with accountability standards within the field and higher education at large (e.g., CAS, HLC, AAC&U).
This role may have reporting obligations under Title IX and Clery
Position Criteria (Candidate Characteristics):
These are the skills and behaviors that contribute to success and effectiveness of the role:
Capacity to think broadly and boldly, act innovatively, collaborate, and conduct work with intentionality;
Ability to interact with a broad range of constituents to achieve desired outcomes;
Demonstrated ability to foster collaboration;
Understanding, appreciation of, and strong personal commitment to the issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion;
Excellent interpersonal, intercultural, oral, and written communication skills;
Strong organizational, analytical, problem-solving, and decision-making skills;
Ability to adapt to changing demands and priorities;
Ability to deliver high-quality, powerful products that translate to a broad audience in a timely manner;
Proficiency with relevant tools related to assessment, research, and evaluation practices;
Ability to work effectively in a large, complex, diverse, and decentralized institution.
This position is primarily conducted in an office environment. Depending upon units being served incumbent may be required to travel to various locations on/off campus to conduct business and may be required to maintain own high-speed residential connectivity service.
Monday-Friday, 8:00am-5:00pm in general, with ability to work occasional evenings and weekends
Punctual, regular, and consistent attendance
Normal amount of sitting
Average mobility to move around an office environment
Able to conduct normal amount of work at a computer
The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.
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