Code
5554
PCLS
N3050
Pay Grade
119
Exempt
Yes
ORP
No
EEO Code
3
Title
Assessment Specialist
Description

The Office of Institutional Effectiveness (IE) supports the continuous improvement of Midwestern State University through engaging the campus in ongoing self-evaluation. The assessment process ensures the continued excellence of Midwestern State University by allowing us to define the ever-changing needs of our campus community, develop data-informed strategies to address these needs, and determine the effectiveness of our actions across academic programs, educational support services, and administrative offices.  The assessment process allows us to both effectively navigate the shifting landscape of higher education and engage in data-rich storytelling that connects the dots between idea and impact for stakeholders. Reporting to the Director of Planning and Assessment and working closely with the Director of Analytics, the Assessment Specialist will support the coordination and management of all institutional effectiveness activities at the university. This is an excellent entry-level position for anyone interested in a career in higher education.

Examples

The main responsibility of the Assessment Specialist is coordination of the annual assessment cycle, which includes: 1) supporting academic and non-academic partners across the university in the a) establishment and implementation of assessment plans relevant to the mission and strategic goals of their respective units, departments, and colleges, as well as the broader university, b) analysis and interpretation of assessment findings, and c) enhancement of programmatic and institutional effectiveness through translation of results into data-informed action; 2) maintaining assessment databases and tracking submissions; and 3) managing the peer review process. Other responsibilities include collecting, organizing, and submitting data and documentation required by governmental and accreditation agencies, such as SACSCOC and the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board; conducting research relevant to campus needs and maintaining current knowledge of assessment research and best practices related to institutional effectiveness; organizing committee meetings; and managing office logistics, such as purchasing supplies, registering for conferences, etc.

Physical Condition

This position requires the ability to complete a 40hr M-F work week, interface with computers throughout the day (checking email, document creation, etc.), attend regular meetings, and communicate effectively with faculty and staff.

Experience

Experience relevant to coordinating the annual assessment cycle and/or improving student success outcomes in a higher education setting. Experience conducting research, statistical analysis, and creating reports. Experience completing large-scale/long-term projects, as well as coordinating and collaborating with numerous and diverse groups.

Knowledge

Broad understanding of higher education staffing, organization and function, as well as knowledge of assessment as it pertains to higher education and in the area of institutional effectiveness. Must be computer literate, familiar with modern software (databases, spreadsheets, server-based queries, statistical software, etc.), and comfortable in a personal computer environment.

Education

Bachelor's degree in related field (e.g., education, psychology, sociology).

Additional Requirements

Requires the ability to work well with diverse populations and maintain positive working relationships with students, faculty, staff, and the community. Must have the ability to interact professionally and effectively with faculty, staff, and administrators. Must have good oral and written communication skills and be comfortable communicating and presenting material. Must have organizational skills and the ability to work independently on assigned and self-initiated projects/tasks. Confidentiality is required. This position is designated as security sensitive (Mod) and requires a criminal background check.

Last Updated 01-24-2022