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Director - Student Affairs Assessment, Research and Planning

University of North Carolina, Wilmington
North Carolina, United States
Salary Not Specified
Closing date
Aug 2, 2021

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Faculty Positions, Education, Education Administration & Leadership, Administrative, Academic Affairs, Accreditation, Institutional Research & Planning, Student Affairs, Other Student Affairs, Executive, Executive Directors
Employment Type
Full Time
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Director - Student Affairs Assessment, Research and Planning

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Main UNCW Campus


Student Life Assessment


Student Affairs - 40000 Division

Brief Summary of Work for this Position

The Director of Student Affairs Assessment, Research, and Planning serves on the Division Leadership Team as well as the University Leadership Council. Responsibilities include:

  • Manages all Division assessment initiatives and supports all Division strategic planning and accreditation compliance efforts
  • Provides leadership, coordination and expertise in designing, implementing, and interpreting assessment projects related to student development, learning outcomes, and educational programming/services and measuring how these initiatives impact student success and retention
  • Provides expertise on the types of assessments that will be most effective, as well as guidance on designing instruments, sampling, data analysis, and reporting. It is essential that this person is not only an expert in conducting the various assessment processes but must also possess the ability to train staff and to consult others on best practices
  • Manages the annual reporting and strategic planning process for the Division
  • Supervise an Assessment and Research Coordinator, and 1-2 graduate assistants (as needed), this position reports to the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs

    Minimum Education and Experience Requirements

    • Master’s degree with at least three (3) years of experience in assessment research emphasizing learning evaluation
    • Experience in experimental and survey design, data analysis, and statistical reporting are essential
    • Strong analytic, writing, interpersonal, and computer skills
    • Demonstrated ability to summarize and present complex analysis of data to varied audiences and constituents
    • Strong communication skills and understands the need for confidentiality when appropriate
    • Knowledge of appropriate technology in data management, application, and presentation of results

      Preferred Education, Knowledge, Skills & Experience

      • Doctorate strongly preferred
      • Data analysis / statistics experience
      • Strong technological skills and/or the ability to learn various technologies
      • Experience applying traditional statistical analyses in a research or program evaluation setting
      • Experience in developing analytics to make data actionable
      • Experience with assessment of student learning and program outcomes
      • A background in theory and practice in education, communication, social sciences or related field is preferred

        Required Certifications or Licensures

        Primary Purpose of Organizational Unit

        The Division of Student Affairs has recently been recognized as one of the “Top 18 Most Promising Places to Work in the U.S.” by Diverse Issues in Higher Education. The Division consists of fifteen functional departments, each of which is responsible for providing a variety of student support, service, and educational programs which are accessible to all members of the university community. The staff members are dedicated individuals known for their passion and commitment to implementing programs and services that affect student development over the course of a lifetime.

        Student Affairs provides excellent delivery of student services that are responsive to student needs and promotes the quality of life and education both inside and outside the classroom. We build institutional traditions and lifelong affiliations through creative programs, vibrant student organizations, and a living/learning environment built on core values and uncompromising principles. The Division is a leader and primary spokesperson for students.

        College/School Information

        University Information

        The University of North Carolina Wilmington, the state’s coastal university, is dedicated to the integration of teaching, mentoring, research and service. Widely acknowledged for its world-class faculty and staff and continuously recognized at a national level for scholarly excellence and affordability, UNCW offers a powerful academic experience that stimulates creative inquiry and critical thinking and a community rich in diversity, inclusion and global perspectives.

        A public institution with nearly 18,000 students, UNCW offers a full range of baccalaureate- and graduate-level programs, as well as doctoral degrees in educational leadership, marine biology, nursing practice and psychology; and many distance learning options, including clinical research, an accelerated RN-to- BSN program, an Executive M.B.A. program structured for working professionals, and the nation’s only bachelor’s degree program focused on coastal engineering.

        The university’s efforts to advance research and scholarly activities have earned UNCW the elevated designation of “Doctoral Universities: High Research Activity” institution (R2 University) by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education. UNCW has been part of the University of North Carolina System since 1969.

        EEO Statement

        At the University of North Carolina at Wilmington ( UNCW ), our culture reflects our values of inclusion, diversity, globalization, ethics and integrity and innovation and we are committed to providing equality of educational and employment opportunity for all persons without regard to race, sex (such as gender, gender identity, marital status, childbirth, and pregnancy), age, color, national origin (including ethnicity), religion, disability, sexual orientation, political affiliation, veteran status, military service member status, genetic information, or relationship to other university constituents – except where sex, age, or ability represent bona fide educational or occupational qualifications or where marital status is a statutorily established eligibility criterion for State funded employee benefit programs. UNCW believes that embracing the unique contributions of our faculty, staff and students is critical to our success and paramount in being recognized for our global mindset.

        Eligibility for Employment

        Final candidates are subject to criminal & sex offender background checks. Some vacancies also require credit or motor vehicle checks. UNC Wilmington participates in E-Verify. Federal law requires all employers to verify the identity and employment eligibility of all persons hired to work in the United States.

        Number of Openings

        Single Incumbent

        Special Notes to Applicants

        Please note all applications and corresponding materials must be submitted by 11:59pm ET on the close date.

        Months Per Year

        12 Months

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        3. List of 3 Professional References
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        1. * How did you learn of this opportunity with UNC Wilmington (2021)?
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