Assistant Director of Assessment

Virginia, United States
Competitive Salary
May 21, 2021
Employment Level
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Full Time

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Assistant Director of Assessment

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Full Time

Sensitive Position


Sensitive Position Statement

A sensitive position requires a fingerprint-based criminal history check. This is NOT a sensitive position.

Campus Security Authority


Campus Security Authority Statement

This position is designated as a Campus Security Authority. A Campus Security Authority (or CSA) is defined as an “official of the institution with significant responsibility for student and campus activities.” A CSA is required to immediately report any crime that is reported to them to the University Police who will then review, evaluate, and investigate the reported crime. Annual training is required by the Department of Education for all personnel who have been designated as a Campus Security Authority.

Designated Personnel


Designated Personnel Statement

This position is a “designated position” meaning this position could potentially be required to work (depending on the event) during an emergency closing.

Statement of Economic Interest


Statement of Economic Interest Statement

This position does NOT require a Statement of Personal Economic Interest.

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Restricted Position Statement

A restricted position would be subject to availability of funding. This is NOT a restricted positon.

Chief Objective of Position

In consultation with the Director of Assessment and the Office of the Provost, the Assistant Director assists in the direction of an ongoing university-wide evaluation process that identifies and assesses expected outcomes across academic, administrative, and student support units in line with the institutional mission and gathers evidence detailing the resulting improvements in institutional quality.

Work Tasks

In consultation with the Director and Provost’s Office:

1. Serves as lead on the assessment of academic programs by supporting faculty in designing methodologically sound assessment programs. This includes assisting with the development of student learning outcomes, evaluation methods, measurement tools, data analysis, reporting, and meeting deadlines set by the institutional assessment policy.
2. Seeks to improves and/or maintain institutional effectiveness in administrative and student support service units and other areas as needed. Assists with the support of administrative and student support service unit personnel in designing methodologically sound assessment programs. This includes assisting with the development of key performance indicators, evaluation methods, measurement tools, data analysis, reporting, and meeting deadlines set by the institutional assessment policy.
3. Develops and delivers assessment training sessions, workshops and seminars for faculty and staff.
4. Maintains a comprehensive assessment research program.
5. Using sound principles of measurement theory, designs, develops, collects and statistically analyzes CNU data collected through standardized tests, national survey instruments or other measurement tools.
6. Coordinates the implementation of national surveys, such as CLA+ and NSSE.
7. Assists with the dissemination of assessment findings to internal and external stakeholders, including accrediting bodies.
8. Develops a customer service approach to more effectively promote the “students first” initiative ensuring that all constituents are served in a fast, friendly, efficient and effective manner. Develops and maintains very positive and professional customer service and/or relations within the office/department and with all constituencies to include students, faculty, staff, guests, and employees. Demonstrates a positive and professional attitude and treats everyone with dignity and respect. Fully supports CNU Traditions and the “Students First” value at CNU and routinely goes the extra mile in providing service.
9. Safety issues are reviewed and communicated and goals are set to ensure a safe and healthy workplace and a reduction in work related absences. Any violation of safety rules are addressed promptly.
10. This position is designated as a “responsible employee” who has the authority to redress sexual violence, who has the duty to report incidents of sexual violence or other student misconduct, or who a student could reasonably believe has this authority or duty.
11. Other duties as assigned.

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities (KSA's) required

Knowledge of outcomes based assessment. Knowledge of trends and integration of learning and student assessment. Knowledge of quantitative research methodology including multivariate analysis and linear regression. Ability to design methodologically sound research. Ability to use statistical software to analyze data. Ability to construct tests and surveys. Ability to compile, analyze, and interpret large amounts of data. Ability to work successfully with various constituencies. Ability to communicate findings effectively to diverse audiences orally and in writing. Ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously. Ability to adhere to project deadlines. Ability to learn new software quickly. Ability to utilize relevant software in the process of maintaining records and preparing reports. Ability to work with detailed information with assiduous attention to accuracy. Ability to work independently as well as collaboratively with colleagues. Ability to work occasional nights and weekends. Ability to reference theoretical basis/literature. Strong organizational skills. Excellent computer skills. Excellent communication skills.

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities (KSA's) preferred

Knowledge of SACSCOC or similar regional accreditation standards. Advanced knowledge of Microsoft Office, SPSS, and database and spreadsheet management. Knowledge of assessment management system platforms. Knowledge of the assessment of undergraduate research and/or experiential learning.

Required Education

Master’s degree, at the time of start in position, from a program in which the design and conduct of statistical research was a central focus.

Preferred Education

Graduate coursework in higher education assessment, evaluation research, measurement, and/or testing. Doctorate in a social science strongly preferred.

Experience Required

Experience in quantitative research design, survey construction, and statistical data analysis. Experience using statistical software. Experience in report writing.

Experience Preferred

Experience in assessment within a higher education setting. Experience in teaching and research within a higher education setting. Experience with SACSCOC or similar regional accreditation standards.

CNU Information

Selected by The Princeton Review for The 386 Best Colleges: 2021 Edition, and highly ranked for its quality of life and innovative leadership, Christopher Newport University is a public school offering a private school experience — great teaching, small classes, and a safe, vibrant campus. A “student-first, teaching-first” community, Christopher Newport is dedicated to the ideals of scholarship, leadership and service. The University is located between Williamsburg and the Virginia beaches in Newport News, and enrolls 5,100 students. Academic programs encompass more than 90 areas of study, from biology to business administration and political science to the performing arts. The University has a new and technologically advanced campus, has generated over 7,300 applications for a freshmen class of 1,155 and has been ranked by U.S. News & World Report’s America’s Best Colleges guide as fourth among public regional universities in the South and seventh among all regional universities in the South. In addition, Christopher Newport is ranked third among all public schools for having "the highest proportion of classes with fewer than 20 students.” Christopher Newport is committed to ensuring that all people are welcomed, honored and fully engaged in the life of our academic community. We seek exceptional and diverse candidates and encourage applications from individuals who are underrepresented in their profession. For further details and information about Christopher Newport, visit


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Interested parties are requested to submit a cover letter; current resume; and the names, addresses, and telephone numbers of at least three professional references at the time of application. Review of applications will begin June 20, 2021. Applications received after June 20, 2021, will be accepted but considered only if needed. Search finalists are required to complete a CNU sponsored background check.

Christopher Newport University (CNU) will make a reasonable effort to accommodate persons with disabilities in the application and/or interview process. Persons with disabilities who require accommodation should contact the CNU Human Resources Office by calling (757) 594-7145.

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