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Director of Assessment, Curriculum and Learning

Employer
The New School
Location
New York City, New York
Salary
Competitive
Posted Date
Jul 11, 2022

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Position Type
Administrative, Academic Affairs, Academic Administration
Employment Level
Administrative
Employment Type
Full Time
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The New School is a new kind of university in New York City, one where scholars, artists, and designers come together to challenge convention and create positive change. Since 1919, The New School has redrawn and redefined the boundaries of intellectual and creative thought as a preeminent academic center. Our rigorous, multidimensional approach to education dissolves walls between disciplines and helps nurture progressive minds. We are committed to developing students who will have an impact on the world and address the most pressing social issues of our time.
 

Reporting to the Assistant Provost, Curriculum and Learning, the ideal candidate for this position will be energetic, collaborative, and committed to actionable outcomes assessment for the improvement of student learning. The person in this position will lead the assessment of academic programs and Shared Capacities, the university’s general education program. The Director of Assessment also works in close partnership with the office of Institutional Research and Decision Support (IRDS), including the Vice Provost of Institutional Research, the Senior Director for Strategic Planning & Assessment, and the Director of Compliance. Experience working in a fast-paced environment and being flexible to changing priorities are required. A self-starting, resourceful, mid-career assessment professional with attention to detail, decision-making abilities, and a capacity to organize people is the ideal candidate.

The New School is strongly committed to diversity and inclusion in the workplace and particularly seeks applications from members of underrepresented groups, as well as candidates who share this commitment.
 

Responsibilities

This is a full-time position, with the following responsibilities:

  • Develop and lead implementation of systemic assessment of academic programs and Shared Capacities, the university’s general education program
  • In collaboration with IRDS staff and faculty, contribute to the design of and implement academic outcomes assessments (Academic Program Review) that yield actionable results
  • Support faculty and staff in student learning outcomes assessment
  • Collaborate with the Curriculum and Learning team, colleges, and program staff to incorporate assessment findings into curricular revision and development processes
  • Identify and utilize existing data, and use disciplinary expertise and best practices to contribute to the development of instruments to collect data where needed
  • Analyze and interpret data within the context of university policies and priorities
  • In collaboration with IRDS, support development of shared reports and dashboards that communicate clear assessment results to a variety of audiences including university leadership, college and program administrators, faculty, and accreditors
  • In collaboration with IRDS, college leadership, and Provost’s Office staff, review, monitor and communicate assessment standards and expectations to ensure compliance with institutional and program accreditation requirements
  • Contribute to the design and implement strategies to create systematic, sustainable and cohesive assessment processes across the university, including annual and periodic academic program review;
  • Contribute to guidance regarding research design, research methods, and assessment terms
  • In collaboration with IRDS, organize, manage and maintain a central repository of assessment evidence at the institutional level, as well as documentation of the use of the results;
  • Maintain the assessment website with best practices resources and information
  • Special projects and other related duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree with specialized disciplinary knowledge in psychology, statistics, education, assessment, or related fields;
  • Three to five years experience in outcomes assessment (in higher education environment desirable);
  • A commitment to equity, inclusion and social justice, and evidence of engagement in this space.
  • Experience in leading implementation of assessment projects;
  • Strong skills in research and quantitative methods, written communication and oral presentation;
  • Ability to identify relevant data sources, analyze data, develop reports, and make recommendations based on analysis;
  • Effective communication and collaboration with faculty, administrative staff and leadership;
  • Ability to provide professional development in assessment methods;
  • Ability to meet deadlines, problem solve, manage multiple projects simultaneously, and effectively address shifting priorities;
  • High level of professionalism;
  • Facility with office software, including Google suite, data analysis software, and survey administration software;
  • Familiarity with curriculum, curriculum development, higher education context and issues, and accreditation desirable.
  • Ability to adhere to University COVID-19 policy and requirements.

Preferred Qualifications:

 

  • Terminal degree with specialized disciplinary knowledge in education, assessment, or related fields
  • Knowledge in automating data analyses, visualizations, and reporting to be repeatable (using a combination of SQL, Tableau, Power BI, Python, or some other scripting language suitable for data analysis and visualization with for loops)
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