The Assistant Vice Provost reports to the Senior Vice Provost for
Academic Affairs. The Assistant Vice Provost will serve as a key
member of the Academic Affairs (AA) leadership team. The person in
this position will have a deep understanding of the role that
assessment plays in improving the student experience on a campus.
The person will serve as a resource and guide for departments,
colleges and divisions as they develop approaches and methods for
measuring progress on their goals. Assessment will be approached as
formative and summative activities, rather than a reporting
The Assistant Vice Provost will collaborate with faculty and staff,
academic administrators, Center for Innovative Teaching and
Learning ( CITL ), Institutional Research, Curricular Deans, and
university curriculum committees to build and implement assessment
policies and practices to link assessment activities with
institutional accreditation and academic planning. The Assistant
Vice Provost will also be a critical leader in the assessment of
The Assistant Vice Provost will be dedicated to equity-minded
assessment practices that contribute to the university’s mission
and commitment to enhancing diversity, equity, inclusion and
This position is a full-time, 12-month position with an opportunity
for a faculty appointment in an academic unit that ties to the
candidate’s area of academic expertise and qualifications.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
Focused on academic excellence and fostering a culture of
continuous improvement, the Assistant Vice Provost will work
collaboratively with faculty, staff, and administrators to:
- Plan, organize, coordinate, and monitor curricular assessment
programs, projects, committees, and activities campus wide, with a
focus on the assessment of institutional learning outcomes and
their integration with NIU’s general education and academic
- Establish best practices in assessment plans that promote
student learning, degree attainment, and success after
- Serve as the Academic Liaison Officer to the Higher Learning
Commission ( HLC ), providing oversight and leadership for
institution-wide accreditation including annual reporting, periodic
reporting as required by the HLC, and all activities associated
with the ten-year accreditation cycle.
- Provide support for accreditation processes at the program and
college level as needed.
- Liaise with curriculum and assessment committees across the
university for co-curricular assessment.
- Provide direct consultation services in assessment design,
training and development educational opportunities to campus units
to enhance their undergraduate and graduate student learning
outcome assessment activities.
- Plan, organize, coordinate and monitor programs for
effectiveness per HLC and the Illinois Board of Higher Education (
IBHE ) standards.
- Oversee the collection, analysis, reporting, dissemination, and
archiving of assessment data/reports/results to support program
review and accreditation activities.
The Assistant Vice Provost will supervise a team of professionals
who are tasked with the daily support, management, implementation,
and campus professional development of assessment and accreditation
Minimum Required Qualifications (Civil Service)
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities (KSAs) (Civil
Specialty Factors (Civil Service)
Preferred Qualifications (Civil Service)
Minimum Required Qualifications (SPS)
Additional Requirements (SPS)
Preferred Qualifications (SPS)
- Earned master’s degree.
- At least seven to ten years of progressively responsible
academic and/or administrative experience in higher education.
- Experience in the assessment of learning outcomes in higher
- Demonstrated exemplary leadership experience in administrative
positions within a university setting.
- Demonstrated experience working in and fostering a diverse
faculty, staff, and student environment or commitment to do
- Demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, and
Appointment and Compensation Details
- Earned doctoral degree.
- Five or more years of professional experience in the assessment
of learning outcomes in higher education.
- At least 10 to 12 years of progressively responsible academic
and/or administrative experience in higher education working in
assessment, accreditation, faculty development, and/or curricula
- Experience collecting, analyzing, and reporting data to an
accrediting agency or governing body, and monitoring
- Experience as a faculty member in an accredited four-year
Appointment and Compensation Details
Anticipated Appointment Start Date
Anticipated Appointment End Date
Percent of Staff Year
Standard Hours Per Week
Hourly or Semi-monthly Pay Rate/Range
Actual hiring rate is commensurate with experience, education, and
internal equity; position includes a robust benefits package to
Candidates should provide a resume/CV and letter of intent that
address the responsibilities and qualifications described in this
position announcement. Finalists will be asked to provide contact
information for three to five professional references. References
will not be contacted without permission from the candidate.
Inquiries, nominations and applications are invited. For full
consideration, applicant materials should be received by January
. All application materials should be submitted using
NIU’s employment portal https://employment.niu.edu/postings/67204
All inquiries and nominations may be directed to the chair of the
search committee, David Walker, firstname.lastname@example.org
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equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis
of race, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, religion, age,
physical and mental disability, marital status, veteran status,
sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, political
affiliation, or any other factor unrelated to professional
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nondiscrimination, equal opportunity and affirmative action.
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regarding the non-discrimination policies:
Ethics and Compliance Officer, Title IX Coordinator
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- Resume/Curriculum Vitae
- Cover Letter
- Military Discharge Documents ONLY
- Transcripts (unofficial with official required at hire)
- List of at least 3 References
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