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Asst Vice Provost for Assessment and Accreditation (4197)

Northern Illinois University
Illinois, United States
Salary Not Specified
Posted Date
Feb 1, 2023
Position Summary

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 activity.

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 co-curricular activities.
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 belonging.
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 programs
  • Establish best practices in assessment plans that promote student learning, degree attainment, and success after graduation.
  • 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 activities.

Minimum Required Qualifications (Civil Service)

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities (KSAs) (Civil Service)

Specialty Factors (Civil Service)

Preferred Qualifications (Civil Service)

Minimum Required 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 education.
  • 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 so.
  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.
Additional Requirements (SPS)

Preferred Qualifications (SPS)
  • 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 development.
  • Experience collecting, analyzing, and reporting data to an accrediting agency or governing body, and monitoring compliance.
  • Experience as a faculty member in an accredited four-year university.
Physical demands/requirements

Appointment and Compensation Details

Appointment and Compensation Details

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Anticipated Appointment End Date

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$100,000-$120,000 annual

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 eligible applicants.

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Application Procedure

Application Procedure

Application Procedure

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 10, 2023 . All application materials should be submitted using NIU’s employment portal .
All inquiries and nominations may be directed to the chair of the search committee, David Walker, .

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EEO Statement Summary

In accordance with applicable statutes and regulations, NIU is an 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 qualifications, and will comply with all applicable federal and state statutes, regulations and orders pertaining to nondiscrimination, equal opportunity and affirmative action.

The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies:

Ethics and Compliance Officer, Title IX Coordinator
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Visa Policy

In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the United States and to complete the required employment eligibility verification document form upon hire.

ADA Accommodation

NIU remains committed to ensuring that its recruitment and application procedures include full opportunities for applicants with disabilities. Employment opportunities will not be denied to anyone because of the need to make accommodations for a person’s disability during either the application or interview process. An applicant who believes they require an accommodation to participate in the employment process due to a disability may request that accommodation through the Accommodation Request Form . For further assistance, please contact the office of Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity ( AAEO ) at .

Safety Information

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Read the Annual Safety and Security Report. Contact the Ethics and Compliance Office at 815-753-1649 for a hard copy.

Read the Fire Safety Report . Contact the Department of Environmental Health and Safety at 815-753-0404 for a hard copy.
Applicant Documents
Required Documents
  1. Resume/Curriculum Vitae
  2. Cover Letter
Optional Documents
  1. Military Discharge Documents ONLY (DD214/DD215/NGB22/DD256)
  2. Transcripts (unofficial with official required at hire)
  3. Other
  4. List of at least 3 References

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