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Assistant Director for Assessment

University of Puget Sound
Washington, United States
Salary Not specified
Posted Date
Apr 19, 2023

Assistant Director for Assessment

Job ID

Institutional Research

Full/Part Time


Staff Posting Details

Appointment: regular, full-time, (1.0) FTE.

Position Summary:

Reporting to the Associate Provost, the Assistant Director for Assessment has primary responsibility for supporting assessment of curricular and co-curricular outcomes including survey and focus group management, data collection and analysis, and communications. The Assistant Director will work with faculty and staff to develop assessment plans, collect and analyze data, monitor progress and share results. In addition, they will provide data to external agencies and organizations and support the success of the Office of Institutional Research in meeting its mission of contextualizing and stewarding university information to facilitate connections across campus and enhance the student experience.

Essential Job Functions and Responsibilities:

• Developing assessment plans.
• Collecting, cleaning, maintaining, and analyzing data from multiple sources to assess academic, administrative and co-curricular efforts.
• Managing all logistical aspects of surveying Puget Sound students, faculty and staff, including calendaring, deploying, communications and marketing.
• Managing Qualtrics survey software usage and training.
• Conducting focus groups and other qualitative research, providing training and/or support to other areas as necessary.
• Providing internal and national qualitative and quantitative data and analysis to departments and offices.
• Respond to guidebook surveys such as U.S. News, Fiske and Princeton Review.
• Support the Accreditation Review Committee.
• Maintain the institutional research website.
• Field and respond to ad hoc requests.
• Represent the University and engage in professional development opportunities.

Supervisory Responsibilities

Oversight of 2-3 Student Staff

Budget Responsibilities


Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

• Develop and administer surveys, preferably through the use of Qualtrics survey software including the ability to employ survey logic, craft survey questions collaboratively and manage survey messaging.
• Independently manage all aspects of focus groups including drafting protocols, recruiting participants, facilitating groups, note taking, analyzing qualitative data and report writing.
• Develop and maintain social media plans.
• Edit and maintain websites.
• Craft learning outcomes collaboratively, develop measures for outcomes, select and use the appropriate research tool for measuring outcomes, report out on achievement of outcomes, and maintain tracking of outcome achievement.
• Manage multiple, time-critical projects, both new and recurring with clear planning, documentation and attention to detail and accuracy.
• Knowledge of the issues of higher education and university administration.
• Respectfully work, communicate and provide leadership within a diverse campus community.


• Education level: a bachelor's degree or equivalent combination of education and experience.
• Years of Experience: 2-5 years in assessment research (can be concurrent with education) AND 2-5 years in higher education (can be concurrent with education)
• Excellent communication (oral and written) and interpersonal skills, as evidenced through samples of written reports.
• Ability to respectfully work, communicate and provide leadership within a diverse campus community
• Manipulate, analyze, summarize and present qualitative and quantitative data in multiple ways for a variety of audiences, using
- Excel (minimum knowledge includes graph creation),
- Statistical software such as SPSS, R or Stata (minimum knowledge includes importing datasets, cleaning and labeling data, and descriptive statistical analyses),
- Powerpoint (import graphs and tables for effective communication of data as information), and
- Microsoft word (to write reports, including importing graphs, tables and images).

Preferred Qualifications:

• Graduate coursework in research methodology
• Experience using R, Python or SQL for data manipulation and statistics
• Knowledge of statistical techniques (e.g., Regression)

Compensation and Benefits:

The range for this position is $66,000 - $70,000 annually. Decisions about starting salaries are made based on the extent and relatedness of the candidate's education and experience and on internal equity and market considerations.

Puget Sound offers a generous benefits package for eligible staff employees, including:

• Medical, dental, and vision
• Life insurance and long-term disability
• Employee Assistance Program
• Retirement plan options and 403(b) contributions
• Paid vacation, floating holiday, and campus bonus holidays
• Education benefits, such as full tuition for eligible employees and their families
• Access to university facilities and entertainment (fitness center, pool, library, concerts, lectures and more!)

Please note:

-Positions that work less than .75 FTE (1,560 hours per year) do not qualify for long-term disability or education benefits.
-Positions that work less than .50 FTE (1,040 hours per year) will accrue paid sick leave but are not eligible for additional benefits.
-Temporary positions that work at least .50 FTE (1,040 hours per year) will be eligible for benefits after 6 months of continuous employment.

This position is exempt from the provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act.

For more information on Puget Sound's exempt staff benefits package, visit:

Application Deadline: Review of application materials will begin immediately. Search and selection procedures will be closed when a sufficient number of qualified candidates have been identified.

Required Documents:

• Resume
• Letter of Interest

Applications submitted without the required attachments will not be considered.

All offers of employment are contingent on successful completion of all required background checks. All new hires will be required to submit proof of current COVID-19 vaccination (including booster) or receive an approved medical or religious exemption from the university.

Diversity Statement:

• We acknowledge the richness of commonalities and differences we share as a university community; the intrinsic worth of all who work and study here; that education is enhanced by investigation of and reflection upon multiple perspectives.
• We aspire to create respect for and appreciation of all persons as a key characteristic of our campus community; to increase the diversity of all parts of our University community through commitment to diversity in our recruitment and retention efforts; to foster a spirit of openness to active engagement among all members of our campus community.
• We act to achieve an environment that welcomes and supports diversity; to ensure full educational opportunity for all who teach and learn here; to prepare effectively citizen-leaders for a pluralistic world.

Puget Sound is committed to an environment that welcomes and supports diversity. We seek diversity of identity, thought, perspective, and background in our students, faculty, and staff. To learn more please visit:

The University of Puget Sound is an equal opportunity employer.

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