Director of Research, Planning, and Accreditation

Saddleback College
California, United States
$134,352.00 - $189,036.00
Posted date
Sep 22, 2021

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Position Type
Executive, Executive Directors
Employment Level
Employment Type
Full Time

Saddleback College


Director of Research, Planning, and Accreditation

Job Close Date: 10/14/2021


Pay Range: 19 - $134,352 to $189,036 (salary placement in the salary range will be based upon comparable experience and qualifications; increases are given annually thereafter up to highest step)


Classification Benefits:

The District offers a comprehensive package of insurance benefits to eligible employees, which includes medical and dental insurance, a vision-care plan, life insurance and dependent life coverage, accidental death and dismemberment coverage, and a long-term disability income-protection plan. All premiums are fully paid by the District. Mandatory retirement incentive is with California Public Employees Retirement System (CalPERS).



PLEASE NOTE: In order to be considered for this opening, you must apply through the District website at


Summary Description:

To provide leadership to plan, conduct and present research and analysis of institutional data related to the development, assessment, and effectiveness of college programs, services, and activities; provide a variety of complex decision-making and strategic planning support to the President of the College or designees; assist the College Accreditation Liaison Officer by providing research, analysis, and organizational support for accreditation, including the comprehensive self-study; organize, coordinate and monitor implementation of accreditation planning agendas and recommendations; articulate accreditation activities with the District as necessary; and provide regular progress reports to the college and administration.


To foster a culture of collaboration, mutual respect, innovation, and continuous improvement throughout the District; lead by example; actively participate in and support District-wide participatory governance components and activities and other collaborative processes; encourage professional excellence among the staff and promote an organizational culture of customer service, innovation, and quality services.



Receives general direction from the President or designee.

 Exercises functional and technical supervision over professional, technical and classified staff as assigned. 


Representative Duties:

Duties may include, but are not limited to the example of duties listed in Job Duties. Please see Job Duties for details.


Knowledge of:

•  Advanced  statistical  procedures  and  research  methods  including  those  related  to  sampling,  projections, significance, and distributions.

•  Applicable laws, codes, regulations, policies, and objectives.

•  Computer systems and software applications related to area of assignment. Data collection and coding methods.

•  Data warehouse structures and techniques and data collection information systems. District and college organization, operations and objectives.

•  Interpersonal skills including tact, patience and diplomacy.

•  Principles and best practices of strategic planning and accreditation standards for community colleges.

•  Principles and practices of developing and measuring student learning outcomes, student services outcomes, and administrative unit outcomes.

•  Principles and practices of leadership and administration, including organization, budget preparation and report writing.

•  Principles and practices of training and supervision.

•  Principles and practices used in the development and implementation of survey instruments and techniques. Strong oral and written communication skills, including giving presentations to small as well as large groups.



Ability to:

• Analyze current and historical statistical data and develop sound, logical conclusions and recommendations.

•  Communicate clearly, concisely and effectively, both orally and in writing, with diverse constituencies within and outside of the District.

•  Compile data and prepare and present administrative, analytical, and technical reports and recommendations. •  Coordinate, support, and exercise leadership in college and district planning processes.

•  Demonstrate leadership, management, supervisory, and team-building skills.

•  Demonstrate sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability and ethnic backgrounds of students.

•  Demonstrate strong and effective writing, editing and verbal communication skills.

•  Develop and implement comprehensive research designs and methods with specific timelines. Develop and maintain research and planning website.

•  Develop, prepare and administer program and project budgets.

•  Encourage professional excellence among the staff and promote an organizational culture of customer service, innovation, and quality services.

•  Establish and maintain cooperative and effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.

•  Evaluate program and institutional effectiveness objectively, accurately, and efficiently.

•  Exercise judgment or choice among possible actions, sometimes without clear precedents and often with concern for the consequences of the action.

•  Facilitate and coordinate the activities of large groups for the purpose of institutional planning.

Interpret, apply and explain applicable district policies and procedures and local, state and federal laws and regulations.

•  Manage multiple assignments and tasks, set priorities, and adapt to changing conditions and work assignments.

•  Operate computer/applications software, including database management, spreadsheet, word processing and software related to area of assignment.

•  Operate computers, peripherals and assigned office equipment.

•  Perform statistical research and analysis work of a specialized nature involving the use of independent judgment and personal initiative.

•  Plan and organize work to meet deadlines.

•  Plan, design and produce extensive reports, proposals, position papers and other formal documents.

•  Plan, organize and coordinate assigned activities in a manner conducive to full performance and high morale.

•  Plan, organize and execute effective oral presentations, supported by sophisticated multi-media programs for large audiences.

•  Plan, organize and execute effective written reports supported by facts, documentation and research. Plan, organize, coordinate, manage and expedite projects related to assignment.

•  Relate effectively to people of varied academic, cultural, and socioeconomic backgrounds. Remain current in the field of research and planning.

•  Train and provide supervision and work direction to others as assigned. Train others in the tools and techniques of research and the use of data.

•  Understand and effectively and collaboratively work in a complicated multi-college environment, as well as within a system of community college districts.

•  Use highly analytical thinking to identify, scrutinize, improve and streamline statistical data and complex work processes.

•  Work independently with minimal supervision.


Education and Experience Guidelines:

Any combination of education and experience that would likely provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying.



An earned master’s degree from an accredited college or university in a research-oriented discipline or related field that demonstrates applications related to planning, research and accreditation.



At least five years increasingly responsible experience in the following: research design, statistical methods (qualitative and quantitative), data inference, data analysis (using statistical software), report writing, presentation of information, participatory governance, strategic planning and accreditation practices, including at least one year of supervisory and public contact experience.


License or Certificate:

Valid California driver’s license.


To Apply:

Please visit the District’s Employment Opportunities website at for a detailed job description, to learn more about the District and to complete an on-line application.  


NOTICE TO ALL CANDIDATES FOR EMPLOYMENT: The Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986, Public Law 99-603, requires that employers obtain documentation from every new employee which authorizes that individual to accept employment in this country.  EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER

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