Chadron State College - Director of Assessment

Location: Chadron, NE
Date Posted: 09-15-2017
Chadron State College seeks Director of Assessment
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Location: Chadron, Nebraska
 
The Opportunity
Under the supervision of the Vice President for Academic Affairs, the Director of Assessment will provide campus-wide administrative leadership in the development and operation of robust and effective academic assessment strategies and systems that are compliant with college accreditors and State standards. The role requires detail-orientation with strong analytical skills (quantitative and qualitative), exceptional communication skills, and the ability to manage multiple projects at once. The ideal Director will be a self-starter who manages time and budgets wisely. This position is an administrative role with no faculty appointment.
 
The next HLC Assurance Review will be in 2021. The College is seeking an innovative model where the evidence is streamlined and utilized by the relevant units in a way that keeps each engaged in continuous improvement.
 
Major Tasks, Duties and Responsibilities:
  • Develop a campus-wide assessment plan using an innovative model that fits Chadron State College.
  • Assure that academic program assessment strategies and systems are compliant with guidelines established by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) as well as by any specialized accreditors of Chadron State College (CSC), such as the Council for Accreditation of Education Programs (CAEP).
  • Lead, coordinate, and maintain CSC reaffirmation teams for HLC accreditation, submit required HLC documentation to HLC such as annual Institutional Update, and work with CSC liaison officer to ensure aligned, focused, and streamlined results.
  • Provide campus-wide strategic direction in the use of TK-20, CSC's assessment and accountability management system, and develop training for faculty and staff who work with the system.
  • Work with deans, chairs, directors, and faculty leadership on assessment and curricula design matters as well as SARA and Master Academic Plan.
  • Mentor and support academic schools and departments in developing and maintaining effective assessment activities (e.g., determining learning outcomes, curriculum mapping, data collection, data analysis, and continuous-improvement programming).
  • Work collaboratively with Chief Information Officer, Associate Vice President of Teaching and Learning Technologies, Director of Institutional Research, Senior Director of Student Affairs, Senior Director of Student Services, Director of College Relations, and Deans, and assists with campus-wide cross-training efforts related to curriculum design and assessment.
  • Oversight of a website for assessment-related activities and reporting.
  • Participate in the development and redesign of campus-wide surveys, such as course evaluations and graduation surveys.
  • Drive assessment activities for co-curricular and operational units throughout the institution.
  • Lead the campus-wide NSSE/FSSE data collection, analysis, and implementation of findings.
  • Serve on position-related college committees.
  • Supervise and evaluate staff and administers budgets.
  • Other duties as defined by the VPAA.
 
Qualifications:
  • Master's degree and/or doctorate preferred.
  • Two to four years (or more) of campus-wide institutional and program assessment experience with demonstrated ability to work effectively with faculty.
  • Competency with assessment and accountability management tools, such as TK-20; and a working knowledge of Backward Design.
  • Leadership and management experience and skills are essential for this position.
  • The ability to manage multiple tasks utilizing organizational skills.
  • Tactful and diplomatic written and verbal communication skills.
  • The ability to learn new technology in various formats.
  • Competencies include the ability to pay attention to detail; take the initiative; perform critical self-evaluation so as to engage in continuous improvement; exhibit a positive attitude; be highly collaborative; a self-starter; demonstrate good listening skills; able to reason and distill data; and perform critical thinking.
 
Why Consider the Opportunity:
  • Chadron State College is thriving, with enrollment that is steadily growing from 2006-07 through 2016-17: http://www.csc.edu/president/profiles/index.csc
  • The State of Nebraska is in the top five states of supporting higher education since the 2008 Great Recession. Nebraska is in the top three states with the least future obligations.
  • Chadron State College successfully completed the Higher Learning Commission Comprehensive Evaluation which resulted in recognition of CSC’s planning and collaboration.
  • Highly influential position that will be encouraged to try innovative solutions that are truly integrated and utilized in a streamlined fashion.
  • This individual is entering a well-functioning College that is seeking to take its assessment efforts to the next level.
  • As a teaching-focused institution, Chadron employs 95 full-time faculty, 85% of those positions being tenured or tenure-track. Faculty members are evaluated based on teaching effectiveness.
 
About Chadron State College
Founded in 1911, Chadron State College (CSC) finds itself nestled against the north slope of Nebraska’s beautiful Pine Ridge and serves as a public institution of higher learning inside the Nebraska State College system. With its roots in teacher education, the curriculum has grown to offer programs and courses in 52 majors and endorsements and eight master’s degree programs. The five bachelor’s degree programs attracting the most students are business administration, education, biology-health sciences, justice studies and rangeland management.
 
Chadron State takes pride in being financially and academically accessible to a student population of 3,000 who enjoy either the traditional college on-campus experience or the comprehensive distance learning opportunities. In recent years, the institution has embraced online education and has been recognized for offering more than 160 courses over the internet.
 
  • Chadron State College earned a “Hidden Treasure” designation by a national news magazine at the turn of the 21st century and has celebrated several consecutive years of enrollment growth more than a decade later.
  • As of January 2014, approximately $30 million in new construction has been underway on the CSC campus.
 
As you can tell, Chadron State has many reasons to be proud. In addition to a competitive tuition and academic offerings, the College offers 13 sports in the NCAA Division II. However, if you ask people what they love most about Chadron State, you’ll often get the same answer: “It’s the people.” Chadron State was created because of the pioneering spirit of people who settled the Great Plains, which is still evident in their descendants who occupy northwest Nebraska. Students from the College and surrounding community welcome students from a diverse set of backgrounds and take value in what they bring to the region. The student body, which consists predominately of Nebraskans, is enriched with enrollees from across the nation and around the globe. Whether their hometowns are defined as rural, urban, nearby or afar, they have one thing in common: They are proud to be Chadron State College Eagles. To learn more about Chadron State College: http://www.csc.edu
 
Procedure for Candidacy
Confidential review of applications will begin immediately and remain open until finalists are identified, however, interested parties are encouraged to apply by November 3, 2017.
 
For nominations or further information:
Stephanie Fowler
Senior   Consultant
Summit Search Solutions, Inc.
Direct: 530-677-9945
sfowler@summitsearchsolutions.com
 
Chadron State College is an equal opportunity institution. CSC does not discriminate against any student, employee or applicant on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, religion, or age in employment and education opportunities, including but not limited to admissions decisions. The College has designated an individual to coordinate the College’s non-discrimination efforts to comply with regulations implementing Title VI, VII, IX, and Section 504. Inquiries regarding non-discrimination policies and practices may be directed to Sherri Simons, Interim Title VI, VII, IX Compliance Coordinator, Chadron State College, 1000 Main Street, Chadron, NE 69337. Phone 308.432.6224.
 
This position is subject to Veteran’s Preference. Successful Background Records Check required as part of employment process.
 
 Stephanie Fowler
 Senior Consultant
 Summit Search Solutions, Inc.
 Direct: 530-677-9945
 sfowler@summitsearchsolutions.com
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