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Requisition Number 17-0018
Post Date 5/19/2017
Title Assistant Director of Assessment
City Frederick
State MD

Under the general direction of the Director of Institutional Research and Assessment, the Assistant Director of Assessment will continue work with a comprehensive college-wide assessment strategy in alignment with Hood College’s mission and Middle States Reaccreditation requirements. This position is responsible for coordinating all aspects of designing, implementing, completing, and preparing research reports developed in collaboration with the faculty, department chairs, and the Provost to study student learning outcomes at the course, program and institutional level. The Assistant Director is responsible for collaborating with administrative department managers for reporting on administrative effectiveness at the departmental level. The Assistant Director also will train faculty and administrators on best practices in assessment programs and how to implement strategies to improve student learning outcomes and organizational effectiveness.


Education Program and Student Outcomes Assessment (55%)

  • Collaborate with faculty, department chairs and the Provost to coordinate all aspects of designing, completing, and preparing research reports to study student learning outcomes at the course, program and institutional level.
  • Schedule regular meetings with assessment coordinators to ensure appropriate level of progress is being made throughout the assessment cycle.
  • Respond to faculty assessment needs and requests, particularly for programmatic review and accreditation.
  • Establish an appropriate IR assessment calendar and publish it to the campus community for evaluating student learning outcomes and program effectiveness.
  • Manage data projects, data collection and file editing activities.
  • Perform complex data analysis and interpret a variety of outcome measures and trend data.
  • Draft reports on findings and work with faculty to ensure the information is used.
  • Assist with the continued expansion of the ePortfolio system (Chalk & Wire) for assessment of student learning outcomes, to include rubric design, results analysis, and reporting.
  • Analyze quantitative and qualitative data and assist in the preparation of spread sheets, charts and tables for publication and presentation.
  • Conduct research on topics as designated; assemble and distribute reports and information to the College community.
  • Maintain detailed records of research activities, analysis and procedures for all assignments.
  • Attend planning and research/professional seminars and conferences as appropriate and approved.

Institutional Effectiveness (35%)

  • Use best practices for institutional effectiveness to promote administrative assessment and provide feedback to be used in continuous improvement processes.
  • Collaborate with the Director of Institutional Research and Assessment to formalize the administrative assessment and departmental review reporting process cycle.
  • Assist administrators in developing Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) for departmental program assessment that connect with the current strategic priorities and annual business objectives.
  • Monitor KPIs and assist with implementation of continuous improvement processes.
  • Use IR assessment calendar to monitor administrative review cycle progress.
  • Maintain detailed records of institutional effectiveness activities and reporting.

Faculty and Administrator Development (10%)

  • Use knowledge of best practices in assessment to provide ongoing training for academic and administrative programs concerning all aspects of assessment through workshops or individual training sessions.
  • Develop annual workshop and/or training schedule to include new faculty and staff.

Other Duties

  • Perform other duties as assigned. Institutional Research and Assessment is an evolving area in higher education and requires ongoing learning and change.
  • The Assistant Director of Assessment may be required to meet with faculty and administrator groups at campus locations other than the OIRA office suite and may need to meet with these individuals outside of normal core business hours.

Supervisory Responsibilities

Carries out supervisory responsibilities as they may occur in accordance with the organization’s policies and applicable laws. Responsibilities include interviewing, hiring, and training; planning, assigning, and directing work; appraising performance; rewarding, addressing complaints and resolving problems.

Assist with the training and supervision of student workers as requested by the Director of Institutional Research and Assessment.


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Excellent oral and written communication and interpersonal skills;
  • Attention to detail;
  • Analytical skills;
  • Excellent organizational and time management skills;
  • Ability to accept responsibility and work independently with little supervision using initiative and sound judgment;
  • Ability to function effectively in team settings; and
  • Ability to teach faculty and administrators regarding best practices in institutional and educational assessment.

Education and Experience

Master’s degree and experience in educational and/or social research or related field required or equivalent combination of education and experience. Ph.D. degree in social science or Ed.D. in education preferred. Experience working with educational assessment and institutional effectiveness in higher education is required. Familiarity with the various laws that affect higher education is required (HEOA, FERPA, Title IV and Title IX of the Educational Amendments Act of 1965, Section 505 of the Rehabilitation Act, etc.).

Language Skills

Ability to effectively present information and positively respond to questions from groups of students, faculty, administrators, staff and the general public both in person and over the phone. Excellent oral and written communication and interpersonal skills. Ability to read, analyze, and interpret general business periodicals, professional journals, technical procedures, or governmental regulations. Ability to write reports, business correspondence, and procedure manuals. Strong public speaking skills and teaching or training experience is required.

Mathematical Skills

Strong statistical and analytical skills required. Ability to work with and apply statistical and mathematical concepts timely and accurately, either manually, by using a calculator, or a spreadsheet package (such as Excel); demonstrated knowledge of assessment including research design, data collection, data analysis, and reporting; and experience working with a variety of databases; and the use of computer applications to manipulate and analyze data is required. Ability to use SPSS is required.

Technology Skills

Thorough knowledge and mastery of productivity suite software (such as Microsoft Office), statistical software packages (such as SPSS) website and database development software. Experience with learning assessment software (such as Chalk & Wire) and student information systems (such as PowerCampus) is required.

Reasoning Ability

Ability to interpret a variety of complex policies and procedures to resolve problems and make decisions. Ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exists. Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram, or schedule form. Ability to hypothesize, draw conclusions, and support conclusions. Ability to work in theoretical arena and apply logic as appropriate. Ability to use appropriate statistical inference skills.

To Apply

Qualified candidates are invited to apply on-line via our electronic application,, which requires submission of a cover letter, résumé, and three professional references. When saving documents, the file name should include the job requisition number.

The electronic application is found at the end of the job description on the lower right hand side, "Apply On-line".

If you need assistance with the online application process, please email or call (301) 696-3592.

Hood College is committed to diversity in its faculty and staff and subscribes to a policy of hiring only individuals legally eligible to work in the United States. An Equal Opportunity Employer/M/F/Vet/Disability

Hood College does not discriminate on the basis of sex, race, color, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression, marital status, pregnancy, disability, religion, or age in recruitment, admission and access to, or treatment, or employment in its programs, services, benefits, or activities as required by applicable laws including Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972 and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and complies with the law regarding reasonable accommodation for disabled applicants and students. Inquiries about discrimination or reasonable accommodation should be referred to the Title IX and Section 504 Coordinator at Alumnae Hall, 401 Rosemont Avenue, Frederick, MD. 21701 (AD 312), (301) 696-3592. For complete information on Hood College’s nondiscrimination policy, please visit

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