Director of Planning, Assessment & Research

Olympic College

Deadline May 29, 2012
Date Posted May 3, 2012
Type Administrative
Salary 77,445.00
Employment Type Full-time

The Director of Planning, Assessment and Research manages the Colleges assessment and institutional effectiveness activities and supports accreditation processes associated with those activities.  The Director also oversees a program of planning and assessment-related research that supports institutional decision- and policy-making by the President, senior administrators, faculty and the Board of Trustees.  This research is used in the Colleges planning and management including strategic and instructional planning, student learning outcomes assessment, and master planning institutional effectiveness.  This position provides support and leadership for the Colleges accreditation processes. This position directs and manages the Planning, Assessment and Research Office functions and employees and reports directly to the President.


SALARY $77,445/annual



  • Lead the institutions research, assessment and planning efforts in the context of accreditation;
  • Interpret, apply and implement broad college and departmental policy within the context of the planning, assessment and research programs; 
  • Administer the development, implementation and evaluation of the Institutions Strategic Plan in collaboration with internal and external stakeholders;  
  • Oversee the assessment of Student Learning Outcomes and Institutional Effectiveness Programs in cooperation with administration, faculty and staff; 
  • Serve as the Budget Administrator including special funds allocated by the State for the purpose of Student Learning Outcomes Assessment; 
  • Decide on and implement an annual assessment and research plan to support the Colleges management, planning and development; interpret research needs, manage budgets, and develop research products and services to meet the Colleges strategic initiatives and goals; 
  • Assist in the formulation of institutional policy and institution-wide decision making by participating in discussions with the President, Cabinet and Board of Trustees to incorporate findings from planning, assessment and related research efforts; 
  • Recommend and oversee timely research and analysis on student learning, student support services, program planning, and other institutional initiatives; 
  • Utilize information to direct planning activities in areas such as strategic planning, instructional support and program planning, program review, strategic budgeting and master planning; 
  • Integrate planning and assessment activities into the Colleges strategic budgeting process; 
  • Coordinate reporting of activities and data to outside entities;
  • Work on special projects for college administrative leaders;
  • Recommend tools, research design methods, statistical and analytical techniques and best practices for College use;
  • Perform other related duties as required and/or assigned.



  • Masters Degree in quantitative or public policy field, organizational leadership, business administration or closely related field.
  • College level course work in research methods or statistics.
  • Three years of work experience in higher education or corporate administration or equivalent.
  • Experience in applying assessment and evaluation principles in an organizational setting.



  • Experience in student learning outcomes assessment.
  • Experience with institutional and/or professional accreditation.
  • Experience in web analytics, using statistical analysis tools, proficiency with databases, experience with SMS or Data Warehouse (Washington system), skills in using the Microsoft Suite (Access, Excel, Word, Outlook and PowerPoint) and Windows XP.


Successful applicants will be able to:

  • Present technical information to non-technical audiences;
  • Lead efforts to promote and encourage assessment of student learning and the creation of a college-wide culture of assessment;
  • Work effectively and provide research, planning, and assessment expertise to all levels of the organization and on college-wide committees;
  • Lead and direct planning at various levels within the College;
  • Proficiently and independently design, apply and adapt research methodologies appropriate to higher education; for example, design surveys and other statistical/methodological research for data collection efforts; conduct substantive analysis; analyze data collected or methodological components of ongoing studies;
  • Maintain competency in technical skills, including various computer software;
  • Provide and use research information in planning processes;
  • Demonstrate knowledge and experience with institutional effectiveness and outcomes assessment measurement systems and techniques;
  • Lead an ongoing College-wide accreditation process;
  • Prioritize activities and work under tight deadlines;
  • Motivate and direct others and organize and facilitate effective meetings;
  • Demonstrate excellent communication skills both written and verbal and expertise with visual presentation of data;
  • Establish and maintain strong working relationships with students, faculty, staff, collaborating education institutions, contractors, community and government organizations; 
  • Show sensitivity to diversity and a commitment to cultural pluralism in the work place and research activities;
  • Develop, maintain and enhance relationships with education and training partners;
  • Problem-solve, exhibit analytical skills, plan and/or organize, be professional, adapt, demonstrate initiative, manage projects, exhibit team building skills and patience;
  • Work successfully with students, staff, faculty and administrators with various cultural, geographic, and socioeconomic backgrounds;
  • As appropriate, participate in local, state, regional, and national taskforces and professional organizations related to assessment and institutional research/planning; 
  • Demonstrate an understanding of and commitment to the Olympic College mission, diversity and learning-centered climate.



  • This is a full-time, over-time exempt position with excellent benefits.
  • Official college transcripts required if hired.
  • Must pass a criminal records background check.
  • If you are hired, you will need to provide proof of identity and documentation of U.S. citizenship or appropriate authorization to work in this position as required by the Immigration Reform Control Act of 1986.



This position requires punctual and regular attendance. This is in a typical office environment and may require the employee to move across campus to other buildings.  May include some weekends or evenings and travel to other campuses.



Must be able to perform the essential functions of this position. 



To be considered, complete the following required application materials and submit to the Olympic College Human Resource Office by Tuesday, May 29, 2012.  


The Olympic College Human Resource Services will not review, scan, nor accept application materials other than the required application materials listed below.


  • Olympic College Online Application;
  • Cover Letter;
  • Resume
  • Unofficial copies of transcripts.



All application materials become the property of Olympic College.


Not responsible for email or FAX error.


Corrected or extended notices for this recruitment will be posted in the Human Resource Services Office and the Olympic College web site.

Olympic College

Human Resource Services
College Service Center, Fifth Floor
1600 Chester Avenue
Bremerton, WA 98337-1699

Phone: (360) 475-7300

Monday Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

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