Director of Assessment, Institutional Effectiveness, and Compliance

Mansfield University in Pennsylvania

Deadline Open until filled
Date Posted January 3, 2014
Type Administrative
Salary Commensurate with experience
Employment Type Full-time

The Director of Assessment, Institutional Effectiveness, and Compliance will report to the Provost and work in partnership with the Academic Deans, the Director of Institutional Research, and the Universitys  Excellence in Higher Education Assessment and Planning leaders. The Director will support the implementation of Mansfield Universitys assessment, institutional effectiveness, and improvement goals and ensure compliance with relevant federal and state regulations regarding higher education. This role requires skilled leadership to ensure that academic and administrative units maintain effective assessment and improvement processes and comply with appropriate government regulations.



The Director will play an essential role in the University's accreditation processes by ensuring that academic programs, including the general education program, and administrative and student support units are actively engaged in meaningful assessment of outcomes and effectiveness; support and oversee assessment activities through collaboration with representatives from relevant programs; support the work of the University-Wide Assessment Committee and the General Education Assessment Committee; provide leadership for continued implementation of the Excellence in Higher Education model for assessment to include planning and improvement across all programs of the University;  review and ensure compliance of relevant accreditation standards as well as federal and state regulations that affect higher education; update and support the Universitys plan for assessment, institutional effectiveness and compliance; collaborate with the Director of Institutional Research and Assessment Data to ensure the maintenance of assessment data across all areas of the University using TracDat and other methodologies as appropriate, as well as support implementation of the Universitys plan for administration of surveys to alumni, students, faculty, and other appropriate groups; recommend actions that improve assessment and institutional effectiveness; and prepare, maintain and disseminate relevant information to appropriate constituents of the University.  In collaboration with the academic Deans and consultation with University and department leaders and assessment coordinators, the Director will ensure implementation of effective annual reporting and five-year program review processes for academic programs; assist with preparation for specialty accreditation or reaccreditation reviews ensuring appropriate practices in assessment and assurance of institutional effectiveness; and prepare faculty and others as appropriate to implement assessment and improvement processes, including the development and implementation of appropriate training workshops.   The Director must be prepared to work with varied constituent groups, including administrators at different levels, department chairs, program directors, faculty, and others, to promote a culture that values assessment of learning and demonstrates a genuine commitment to institutional effectiveness and improvement through action. 



Minimum requirements: Masters degree from a regionally accredited institution in Higher Education, Education, Behavioral or Social Sciences, or other relevant field; three years relevant experience and demonstrated record of success in designing and implementing assessment and improvement processes; and completion of a successful campus interview that includes a presentation on assessment or improvement practices.  Additional qualifications: Demonstrated awareness of the current trends and best practices in assessment in higher education; a minimum of three years experience in the principles and practices of educational assessment, assessment strategies, quality improvement, survey design, and research; reporting of research findings and recommendations in well designed formats; professional commitment to information accuracy and confidentiality; excellent oral and written communication skills; and demonstrated commitment to the principles and values of Character, Scholarship, Culture, Service ( as stated in the Mansfield Creed to ensure effectiveness in supporting the universitys vision and mission.  Preferred: Doctoral degree from a regionally accredited university in a relevant field, knowledge of the NACUBO Excellence in Higher Education model and experience using TracDat software.   Other conditions of employment include transcripts for all earned degrees and an acceptable background check report.



Essential Functions

Ability to work effectively with a wide variety of constituent groups including university departments, staff and faculty.  Effective use of presentation skills to convey complex materials to varied groups; capacity to work collaboratively and manage differences of opinion with respect; ability to perform computer functions including application of software used to support assessment and maintain databases; effective use of phone, keyboard and other office equipment; ability to make appropriate decisions independently and work productively on time-sensitive tasks with minimal direct supervision;  capacity to work cooperatively and productively with varied constituencies; and use of visual, auditory and speaking skills. May be required to lift, stand, walk, reach with arms, kneel, stoop, etc.



Regular, full-time position, Management grade 190. Starting salary commensurate with education and experience.

Excellent management benefits:


Application Procedure

Submit via email ( or hard copy (Mansfield University, 110 Alumni Hall, Mansfield, PA 16933) a letter of interest that addresses how your qualifications/skills meet the departments needs as detailed by the position description; resume; copies of undergraduate and graduate transcripts; three letters of reference; and the names, addresses, and telephone numbers of three professional references.  Application review begins immediately. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.



Located in the beautiful mountains of rural, north central Pennsylvania, Mansfield University, a member of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education, currently enrolls approximately 3,200 students, including more than 400 graduate students. Founded in 1857 as Mansfield Classical Seminary, Mansfield University is proud of its long tradition of preparing excellent teachers, as well as its more recent role as a public liberal arts university focused on leadership development. The University is located within Tioga County which is home to five state and federal parks, seven lakes, the Pine Creek Rail Trail, and the 50-mile long gorge of the Pennsylvania Grand Canyon. The university is an hour south of the Finger Lakes wine region of upstate New York.