Director of Student Affairs Assessment and Staff Development

The University of Georgia in Georgia

Deadline September 19, 2014
Date Posted August 18, 2014
Type Executive
Salary Not specified
Employment Type Full-time

The Director of Student Affairs Assessment and Staff Development is a member of the Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs central office staff, provides leadership for the Department of Student Affairs Assessment and Staff Development, serves on the leadership team for the Division of Student Affairs, and reports directly to the Assistant Vice President for Academic, Campus, and Community Partnerships. 


The mission of Student Affairs Assessment and Staff Development is to improve organizational effectiveness in Student Affairs by coordinating planning, assessment, and research activities and providing staff development opportunities that facilitate learning and build community. In addition to providing leadership, vision, and strategic management of the department, the Director is responsible for managing research, assessment, evaluation, and planning activities designed to improve the programs and services offered in the Division, further the knowledge base regarding student learning and development and students affairs generally, and promote organizational effectiveness within the Division. Additionally, the Director of Assessment and Staff Development participates in Division strategic planning, goal setting activities, and budget development. The Director also coordinates, implements, and enhances comprehensive staff development initiatives for the Division.



  • Coordinate division-wide assessment agenda, including implementation of the divisions student learning and success framework, the Pillars of Student Success;
  • Oversee all division strategic planning, priority planning, and annual reporting processes;
  • Serve as a resource to division staff and the broader university community regarding assessment and research practices and activities;
  • Oversee the coordination and implementation of a growing division-wide comprehensive staff development program, including the professional enrichment institute, visiting practitioner program, professional enrichment conference, assessment team training program, student affairs fall assembly, and annual student affairs celebration
  • Coordinate staff development plan for the student affairs leadership team (25 directors and senior-level administrators), including planning retreats, team-building activities, and group participation in university-sponsored events
  • Coordinate campus visits for distinguished guests, including consultants, scholars, and senior level administrators from other universities and colleges
  • Oversee the graduate assistant selection process for the division;
  • Support division staff in the development and implementation of unit-based assessment projects;
  • Plan, coordinate, and conduct studies on student behaviors, satisfaction, retention and attitudes related to division and institutional goals;
  • Collect and analyze data for use in making decisions regarding student affairs programs and services, policy making, resource allocations, and other processes requiring data analysis;
  • Regularly disseminate information from assessment and research efforts to interested members of the campus community;
  • Work with the vice president and the vice presidents administrative team to research, support, and develop communications and reports to the senior university administration and others on behalf of the Division regarding division priorities, goals, budget planning, assessment data, etc.;
  • Oversee and facilitate Division compliance related to SACSCOC reaffirmation of accreditation;
  • Supervise one senior coordinator; one administrative associate; one IT professional specialist; and two doctoral interns;
  • Participate in regular one-on-one meetings with supervisor. Attend monthly Student Affairs Leadership Team Meetings (SALT) and other division meetings as appropriate; and
  • Partner with faculty and students in UGA College of Educations College Student Affairs Administration program to develop mutually beneficial learning opportunities related to assessment and staff development in student affairs.



Required: A masters degree in higher education/student affairs, counseling, or related field; five years of experience working in a higher education setting with students, faculty, administrators, alumni, and parents; experience successfully managing multiple assessment/research projects simultaneously in a higher education setting; sound knowledge of and experience with regional accreditation processes; strategic planning in higher education; assessment of college student learning and development; and quantitative and qualitative research methods, including data collection techniques, analysis, and interpretation.


Desirable: Additional graduate coursework beyond the masters level; strong interpersonal, written, and verbal communication skills; excellent listening and problem-solving skills; event planning and management skills; an ability to work effectively with diverse groups of faculty, administrators, students, parents, and community officials; and broad based knowledge of student affairs functions, services, and budgets at larger public institutions.


To Apply:

Review of applications will begin immediately.  Salary and benefits are competitive. 


The application deadline is September 19, 2014.  The anticipated starting date is November 1, 2014 or earlier.  Interested individuals should submit a cover letter, resume/CV, a list of at least three references including telephone numbers, and a representative writing sample to The writing sample should represent the applicants best academic writing. Examples may include a classroom paper, masters thesis, research report, or scholarly publication.


Additional Information:

University of Georgia

The University of Georgia is a comprehensive land and sea grant institution composed of 17 schools and colleges, including agriculture, the arts and humanities, business, education, engineering, journalism and mass communication, law, and veterinary medicine. UGA is also home to the Georgia Regents University/University of Georgia Medical Partnership. The universitys picturesque 759 acres in Athens, Georgia, is home to nearly 35,000 students. UGAs website is:


UGA Student Affairs

The Division of Student Affairs comprises 19 campus departments that enhance the learning environment for students at the University of Georgia by stimulating the learning process, integrating the in-class and out-of-class experiences, promoting an environment conducive to growth and discovery and facilitating intellectual, spiritual, social, occupational, physical, cultural and emotional development. For more information, see


Additional information concerning the Department of Student Affairs Assessment and Staff Development can be found at:


The University of Georgia is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, age, genetic information, disability, or protected veteran status.

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