DIRECTOR OF INSTITUTIONAL RESEARCH, ASSESSMENT AND ACCREDITATION

Employer
USAJobs
Location
Fort McNair, D.C
Posted
May 03, 2021
Closes
May 10, 2021
Function
Executive, Director
Hours
Full Time
Duties

Summary

The National Defense University (NDU) is currently seeking a Director, Institutional Research, Assessment and Accreditation. As a Director, you will be assigned to one of the five colleges within the University.
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Responsibilities

Institutional research is a critical academic support function, fulfilling university- and program-level requirements in the following areas: data management and analysis, reporting, and assessment. Institutional research facilitates evidence-based planning and decision making, ensures compliance with accreditation standards, and fosters a culture of continuous institutional improvement and effectiveness.

The Director of Institutional Research, Assessment, and Accreditation is responsible for developing, leading and managing a comprehensive institutional research and assessment program at the college level. As the program lead for institutional research, assessment and accreditation, he or she provides direction for data governance strategies and policies, assessment policies and practices, accreditation compliance and institutional reporting. Specific duties in each area include:
  • Institutional research - leading and implementing a comprehensive program of data management, analysis, presentation and reporting
  • Assessment - assessment of student learning outcomes, development of assessment policies and plans, collaboration and consultation with faculty and leadership on assessment and use of assessment results
  • Accreditation - maintaining program accreditation, to include: monitoring compliance with standards, fulfilling reporting requirements, providing accreditation expertise to others


Travel Required

Occasional travel - Travel is generally between 20 - 30% for this position

Supervisory status
No

Promotion Potential
None

Requirements

Conditions of Employment


Background or Security Investigation: This is a Non-Critical Sensitive position which requires a background investigation. The individual selected for this position is required to obtain and maintain a Secret security determination to occupy a Non-Critical Sensitive position within the agency as a condition of employment.

Must be a U.S. Citizen

Qualifications

To qualify for this position, you must possess the following qualifications:
  • Master's degree from an accredited college or university in educational methodology, educational measurement, higher education administration, information systems, applied statistics or related discipline required
  • A minimum of 5 years of progressively responsible experience in assessment planning and implementation, data analysis, and reporting experience in an academic environment
  • Thorough knowledge of institutional research and assessment principles and techniques and skill in their application;
  • Expert knowledge and application of higher education and assessment theory
  • Record of independent analytic writing, research and engagement
  • Demonstrated experience with institutional and program accreditation procedures and preparation of self-studies.
  • Aptitude for collaboration within and across all areas of the institutional organization, and the ability to develop relationships and coordinate with leaders across government and industry.
  • Demonstrated experience consulting with faculty and higher education leadership to facilitate curriculum development, strategic planning, and evidence-based decision making.
  • Demonstrated expertise in student assessment and development of rubrics.
Desired Qualifications:
  • Terminal degree from an accredited college or university in educational methodology, educational measurement, higher education administration, information systems, applied statistics or related discipline
  • Knowledge and application of education and assessment theory as applied to JPME
  • Demonstrated experience teaching at the graduate level, preparing and delivering lectures and seminar instruction.
Volunteer Experience: Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional, philanthropic, religious, spiritual, community, student, social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills, and can provide valuable training and experience that translates to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.

Education

Education Requirement:
  • Master's degree from an accredited college or university in educational methodology, educational measurement, higher education administration, information systems, applied statistics or related discipline required
  • Official transcripts will be required at time of selection to verify educational requirements are met.


Additional information

NDU has a comprehensive benefits package that includes retirement, social security, and thrift savings; health, life, and long term care insurance; paid vacation, sick leave, and holidays. NDU employees enjoy flexible work schedules, transit subsidy, and the opportunity to telework.

Transcripts: Official transcripts will be required at time of selection to verify educational requirements are met.
Initial Probationary Period: You will be required to serve an initial probationary period of 18 months.
Reemployed Annuitants: Department of Defense has the authority to hire annuitants without reduction in pay. For more information, go to: http://www.dtic.mil/whs/directives/corres/pdf/1400.25-V300.pdf

How You Will Be Evaluated

You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

To qualify, you must meet the education and experience requirements described in the qualifications section. A screening pane will review your resume and narrative answers to the hiring criteria to evaluate your qualifications for the position. NDU uses a multi-tier selection process for academic positions. The following questions will be reviewed by the NDU screening panel:
  • Education
  • Data Collection and Analysis
  • Institutional Research
  • Assessment
  • Accreditation
You MUST upload a cover letter separate from your resume addressing the following hiring criteria:
  • Please provide examples of your experiences that address the following factor:
    Effectively collect and analyze data that measure various aspects of an academic program, including student learning outcomes, and use these data and analyses to produce institutional research and accreditation reports, consult with faculty on curriculum development, and advise higher education leadership in evidence-based decision making.
  • Please provide examples of your experiences that address the following factor:
    Experience as an institutional research professional at a graduate school or university. Include your experience with software applications for student information systems, data and statistical analysis, and survey administration, and describe your role in making information of use to senior leaders.
  • Please provide examples of your experiences that address the following factor:
    Experience developing and executing assessment policies, plans, and instruments, including the development of rubrics to measure learning outcomes. Discuss your successful collaboration with faculty and leadership that resulted in improvements in the program, assessment of student learning, program evaluation, and/or curriculum design.
  • Please provide examples of your experiences that address the following factor:
    Experience in achieving or maintaining institutional and/or programmatic accreditation at a higher education institution, including policy development and participation in self-studies.


  • Background checks and security clearance

    Security clearance
    Secret

    Drug test required
    No

    Required Documents

    You must provide a complete Application Package which includes:
  • Résumé: The latest resume submitted will be used to determine qualifications.
  • Complete Assessment Questionnaire - You MUST upload a cover letter separate from your resume addressing the hiring criteria
  • Other Supporting Documents
  • The following supporting documents are REQUIRED to verify your individual eligibility status. Not all will apply for each applicant. They MUST be received by the closing date of the announcement.
  • SF-50 - (If applicable) Notification of Personnel Action for current or former federal employees- with the exception of current permanent NDU employees, please provide your most recent SF50 or the SF50 reflecting Career/Career-Conditional tenure and the highest grade held on a permanent basis.
  • If you claim Veteran's Preference:
    - You must submit a copy of your DD Form-214, "Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty", showing the dates of active duty service, type of discharge and the character of service. Alternatively, If you are a current military member in active duty service and do not have a copy of your DD Form-214, you must submit a written documentation (certification) from your branch of service certifying that you are expected to be discharged or released from active duty under honorable conditions no later than 120 days after the date the certification is submitted with your application for this position. The certification should also include your rank, dates of active duty service and what the condition of discharge is thought to be.
    - If claiming 10-point preference and/or are a 30% or more Disabled Veteran, you must submit both a DD Form-214 or expected discharge documentation as described above AND a copy of a letter from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) or your branch of service certifying the presence of service-connected disability and indicating the percentage of disability
    - If you are claiming eligibility based on 10-point derived veterans' preference (i.e. a spouse, widow/widower, or parent of a veteran claiming veterans' preference when the veteran is unable to use it), you must also submit a Standard Form 15 (SF-15) "Application for 10-Point Veteran's Preference" and any required documents indicated on the SF-15 to substantiate the claimed preference.
  • Other documents identified in the announcement.
  • WARNING: Failure to submit a complete application package including any required documentation by the closing date of the announcement at 11:59 EST, or at the time of application for announcements with an extended closing date, may result in an ineligible rating and loss of consideration. To verify that your application is complete, log into your USAJOBS account, select Application Status and More Information. The Details page will display the status of your application.

    It is the applicant's responsibility to verify that information entered or uploaded is received, legible and accurate. HR will not modify answers submitted by an applicant.

    If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:

    Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education .

    Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.

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