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Director of Assessment, Data Analytics, and Research

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College / VP Area: Vice President for Student Life
Work type: Staff
Location: Newark
Categories: Academic Administration, Student Affairs & Services, Full Time

Pay Grade: 32E

Context of the Job:

Under direction of the Assistant Vice President, Student Experience and Belonging, the Director of Assessment, Data Analytics, and Research serves as a key Divisional leader and collaborator across all areas of the Division. As a member of Student Life leadership teams, the Director provides advice, guidance, and assistance to the Assistant Vice President and represents the Division and the University in campus-wide meetings, events and discussions related to Assessment, Data Analytics and Research. The Director provides leadership for advancing the Division's strategic focus on co-curricular student learning, assessment of the student experience, and data driven decision-making and ensures that assessment, data analytics, and research align with and support Divisional and institutional missions. The Director is a strategic partner with Student Life departments and collaborates with academic units, UD colleges and other campus partners as appropriate to enhance the collective work and outcomes of Assessment, Data Analytics, and Research and the Division. They develop and participate on advisory boards, provide leadership for Student Life and University committees and coalitions, and lead and oversee Divisional responses to campus-wide activities and plans related to Assessment, Data Analytics and Research. The Director directs data and assessment informed strategic planning and long-range budget planning for Assessment, Data Analytics, and Research in conjunction with Divisional goals, budgets and forecasting, and they maintain a fiscal philosophy that ensures optimal utilization of resources and effective operations.


  • Assessment, Data Analytics, and Research
  • Lead the assessment and research agenda for Student Life, including oversight of large-scale data initiatives, connections to institutional and divisional priorities, and participation in national surveys. 
  • Oversee division-wide assessment plan which includes but may not be limited to qualitative and quantitative data, program review, financial analysis, facility audits, and adherence to federal, state, institutional, and professional standards.
  • Develop and monitor key performance metrics used to assess divisional programmatic and operational goals, disseminating them via dashboards, infographics and other data communication tools.
  • Provide ongoing, critical, in-depth analysis of data associated with student success and the student experience, in order to improve programs and services offered in the Division.
  • Infuse equitable and culturally responsive assessment practice into all aspects of assessment, data analytics, and research processes.
  • Promote student learning and development through a systematic process of gathering and using assessment evidence to improve programs and services.
  • Provide assessment, data analytics, and research technical expertise and serve as a point of contact for data management, reporting, and consistent evaluation.
  • Collect and analyze data for use in making decisions regarding Student Life programs and services, policy making, resource allocations, and other processes requiring data analysis. 
  • Recommend strategies to implement departmental or programmatic changes based upon assessment and research findings.
  • Advise Division staff in the development, implementation, and analysis of unit-based assessment projects. 
  • Develop, implement, and assess a comprehensive staff training program to develop assessment and data analysis competencies.
  • Oversee divisional calendar to plan and monitor assessment and research activities.
  • Author and disseminate information from assessment and research efforts to campus partners and external stakeholders.
  • Participate in and present findings and implications for practice at campus, regional, and national meetings, symposia, and conferences.
  • Serve as primary point of contact for 2021-2022 part-time research analysts hired through OIEDI Administrative/Leadership
  • Chair the Student Life Assessment Council and other related Divisional committees and working groups involving assessment, data analytics, and research.
  • Manage human, fiscal, and technical resources to support assessment, research, and data analytics. 
  • Liaise with the Office of Institutional Research and Effectiveness, Center for Teaching, Assessment and Learning and other key university stakeholders to execute assessment, data analytics, and research activities.


  • Master's Degree in higher education, student personnel, counseling services, or other related field and five years of progressively responsible experience in student affairs.
  • Experience successfully managing and implementing assessment and research projects in a higher education setting including developing student learning outcomes, knowledge of data collection methods, ability to analyze quantitative and qualitative data, and to communicate results in oral and written form.
  • Excellent writing abilities including the ability to develop rationale and write persuasively for diverse audiences.
  • Ability to problem-solve and make independent decisions and judgments in keeping with the level of the position.
  • Ability to take initiative, plan, prioritize, and execute a variety of projects that must be completed simultaneously and on time.
  • Ability to communicate and work effectively within a diverse community and to maintain a positive and collaborative work environment. Commitment to an organization that is diverse, equitable and inclusive.
  • Experience developing and implementing training programs for the development of assessment and research competencies.
  • Effective leadership, team building and collaboration skills.
  • Skill in examining and reengineering operations and procedures, formulating policy, and developing and implementing new strategies and procedures.
  • Knowledge of organizational structure, workflow, and operating procedures, and experience in fiscal management.
  • Knowledge of student development theory and student personnel administration.

Notice of Non-Discrimination, Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action
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