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Director, Academic Effectiveness

Apply now Posting #: 4906
Position Status: Full-time regular
Location: San Diego
Position Type: Administrator, Office of the Vice President and Provost

Position Title & Department:

 Director, Academic Effectiveness; Provost Office
Posting #


Department Description:

The University of San Diego, with its college and six schools, distinctive academic centers and institutes, proximity to Asia and Latin America, and commitment to Catholic traditions, offers students a unique educational experience. A USD education is characterized by academic rigor in its undergraduate and graduate programs offering transformative opportunities through student/faculty research, global experiences, community service learning and internships that develops the knowledge, values and skills needed to serve the global, civic and faith communities.

University Description:

The University of San Diego, a contemporary and engaged Contemporary Catholic institution, was founded by the Diocese of San Diego and the Society of the Sacred Heart in 1949. Governed by an independent board of trustees since 1972, USD remains committed to a liberal arts education grounded in the Catholic intellectual tradition and the pursuit of truth, goodness and beauty. Inspired by this centuries old tradition of Catholic higher education, the University welcomes people of all faith traditions and any, or no, religious background. The future success of USD relies on the contributions of those who seek to foster the development of engaged global citizens and an earnest confrontation of humanity’s urgent challenges.

Detailed Description:

The Director, Academic Effectiveness provides leadership over institutional accreditation efforts and processes, placing an emphasis on demonstrating the university’s commitment to student learning and success, and institutional effectiveness and integrity. The director facilitates the university’s academic program review process and oversees the Academic Review Committee. Student learning and success are tracked through curricular and co-curricular experiences; the director meets with University Assessment Committee members routinely to oversee curricular and co-curricular unit assessment efforts, and works with the Core Curriculum Assessment Leadership Representative on assessment planning and tracking for accreditation. Institutional effectiveness and integrity are viewed through the lens of strategic and integrated planning; therefore, the director supports the analytical side of USD’s strategic planning efforts. The director maintains all aspects of the university’s institutional effectiveness respective webpages, supports large-scale survey administration (e.g., campus climate survey), and serves as the university administrator for Nuventive, the university’s assessment management system.

Duties and Responsibilities:

Accreditation Liaison Officer:

  • Serve as the primary institutional representative; including institutional report creation, organization, and submission (annual reports, main accreditation, and all substantive-change)
  • Work on WSCUC review teams and committees as opportunities arise.

Academic Program Review:

  • Facilitate the university’s academic program review process of all curricular programs, including those with external accrediting agencies and online and oversee the Academic Review Committee (ARC).
  • Work to integrate strategic planning operational resource management and post graduation student success into the academic program review process.

General Assessment Responsibilities:

  • Organize University Assessment Committee (UAC) agendas and meetings.
  • Meet with UAC members routinely to oversee curricular and co-curricular unit assessment efforts.
  • Work with the Core Curriculum Assessment Leadership Representative on assessment planning and tracking for accreditation.

Strategic Planning and Research:

  • Work with Strategic Planning Committee for developing and tracking goals and initiatives.

Institutional Research and Effectiveness Website:

  • Oversee and update academic program review, accreditation, and student outcomes information on the Institutional Research and Effectiveness website.

Organization and Collaboration:

  • Support large-scale survey administration and research as appropriate
  • Oversee Nuventive AMS support and use for program assessment, curricular and co-curricular program review, and strategic planning.

Special Conditions of Employment:

Effective June 1, 2023, based on CDC guidance, the University strongly encourages all campus members to stay up to date with Influenza and COVID-19 vaccination recommendations.  For more regarding information USD's COVID-19 protocols, please visit sandiego.edu/onward.

Background check:  Successful completion of a pre-employment background check.

Degree Verification Requirement: Persons offered employment in this position will be required to provide official education transcripts for degree verification purposes. 


Job Requirements:

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree in a relevant field.
  • A combination of 5 years of administrative and teaching experience at an accredited institution of higher education.
  • Demonstrated experience in working with accrediting bodies and writing accreditation reports (e.g. self-studies, interim reports).
  • Demonstrated experience in the areas of academic program review, outcomes assessment, statistical analysis, and qualitative and quantitative research.
  • Demonstrated experience with assessment management systems (e.g. Nuventive) and statistical software (e.g. SPSS).
  • Demonstrated leadership with strong collaborative interpersonal skills.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Doctoral degree preferred.

Performance Expectations - Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Knowledge of regional accreditation expectations, standards, and timelines.
  • Ability to chair multiple committees, set agendas, track minutes, and monitor committee’s progress.
  • Participate and present at professional meetings held in various locations within and out-of-state.
  • Ability to work collaboratively with faculty, staff, students, and administrators.
  • Exceptional analytical skills and experience in use of statistical software.
  • Strong oral and written communication skills.
  • Project tracking and management skills.
Posting Salary:

$8,583 - $11,666 per month; Excellent Benefits

The University of San Diego offers a very competitive benefits package including; medical, dental, vision, a retirement contribution given to you by the University, and access to on-campus Fitness Centers.  Please visit the benefits section of our website to view all of the perks and benefits that USD has to offer.  USD: Human Resources: Benefits

The salary range provided in this posting reflects what we reasonably expect to pay for this position.  Actual compensation offered or earned is dependent on experience, education and other factors including departmental budget.

Special Application Instructions:
Resume and Cover Letter Required

Click the 'Apply Now' button to complete our online application. In addition, please upload a cover letter and resume to your application profile for the hiring managers’ review.  If you have any questions or difficulties please contact the Employment Services Team at jobs@sandiego.edu.

Additional Details:

37.5 Hours per week

Closing date: Open until filled - preference will be given to applicants who apply by April 30. 2024.

Note: External job postings will be up for at least five days. After that time, applications will be reviewed by the hiring manager/committee throughout the posting period. A candidate may be selected at any time which could then close this posting on a date earlier than listed.

The University of San Diego is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity and inclusion and is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the campus community.

The University of San Diego is a smoking and tobacco-free campus. For more information, visit www.sandiego.edu/smokefree.

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