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Director, Institutional Effectiveness and Strategic Initiatives

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Position Status: Full-time regular
Location: San Diego
Position Type: Institutional Effectiveness, Administrator

Position Title & Department:

 Director, Institutional Effectiveness and Strategic Initiatives 
Posting #


Department Description:

The mission of the Institutional Effectiveness and Strategic Initiatives office is to demonstrate USD’s commitment to: student learning and success; high standards of quality and effectiveness in all of our educational activities; and institutional integrity, sustainability, and accountability.

These three areas of commitment are visible in the goals of our Envisioning 2024 strategic plan, in which USD will set the standard for an engaged, contemporary Catholic university by the year 2024, and are consistent with the values of our regional accreditor, the WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC).

University Description:

The University of San Diego, a contemporary and engaged Roman 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, Institutional Effectiveness and Strategic Initiatives 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. Student learning and success are tracked through curricular and co-curricular experiences. The Director of IE will meet with University Assessment Committee 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, and oversee the Academic Review Committee in facilitating the academic program review process. Institutional effectiveness and integrity are viewed through the lens of strategic and integrated planning; therefore, the Director of IE will support the analytical side of USD’s strategic planning efforts.

Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Accreditation Liaison Officer: serve as the primary institutional representative; institutional report creation, organization and submission (annual reports, main accreditation plus all sub-change); work on WSCUC teams and committees as opportunities arise; prepare for 2020 self-study submission (multiple committees and responsibilities).
  • Academic Program Review: oversee the Academic Review Committee (ARC) and facilitate institutional review of all curricular programs, including those with external accrediting agencies and online programs; as well as work to integrate strategic planning and operational resource management.
  • 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; and 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.
  • IESI Website: oversee and update strategic planning and accreditation information and dashboards centralized at the website for Institutional Effectiveness and Strategic Initiatives.
  • Organization and Collaboration: work the Office of Institutional Research and Planning on survey administration and research as appropriate; oversee TRACDAT AMS support and use for program assessment, curricular and co-curricular program review, and strategic planning. 
Job Requirements:

Minimum Qualifications: 

  • Master's degree, preferably in Higher Education Administration.
  • A combination of at least five years of administrative and teaching experience at an accredited institution of higher education (preferably teaching experience as a faculty member as well as administrative experience).
  • 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. TRACDAT) and statistical software (e.g. SPSS).
  • Demonstrated leadership with strong collaborative interpersonal skills.

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

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. 

Posting Salary:

Commensurate with experience; Excellent Benefits. 

The University of San Diego offers a very competitive benefits package, to include medical, dental, vision, a 12% retirement contribution given to you by the University (with three year vesting period), 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

Special Application Instructions:
Resume and Cover Letter Required

Click Apply Now 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 619-260-6806, or email us at jobs@sandiego.edu

Additional Details:

Hours: 37.5 hours per week; Monday - Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Closing date: October 31, 2019

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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