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Director of Assessment and Institutional Research

Portland, OR
Summary Description:  The Director of Assessment and Institutional Research is a full-time, benefit eligible position reporting to the Vice President of Academic Affairs.  This role conducts evidence-based research on the university through the collection, analysis, publication, and evaluation of data for continuous improvement of programs, and for accreditation documentation.  The director of assessment and institutional research is also responsible for support and leadership of the assessment of academic programs and support units of the university.

Primary Job Duties:
  • Conduct evidence-based research on Warner Pacific University.
  • Maintain oversight of the assessment functions of the university including designs and data requirements for meeting standards of the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU), the accrediting agency.
  • Prepare analyses of the critical functions and practices of the university.
  • Provide leadership over external and internal data collection and timely submission including IPEDS to maintain compliance requirements
  • Propose recommendations based on data for improvements in the practices and policies of the institution.
  • Assist in building and maintaining data visualization tools (Power BI) for access by various departments.
  • Work across the university to streamline data collection, reporting, and access.
  • Assist in writing reports and documents for NWCCU and other accreditation, institutional research, assessment, or curriculum-related reports.
  • Provide leadership in assessment planning across the institution through various committee work, including as committee chair.
  • Assist employees with assessment planning and implementation of annual plans and data collection.
  • Maintain oversight of the assessment functions of the university according to the standards of the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU).
  • Provide leadership in assessment planning by chairing the Academic Assessment Committee, reporting on assessment results, and making recommendations for continuous improvement.
  • Lead in the development and adoption of standards, rubrics, and student learning outcomes
  • Assist faculty with assessment planning and implementation of annual plans and data collection.
  • Manage administration of WPU’s assessment software, including training of new users, input or update of new standards and/or rubrics, mapping courses and artifacts to standards and rubrics, creating assessment reports, etc.
  • Serve as the leader for the Academic Data Team to regularly produce disaggregated data reports in order to better understand the current student academic experience and support equity and continuous improvement.
  • Represent Academic Affairs in committees and as assigned
  • Serve as co-chair for the Institutional Review Board (IRB); manage all paperwork for the IRB, monitor the IRB email account for the university, and ensure all faculty and students get necessary CITI or other authorized training.
  • Contribute to the support and implementation of the University Strategic Plan.
  • Assist with data collection and evaluation for university grants
  • Participate in Warner Pacific University professional development opportunities.
  • Adhere to University policies and procedures.
  • Demonstrate a commitment to a Christian liberal arts education by upholding the mission of the University and abiding by the Employment Standards and Lifestyle Agreement.
  • Exhibit commitment to inclusiveness and sensitivity in areas of national origin, ethnicity, culture, gender, and disabilities.
  • Be present in the office on agreed office times (unless arrangements are made with the employee’s direct supervisor.)
  • Perform other duties as assigned.
Minimum Qualifications:
  • Experience with statistical analysis.
  • Experience with computer-based communication, statistical, survey, and document-processing software.
  • Experience using and maintaining data visualization and analysis tools (Power BI/Tableau)
  • Ability to formulate, direct and maintain plans related to institutional research and assessment.
  • Experience in higher education, particularly related to research or assessment issues
  • Master’s Degree in related field
  • Experience working with diverse populations.
Preferred Qualifications:
  • PhD in related field
  • Previous experience in institutional research and assessment
Physical Demands – Work Environment:  The position is located in a typical office environment.  Professional/business casual attire is required.

Employment and Lifestyle Standards: 
Warner Pacific is a Christ-centered urban liberal arts University dedicated to providing students from diverse backgrounds an education that prepares them to engage actively in a constantly changing world. The University was founded in 1937 by the Church of God (Anderson, Indiana). Central to Warner Pacific’s identity as a Christ-centered higher education institution is the policy of hiring persons whose personal and professional lives reflect:
1.   A belief in the deity of and commitment to Jesus Christ and the Christian faith, as interpreted through the historic witness of Scripture and the continuing ministry of the Holy Spirit.
2.  The practice of following Christ through day-to-day personal lifestyle choices.
3.  A vitality of Christian experience maturing in insight and application and appreciative of differing viewpoints.
4.  A commitment to life-long learning and service through personal and professional development.
5.  For teaching faculty, the expression of artful teaching, based on mastery of relevant subject matter and in an environment of purposeful and rigorous inquiry amongst a community of scholars who support one another.
6. A capability, by temperament, preparation, and will, to support students as they confront the intellectual, social, physical, emotional, and spiritual challenges of their lives.
7.   A sensitivity to and support for the mission, core themes, vision, values, ethos and traditions of the Warner Pacific University community.
8. A commitment to teaching and serving in harmony with the doctrines of the Holy Bible. 

Employee Agreement:
Mission-based hiring is of critical importance to Warner Pacific University. Employees are expected to demonstrate and articulate a vital Christian faith and to live in a manner consistent with a Christ-centered lifestyle as informed by the Scriptures of the New Testament.
Warner Pacific’s students, faculty and staff are expected to foster an environment of mutual respect and accountability, to care for the personal dignity of others and to exercise integrity in their conduct and communication. The University environment is expected to be free from discrimination and harassment (including bullying). When an individual’s behavior has direct implications for others and/or the well-being of the University community, there may be cause for institutional involvement, regardless of where the situation occurs.
Warner Pacific University desires to provide a safe and healthy environment for staff, faculty, students, visitors and guests. Therefore, smoking is not permitted on University property, in its vehicles, or at any University sponsored event. The use of illegal drugs or non-prescribed controlled substances is strictly prohibited. Use of alcoholic beverages or tobacco products is strictly prohibited on Warner Pacific University campuses.

Equal Employment Opportunity:
Warner Pacific provides equal opportunity for employment and advancement for all employees and applicants regardless of race, color, sex, gender, national origin, citizenship status, disability, age, genetic information, status with regard to public assistance, veteran status and any other status protected by laws and regulations to which Warner Pacific is subject.  All employment decisions, including hiring, promotions, compensation, benefits, transfers, and terminations are made in a manner that does not discriminate against individuals in the categories discussed above.  Because Warner Pacific is a Christian liberal arts University, the University exercises its legal right to hire Christian employees to fulfill its mission and purpose.

Warner Pacific University’s Mission:  Warner Pacific is a Christ-centered, urban, diverse, minority-serving, Hispanic-serving, liberal arts University dedicated to providing students with an education that prepares them to engage actively in a constantly changing world. Our hiring practices reflect our missional commitment to being a Christ-centered institution.

Warner Pacific University’s Commitment to Diversity: Warner Pacific University is an Equal Opportunity Employer that seeks a diverse workforce of committed Christians from all racial, ethnic, and socio-economic backgrounds. Warner Pacific University is committed to hiring staff and faculty with an intentionality that demonstrates the importance of having an employee community that reflects the racial and ethnic diversity of the students we serve. Persons of color are strongly encouraged to apply.

In order to be considered an applicant for this position, please complete our online employment application at https://warnerpacific.catsone.com/careers/1611-General Click “Apply Now” to complete the online application, and submit the following:
Application, Cover Letter and Resume

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