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Assessment and Program Evaluation Associate

Position Deleted on 6/16/2014. This position is no longer an active posting on HigherEdJobs.
Stanford, CA
Admin - Assessment, Accreditation, and Compliance
Full Time
Job Number: 63095
Job: Administration
Primary Location: Vice Provost for Undergrad Education
Schedule: Full-time
Job Grade: 3P2


The Assessment and Program Evaluation Associate will implement, manage, and report on assessment and program evaluation initiatives in support of educational programming in VPUE. Reporting to the Assessment and Program Evaluation Analyst, with a dotted line reporting relationship to the Manager of Assessment and Program Evaluation in Institutional Research & Decision Support (IR&DS), the Associate will provide timely, accurate and thorough reporting on the effectiveness of VPUE academic programs. The Associate will do this primarily by conducting surveys, interviews, and focus groups with students and reporting on the results in such a way that helps VPUE make sound programmatic and policy decisions.

The Assessment and Program Evaluation Associate has no direct budget responsibility and does not supervise staff.

  • Under the guidance of the Assessment and Program Evaluation Analyst, design and implement assessment and program evaluation projects to determine the effectiveness of new and existing pedagogical, curricular, and programmatic initiatives
  • Manage multiple phases of assessment projects including the design or selection of surveys, rubrics, and interview/focus group protocols; recruitment and selection of participants; ensuring data privacy and confidentiality; conducting face-to-face and/or online data collection; and, synthesizing and reporting of findings and recommendations
  • Conduct evidence-based data collection, analysis, and comparisons to support and enhance programmatic planning and resource allocation
  • Prepare reports and disseminate information from complex qualitative and quantitative data sets
  • Recruit students for participation in focus groups, interviews, and other face-to-face data collection opportunities. Conduct student focus groups and interviews to capture information about program effectiveness
  • Gather, organize, and archive student and institutional information (e.g. student assignments, course syllabi) that can be used for assessment projects
  • Synthesize, interpret, and report on qualitative data obtained from student interviews, focus groups, and archived information (e.g. course syllabi, student work)
  • Draft findings and recommendations, prepare reports and presentations that communicate results of assessments in both oral and written formats to faculty and external audiences
  • Collaborate with other campus units such as IR&DS, Student Affairs, Registrar's Office, and university schools and departments to coordinate data collection, analysis, and use
  • Keep abreast of available surveys, peer activities, data sets, scholarly research and current issues


0 No formal education required
0 High School diploma, G.E.D., or equivalent
0 Two-year college degree or equivalent
0 Four-year college degree or equivalent Field of Study:
1 Advanced degree (e.g., MA, MS, JD, PhD)
Specify need: MA in program evaluation, assessment, measurement, educational research, social sciences, business, or a related field

  • Experience with social science research methods including survey design and administration, focus group protocols, semi-structured interviewing, qualitative and quantitative data analysis, mixed methods approaches, and report writing and presentation
  • Experience with descriptive and inferential statistics
  • Experience with analyzing qualitative data obtained from interviews and focus groups
  • Recent research and knowledge of the assessment of undergraduate success and first year experience is highly desirable
  • Broad knowledge of current trends and research in higher education assessment
  • Knowledge of data management, analysis, effective survey research, and reporting in higher education
  • Computer literacy that includes demonstrated skill with office productivity and communication products (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc), data management and reporting software (SPSS, Stata, etc) and web-based research
Skills & Abilities:
  • Excellent written, verbal and interpersonal communication skills
  • Ability to effectively tailor written and oral communications for different audiences such as students, staff, and faculty members
  • Demonstrated facilitation and listening skills
  • Strong research design and analysis skills
  • High degree of accuracy and excellent attention to detail
  • Ability to display and communicate data and results tailored to the needs of different audiences for effective decision making
  • Ability to manage and prioritize multiple tasks
  • Ability to work both independently and cooperatively in a team environment
  • Excellent decision making and organization skills; productive time management
  • Independence, initiative, resourcefulness, and an attitude of teamwork and service
  • Professional commitment to responsibly secure and maintain confidential information
  • Constantly perform desk-based computer tasks.
  • Frequently stand/walk, sitting, grasp lightly/fine manipulation.
  • Occasionally use a telephone.
  • Rarely lift/carry/push/pull objects that weigh 11-20 pounds.
*- Consistent with its obligations under the law, the University will provide reasonable accommodation to any employee with a disability who requires accommodation to perform the essential functions of his or her job.

  • May work extended hours or weekends.
  • Interpersonal Skills: Demonstrates the ability to work well with Stanford colleagues and clients and with external organizations.
  • Promote Culture of Safety: Demonstrates commitment to personal responsibility and value for safety; communicates safety concerns; uses and promotes safe behaviors based on training and lessons learned.
  • Subject to and expected to comply with all applicable University policies and procedures, including but not limited to the personnel policies and other policies found in the University's Administrative Guide,
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