Director of Research, Planning, and Accreditation

Saddleback College

Mission Viejo, CA

ID: 7084628 (Ref.No. P0004629)
Posted: September 2, 2021
Application Deadline: Open Until Filled

Job Description

20-Saddleback College
Classification Benefits:
The District offers a comprehensive package of insurance benefits to eligible employees, which includes medical and dental insurance, a vision-care plan, life insurance and dependent life coverage, accidental death and dismemberment coverage, and a long-term disability income-protection plan. All premiums are fully paid by the District. Mandatory retirement incentive is with California Public Employees Retirement System (CalPERS).

Summary Description:
To provide leadership to plan, conduct and present research and analysis of institutional data related to the development, assessment, and effectiveness of college programs, services, and activities; provide a variety of complex decision-making and strategic planning support to the President of the College or designees; assist the College Accreditation Liaison Officer by providing research, analysis, and organizational support for accreditation, including the comprehensive self-study; organize, coordinate and monitor implementation of accreditation planning agendas and recommendations; articulate accreditation activities with the District as necessary; and provide regular progress reports to the college and administration.
To foster a culture of collaboration, mutual respect, innovation, and continuous improvement throughout the District; lead by example; actively participate in and support District-wide participatory governance components and activities and other collaborative processes; encourage professional excellence among the staff and promote an organizational culture of customer service, innovation, and quality services.

Knowledge of:
Advanced  statistical  procedures  and  research  methods  including  those  related  to  sampling,  projections, significance, and distributions.
Applicable laws, codes, regulations, policies, and objectives.
Computer systems and software applications related to area of assignment. Data collection and coding methods.
Data warehouse structures and techniques and data collection information systems. District and college organization, operations and objectives.
Interpersonal skills including tact, patience and diplomacy.
Principles and best practices of strategic planning and accreditation standards for community colleges.
Principles and practices of developing and measuring student learning outcomes, student services outcomes, and administrative unit outcomes.
Principles and practices of leadership and administration, including organization, budget preparation and report writing.
Principles and practices of training and supervision.
Principles and practices used in the development and implementation of survey instruments and techniques. Strong oral and written communication skills, including giving presentations to small as well as large groups.

Ability to:
Analyze current and historical statistical data and develop sound, logical conclusions and recommendations.
Communicate clearly, concisely and effectively, both orally and in writing, with diverse constituencies within and outside of the District.
Compile data and prepare and present administrative, analytical, and technical reports and recommendations. Coordinate, support, and exercise leadership in college and district planning processes.
Demonstrate leadership, management, supervisory, and team-building skills.
Demonstrate sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability and ethnic backgrounds of students.
Demonstrate strong and effective writing, editing and verbal communication skills.
Develop and implement comprehensive research designs and methods with specific timelines. Develop and maintain research and planning website.
Develop, prepare and administer program and project budgets.
Encourage professional excellence among the staff and promote an organizational culture of customer service, innovation, and quality services.
Establish and maintain cooperative and effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.
Evaluate program and institutional effectiveness objectively, accurately, and efficiently.
Exercise judgment or choice among possible actions, sometimes without clear precedents and often with concern for the consequences of the action.
Facilitate and coordinate the activities of large groups for the purpose of institutional planning.
Interpret, apply and explain applicable district policies and procedures and local, state and federal laws and regulations.
Manage multiple assignments and tasks, set priorities, and adapt to changing conditions and work assignments.
Operate computer/applications software, including database management, spreadsheet, word processing and software related to area of assignment.
Operate computers, peripherals and assigned office equipment.
Perform statistical research and analysis work of a specialized nature involving the use of independent judgment and personal initiative.
Plan and organize work to meet deadlines.
Plan, design and produce extensive reports, proposals, position papers and other formal documents.
Plan, organize and coordinate assigned activities in a manner conducive to full performance and high morale.
Plan, organize and execute effective oral presentations, supported by sophisticated multi-media programs for large audiences.
Plan, organize and execute effective written reports supported by facts, documentation and research. Plan, organize, coordinate, manage and expedite projects related to assignment.
Relate effectively to people of varied academic, cultural, and socioeconomic backgrounds. Remain current in the field of research and planning.
Train and provide supervision and work direction to others as assigned. Train others in the tools and techniques of research and the use of data.
Understand and effectively and collaboratively work in a complicated multi-college environment, as well as within a system of community college districts.
Use highly analytical thinking to identify, scrutinize, improve and streamline statistical data and complex work processes.
Work independently with minimal supervision.

Education and Experience Guidelines:
Any combination of education and experience that would likely provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying.

An earned master’s degree from an accredited college or university in a research-oriented discipline or related field that demonstrates applications related to planning, research and accreditation.

At least five years increasingly responsible experience in the following: research design, statistical methods (qualitative and quantitative), data inference, data analysis (using statistical software), report writing, presentation of information, participatory governance, strategic planning and accreditation practices, including at least one year of supervisory and public contact experience.

License or Certificate:
Valid California driver’s license.

Conditions of Employment:
The conditions herein are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential job functions.

Work Environment:
Standard office setting. Typically, duties are performed in an office environment while sitting at a desk or computer workstation. An incumbent also visits educational sites and is subject to contact with others, frequent interruptions, noise from talking or office equipment and demanding legal timelines. At least minimal environmental controls to assure health and comfort.

Physical Demands:
The incumbent regularly sits for long periods, walks short distances on a regular basis, travels to various locations to visit educational sites, attend meetings and conduct work; uses hands and fingers to operate an electronic keyboard or other office machines; reaches with hands and arms, speaks clearly and distinctly to answer telephones and to provide information; sees to read fine print and operate computer; hears and understands voices over telephone and in person; and lifts, carries, and/or moves objects weighing up to 10 pounds.

Additional Position Information:
Interested applicants must complete the online application, apply for the position, and attach the specified “REQUIRED” documents.

To be considered, each section on the application must contain the requested information (do not state “SEE RESUME” or leave blank). Included on the application, applicants must provide (on the application) at least three (3) professional references, preferably from current supervisors, previous supervisors (from the past five years), colleagues or coworkers who can address professional competency and appropriate practical skills, or other professional references. District Human Resources (DHR) may request additional references.

In addition to a full complete application, applicants are required to attach all “REQUIRED” documents. Official transcripts will be required upon offer of employment.

Applicants bear sole responsibility for ensuring that their applications are complete and “REQUIRED” documents are attached prior to the “CLOSING DATE.” Incomplete applications will not be considered. All submitted materials become the property of the South Orange County Community College District (SOCCCD), will not be returned, will not be copied, and will be considered for this position only. Any supporting documents submitted must reference the Job Opening ID numbers and may be attached online, faxed to 949-340-8007, mailed via U.S. Mail under separate cover, or hand delivered to the District offices.

This recruitment will remain open until the ’CLOSING DATE.” For guaranteed consideration, a complete application, and all “REQUIRED” documents are required to be submitted electronically by the “CLOSING DATE.” Applications submitted via facsimile or electronic mail will not be accepted.

Duties and Responsibilities
Plan, organize, control, conduct and direct operations and activities involved in the research, review, analysis, interpretation and reporting of a variety data and information used in assessing institutional effectiveness, planning, accreditation and decision-making, and determining implications of practices, policies, measures and procedures.
Train, guide, supervise, support and evaluate the performance of assigned personnel; delegate and review assignments and projects; evaluate work products and results; establish and monitor timelines and prioritize work; interview, select and recommend hiring of employees; recommend transfers, reassignment, termination and disciplinary action; motivate staff and resolve conflicts within the group.
Develop, organize, facilitate, implement, review and evaluate a comprehensive, integrated and collaborative strategic planning process for the college; communicate the changing expectations, trends and needs of educational preparation effectively to college personnel.
Develop and oversee implementation of a process for monitoring progress on all college goals, objectives, and strategies and report on this progress to the president and appropriate college constituencies.
Coordinate research efforts related to strategic planning and all other activities related to institutional effectiveness, including the Institutional Effectiveness Annual Report, program review, matriculation, and validation of placement testing.
Assist the college in the development of its Facilities and Educational Master Plan by coordinating the efforts of college constituents and facilitating the sharing of best practices, assuring consistency of plans with other college and District plans and providing appropriate trend data.
Assist the College Accreditation Liaison Officer by providing research, analysis, and organizational support for accreditation, including the comprehensive self-study; organizing, coordinating, and monitoring implementation of accreditation planning agendas and recommendations; articulating accreditation activities with the district as necessary; and providing regular progress reports to the college and administration.
Prepare a variety of mandated and requested District, State and federal reports. 
Develop and implement effective and sound survey instruments as determined by the administration, faculty, or staff for both required and investigative data trends analysis; collect and process data; analyze data and present results in comprehensive reports; assist college leadership to access student demographic data as well as with data analysis for additional planning purposes.
Chair, co-chair or serve on a variety of steering, planning, assessment, effectiveness and other committees and task forces as assigned.
Attend, conduct and participate in various meetings and committees; prepare and deliver oral presentations.
Provide   assistance   for   Student   Learning Outcomes   (SLOs)   and   Administrative   Unit   Outcomes   (AUO) development; and provide assistance for Student Services Outcomes (SSOs) when assigned.
Maintain  an  understanding  of  current  research  methodologies  and  practices,  and  applications  of  technology pertaining to areas of responsibility.
Train college personnel to access/utilize reports on the inform Data Warehouse website.
Maintain data integrity by testing new data measures, training college personnel who input data, and assisting District IT employees in tracking down data errors.
Perform related duties as assigned.

At the South Orange County Community College District, our goal as an academic community is to sustain a working environment that fosters and celebrates diversity, promotes and rewards excellence, and is welcoming to all. An exemplary academic community promotes an inclusive environment that best prepares our faculty, staff, and students to live, work, and contribute in a global society. The Plan reflects the District's commitment to equal employment opportunity and outlines the active steps that ensure nondiscriminatory practices.


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