Director of Academic Planning & Assessment

Augusta University

Augusta, GA

ID: 7137967 (Ref.No. ej-4048818)
Posted: March 31, 2023
Application Deadline: Open Until Filled

Job Description

Director of Academic Planning & Assessment

Job ID: 252971
Location: Augusta University
Full/Part Time: Full Time


About Us
Augusta University is Georgia's innovation center for education and health care, training the next generation of innovators, leaders, and healthcare providers in classrooms and clinics on four campuses in Augusta and locations across the state. More than 9,000 students choose Augusta for educational opportunities at the center of Georgia's cybersecurity hub and experiential learning that blends arts and application, humanities, and the health sciences. Augusta is home to Georgia's only public academic health center, where groundbreaking research is creating a healthier, more prosperous Georgia, and world-class clinicians are bringing the medicine of tomorrow to patient care today.

Augusta University - Our Health Sciences Campus: 1120 15th Street, Augusta, GA 30912Our Summerville Campus: 2500 Walton Way, Augusta, GA 30904

College/Department Information
The Division of Institutional Effectiveness (IE) provides support and leadership through planning, assessment, data analysis & reporting, performance monitoring & improvement, and project management. The practical and collaborative services drive overall organizational improvements in quality, responsiveness, and efficiency for internal and external stakeholders.

Job Summary
The Director of Academic Planning & Assessment will collaborate with Colleges and Schools as well as academic and student affairs officers to foster academic continuous improvement. The Director reports to the Vice President for Institutional Effectiveness and supervises the Academic Planning Coordinator. The Director partners closely with counterparts within the Division of Institutional Effectiveness, particularly the Director Integrated Planning & Assessment to foster coherence of planning efforts across the mission; the Director of Institutional Analytics to promote data-informed academic planning and assessment; and the Project Managers to support academic strategic initiatives. The Director collaborates with leaders and peers across the institution to advance the university's educational mission and strategic priorities as set for by the Provost & Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs.

The duties include, but are not limited to: Facilitate Strategic Development
Facilitate strategic development of the university's Academic Program Portfolio to support enrollment growth and response to the needs for competencies and skills sought by statewide and regional employees. Duties include:
  • Develop and disseminate reports and analyses on trends in higher education and the labor market to inform academic decision makers on prospective new programs or refinement to existing programs
  • In partnership with the Director of Data Analytics, develop and disseminate reports and analyses on trends related to enrollment, retention, and graduation to inform academic decision makers on refinement or termination of existing programs.
  • Create mechanisms and processes for selection of new programs that aligns with planning and resource alignment.
  • Establish processes and resources to support new program development that engages appropriate stakeholders, including faculty in all affected Colleges and Schools as well as enrollment, curriculum, marketing, financial, and facilities officers.
  • Facilitate adherence to policies, procedures, and standards related to the academic program lifecycle prescribed by the University System of Georgia, Board of Regents, SACSCOC, and other accreditors.
Lead the university's Academic Program Review
Lead the university's Academic Program Review process in accordance with Board of Regents policy. Duties include:
  • Developing and implementing a standardized instrument for evaluation of academic programs to inform strategic academic planning, including refinement or termination of programs.
  • Partnering with the Associate Vice President for Institutional Research and the Director of Institutional Analytics to identify and incorporate appropriate data resources into process to promote a data-informed evaluation of academic programs.
  • Partnering with key academic decision-makers to ensure evaluation of academic programs informs the determination and provision of services and resources that promote student and faculty success.
  • Provide supportive guidance to deans, associate deans, chairs, and program directors in the completion of academic program review each academic year.
Establish and Facilitate Processes and Resources
In partnership with key academic leaders, establish and facilitate processes and resources to support Student Achievement Outcomes Assessment. Duties include:
For academic programs and general education:
  • Developing and implementing procedures for assessment of student learning outcomes at the academic program level in accordance with higher education best practices.
  • Training on assessment procedures, tools, and best practices for various stakeholders, including department chairs, program directors, faculty, and staff with responsibility related to assessment of student learning outcomes.
  • Providing oversight for the documentation of annual student learning assessment plans and reports in accordance to SACSCOC expectations
For academic and student support services:
  • Developing and implementing procedures for assessment of student achievement in academic and student support service units
  • Training on assessment procedures, tools, and best practices for various stakeholders, including service unit vice presidents, associate/assistant vice presidents, directors, and staff
  • Providing oversight for the documentation of annual student achievement assessment plans and reports in accordance with SACSCOC expectations
Promote Compliance
In partnership with the Director of Integrated Planning & Effectiveness, promote compliance with SACSCOC and program accreditation expectations. Duties include:
  • Provide primary compliance oversight for SACSCOC standards pertaining to student learning assessment, faculty, student achievement, educational programs, educational policies, and learning/information resources
  • Collaborate with institutional officers with accountability for assigned standards to ensure that the SACSCOC Toolkit is maintained with current information and documentation as described in the SACSCOC Resource Manual.
  • Escalate issues and risks related to SACSCOC Compliance for the assigned standards to the Institutional Accreditation Liaison (Vice President for Institutional Effectiveness).
  • Lead development of the Compliance Certification and other SACSCOC reports for the assigned standards.
  • Provide assistance related to academic standards for program accreditations upon request.
Other duties as assigned.

Required Qualifications
Master's degree from an accredited college or university with a minimum of five years experience working in higher education.

Preferred Qualifications
Experience developing new academic programs and assessing program viability, productivity, and quality.
Experience with assessing student achievement or supporting academic leaders and faculty with assessment of student achievement.
Experience working with professionals across a wide variety of perspectives and levels within the organization.
Experience planning and leading meetings of various sizes and purposes, ranging from small meetings to large workshops and/or retreats.
Experience with monitoring and documenting compliance with institutional and/or program accreditation standards.

Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities
Ability to provide guiding leadership for advancing university academic priorities at all levels of the institution.
Ability to facilitate meetings of varying sizes and purposes to ensure productive achievement of meeting goals.

Knowledge of data-informed practices for academic planning and evaluation
Knowledge of quantitative and qualitative methods for assessment of learning and student achievement
Knowledge of SACSCOC and other accreditation expectations related to the university's academic functions, policies, and services.

Skilled at organizing processes, events, communication, and other details to ensure coherence, effectiveness, and efficiency of academic planning efforts.
Skilled at communication across all mediums, including written, conversation, and presentation.

Shift: Days/M-F (work outside of the normal business hours will likely be required of an employee in an exempt level position)

Pay Grade: 24

Salary: Minimum $74,604.00/Annually -
Salary to be commensurate with qualifications of the selected candidate within the established range (generally minimum-midpoint) of the position

Recruitment Period: 12/19/22 - Until Filled

Augusta University offers a variety of benefits to full-time benefits-eligible employees and some of our half-time (or more) employees.

Benefits that may be elected could include health insurance, dental insurance, life insurance, Teachers Retirement System (or Optional Retirement Plan), as well as earned vacation time, sick leave, and 13 paid holidays.

Also, our full-time employees who have been employed with us successfully for more than 6 months can be considered for the Tuition Assistance Program. Consider applying with us today!

Conditions of Employment
All selected candidates are required to successfully pass a Background Check review prior to starting with Augusta University.If applicable for the specific position based on the duties: the candidate will also need to have a credit check completed for Positions of Trust and or approved departmental Purchase Card usage.All employees are responsible for ensuring the confidentiality, availability, and integrity of sensitive [patient, student, employee, financial, business, etc.] information by exercising sound judgment and adhering to cybersecurity and privacy policies during their employment and beyond.

Other Information
This position is also responsible for promoting a customer-friendly environment and providing superior service to our patients, students, faculty, and employees. "Augusta University is a patient-and family-centered care institution, where employees partner every day with patients and families for success."Augusta University is a tobacco-free environment, and the use of any tobacco products on any part of the campus, both inside and outside, is strictly prohibited.

Equal Employment Opportunity
Augusta University is proud to be an equal opportunity employer welcoming applicants from underrepresented groups, including individuals with disabilities and veterans.

How To Apply
Consider applying with us today! University Faculty & Staff > External Applicants if you are a candidate from outside the universitySelect University Faculty & Staff > Internal Applicants if you are a current university employee If you need further assistance, please contact us at 706-721-9365

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