Director, Assessment and Planning

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Work type: Staff Full-Time
Location: Denver, CO
Categories: Student Affairs / Services, Business Operations / Services, Admin / Executive / Office Support

Student Affairs & Inclusive Excellence (SAIE) is the central student affairs division of the University of Denver. SAIE includes Housing and Residential Education, Student Engagement, Fraternity and Sorority Life, Health and Counseling, Inclusion & Equity Education, Disability Services Program, Cultural Center, Access & Transitions, Learning Effectives Program, Veterans Services, Student Outreach and Support, Student Rights & Responsibilities, Budget, Operations and Division Resources, New Student and Family Programs, Community and Driscoll Commons.

We are committed to providing students with the support and skills needed to become empowered citizens that positively impact the communities they are a part of, now, and in the future. We do so by challenging student to:

  • Reflect on their values and identities.
  • Recognize their strengths and acknowledge areas for further growth.
  • Understand the importance of needing support and seeking it.
  • Cultivate their passions.
  • Foster the public good.

The budget, operations, and division resources (BODR) team in the Student Affairs and Inclusive Excellence (SAIE) division is in a growth phase! We are building a new team with a more robust portfolio of services to partner with divisional colleagues as they execute their priorities.

As the operational foundation for the division, the BODR team's services include:

  • Budget development, forecasting, and financial modeling.
  • Human resources functions, including consultation and onboarding.
  • Technology acquisition and monitoring.
  • Creation and implementation of divisional guidelines and procedures consistent with University policy and compliance education and monitoring.
  • Effectiveness assessment and decision support for SAIE and SAIE departments and programs.

Position Summary

The Director of Assessment & Planning is responsible for a broad array of assessment, analytics, planning, and decision support activities in the Division of Student Affairs & Inclusive Excellence (Division). This position develops and delivers analyses and reports critical for divisional decision-making. Assessment responsibilities include managing, promoting, and coordinating assessment related to student learning in the academic/Student Affairs co-curriculum; student development; unit program evaluation; satisfaction and benchmarking; and institutional/cultural climate surveys. Planning responsibilities include coordinating the annual reporting processes and assessing/monitoring progress toward goals and priorities associated with the Division's strategic plan.
The Director reports to the Assistant Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs and serves on the SAIE Vice Chancellor's Leadership Team. The Director supervises a graduate student.

Essential Functions

  • Lead the Assessment and Planning area, including: developing annual goals and objectives that are aligned with the Division's strategic plan and priorities supervising the graduate assistant establishing assessment agenda and related budget managing projects; completing the areas annual report; etc.
  • Provide the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs and other senior staff members with support, analysis, data, and information relevant for the Board of Trustees, compliance, strategic planning, budgeting, program review, program evaluation, organizational health, and accreditation.
  • Plan and implement ongoing and onetime projects to assess student needs and satisfaction, including developing assessment methodology; conducting assessment projects (quantitative and qualitative); analyzing and drawing conclusions from data, writing reports; and presenting findings and recommendations to key stakeholders.
  • Collect and review department/unit annual reports in the Division and utilize data from key performance indicators to track needs and emerging trends, evaluate programs, and craft annual Division summary report.
  • Serve as a resource and consultant to Student Affairs staff members who are conducting assessment projects.
  • Collect, review, and glean insights from reports and share information concerning student characteristics and experiences and future trends that are relevant to the vision, mission, and strategic themes of the Division and the University of Denver, including the distribution of available data from professional literature, national data banks, institutional effectiveness research, and other student related studies.
  • Develop targeted population outreach lists, cohort/user academic and demographic profiles, and program participation data.
  • Build and distribute surveys and conduct focus groups on behalf of departments in the Division.
  • Serve as the Division's liaison to Institutional Research, including submitting research proposals for exemptions, expedited reviews, or full IR review on behalf of Division staff members.
  • Represent Student Affairs in University committees and work groups and collaborate with Institutional Research and other offices (e.g., schools/colleges) engaged in assessment and research to support connections between the Division and relevant programs.
  • Coordinate the Division's assessment of learning in the co-curriculum, including training and coaching staff who are developing and implementing learning assessment projects at the program and activity level that are directly linked to the Division's learning domains/outcomes, and planning and implementing the Division's annual assessment conference.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Proficiency in research project design, including: 
    • Survey design, implementation, and analysis.
    • Qualitative assessment design, analysis, and analysis (e.g., focus groups, individual interviews, and
      case studies).
  • Strong analytical and advanced statistical skills, including the ability to conduct predictive analytics.
  • Proficiency in the use of SAS, SPSS, Qualtrics, Excel, Tableau, and/or other data analysis software.
  • Outstanding written, public speaking, and interpersonal communications skills.
  • Proven competence in managing multiple tasks and competing priorities.
  • Commitment to a collaborative team approach.

Required Qualifications

  • Master's degree from an accredited college or university in education, psychology, sociology,
    statistics, mathematics, public health, etc. and five (5) years' professional experience in assessment.


  • Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university in education, psychology, sociology,
    statistics, mathematics, public health, etc. and seven (7) years' professional experience in

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience doing assessment work at a college/university, preferably in Student Affairs.
  • Experience assessing student learning outcomes in the co-curriculum and/or beyond the classroom.
  • Successful completion of CITI training (Institutional Review Board).

Work Schedule
Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Application Deadline
For best consideration, please submit your application materials by 4:00 p.m. (MST) on Friday, September 17th, 2021.

Special Instructions
Candidates must apply online through to be considered. Only applications submitted online will be accepted.

Salary Grade Number:
The salary grade for the position is 11.

Salary Range:
The salary range for this position is $70,000-$85,000.

The University of Denver has provided a compensation range that represents its good faith estimate of what the University may pay for the position at the time of posting. The University may ultimately pay more or less than the posted compensation range. The salary offered to the selected candidate will be determined based on factors such as the qualifications of the selected candidate, departmental budget availability, internal salary equity considerations, and available market information, but not based on a candidate’s sex or any other protected status.

The University of Denver offers excellent benefits, including medical, dental, retirement, paid time off, tuition benefit and ECO pass. The University of Denver is a private institution that empowers students who want to make a difference. Learn more about the University of Denver.

Please include the following documents with your application:
1. Resume
2. Cover Letter

The University of Denver is committed to enhancing the diversity of its faculty and staff. We are an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment regardless of age, race, color, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, military/ veteran status or any other status protected by law.

All offers of employment are based upon satisfactory completion of a criminal history background check.

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