The person in this position will provide organization, build capacity, create structures for sustainability, and deliver needed data and data analysis in the assessment and accreditation activities within the School of Education. Working directly with the Assistant Dean for Academic Planning and Accreditation, this individual will lead academic outcomes assessment and knowledge of its best practices within the School of Education, including administering surveys, conducting focus groups, and collecting student work using e-portfolios. The Accreditation/Assessment Specialist will work with appropriate software and electronic databases to collect, present, read, interpret, and explain basic descriptive and inferential statistics. This individual will also be a resource for faculty, staff, and students in the School of Education to provide training and updates related to assessment and the technologies used to support assessment activities.
Bachelor's degree (Master's degree preferred) from an accredited college or university in a field with quantitative training.
5 years relevant work experience, experience in K-12 education and/or a college/university setting preferred.
Evidence of strong interpersonal skills with a range of stakeholders.
Primary Duties/Essential Functions
Accreditation and Assessment
Design, implement, and report on academic, curricular, and co-curricular assessment activities across the School including departmental and program assessments, special assessment projects related to student support services, assessment and evaluation of credential programs, and alignment of assessment activities with the goals of the School's Leadership Team.
Facilitate the assessment of student learning at the program, departmental, and school levels, including supporting Chairs and Program Directors around the development or alignment of learning goals and outcomes, the process of curricular/program mapping, the creation of assessment instruments including rubrics, and the analysis and presentation results for academic and student support services areas.
Collaborate with Assistant Dean, chairs, and other program leadership to lead the development of strategic assessment plans and operations throughout the School and report on the School's progress towards meeting these goals.
Collaborate with academic program leaders to evaluate learning goals, assessment plans and practices, rubrics, and reports to confirm compliance with national and state accreditation standards and alignment with best practices from the field.
Maintain up-to-date documentation of assessment activities on the School's website.
Ensure accurate and up-to-date accreditation and assessment information is included in all School and Department materials (catalog, handbooks, website, training materials, etc.).
Oversee incorporation of external assessment performance (CBEST, CSET, RICA, Praxis, CalTPA, CalAPA, etc.) into School assessment system.
Database creation and management using Taskstream, PeopleSoft, Tableau, and other systems.
Collaborate with IMT's Business Intelligence to develop and implement technology project plans, coordinate and test periodic patches and updates to data or technology systems, and implement improvements to software processes.
Key administrator of Taskstream, responsible for building and launching all assessments and forms.
Create and maintain an organized system for the School's use of Taskstream across all programs.
Provide ongoing professional development and training to faculty, staff, and students on the use of data systems for accreditation and assessment purposes.
Solid understanding of assessment, evaluation, and data management principles and practices.
Demonstrated experience using technology that supports data management.
Ability to work ethically with confidential material.
Demonstrated problem-solving skills.
Ability to work independently with minimal supervision.
Strong verbal and written communication skills.
Strong organizational skills, detail-oriented with a high level of accuracy on all tasks.
Strong interpersonal relationship skills in a collaborative leadership model.
Work independently and collaboratively to accomplish responsibilities, goals and projects.
Ability to think critically and problem-solve technology and database issues.
In agreement with the purpose and goals of Azusa Pacific University, in providing a Christian-based higher education for its students.
Regular use of computer keyboards, requiring repetitive wrist and finger motions.
Hearing and speaking in person and on the telephone.
Ability to lift, pull, stoop to lower file drawers and reach to top of five-drawer file cabinet.
Able to lift up to 20 lbs. occasionally.
Intermittent sitting, standing, and walking.
Ability to drive and travel to Regional Centers for occasional meetings or orientations.
Reading, writing notes, and computer monitor.
Technology-based communication (Skype, Google Hangout, etc.).
Proficient in use of Microsoft Office Suite with advanced skills in Word and Excel.
Azusa Pacific University is acting as an Employment Agency in relation to this vacancy.
Azusa Pacific University is a comprehensive, evangelical, Christian university located 26 miles northeast of Los Angeles, California. A leader in the Council of Christian Colleges and Universities, APU is committed to excellence in higher education. Offering more than 100 bachelor's, master's, and doctoral programs on campus, online, and at seven regional centers across Southern California, APU continues to be recognized annually as one of America's Best Colleges by U.S. News & World Report.