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Director for Institute Assessment and Evaluation

Virginia Military Institute is accepting applications for a full-time Director for Institute Assessment and Evaluation.  The Director will manage the Institute’s Office of Assessment and Institutional Research (having professional and non-exempt staff members), which compiles, analyzes and reports institutional data used in operational analyses, budgeting and program evaluation and used in reporting to external government and accrediting bodies.  The Director will oversee a comprehensive, institutional-level survey research program and provide assessment design and analysis services to units in academic, co-curricular, administrative and athletic operations at the Institute.  The Director will serve as the Institute’s liaison to the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, fulfilling the administrative, educational, and coordinating components of this role, and serve as the Institute’s assessment liaison to the State Council for Higher Education, overseeing the mandatory collection and reporting of general education assessment results.  The Director will report directly to the Superintendent of VMI and serve as a member of the Institute’s senior policy committee, the Institute Planning Committee.  As the Superintendent’s principal officer for institutional effectiveness, the Director will be charged with advancing the ongoing integration of planning, assessment, and budgeting at all levels of the Institute.  The Director will serve as the Chair of the Institute’s Institutional Effectiveness Committee, a body charged with monitoring and refining the implementation of the Institute’s institutional effectiveness framework. 

The nation's first state military college, VMI is a public, four-year undergraduate military college for men and women (1600 students).  Located in the Shenandoah Valley in historic Lexington, Virginia, the campus sits on 134 acres, 12 of which are designated as a National Historic District. The Shenandoah Valley stretches 200 miles across the Blue Ridge and Allegheny mountains.  The natural scenic beauty of the area is accompanied by a variety of recreational opportunities and historic sites.  Lexington (population 7,500) is located approximately three hours from Washington, D.C., and 2 hours from the Richmond metropolitan area. 

The successful candidate must: 

  • be able to apply advanced knowledge of research design (survey research and field studies), methods of behavioral and educational measurement, and statistics to outcomes assessment and program evaluation conducted in a post-secondary educational setting;
  • be knowledgeable about the basic administrative structures and processes supporting a post-secondary educational organization;
  • be able to provide technical assistance and training in program evaluation and assessment to personnel with skills ranging from novice to experienced levels;
  • be able to effectively manage, lead, and support the development of OAIR staff members (professional, para-professional and administrative support) in their execution of a broad spectrum of data collection, analysis and reporting activities;
  • be conversant in the institutional effectiveness framework and accreditation standards of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools – Commission on Colleges and the processes for decennial and 5th year reporting;
  • be acquainted with professional organizations and be able to access knowledge resources in the fields of educational assessment and institutional research;
  • be able to demonstrate exceptional skills in technical report writing and in formal oral presentations that involve presenting complex information concisely and clearly to diverse audiences;
  • be able to collaborate effectively with educators and administrators working in all areas of the Institute and having diverse educational and professional backgrounds;
  • be able to manage and contribute to multiple concurrent projects, while meeting deadlines, maintaining high standards of accuracy in analysis and reporting, and adapting to the dynamic needs of the Institute; and
  • be able to demonstrate a history of successful performance of customary functions of institutional research, program evaluation, and/or student outcomes assessment in a post-secondary setting.

Preferred candidates will also have

  • a minimum of three years of full-time experience in a position responsible for institutional research and/or assessment in a post-secondary setting;
  • a doctorate in a relevant field (e.g., including but not limited to education, psychology or social sciences) from an appropriately accredited institution; and experience with decennial and 5th year accreditation activities conducted for SACS-COC.

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Starting salary commensurate with qualifications and experience and includes an excellent benefits package. Applicants must include a letter of interest, resume, and the names and contact information for three professional references. On-line applications accepted until the position is filled.

In a continuing effort to enrich its academic environment and provide equal educational and employment opportunities, VMI encourages women, minorities, disabled individuals and veterans to apply.