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Director, Office of Periodic Review, Assessment and Accreditation Support
Job Category:   Managerial/Professional
Unit:   Academic Affairs
Position Code:   SAA7383A
Status:   Closed/Cancelled
Closing Date:   Position will remain open until filled. However, screening and interviewing will begin approximately 4/15/17 and position will close once a qualified pool is reached.
Salary:   $85,000 - $110,000 Commensurate with Education and Experience
Location:   Campus Site
Background check:   Background check may be required

The University of California, Merced (UC Merced) is the newest and tenth campus of the University of California system and the first American research university built in the 21st century. UC Merced was conceived to serve the needs of the rapidly-growing Central Valley, one of the world’s most productive agricultural regions, and to increase access to the University of California system (UC System) for California’s top students. Now, with undergraduate and graduate enrollments close to 7300, UC Merced plans growth to support about 10,000 students in 2020-2021. A Minority-Serving Institution (MSI) and Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI), UC Merced also serves a largely first-generation undergraduate student body. The campus is continually evolving, requiring talented, knowledgeable, and dynamic educators, researchers, management, and staff. The campus is located in Merced (population 80,000), a city within driving distance of Yosemite National Park and the Sierra Nevada mountains, as well as the San Francisco Bay Area, Napa Valley, and the Monterey coast.

The Office of Periodic Review, Assessment, and Accreditation Support (OPRAAS) reports to the Office of the Provost and, as a unit, engages frequently with key institutional partners, including Institutional Research and Decision Support (IRDS), the Academic Senate, the Division of Graduate Education, the Office of Undergraduate Education, and assessment coordinating units in the academic schools. The OPRAAS Director applies in-depth knowledge and experience to advance institutional priorities related to academic program review, periodic administrative review, assessment of graduate and undergraduate student learning, and institutional accreditation, all in the context of a public research university. In addition, the Director (1) advances campus goals for assessment and accreditation, including related academic program planning, in part through membership on the Periodic Review Oversight Committee (PROC); (2) coordinates annual and periodic assessment for the campus; and (3) serves as an advisor to campus leaders on campus accreditation and assessment goals and policies. Thus, the Director operates in a highly visible, politically sensitive, legally complex and evolving area and uses advanced professional concepts and campus objectives to address and resolve complex policy issues. In addition, the Director serves as the Accreditation Liaison Officer (ALO) to WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC), UC Merced’s regional accrediting agency.


• Directs the activities of the Office of Periodic Review, Assessment, and Accreditation Support.

• Provides leadership, guidance, and education to the campus on accreditation and assessment, and represents campus to external agencies (e.g., WASC).

• Communicates with and advises institutional leaders, including administrators and faculty, in strategic thinking and planning in relation to accreditation, assessment, and academic program planning.

• Works with the University of California Office of the President and other campuses to attain a coordinated system-wide approach to program review, assessment, and accreditation that is responsive to campus needs.

• Proposes, leads and/or participates on policy and planning committees to coordinate and advance institutional priorities for assessment and accreditation.

• Identifies policy issues of importance to the campus which require research of state and national organizations; develops appropriate analytical and procedural frameworks for addressing the issues on the campus.

• Serves as campus expert on accreditation, assessment, and program review.

• Provides guidance to graduate groups preparing new program proposals for the Coordinating Committee on Graduate Affairs (CCGA) and WSCUC review

• Provides guidance and support for graduate group chairs in assessing graduate program learning outcomes, reviewing graduate PLO assessment reports, conducting doctoral placement surveys, and conducting needs assessments for professional master’s degrees.

• In collaboration with faculty, administrators, and staff, plans, develops and implements new programs and organizational structure changes required to implement new policy.

• Manages the OPRAAS and supervises administrative functions, office protocols and personnel including hiring, training, and evaluation.

• Ensures campus compliance with legal and regulatory requirements in a complex changing environment.

• Graduate degree and 5 years of experience leading institutional assessment, program review, and accreditation initiatives and processes in postsecondary settings.

• Advanced analytical/problem-solving skills.

• Advanced communication and interpersonal skills to communicate effectively with institutional leaders, including faculty, and staff at all levels.

• Advanced skills in all levels of project management.

• Ability to multi-task within demanding timeframes.

• Ability to use discretion and maintain confidentiality.


Experience with institutional assessment, program review, and accreditation initiatives and processes in a research university.
To Apply:   Click on the link below to use our new on-line application system.

If you do not have internet access you may mail your application, resume, and cover letter to: University of California, Merced, 5200 North Lake Rd., Merced CA 95343. Please list the job number on the subject line.

NOTICE: This position is not open. We are not accepting applications at this time.

    The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, age or protected veteran status.

For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see: http://policy.ucop.edu/doc/4000376/NondiscrimAffirmAct.

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