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Director Office of Periodic Review, Assessment and Accreditation Support
Job Category:   Managerial/Professional
Unit:   Academic Affairs
Position Code:   SAA7570A
Status:   Open
Closing Date:   Open until filled
Salary:   Commensurate with education and experience
Location:   Merced
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. Opened in 2005, 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. With undergraduate and graduate enrollments close to 7800, UC Merced plans growth to support about 10,000 students by 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 University of California, Merced invites nominations and applications for the position of Director, Office of Periodic Review, Assessment and Accreditation Support (OPRAAS). Reporting to the Provost, the Director of OPRAAS operates in a highly visible, increasingly complex and evolving area requiring both advanced analytical and problem solving skills and political acumen. The University is seeking an entrepreneurial leader with the functional expertise and a collaborative approach who is committed to advancing a culture of assessment in the context of a public research university.

The OPRAAS Director applies in-depth knowledge and experience to advance institutional priorities related to academic program review, periodic administrative review, assessment of undergraduate and graduate student learning, and institutional accreditation. Specifically, 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. 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.

The Office of Periodic Review, Assessment and Accreditation Support (3 FTE) 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. Working with these units and others, the Director of OPRAAS works at both a strategic and operational level to support productive, intentional assessment, regularize processes, increase efficiencies and effectiveness and communicate best practices and approaches.

As UC Merced continues to grow and evolve, the Director of OPRAAS will play a vital role in academic planning, supporting faculty and administration as new academic programs are proposed and developed.

Specifically, the Director of OPRAAS:

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

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

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

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

• 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.

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

• Provides guidance to graduate group chairs in assessing graduate program learning outcomes, reviewing graduate PLO assessment reports, conducting doctoral placement surveys, and conducting needs assessments for professionally 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 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.

Qualifications:   Required
• Graduate Degree and five years of experience leading institutional assessment, program review, and accreditation initiatives in post-secondary settings.
• Advanced analytical/problem solving skills
• Exceptional communication and interpersonal skills to communicate with institutional leaders, including faculty and staff at all levels.
• Advanced project management skills
• Ability to multi-task within demanding timeframes
• Ability to use discretion and maintain confidentiality

• Doctorate
• Experience in a research university
To Apply:   Sage Search Partners is assisting UC Merced with this search. To apply (cover letter and resume/CV or inquire confidentially, please contact Paula Fazli, Partner; pfazli@sagesearh.com; 617-290-3922

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