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Assessment Specialist (1-year contract)
Job Category:   Managerial/Professional
Unit:   School of Natural Sciences
Position Code:   SNS7680A
Status:   Filled
Closing Date:   Review of applications will begin on 9/6/17 and will continue until the position is filled; however, the position may close when an adequate number of qualified applications are received.
Salary:   $15.24 - $22.98
Location:   Merced
Background check:   Background check and fingerprinting may be required

The University of California, Merced, is the newest of the University of California system’s 10 campuses and the first American research university built in the 21st century. With a little more than 7,000 undergraduate and graduate students, UC Merced offers an environment that combines a commitment to diversity, inclusion, collaboration and professional development. With bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degree programs, strong research and academic partnerships, and community involvement, the UC Merced campus is continually evolving and requires talented, knowledgeable and dynamic educators, researchers, management and staff.

Ranked among the best public universities in the nation by U.S. News and World Report, UC Merced is uniquely equipped to provide educational opportunities highly qualified students from the San Joaquin Valley and throughout California. The campus enjoys a special connection with nearby Yosemite National Park, is on the cutting edge of sustainability in construction and design, and supports the economic development of Merced and the region.

In Fall 2016, UC Merced broke ground on a $1.3 billion public-private partnership that is unprecedented in higher education. The Merced 2020 Project will nearly double the physical capacity of the campus by 2020, enhancing academic distinction, student success and research excellence. UC Merced is also building the Downtown Campus Center, a $33 million, three-story administrative building in the heart of Merced.


Under the supervision of the Natural Sciences Student and Program Assessment Manager, the Assessment Specialist is responsible for providing logistical support for data collection, aid in preparing assessment reports, provide logistical and administrative support to faculty and staff, apply research and analytical methodologies to assessment studies, and effectively communicate ideas and findings. The Assessment Specialist is expected to support academic and administrative activities, as a means to enhance student learning outcomes, student success, and the quality of supportive administrative services. These assessment practices help the campus meet external accountability expectations.

- Maintains records and databases, while maintaining confidentiality of sensitive information.
- Updating the school's assessment website and keeping track of any ad hoc data report requests.
- Learns to use professional concepts to conduct analytical studies.
- Applies organizational policies and procedures to resolve routine issues.
- Works on problems of limited scope and complexity.
- Follows standard practices and procedures in analyzing situations or data from which answers can be readily obtained.

*NOTE: This position is a one-year contract with the possibility for renewal, contingent upon funding.

Qualifications:   - Bachelor's degree in related area (sociology, anthropology, economics / management, psychology, education) and/or equivalent experience/training.

- May have basic knowledge in data collection (e.g. Qualtrics) and analysis techniques (e.g. Excel, STATA, SPSS). Skills to learn organization-specific (e.g. Banner) and other computer application programs.

- Active listening, critical thinking and strong interpersonal skills to communicate effectively with all levels of staff and faculty.

- Must have effective verbal and written communication skills.

- Ability to use discretion and maintain all confidentiality.

- Skills to synthesize large amounts of data with strong attention to detail.

Additional qualifications we are looking for (PREFERRED):

- Able to multi-task and use project management software.

- Skills to analyze quantitative and qualitative information, with a background in social science.
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.

As of January 1, 2014 the University of California, Merced will be a smoke and tobacco free workplace. Information and the Smoke and Tobacco Free policy is available at

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