POSITION OVERVIEW: The Division of Student Affairs at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona (Cal Poly Pomona) is seeking a visionary and collaborative leader to serve as the Educational Learning and Assessment Specialist (ELA Specialist). The position, reporting to the Associate Vice President for Student Affairs Administration, will set the agenda and lead division-wide assessment and evaluation practices. Are you motivated by the opportunity to build a culture of assessment? Do you value speaking to the lived experience of students through a data-informed lens? Do you enjoy building capacity among your colleagues to do quality assessment work and brand results to multiple stakeholders? Then this opportunity is for you!
ABOUT CAL POLY POMONA: Cal Poly Pomona is one of two polytechnic universities in the 23-campus California State University System, and one of only seven such institutions nationally. Located 35 miles east of Los Angeles, the university is in one of the most dynamic economic and cultural regions of the country. The University is noted for its scenic and historic 1,400-acre campus, once the winter ranch of cereal magnate W.K. Kellogg, located within an hour's drive of beaches, mountains, and desert. The University's 25,000 ethnically diverse students are enrolled in 52 baccalaureate and 26 master's degree programs with approximately 1,200 faculty. For additional information about the University, please visit our website at https://www.cpp.edu.
THE DIVISION: The Division of Student Affairs supports the university's educational mission through comprehensive programs and services that promote student learning and success while fostering an inclusive and vibrant campus community. We partner with other stakeholders to enroll a talented and diverse student body; enhance student engagement, development and success; promote the health and general wellbeing of the university community; and prepare students to be contributing members of a democratic society.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: The Division of Student Affairs is excited to announce the opening of the position of the Educational Learning and Assessment Specialist (ELA Specialist) at Cal Poly Pomona in Pomona, CA. The position, reporting to the Associate Vice President of Student Affairs Administration, will perform highly complex work in leading division-wide assessment and evaluation practices and processes including data collection, data management, reporting, dissemination, and consultation with the aim of program improvement, student success, and advancement of the strategic initiatives, mission, vision and values of the Division of Student Affairs and Cal Poly Pomona. The successful candidate will be responsible for the coordination of division-wide assessment and evaluation; will analyze and assess a wide scope of programs, projects, and problems of a higher level of sensitivity and confidentiality involving individual students, groups of students, departments, and divisions; will review existing and proposed assessment and identify gaps; and work with the assessment team and the AVP SAA to develop the annual assessment plan for the Division. The incumbent will facilitate departmental, program and activity assessment and evaluation by coordinating and providing expertise in designing, implementing, and interpreting assessment and evaluation projects; and will also be responsible for designing and implementing some Division-level assessment and evaluation projects. The incumbent will chair the A-Team, the division assessment committee; work with the team to organize, categorize and report on assessment and evaluation activity; publish assessment/evaluation on the Student Affairs assessment web page; and provide workshops, training, consultations, and other forms of support related to the implementation of the division's and the university's assessment process and efforts. The position will also be responsible to brand and promote assessment outcomes to constituent groups including students, parents and alumni and assist Student Affairs leadership team in creating a culture which values assessment. The work of the ELA Specialist requires a high level of effective collaboration within and beyond the Division of Student Affairs including partnerships with Academic Affairs, Administrative Affairs, University Advancement, and Information Technology. In this role as liaison, the incumbent will collaborate with other divisions and external partners on institutional level assessments and online assessment tools; and perform other duties as assigned.
QUALIFICATIONS: Bachelor's degree AND/OR the equivalent training AND three (3) years of progressively responsible technical assessment/evaluation, statistical or analytical experience supplemented by one year in the interpretation and graphic presentation of data. Graduate studies in the social sciences and/or statistics may be substituted for the required experience on a year by year basis. Skill set must include knowledge of assessment, including the planning of studies, writing and assessing of learning outcomes, especially using direct evidence, development and measuring of rubrics, survey design, determining of variables, analysis and reporting; general knowledge of statistical methods; and competence statistical methods, data management, and data analysis packages, e.g. SPSS, SAS or other. The candidate must have the ability to do syntax based analyses and program level assessment; excellent written and oral communication skills; ability to reason logically and capacity for independent and creative thinking on research problems. The candidate must have the ability to develop techniques for handling a large variety of data and the ability to analyze this data; as well as the ability to analyze situations accurately and to adopt an effective course of action.
PREFERRED EXPERIENCE: A Master's Degree is preferred in an area related to assessment and measurement, statistics, student affairs, higher education, education research or other research oriented discipline related to assessment and evaluation, statistics, or social science. Experience in a higher education setting; professional practice in or collaboration with Student Affairs; and knowledge of theory and practice related to college student development, including familiarity with professional standards such as the Council for the Advancement of Standard in Higher Education (CAS) and Assessment Skills and Knowledge (ASK) Standards. Having skills in quantitative and qualitative assessment design and administration; and the ability to understand mission alignment and strategic planning frameworks, long term goals, outcomes-based approaches, and key performance measures is preferred. Ability to work collaboratively within large organizations to define specific measureable outcomes and develop processes and systems to track progress against outcomes; ability to assess and evaluate activities and programs, including collection, evaluation and interpretation of data and information from a wide variety of sources to develop sound conclusions and make appropriate recommendations. The ability to gather information from a wide variety of sources, analyze the information and summarize the information in a useful, understandable manner, ability to compile, organize, write, and present reports and provide analytical information; and the ability to present assessment results to executives and larger groups is desirable. Demonstrated ability to accurately and efficiently perform detailed work with a high degree of accuracy in a high-volume, deadline-driven environment with frequent interruptions; ability to independently plan and coordinate daily workload, multi-task, set own priorities and accomplish goals in a timely manner; ability to initiate, establish, and foster communication and teamwork by maintaining a positive, cooperative, productive work atmosphere; ability to establish a good rapport and maintain effective working relationships with a diverse population and with those from various cultural backgrounds; excellent communication skills, ability to effectively articulate information in a clear and understandable manner, both verbally and in writing; and the ability to work with detailed information and have attention to detail and accuracy is preferred.
BACKGROUND CHECK: A background check must satisfactorily be completed before a candidate can be offered this position. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the application status of applicants or continued employment of current CSU employees who apply for this position. The background check consists of the following: Employment verification, education verification, reference checks, and checks of the following systems and databases: National Social Security Number/Address Locator, Felony/Misdemeanor, National Criminal Database, Federal Criminal, Department of Motor Vehicles, and National Sex Offender Registry.
AFFIRMATIVE ACTION/EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER: Cal Poly Pomona is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer. The university subscribes to all state and federal regulations and prohibits discrimination based on race, color, religion, national origin, sex, gender identity/gender expression, sexual orientation, marital status, pregnancy, age, disability, genetic information, medical condition, and covered veteran status.
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Cal Poly Pomona hires only individuals lawfully authorized to work in the United States. In compliance with state and federal crime awareness and campus security legislation, including The Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Crime Statistics Act, California Education Code section 67380, and the Higher Education Opportunity Act (HEOA), the Cal Poly Pomona Annual Security and Fire Safety Report is available at: http://dsa.cpp.edu/police/securityreport.asp
Cal Poly Pomona is a smoke and tobacco-free campus. Please refer to the link below for policy information.
CONDITION OF EMPLOYMENT: The person holding this position is considered a 'mandated reporter' under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment. http://www.calstate.edu/eo/EO-1083.html
Recruitment closing deadline: November 27, 2017. A university application must be submitted online at www.cpp.edu/~jobs to be considered.
Cal Poly Pomona is among the best public universities in the West and is nationally ranked for helping students achieve economic success. Our polytechnic model, unique in Southern California, helps ensure that graduates are ready to succeed in the professional world on Day 1.
Faculty in all disciplines put theory to practice, providing students with opportunities to apply their knowledge in han...ds-on projects, research collaborations, and valuable internship and service-learning programs.
Our history and geography are unlike any other university in the region. Nowhere else can students ride an Arabian horse, practice on a Steinway piano, collaborate on a new product, and help build a rocket. This is a polytechnic education. This is Cal Poly Pomona.