Position Classification Description

Position Class Code / Title: G0059 / Univ Assessment Specialist
Recruitment Tier: Tier 1
FLSA: Exempt
Grade: 12
HR Review/Approval:RVIEW

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The following statements are intended to describe, in broad terms, the general functions and responsibility levels characteristic of positions assigned to this classification. They should not be viewed as an exhaustive list of the specific duties and prerequisites applicable to individual positions that have been so classified.


Within the Provost's Office of Assessment, provides professional planning, coordination, and development for institutional assessment programs and initiatives in support of the University's accreditation goals and objectives. Serves as the primary point-of-contact for constituents across the University regarding day-to-day matters related to assessment, to include providing guidance and informational presentations regarding institutional assessment activities. Maintains digital repositories, monitors document submissions, evaluates program quality, analyzes qualitative and quantitative data, and participates in the submission of official assessment reports.

Duties and Responsibilities

  1. Plans, develops, coordinates and implements assessment activities across the institution; performs direct assessment and assessment analysis; provides technical and professional guidance, consultation, and support to departments regarding assessment, as appropriate.
  2. Develops, plans, leads, and/or participates in educational, training, and outreach activities, to include program development and presentation of lectures and/or workshops.
  3. Participates in the collection and analysis of various assessment data to support programmatic assessment processes and academic program reviews, including dissemination of results and assisting others with understanding and appropriately utilizing and applying them.
  4. Serves as a point of contact for the University's assessment digital archive system; monitors document submissions and evaluates overall program quality.
  5. Interprets assessment findings; analyzes and compiles comprehensive statistical and narrative data; assists with the preparation of official assessment reports to summarize findings.
  6. Records, stores, manages, and disseminates confidential and sensitive assessment data, as appropriate.
  7. Plans, develops, and implements various special projects as assigned; plans, coordinates, promotes and facilitates special events, programs, and/or activities.
  8. Participates in the preparation of institutional accreditation as a representative of the Office of Assessment.
  9. Performs miscellaneous job-related duties as assigned.

Minimum Job Requirements

  • Bachelor's degree; at least 3 years of experience directly related to the duties and responsibilities specified.
  • Completed degree(s) from an accredited institution that are above the minimum education requirement may be substituted for experience on a year for year basis.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Required

  • Knowledge of assessment methodologies, practices, and principles.
  • Skill in organizing resources and establishing priorities.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills and the ability to present effectively to small and large groups.
  • Ability to investigate and analyze information and draw conclusions.
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills and the ability to work effectively with a wide range of constituencies in a diverse community.
  • Knowledge of continuous quality improvement management principles and practices.
  • Advanced research, analytical, critical thinking, and report writing skills.
  • Ability to synthesize and analyze quantitative and qualitative data and prepare and present reports effectively.
  • Ability to develop and deliver effective training materials to faculty and staff within area of professional specialty.
  • Database management skills.
  • Knowledge of web page development and website maintenance.
  • Knowledge of related accreditation and certification requirements.

Working Conditions and Physical Effort

  • No or very limited exposure to physical risk.
  • No or very limited physical effort required.
  • Work is normally performed in a typical interior/office work environment.

The University of New Mexico provides all training required by OSHA to ensure employee safety.

Revised Date: 09/06/2018