Position Classification Description

Position Class Code / Title: G8031 / Director of Assessment
Recruitment Tier: Tier 1
FLSA: Exempt
Grade: 16
HR Review/Approval:COMP

This is a description of a Staff Position Classification. It is not an announcement of a position opening. To view descriptions of current openings, please go to UNMJobs and Search Postings to view positions that are currently accepting applications.

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.


Leads and develops a comprehensive institutional assessment program to support the university's mission and strategic initiatives. Designs, directs, and supports academic and administrative program reviews and related activities that demonstrate institutional effectiveness. Coordinates with UNM branch campuses and the Health Sciences Center for the purpose of Higher Learning Commission assessment reporting.

Duties and Responsibilities

  1. Plans, organizes, and coordinates strategic assessment programs, projects, and activities campus wide.
  2. Develops and establishes operating goals, policies, and procedures for the assessment office, as appropriate; recommends, implements, and administers methods and procedures to enhance operational effectiveness and efficiency.
  3. Supports continuous academic program assessment (curricular and co-curricular activities) and improvement of student learning through consultation, mentoring and hands-on training.
  4. Leads the development, organization, analysis and reporting of student learning outcomes and related activities to support planning activities.
  5. Promotes internal and external communication of assessment results.
  6. Supports the ongoing development and implementation of comprehensive outcomes assessment programs for all academic and administrative units that support the goals the university's strategic plan.
  7. Participates in the collection and analysis of various assessment data to support departmental accreditation and program reviews, including dissemination of results and assisting others with understanding and appropriately using them.
  8. Interprets assessment findings and prepares an annual assessment report to summarize such findings, with particular emphasis on the quality of the assessment efforts and findings that influence institutional decision-making and policy development.
  9. Provides strategic advice and consultation to leadership in the development, implementation, and evaluation of modifications and enhancements to existing operations, systems, and procedures.
  10. Coordinates all assessment and institutional effectiveness activities needed for compliance purposes and for Higher Learning Commission (HLC) accreditation and other college-and/or program-level specialized accreditations.
  11. Records, stores, manages, and disseminates confidential and sensitive assessment data, as appropriate.
  12. Leads and supervises office personnel, to include work allocation, training, and problem resolution; provides performance management feedback as appropriate.
  13. Recommends and participates in the development of university policies and procedures; may serve on planning and policy-making committees.
  14. Performs miscellaneous job-related duties as assigned.

Minimum Job Requirements

  • Master's degree; at least 5 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

  • Expertise in assessment, data analysis and educational outcomes.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and a demonstrated ability to work with diverse members of the university community including students, faculty, staff, administrators, and accreditors.
  • Demonstrated ability for effective organizational skills and ability to connect to the institutional strategy while displaying attention to detail.
  • Ability to synthesize and analyze quantitative and qualitative data and prepare and present reports effectively.
  • Knowledge of State and Federal postsecondary education accountability initiatives and trends.
  • Knowledge of regional, national, and specialized postsecondary accreditation standards, practices, and goals.
  • Knowledge of institutional self-assessments and student outcomes assessment principles, methods and techniques.
  • Skill in examining and re-engineering operations and procedures, formulating policy, and developing and implementing new strategies and procedures.
  • Knowledge and understanding of integrated program planning, development, and administration within a public institution environment.
  • Ability to plan, create, program, and manage statistical computer databases across multiple hardware and operating system platforms/environments.
  • Advanced verbal and written communication skills.
  • Knowledge of University data systems, definitions, and procedures.
  • Technical leadership and supervisory skills, and the ability to motivate staff productivity and performance.
  • Ability to analyze complex problems, interpret operational needs, and develop integrated, creative solutions.
  • Knowledge of budget preparation and fiscal management.

Conditions of Employment

  • Employees in this job title are subject to the terms and conditions of an employment contract. Employment contracts are typically subject to review and renewal on an annual basis.
  • Employees who provide services or work in patient care or clinical areas are required to be in compliance with the University's influenza vaccination requirement.

Working Conditions and Physical Effort

  • No or very limited physical effort required.
  • No or very limited exposure to physical risk.
  • 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: 09/23/2020