Director of Institutional Effectiveness and Assessment

Dakota State University invites applications for a 12-month position as Director of Institutional Effectiveness and Assessment. The Director will provide leadership and coordination of the University’s assessment efforts, including development, implementation, monitoring, and evaluation for major program and general education assessment. This position works directly with faculty, staff, and administration across the campus to advance the University’s Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI) initiatives and helps ensure that programs assess authentic achievements and that assessments yield meaningful results that lead to program improvement. This position will provide training for faculty and academic staff on planning and assessment. As the coordinator of Continuous Quality Improvement, this position organizes CQI events including CQI Day and Campus Connections as well as assisting employees as they develop continuous quality improvement projects. Additionally, this position will serve as the University liaison to HLC and will select, collect, develop, and organize appropriate supporting documentation for HLC accreditation. This position reports to the Vice President for Academic Affairs.

The Director oversees and provides direction for day-to-day operations of the Office of Institutional Effectiveness and Assessment, which includes Academic Assessment, Testing Services, and Institutional Effectiveness. Additional responsibilities include managing faculty evaluations and reporting processes, including statistical analyses using SAS, and other duties as assigned by the VPAA. The Director assists with interpreting institutional data and presents to internal and external constituencies.

Minimum qualifications include a Master’s degree from an accredited college or university in an appropriate discipline/field (e.g., assessment and program evaluation, educational research, educational psychology, higher education administration, statistics) as well as excellent oral and written communication skills and an awareness of fostering an institution-wide culture and commitment to assessment and quality improvement. The successful candidate will champion assessment for all academic programs and general education within the university. Demonstrated knowledge of best practices, current research, and innovations in assessment in higher education is a plus. The successful candidate will have the ability to organize work and be detail oriented.

Preferred qualifications include prior experience working in higher education assessment including student learning outcomes assessment, quantitative and quantitative research methodologies, curriculum mapping software, and statistical software literacy. Demonstrated ability to manage multiple tasks in a collaborative and transparent manner as well as knowledge of and experience with Higher Learning Commission accreditation will be a plus.

DSU accepts applications through an on-line employment site. To apply, visit The employment site will require the attachment of a cover letter, curriculum vita, a list of at least three references (including email addresses and telephone numbers), and an unofficial transcript for your highest level for the relevant degree. For questions concerning the position, contact Susan Slaughter at Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.

DSU is accredited through the AQIP process of Higher Learning Commission and, to support its institutional accreditation, the university emphasizes continuous quality improvement in its institutional decision-making process. Madison is located approximately 50 miles northwest of Sioux Falls in the southern lakes region of the state and provides exceptional access to outdoor activities of all kinds. For more information about DSU, go to

Dakota State employees receive a comprehensive and flexible benefits package including paid time off, health and retirement benefits, and life and disability insurance options. Other benefits include reduced tuition, paid professional liability insurance, longevity pay and training opportunities.

Dakota State University is committed to recruitment, hiring and retention of minorities. We urge individuals from underrepresented groups to apply. Applicants with disabilities are invited to identify any necessary accommodations required in the application process. E-Verify, EOE employer.