Dean of Assessment, Research & Planning

Reading, PA

Posted: 1/18/21
Deadline: 2/12/21
Salary: 80,000 - 100,000

About This Organization

Reading Area Community College (RACC) in Reading, Pennsylvania, offers more than 62 transfer and career degree programs as well as a range of non-credit literacy and workforce options and annually serves 9,500 students. Founded in 1971, RACC is sponsored by the County of Berks. The College is proud to meet the federally defined threshold to be designated a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI).

Job Duties

This is a senior-level position that reports to the President and works closely with the college community in leading Institutional Planning efforts. This position directs college-wide strategic planning, institutional research, outcomes assessment, and helps to create a culture of assessment on campus through collaboration. The Dean will provide leadership in identifying data to inform institutional decision-making and monitor institutional effectiveness and viability. The Dean will supervise the Coordinators of Institutional Research responsible for the reporting of data, both internal and external in support of college-wide planning and assessment, and for coordinating compliance reports required by governmental agencies. The Dean plays a critical role in linking planning, budgeting, and assessment throughout the College. This position also provides leadership and oversight to the accreditation activities of the College.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

o Work with President and Vice Presidents to assess progress toward and achievement of the College’s Strategic Plan.
o Coordinate the development and on-going assessment of the College’s Strategic Plan.
o Implement and manage a systematic process to document, monitor, and evaluate productivity, efficiency, and institutional effectiveness.

Institutional Research
o Provide leadership in identifying data to inform institutional decision-making and monitor institutional effectiveness and viability.
o Supervise the Coordinators of Institutional Research and provide oversight for reporting to state, regional and federal agencies.
o Recommend changes to the College’s data warehouse and analytics infrastructure for college-wide reporting.
o Coordinate college-wide surveys including administration, analysis and dissemination of results.
o Coordinate responses to AdHoc requests for information needed to inform strategic planning and external surveys.

o Design, develop and manage assessment processes that improve the quality and effectiveness of all areas of the College, with special attention given to the Strategic Plan and Student Learning Outcomes.
o Work with faculty and staff to create a culture of continuous improvement of student learning outcomes assessment and degree program evaluation.

o Serve as the institution’s Accreditation Liaison Officer.
o Coordinate the Middle States Commission reaffirmation of accreditation related reports and processes.

Committee Assignments
o Chair the Institutional Planning Council, in consultation with the President.
o Chair the Assessment Committee.
o Serve as the College’s Accreditation Liaison Officer.
o Serve, as assigned, to committees of the PA Commission for Community Colleges.
o Attend meetings of the Executive Team, Board of Trustees, and Academic Leadership Team as needed.
o Attend other meetings as needed.

Supervisory Responsibilities:
Directly supervise the Coordinators of Institutional Research. Carry out supervisory responsibilities in accordance with College policies, Collective Bargaining Agreements and applicable laws. Responsibilities include interviewing, hiring, and training employees; planning, assigning, and directing work; appraising performance; rewarding and taking corrective action with employees; addressing complaints and resolving problems.

Required Qualifications

The successful candidate will have a Master’s Degree from an accredited university in a related field; at least five years of administrative experience in higher education, preferably in institutional research, planning, and assessment, leading, directing, and overseeing multiple functions, programs, and activities; five years of supervisory experience with excellent personnel management skills; demonstrated success in student learning outcomes assessment, coordination of program review in higher education, evaluating degree program effectiveness, developing guidance materials and training faculty; experience in preparing reports for college and accreditation bodies; experience in strategic planning; experience in applied institutional research and analysis; experience with IPEDS data reporting; experience in data collection, storage warehousing, access, analysis, and usage for evidence-based improvements; experience with higher education learning management, data and reporting systems (e.g. Canvas, Ellucian); bilingual communications (reading, writing and speaking) in English and Spanish is preferred; strong computer skills required – including proficiency in database querying using SQL, advanced features of Microsoft EXCEL, and basic features of Minitab or SSSP; excellent interpersonal communication, written, and graphic presentation skills to effectively collaborate, develop, implement, and communicate data and recommendations with a wide range of stakeholders (board members, administrators, faculty, staff, and students.); strong commitment to inclusivity and diversity, and ability to interact effectively with a variety of constituent groups.


80,000 - 100,000

Other Info

Qualified applicants should send letter of interest, current resume, and names and contact information for three professional references to Please reference AA-DARP in the subject line of your e-mail. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. The preferred deadline date to receive candidate submissions is February 12, 2021.

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RACC is an Equal Opportunity Employer: minority/female/disability/veteran

Required Application Materials

Cover letter, resume & list of three professional references