Director of Assessment, Research and Planning

Reading, PA

Posted: 4/27/21
Deadline: 5/16/21
Salary: 80,000 - 100,000
Reference Number: AA-DIR-ARP

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).

Reading Area Community College welcomes diversity in terms of race, ethnicity, age, class, gender, ability, sexual orientation, and belief system among others. As an institution, we value and respect diversity; therefore, it is important for students, faculty, staff, and administrators to understand differences, to interact effectively with others, and to prepare for the demands of a globalized world. As an open admission institution, RACC serves students of all levels of academic preparedness. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. RACC is an Equal Opportunity Employer: minority/female/disability/veteran.

Job Duties


The Director of Assessment, Research, and Planning is a key team member that reports to the SVPAA/Provost 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. He/she will provide leadership in identifying data to inform institutional decision-making and monitor institutional effectiveness and viability. He/she 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 Director of Assessment, Research, and Planning 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:

• Planning
o Work with the Vice Presidents to assess progress toward and achievement of the College’s strategic plan.
o Coordinate the on-going assessment, improvements, and any revisions to the current strategic plan
o Coordinate the process for developing a new strategic plan
o Implement and manage a systematic process to document, monitor, and evaluate 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 and implement approved changes to the College’s data warehouse and analytics infrastructure for college-wide reporting.
o Coordinate scheduled national surveys including administration, analysis, and dissemination of results.
o Coordinate responses to ad hoc requests for information needed to inform strategic planning and external surveys.

• Assessment
o Design, develop and manage assessment processes that improve the quality and effectiveness of all areas of the College.
o Lead the Assessment Committee(s) in oversight and evaluation of assessment processes with particular attention to student learning outcomes.
o Work with faculty and staff to create a culture of continuous improvement of student learning outcomes assessment and program evaluation.

• Accreditation
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(s).
o Serve as the College’s Accreditation Liaison Officer.
o Serve, as assigned, to committees of the PA Commission for Community Colleges.
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


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Education and/or Experience:

1. Master’s Degree from an accredited university.
2. At least three years of administrative experience in higher education, preferably in institutional research, planning, and assessment.
3. Experience in student learning outcomes assessment and program review in higher education.
4. Experience in preparing reports for college and accreditation bodies.
5. Experience in strategic planning.
6. Experience in applied institutional research and analysis.
7. Experience in data collection, storage warehousing, access, analysis, and usage for evidence-based improvements.

1. Experience with IPEDS data reporting.
2. Supervisory experience.

Other Skills and Abilities:
• Strong organizational and analytical skills to prioritize, take initiative, follow projects through to completion, and manage multiple processes/projects/tasks.
• Forward-thinking, innovative, and proactive in identifying problems and implementing evidence-based improvements.
• Excellent collaborative leadership style with a strategic and creative approach to issues, and exceptional problem-solving and decision-making abilities.
• 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.
• Strong computer skills – including a familiarity with database querying using SQL, advanced features of Microsoft EXCEL, and SSSP.
• Exceptional organizational skills.
• Ability to manage multiple projects independently and simultaneously with minimal supervision.


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 immediately. Please reference AA-DIR-ARP 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 by or before May 16, 2021.
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Required Application Materials

Cover letter, resume & list of three professional reference names