University of California San Diego — Principal Assessment Analyst

Salary Range: $84,000 – $95,000 /year

The Teaching + Learning Commons (the Commons) is the campus-wide innovative infrastructure for comprehensive faculty and student support. It is the executive branch of the Executive Vice Chancellor (EVC) for advancing teaching excellence and student success.

The mission of the Commons is to advance student success through teaching excellence and comprehensive academic student support; be an incubator for student academic success innovations; increase access to education on campus and beyond: and, actively promote equity and inclusion within the organization and through its programs and services.

Through six unique but integrated hubs, the Commons’ work encompasses four areas: instructor support to enhance their teaching (inside and outside the classroom, in traditional as well as in digital teaching and learning settings); support undergraduate and graduate students to advance their success at UC San Diego and beyond; support graduate students to develop their professional development as instructors; and actively promote equity and inclusion within its organization and through its programs and services.

The Commons’ Education Research and Assessment Hub provides leadership, guidance, and resources to help department, faculty and staff conduct solid educational research to identify opportunities and address challenges from an evolving higher education landscape and promotes a culture of assessment and support the university’s continuous educational improvement efforts. Our goals are to (1) improve the learning outcomes and learning environments for online and traditional learners, (2) help better identify students in need of support, (3) tailor learning experiences, and (4) measure the results of interventions and ongoing improvement efforts.

The Principal Assessment Analyst, reporting to the Director of the Education Research and Assessment Hub, serves as a campus-wide resource on academic assessment and education research. Integral to this position is the ability to work collaboratively with and serve as a consultant to faculty, instructional staff, and administrators to create and promote a culture of educational excellence and assessment at UC San Diego.

The Principal Assessment Analyst will use a high degree of independent judgment, a superior level of professionalism and initiative, and excellent communication skills to advise program faculty and staff to select and/or develop appropriate methodologies for the assessment of student learning outcomes; collect quantitative and qualitative assessment data, analyze data using appropriate statistical methodologies, and interpret results. The incumbent will analyze and communicate assessment results in clear and concise presentations, written reports, graphical presentations, and tabular summaries that are appropriate for a wide variety intended audiences.

The Principal Assessment Analyst’s responsibilities fall into three functional categories:

Institutional Assessment Support: The Principal Assessment Analyst is expected to collaborate in the development of a comprehensive assessment plan at UC San Diego. Assessment results from this university-wide assessment plan will support educational decisions on curriculum, teaching, and student academic support, inform Undergraduate Program Reviews, and serve reporting requirements for Western Association of Schools & Colleges Senior College and University Commission (WASCUC) and professional accreditation agencies (such as ABET, AACSB, and ACS) if applied.

Instructional Assessment Support: In partnership with other campus units (e.g. Undergraduate Education, Institutional Research, the Colleges, Graduate Division), provides support and direction for creating an environment in which assessment activities are understood and practiced for ongoing improvement; offers guidance and support for learner assessment projects at the level of courses, academic programs and/or academic major, as well as program evaluation analyses aligned with developing outcomes-based curricula; provides expertise in determining assessment methods, opportunities, and assessment tools; effectively reports, analyzes and presents the data to assess the impact of programs; and identifies opportunities for improvement and or additional programs.

Academic Support Program Assessment: Collaborates with Commons leadership to develop strategic assessment plans for the Commons’ student academic success programs. Plays a key role in developing and implementing methods for assessing the impact of the Commons’ initiatives and programs on student learning; takes an active role in the Commons-wide planning process by determining assessment needs, collecting data, and presenting reports to the executive leadership for use in setting long-range policy and direction for the organization; provides assessment support for the Commons’ faculty and Instructional Assistant professional development programs and faculty initiated and Commons’ supported educational innovation projects; and collaborates on the design and implementation of advanced research studies to assess the impact of education.

  • May be required to work occasional evenings and weekends.
  • Please submit a cover letter for a complete application.


  • In-depth knowledge of research function. Demonstrated knowledge of current research and policy trends in higher education.
  • Advanced skills associated with statistical analysis, database management and systems programming. Expertise in advanced quantitative analyses and the use of statistical software (e.g., SAS, Stata, SPSS Statistics, SPSS Modeler, R, Tableau, etc.).
  • • Proven expertise in the theory and practice of qualitative and quantitative academic assessment in higher education, and extensive experience in evaluation of educational reform.
  • • Advanced ability to communicate complex information in a clear and concise manner both verbally and in writing.
  • • Excellent oral and written communication skills and the ability to communicate complex information in a clear and concise manner to a wide variety of audiences.
  • • Bachelor’s Degree in Education, Education Psychology, Psychology, Social Sciences, or related degree, with a minimum of three (3) years related experience required; or an equivalent combination of education and relevant experience.


• Job offer is contingent upon a satisfactory clearance based on background check results.

• Duties may require direct contact and/or supervision of children (defined as individuals under the age of 18); completion of the Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act (CANRA) form will be required.

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