University of California San Diego — Principal Assessment Analyst

Filing Deadline: Fri 8/23/2019
Hiring Salary Range: $84,000 – $95,000

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 on-going 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. The Principal Assessment Analyst 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.

A cover letter is required for a complete application.

May be required to work occasional evenings and weekends.


  • Bachelor’s degree in Education, Education Psychology, Psychology, Social Sciences, or related degree, with a minimum of three years related experience required; or an equivalent combination of education and relevant experience.
  • 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. Demonstrated expertise in advanced quantitative analyses and the use of statistical software (e.g., SAS, Stata, SPSS Statistics, SPSS Modeler, R, Tableau, etc.).
  • 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.
  • Demonstrated expertise in the theory and practice of qualitative and quantitative academic assessment in higher education, and extensive experience in evaluation of educational reform.


  • Job offer is contingent upon 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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