University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee — Director of Student Learning, Assessment and Planning

Introduction (Description of School/College/Dept/Program)

As Wisconsin’s only public urban research university, the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee has established an international reputation for excellence in research, community engagement, teaching and entrepreneurism. Designated an R1 research institution, UWM educates more than 26,000 students and is an engine for innovation in southeastern Wisconsin.

Founded over 60 years ago in the belief that Milwaukee would need a great public university to become a great city, UWM has a dual research and access mission aimed at serving the diverse needs of Wisconsin’s largest metropolitan area by furthering opportunities at all levels for students who may be financially or educationally disadvantaged. More than one-third of its students are the first in their families to attend college, and 30 percent are students of color. In all, the university educates more than 27,000 students on its three campuses. It is the largest educator of veterans in Wisconsin, with more than 1,000 enrolled each year under the federal G.I. bill. The Princeton Review named UWM a 2018 Best Midwestern university based on overall academic excellence and student reviews. UWM is committed to the full inclusion of LGBT+ campus constituents. In 2018, Campus Pride Index named UWM as one of the Best of the Best Top 30 LGBTQ-friendly postsecondary institutions in the United States. UWM was the first university in the UW-System to implement an inclusive housing policy.

Join the UWM family and the Milwaukee community and grow professionally and personally in your career and life. We make learning accessible at every age, stage of life and location. At UWM, we all share the motivation to learn and to excel. We value unique perspectives and possess the talent and desire to nurture ideas that make a global impact. The comforts and connections of a major metropolitan city meet the resources and expertise of a world-class research institution at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

Job Summary

Reporting to the Chief Student Affairs Officer (CSAO), the Director of Student Learning, Assessment, and Planning is expected to be a collaborative, innovative, strategic thinker and leader who can create a culture of assessment and continuous improvement within the Division of Student Affairs. The Director is responsible for coordinating and evaluating the division’s contributions to student learning, student retention, experiential learning, divisional strategic planning, and assessment. As a member of the Student Affairs Leadership Team, this person is expected to lead and advocate for all campus and divisional priorities, identifying opportunities to integrate efforts cross-divisionally, helping to align divisional and departmental efforts in support of the divisional vision, values, and priorities in an integrated, cross-functional way.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s Degree;
  • Minimum of 5 years of related work experience;
  • Demonstrated experience coordinating and evaluating outcomes in strategic priority areas through planning and assessment

Preferred Qualifications

  • Demonstrated ability to identify opportunities for collaboration and align efforts to support an organizational vision or values;
  • Demonstrated experience with student retention efforts;
  • Demonstrated ability to develop and evaluate student learning outcomes or related assessment experience;
  • Demonstrated engagement in and/or leadership of strategic planning initiatives;
  • Demonstrated ability to analyze pertinent data and provide meaningful reports to a variety of audiences;
  • Evidence of strong communication (verbal & written), relationship building, and leadership skills

Application Instructions

Applicants must apply online directly to University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee at

This is a continuous recruitment with the initial screening of candidates to begin on November 29, 2019. Applications received after November 28, 2019 may not receive consideration.