University of California, San Diego — Assessment Specialist

Salary Range: $68,000 – $75,000/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 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; to be an incubator for student academic success innovations; to increase access to education on campus and beyond; and to advance 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 advance teaching excellence; undergraduate and graduate student support to advance student success at UC San Diego and beyond; intellectual and professional development of graduate and undergraduate students, including Commons’ student employees; and equity and inclusion for all UC San Diego students, staff, and educators.

The Commons is committed to recruiting, advancing, and supporting a diverse team who will contribute to our mission by working effectively with individuals of diverse backgrounds, will actively promote equity and inclusion within the organization and through our programs and services, and is dedicated to continuous learning.

The Education Research and Assessment Hub provides leadership, guidance, and resources to help departments, 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 to 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 Assessment Specialist is a key position in the Education Research + Assessment Hub (ERAH). Our assessment team, in partnership with academic programs and the office of the Dean of Undergraduate Education, manages a campus-wide process for assessing program-level student learning outcomes to support student success.

The Assessment Specialist uses skills as an experienced assessment professional to build capacity for assessment at the institutional and program levels. Works one-on-one with faculty and program directors to review or develop learning outcomes and curriculum maps, and to design and implement assessment plans. Develops new training programs and resources, as needed. Demonstrates good judgment in selecting methods and techniques for delivering support to individuals and programs. May also support assessment for programs delivered by, or in partnership with, the Commons.

Overtime may be required.

Please submit a cover letter for a complete application.


  • Demonstrated knowledge of current best practices in curricular and co-curricular assessment.
  • Demonstrated commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion to ensure the success of groups historically underrepresented and underserved in higher education.
  • Thorough knowledge of theoretical issues and historical trends in higher education.
  • Experience developing initiatives in assessment of student learning to support student success.
  • Familiarity or experience with program and college accreditation processes.
  • Thorough knowledge of organizational (higher ed) policies and procedures.
  • Strong skills in planning, resourcing and monitoring effective delivery of training.
  • Thorough analytical skills to conduct analysis and develop recommendations.


  • EdD, PhD, or Masters degree in related area and/or equivalent experience/training.


  • 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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