Cornell University, Ithaca, New York

Director of Assessment, Graduate School

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Position Number: 26805

Cornell University is seeking candidates for the position of Director of Assessment in the Graduate School. The Director of Assessment is a core member of the Graduate School  ( ) leadership team, and will strategically plan, lead, and implement a robust suite of quantitative and qualitative assessment tools to improve graduate education.   Responsibilities will include: Gathering, analyzing and presenting critical information to assess and evaluate the university’s graduate education academic and professional development programs; Coordinating graduate program assessment efforts at the levels of graduate programs/fields, graduate disciplines, and Graduate School overall, including development and coordination of instruments and detailed analysis and interpretation of student and alumni surveys and data, with Graduate School Data Solutions staff; Providing leadership and coordination for university graduate program assessment efforts including degree program learning outcomes assessment and oversight of student annual reporting; Supporting the assessment efforts of professional development program leaders related to improving their programs and student outcomes; Advising deans on strategic direction for Graduate School based on assessment results; Interpreting data provided by Data Solutions to develop and write analyses and reports to inform strategic improvements in graduate fields, disciplines, and the Graduate School overall.  In consultation with the dean, the Director of Assessment will prepare high-impact, influential assessment reports to drive institutional results.

The successful candidate will have a master’s degree in a relevant discipline with 3-5 years of relevant experience or equivalent combination of education and experience. Ph.D. is preferred.  Highly developed technical skills. Knowledge of survey research methodology and statistical methodology. Excellent interpersonal, communication (written and verbal) and presentation skills. Ability to frame assessment questions, analysis, and findings in a clear, cogent, concise and compelling fashion to inform and facilitate decision making. Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with faculty, senior executives and other administrative staff.

In keeping with Cornell University’s commitment to building a culturally-diverse community, nominations of and applications from underrepresented groups are particularly encouraged. The review of materials will begin immediately and continue until the new Director of Assessment is selected.  Applications will be kept strictly confidential.

To apply, please submit a resume/CV, letter of application, and a list of 3 references.  Materials may be submitted online at  (Req. #26805).  For additional information and to obtain the complete job description, please contact Kelly Tillotson at (607)255-5864 or