Assistant Director for Learning Outcomes Assessment

Penn State University

University Park Campus
Date Announced:
Date Closing:
open until filled
Job Number:
Level/Salary Band:
04 – K – Exempt
Work Unit:
President's Office
Office of Planning and Assessment
Full/Part Time:


The Assistant Director is a member of the Office of Planning and Assessment with a focus on learning outcomes assessment. We are seeking highly qualified applicants from diverse backgrounds, experiences and perspectives to add value to our team. The Assistant Director is responsible for supporting the University-wide learning outcomes assessment process for undergraduate, graduate, and certificate programs, as well as General Education, at all Penn State locations. The qualified candidate must have the experience and skills necessary to support faculty engagement in the learning outcomes assessment process. The primary responsibilities of the assistant director include: developing and maintaining a connection with program coordinators/directors of graduate studies at a subset of colleges and campuses to support assessment of undergraduate programs (baccalaureate, associate), graduate programs and certificates, and General Education; analyzing data collected from assessment reports; leading University-wide assessment projects; supporting University-wide committees that provide direction for assessment of student learning. Additional responsibilities include: consulting one-on-one with program coordinators and academic administrators; developing and delivering presentations and workshops; reviewing and providing feedback on program-level learning outcomes assessment plans and reports; and collaborating on the development and implementation of assessment studies. The Assistant Director may collaborate on projects with the institutional research staff. Typically requires a Master's degree or higher plus three years of related experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience. Master’s degree in Higher Education, Educational Psychology, Social Science or related fields with additional years of experience related to learning outcomes assessment or a PhD degree with additional years experience related to learning outcomes assessment preferred. The ideal candidate will have advanced knowledge of learning outcomes assessment in higher education, knowledge of research design, data collection, analysis and interpretation, and experience working with faculty. Required skills and abilities include: the ability to apply learning outcomes assessment procedures and strategies in all disciplines; excellent interpersonal, written and verbal communication skills and the ability to interact and communicate effectively with University administrators, faculty and staff; skill with data analysis processes and software, such as Access, Excel, SPSS, and/or Nvivo; self-motivation with a strong orientation towards customer service; experience in the higher education domain, or a strong enthusiasm to learn about higher education; and a demonstrated ability to create effective presentations and reports.

These salary bands have been established to provide salary guidelines for staff positions.

Salary Band Minimum Midpoint Maximum
A $16,584 $24,456 $32,328
B $18,240 $26,904 $35,556
C $19,728 $29,592 $39,456
D $21,708 $32,568 $43,416
E $24,312 $36,468 $48,612
F $27,228 $40,848 $54,456
G $30,012 $45,744 $61,500
H $34,188 $52,140 $70,080
I $38,988 $59,424 $79,908
J $43,716 $67,740 $91,812
K $50,712 $78,600 $106,488
L $58,836 $91,176 $123,528
M $68,232 $105,756 $143,292
N $80,508 $124,788 $169,068
O $93,492 $147,252 $201,024
P $110,340 $173,760 $237,192
Q $126,396 $199,056 $271,728
R $151,668 $238,872 $326,088