Analysis and Planning Consultant 5 (Director of Assessment)

Penn State University

University Park Campus
Campus City:
University Park, PA
Date Announced:
Date Closing:
open until filled
Job Number:
Level/Salary Band:
05 – L – Exempt
Work Unit:
Office of the President
The Office of Planning, Assessment, and Institutional Research
Full/Part Time:


Founded in 1855, Penn State is a major public, Research-I university serving Pennsylvania and the global community. Penn State is committed to ensuring that diversity, equity, and inclusion are central to the success of a world-class research institution. We are concerned with the institutional change required for visioning and realizing a more socially just University. As the Commonwealth’s only land-grant institution, Penn State takes pride in its mission of teaching, research, service, and focus on the future. Penn State is a member of the prestigious American Association of Universities, one of 62 universities recognized for their especially strong research and academic programs. The Director of Assessment position is physically located in the University Park campus location, but connection to and interaction with the 24 campuses around the Commonwealth as well as the world campus is essential for this role. The Office of Planning, Assessment, and Institutional Research (OPAIR) at Penn State is conducting a search for candidates for the position of Director of Assessment. The Director reports to the Assistant Vice Provost for Planning and Assessment and leads the Assessment team. The Assessment team, which currently includes three Assistant Directors, provides support for assessment activities conducted by all of Penn State’s undergraduate, graduate and certificate programs. The team also collaborates with the faculty senate to assess the University’s newly approved General Education curriculum and will work closely with units on the assessment of co-curricular outcomes. The Director will collaborate with other OPAIR staff to support planning, institutional research and the University's regional accreditation process. Major duties include organizing and overseeing university-wide assessment projects both inside and outside of the classroom. Typically requires a Master's degree or higher plus five years of related experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience. A Ph.D. in a related field, as well as experience with accreditation bodies. Clear and documented contributions to assessment scholarship is also preferred, as well as a demonstrated career record of being flexible in light of institutional change. 1-3 years supervisory experience, an extensive and wide-ranging understanding of assessment; a demonstrated track record in collaborative relationship building; delivery of high quality programs, such as webinars, presentations and workshops that support assessment; consultation skills; management of large-scale projects and institutional initiatives related to assessment; and the ability to create, lead and sustain an environment of staff development and mentorship. Organizational skills, attention to detail, good judgement and the ability to write clearly and concisely are essential for this role. Experience working with diverse audiences from a variety of backgrounds is also essential. For additional information about the Office of Planning Assessment, and Institutional Research, please visit our web site at For more information about the assessment function within this office, please visit

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