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A cover letter is required for consideration for this position and should be attached as the first page of your resume. The cover letter should address the following:

  • how you heard about this role
  • your specific interest in the position
  • your interest in working in the LSA Opportunity Hub
  • how your skills and experiences directly relate to this position
  • the value of a liberal arts education

Cover letters can be addressed to Paul Barron, Director of Learning, Data, and Assessment.

Mission Statement

The mission of the University of Michigan is to serve the people of Michigan and the world through preeminence in creating, communicating, preserving and applying knowledge, art, and academic values, and in developing leaders and citizens who will challenge the present and enrich the future.  The University of Michigan is committed to foster learning, creativity and productivity, and to support the vigorous exchange of ideas and information, not only in the classroom but in the workplace by: 

  • Creating a work environment in which people treat each other with respect and dignity, regardless of roles, responsibilities or differences. 
  • Providing support, direction and resources enabling us to accomplish the responsibilities of our jobs and to reach the goals that are set for professional and personal growth.

Who We Are

The College of Literature, Science, and the Arts (LSA) invites applications for a Research and Assessment Specialist in the LSA Opportunity Hub. The Opportunity Hub reports to the Assistant Dean for Student Development and Career Initiatives and is housed under the LSA Dean’s Office. The Opportunity Hub is a transformational initiative to encourage all students to connect their liberal arts and sciences education with their goals and aspirations. Hub staff collaborate with campus partners to facilitate access to experiential learning opportunities both on and off campus, funding, employer partnerships, and alumni mentors. Through these channels, the Opportunity Hub helps students explore challenging, diverse opportunities, discover what matters most to them in their education and beyond, and put their liberal arts and sciences education to work.

We are seeking candidates who have an innovative approach to work; enjoy working in a fast-paced, evolving area; are comfortable taking action in a growing and changing workplace; and who will actively engage in a dynamic, high-performing, collegial team environment. Candidates must prize and work to further our desire for inclusivity. We seek candidates with a commitment to creating access to opportunities for our diverse population of LSA students and have an interest in and commitment to the liberal arts and sciences.

Responsibilities*

The Research and Assessment Specialist, working within the Opportunity Hub’s Learning, Data, and Assessment (LDA) team, will implement and manage a formal assessment of LSA Opportunity Hub services, impacts, and outcomes. As well as helping to shape and test the assessment model, the Research and Assessment Specialist is primarily responsible for carrying out quantitative and qualitative research, overseeing the formation of quantitative data sets, conducting statistical analyses, and designing quantitative and qualitative assessment activities such as conducting interviews/focus groups, administering surveys, and coding written responses. The individual in this position will be expected to demonstrate excellent communication skills; build and maintain positive, effective relationships with key stakeholders within the Hub and throughout the college; handle multiple projects and priorities; and be willing and able to adapt rapidly to change. This position reports to the Director of LDA.

Assessment of Opportunity Hub Impact and Outcomes (65%)

  • In consultation with the LDA team, project consultant, Assistant Dean, and other stakeholders, design quantitative and qualitative research protocols and analysis plans to determine the Hub’s impact on students
  • Understand and employ student development and other literatures (for example, career development and liberal arts) to develop data-informed narratives about Hub impact and career development for liberal arts students
  • Provide strategic direction to the formation of quantitative data sets
  • Utilize a statistical package (Stata, SAS, R, etc.) to conduct complex statistical analyses
  • Create and conduct survey-based assessment of Hub impact
  • Conduct qualitative research on Hub impact, including focus groups, interviews, and the coding of written and spoken language
  • Prepare periodic reports at the level of the Opportunity Hub, the college, and the donor
  • Produce assessment-related research of publishable quality and disseminate at conferences and in related peer-reviewed journals

Benchmarking and Program Research (15%)

  • As necessary, develop literature reviews, benchmark against peer institutions, and develop policy briefs to inform decision-making
  • Identify, compile, and disseminate information on key trends in college student development, economic and career outcomes of postsecondary education, and the impact of liberal arts and sciences education on students’ career readiness

Collaborating and Advising Across Teams (15%)

  • Collaborate across teams in the Opportunity Hub to identify and advise on assessments appropriate to the demonstration of impact on students and stakeholders
  • Advise the LDA team on developing and implementing assessment-related data collection and management techniques in the Opportunity Hub
  • In coordination with the LDA team, form relationships with key partners and units in the college and university pertinent to the measurement of student outcomes
  • Additional duties as assigned

Professional Development (5%)

  • Stay abreast of emerging trends and current research on higher education, particularly with regard to assessment, student learning and development, high impact practices and the liberal arts and sciences, and career readiness initiatives
  • Actively participate in professional development activities related to assessment work, as well as those that relate to the Hub mission
  • Actively engage and contribute to the profession at campus, local, regional, and/or national level
  • Be an active member of related professional organizations
  • Attend meetings, represent LSA & Hub interests as appropriate

Required Qualifications*

  • Master’s degree in Higher Education, Psychology, or related field, including graduate-level academic training in both qualitative and quantitative research methods in postsecondary education
  • 3+ years of progressively responsible experience conducting research and assessment in a postsecondary education setting
  • Experience designing, conducting, and interpreting multivariate analyses of panel data including linear and logistic regression, ANOVA, and clustering techniques
  • Advanced understanding of scholarly literature on student learning and development
  • Advanced experience with a statistical software package (Stata, R, SAS, etc.)
  • Experience utilizing large institutional data sets in institutional research
  • Experience with surveying in postsecondary education research
  • Experience working with diverse groups of students, faculty, and staff
  • Appreciation of and ability to articulate the value of the liberal arts
  • Strong communication skills 
  • Successful experience working in a collaborative, team environment
  • High level of organizational ability, including the ability to organize and coordinate a diverse workload with attention to detail, and ability to set and meet deadlines
  • Ability to act independently, take initiative and promote innovation 
  • Flexibility to meet changing priorities
  • Demonstrated investment in issues of equity, access and inclusion

Desired Qualifications*

  • Ph.D. in Higher Education, Psychology, or related field
  • Experience constructing large institutional data sets
  • 5+ years of progressively responsible experience conducting research and assessment in a postsecondary education setting
  • Experience in a newly developing organization, and a demonstrated ability to adapt to change 
  • Experience working in higher education administration, particularly in institutional research

Additional Information

Occasional evenings and weekend meetings may be required.

The College of Literature, Science, and the Arts seeks to recruit and retain a diverse workforce as a reflection of our commitments to serve the diverse people of Michigan, fulfill the College’s Guiding Principles, and sustain the excellence of LSA.

Background Screening

The University of Michigan conducts background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer and may use a third party administrator to conduct background checks.  Background checks are performed in compliance with the Fair Credit Reporting Act.

Application Deadline

Job openings are posted for a minimum of seven calendar days.  The review and selection process may begin as early as the eighth day after posting. This opening may be removed from posting boards and filled anytime after the minimum posting period has ended.

U-M EEO/AA Statement

The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.