Job Positions

Associate Director, Advising Assessment (Job ID 194937)

Categories: Great Lakes Region 5


College of Literature, Science, and the Arts - Student Academic Affairs


University of Michigan - Ann Arbor

Date Posted:

Mar 4 2021 12:18PM

Close Date:

Mar 24 2021

Position Description

The Newnan Academic Advising Center Associate Director for Assessment in Student Academic Affairs (SAA) is a non-instructional administrative position that plays a critical role in the undergraduate education mission of the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts (LSA) at the University of Michigan. As the largest college on the Ann Arbor campus, LSA serves over 17,000 undergraduate students in over 100 degree programs. This newly restructured position reports to the Director of the Newnan LSA Academic Advising Center and is part of the leadership team along with other associate directors and supervisory staff. LSA Student Academic Affairs (SAA) engages students, fosters their success, and upholds academic standards in support of the liberal arts and the University of Michigan community. As a community of over sixty full-time higher education professionals, and in collaboration with key partners across the college and beyond, SAA aspires to be a valued resource and leader in support of the academic and personal experience of undergraduate students at the university. Overall, SAA is responsible for helping LSA undergraduates achieve the expectations and rewards of the liberal arts and science education afforded by the college. To accomplish this responsibility, LSA SAA is organized into the following units: Office of the Assistant Dean, Newnan LSA Academic Advising Center, Academic Opportunities & Support, and Academic Policy & Technology.


The Associate Director for Assessment is responsible for leading assessment activities relevant to the undergraduate student experience within Student Academic Affairs (SAA), including the Newnan LSA Academic Advising Center. Responsible for carrying out quantitative and qualitative assessments and data analyses, the associate director will create, implement, and manage a formal assessment of SAA services. Alongside SAA leadership, the associate director will use data to guide and suggest student success and advising initiatives that promote engagement, diversity, equity, and inclusion. The Associate Director for Assessment is expected to research and benchmark best practices in advising as it relates to assessment activities and other strategic initiatives. The individual in this position will be expected to demonstrate excellent communication skills; build and maintain positive, effective relationships with key stakeholders within SAA and throughout the college; handle multiple projects and priorities; and be willing and able to adapt rapidly to change. The Associate Director is expected to supervise a team of full-time professional advisors as well as maintain a small advising caseload. As a contributing member of the SAA Leadership Team they will also be expected to collaborate with other leadership team members and assist in providing functional leadership and administration of the daily operations of the overarching unit.

Application Process
NOTE: A cover letter is required for consideration for this position and should be attached as the first page of your resume in a single document to be uploaded in the online application. The cover letter should address your specific interest in the position, and the skills and experience that directly relate to this position. Job openings are posted for a minimum of seven calendar days. This job may be removed from posting boards and filled anytime after the minimum posting period has ended. The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. 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 will be performed in compliance with the Fair Credit Reporting Act.

Institution Information

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. The College of Literature, Science, and the Arts seeks to recruit and retain a diverse workforce as a reflection of our commitment to serve the diverse people of Michigan, fulfill the College’s Values, and sustain the excellence of LSA. To learn more about LSA’s Strategic Vision visit Details regarding diversity, equity, and inclusion in LSA can be found at
The University of Michigan and LSA are committed to the ongoing development of a workplace culture supportive of personal and family life, which includes benefits, resources and tools promoting work-life flexibility. To learn more about the University’s generous and competitive benefits package visit

Additional Information

The salary range for this position is $70,000-$80,000

Contact Information


Required Qualifications

- Master’s degree, preferably in a liberal arts field, higher education or area of study affording understanding of the undergraduate student experience, with at least three years academic advising experience in a college or university setting
- Demonstrated experience with program assessment and evaluation
- Experience analyzing both quantitative and qualitative data
- Demonstrated knowledge of data analysis software (e.g. SPSS, R, NVivo)
- Demonstrated ability to supervise, train, and develop staff
- 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
- Strong commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion, including experience working with students from diverse backgrounds and identities
- Outstanding interpersonal skills with the ability to establish positive and respectful working relationships with students, staff, and faculty
- Strong written and oral communication skills
- Ability to maintain the integrity of confidential materials and student information

Preferred Qualifications

- PhD or EdD with at least five years academic advising experience in a college or university setting
- Evidence of significant national or regional involvement in an organization or efforts related to higher education academic advising and/or student success, with a lens towards assessment and evaluation
- Knowledge of student outcomes assessment principles, methods, and techniques
- 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