Office of the Provost

Executive Director for Institutional Effectiveness

[posted December 2013]

Butler University is accepting applications for the position of Executive Director for Institutional Effectiveness.

Position Summary

Reporting to the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, the Executive Director is responsible for providing leadership, administrative oversight, and coordination for campus-wide assessment programs and accreditation efforts. The position involves application of higher education "best practices," development of institutional policies and protocols, and management of routine assessment and institutional reporting as well as regional and specialized accreditation projects.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities

  • Evaluate, develop, and implement university assessment policies and protocols to ensure consistency and compliance, while working toward meaningful assessment regimens responsive to the needs of individual departments and programs.
  • Oversee the Office of Institutional Research and Assessment, working closely with the Director and staff to ensure that data are appropriately collected, stored, analyzed and disseminated, e.g. Institutional data profile, statistical overview, federal reporting, university survey responses to outside agencies, and surveying of faculty and staff (CIRP, NSSE, FSSE).
  • Coordinate annual academic and administrative program assessments, program-level assessment plans and reports, internal academic program reviews, all CORE curriculum assessment, and reporting on university student learning outcomes.
  • Serve as institutional liaison to the Higher Learning Commission, manage all evidence files and reporting processes, prepare and provide leadership for institutional site visits.
  • Provide support for accreditation efforts in individual programs, departments, and colleges, including assisting with compliance with requirements of accrediting bodies. Assist in identification and implementation of software solutions to meet accreditation expectations for data collection, analysis, and access. Develop strategies for effective communication and utilization of assessment results.
  • Work collaboratively with colleges, programs, departments, and units on university assessment committees, both academic and administrative. Develop strategies for developing faculty and staff engagement in assessment and effective communication of assessment results. Work toward integration of assessment in institutional budgetary processes and decision-making.
  • Identify new opportunities for applied research and provide leadership for development and implementation of new assessment instruments for Core curriculum and University student learning outcomes.
  • Collaborate with other academic affairs administrators to ensure development of appropriate infrastructure, policies, operations, assessment, and accountability for graduate and non-degree programs.

Minimum Qualifications

Master's degree: 3 years of experience in institutional research, assessment, and/or accreditation activities in a higher education setting. Strong statistical, organizational, and interpersonal competencies.

Preferred Qualifications

Ph.D. or Ed.D.: skills and experience include teaching in post-secondary education, knowledge of "best practices" in student learning outcome assessment, and experience with Higher Learning Commission and other accrediting bodies' expectations and processes, including online learning.


Candidates must submit a letter of interest, CV and contact information for five references. Send applications to Professor Michelle Jarvis, Search Committee Chair, via email at Review of Applications will begin January 30, 2014 and will continue until the position is filled.


Butler University is committed to enhancing the diversity of the student body, faculty and staff. In addition, hiring decisions are made on the basis of an individual's qualifications, past experience, overall performance and other employment-related criteria. Butler University provides equal opportunities for employment and advancement for all individuals, regardless of age, gender, race, religion, color, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, national origin, or any other legally protected category.