The Director of the office of Student Affairs and Strategic Initiatives (SAASI) leads a talented team of analysts providing data analysis, program assessment and strategic planning support for the Division of Student Affairs and, in collaboration with Institutional Research and Assessment, for the university.
Division of Student Affairs
The Division of Student Affairs at Binghamton University manages a portfolio of traditional student affairs units, as well as auxiliary enterprises and multiple academic support programs. Given the programmatic and budgetary scale ($60M), the Division maintains its own business, planning and assessment, communications and HR offices under the direction of the Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs Administration and Auxiliary Services, to whom the Director will report. The Division of Student Affairs at Binghamton is an entrepreneurial, creative and analytics-driven culture where change is a constant. The Vice President places a high value upon informed risk-taking and strategic innovation. The Director of SAASI is continuously engaged with the Vice President in conceiving, validating and developing new initiatives. The institutional culture is genuinely collaborative; Student Affairs and Academic Affairs joint enterprises include co-leading the institution's high impact learning innovations council. The University has recently invested in SAS Analytics, which will help staff acquire trusted data, create dynamic reports and develop key performance dashboards in support of data-based decision-making. Given those divisional and institutional cultural touchstones, the successful candidate will demonstrate the capacity to think outside of traditional assessment boundaries and independently navigate across a university.
Office of Student Affairs Assessment and Strategic Initiatives (SAASI)
The SAASI staff, professionals as well as graduate and undergraduateinterns, are talented and motivated; and the founding director has cultivated a high-performance, team-oriented culture. The work of the office includes traditional assessment as well as data analytics, data visualization, outreach and professional development and creative data mining projects to support strategic initiatives. Past projects have measured how students actually spend their time, the migration patterns of students across different on-campus and off-campus housing options and a meta-analysis of the different types of high impact learning. The office also maintains "B-Engaged", a tool to facilitate, coordinate and report on student co-curricular activities and experiences that serves as the backbone of the university wide strategic priority centered on high-impact learning. SAASI is at the center of a dynamic Division of Student Affairs which significantly impacts the strategic direction of the university as a whole. The Director of SAASI is, accordingly, highly visible across the University.
Duties and Responsibilities include:
- Lead a team of five professional staff members; and recruit, hire, train, motivate and supervise team members, including talented graduate and undergraduatestudents, in mining gems from data, and presenting information in a compelling and creative fashion
- Directly support the Vice President for Student Affairs in evaluating current programs and services and in conceiving, validating and implementing new approaches
- Serve on university project teams including but not limited to the High Impact Learning Innovations Council to contribute expertise with respect to data collection, analysis, visualization and reporting
- Partner with the Vice President and other leaders to influence a culture of genuine innovation where units undertake critical program evaluation and data analysis in order to become truly responsive organizations unafraid of trail-blazing
- Provide leadership and expertise in the design, implementation and interpretation of assessment and planning applied to programs and services across the Division of Student Affairs
- Critically evaluate divisional assessment practices and eliminate those which are unnecessary, uninformative and not meaningfully relied upon
- Facilitate and maintain high standards for quantitative and qualitative analysis for a broad range of university data and processes for quality improvement, reporting and decision making
- Support Division of Student Affairs fundraising efforts by supporting communications staff in the development of compelling program narratives
- Master's degreerequired, doctorate preferred, in a field related to higher education, assessment, statistics, management, or social science
- Minimum of four years' experience working in evaluation, assessment, project management and/or research in higher education, though the unusual candidate with strong relevant experience may be considered
- Demonstrated track record of supervising, inspiring, training and guiding employees, including students
- Demonstrated ability to build productive relationships with faculty, academic administrators, student affairs professionals, students and student groups, with sensitivity, insight, and savvy
- Experience with managing institutional data, and a solid grounding in the laws and best practices in collecting and disseminating data; experience in the subtleties of formatting and disseminating assessment information for a variety of audiences
- Sophistication in managing expectations and facilitating conversations with senior leaders in all areas
- Highly effective office management skills, strong project management skills with acute attention to detail, ability to manage demanding workflow and competing deadlines
- Exceptional oral and written communications skills
- Creative innovation skills, the ability to work independently and to lead a team
- Commitment to diversity and serving the needs of a diverse community