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Dean of Institutional Effectiveness
Merced College in Merced, California
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Date Posted 04/09/2019
Employment Type Fulltime
Application Deadline 04/24/2019

*open until filled*
Additional compensation for doctorate
Interviews are scheduled for the week of May 13, 2019

Merced College is a midsized community college located in California's Central Valley. Founded in 1962, the college serves more than 16,000 students with room to expand on its 267 acre main campus and 120 acre Los Banos site. Merced, incorporated in 1889, offers historical sites, affordable housing, access to the Bay Area and Sacramento, and is the Gateway to Yosemite National Park and the Sierra mountains as well as home to the University of California Merced campus. Our tree-shaded, growing community of just over 80,000 includes multiple biking and walking trails as well as access to several lakes – large and small – throughout the county.
The Dean of Institutional Effectiveness oversees an area vital to college success.  Research, planning, and a collaborative leadership style are valued attributes to help Merced College continue to meet the needs of its student population through data-driven decision-making processes.  This is an exciting opportunity to join a dynamic, innovative team.  College research and planning efforts, ranging from MIS and other institutional effectiveness reports to accreditation, fall under the responsibility of the Dean of Institutional Effectiveness.  Merced College is looking for a team player committed to student success to help lead this critical area.  
Merced College Vision
Merced College will provide transformative and empowering educational experiences to meet student and community needs.
Merced College Mission
Growing our community through education and workforce training:

  • lifelong learning

  • basic skills

  • career technical education

  • transfer

  • degree/certificate programs

Ensuring student success through equitable access, continuous quality improvement, institutional effectiveness, and student achievement.

General Description:
Under the general direction of the Associate Vice President of Information Technology Services, the Dean of Institutional Effectiveness will provide leadership and perform all necessary functions related to the collection, interpretation, and use of institutional data. The person in this position will plan, organize, direct, coordinate, establish, and provide a high standard of vision, leadership, and direction to the Merced Community College District's institutional effectiveness functions and operations. Moreover, the Dean will provide leadership for the District's assessment, accreditation, research, and accountability processes.  The person in the role is also responsible for planning and implementing strategies that provide direction for strategic planning, accreditation compliance, enrollment management, institutional research, institutional effectiveness, and assessment of institutional outcomes. 



Examples of Duties

Essential Functions

  • Provide overall coordination of program review efforts, including:  

    • maintaining an institutional inventory of program review reports

    • maintaining calendar of program review schedules and status

    • supporting program review efforts by data and training for faculty and staff

    • providing coordination for Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs)

    • maintaining all program review information on the Merced College website

    • developing and maintaining data instruments, software, and integrity measures necessary to collect and manage Merced College data

  • Oversee the collection and distribution of information for external agencies and monitor the college's compliance with criteria established by appropriate state, regional, and/or national accreditation and licensing organizations.

  • Provide day-to-day oversight of all institutional research, institutional effectiveness, accreditation, assessment, and strategic planning activities.

  • Develop, administer, analyze, and report on surveys that measure engagement, performance, and satisfaction for both students and employees.

  • At the discretion of the Associate Vice President of Information Technology Services, regularly attend administrative team meetings.

  • Compile and prepare state and federally mandated reports including ad hoc reports and a variety of surveys and summaries.

  • Prepare statistical reports, historical/projected information, and other materials.

  • Identify and collect institutional benchmark data and provide related reports as needed.

  • Provide support, direction, and leadership of the college's master and strategic planning processes.

  • Prepare reports identifying progress in achieving strategic initiatives and goals.

  • Prepare and publish an annual institutional effectiveness report.

  • Serve as a member of various campus committees and task forces as appropriate.

  • Participate in the development of the college enrollment management plan and FTES targets based on financial and enrollment goals.

  • Create, maintain, and provide essential institutional research and planning information in support of institutional decision making.

  • Develop and manage budgets for areas of responsibility.

  • Manage, supervise, and evaluate assigned staff; participate on the screening and selection of staff as required; train staff on services and programs as implemented.

  • Perform other duties as assigned. 

Knowledge of:

  • Relational database design and management and expertise in a major database package (e.g., Microsoft SQL)

  • Complex research methodology and data analysis best practices

  • Theories, principles, and practices associated with institutional planning

  • Enrollment management strategies and evaluation

  • Demonstrated knowledge and leadership experience in institutional effectiveness strategies

  • Demonstrated knowledge of strategic planning

  • Federal and state laws and regulations affecting college operations and functions

  • In-depth knowledge of community college educational services, accreditation standards and the process of accreditation

  • Principles of management, leadership, training, and employee performance evaluation

  • Academic institution budget preparation and administration 

Ability to:

  • Execute complex research methodology

  • Conduct data analysis

  • Communicate effectively with a diverse range of institutional stake-holders including managers, faculty, and classified staff

  • Study timely, key demographic and educational trends and interpret information for relevance to Merced College

  • Manage multiple timelines for internal and external reporting requirements

  • Effectively lead and motivate administrators, managers, faculty, and staff with a collaborative style in a collegial and participatory governance environment

  • Manage and lead area staff


Typical Qualifications


  • Master's degree from an acceptable accredited institution in education, research methods or assessment, management, planning, or related field.

  • Two years of formal training, internship, or leadership experience in a discipline that incorporates methodology and assessment.

  • Supervisory or managerial experience in an educational environment.

  • Experience working directly with educational research tools such as data warehousing, business intelligence, enterprise information systems, ERP, and statistics packages.

  • Experience using database software, enterprise applications, and statistical software

  • Sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, and ethnic backgrounds of community college students. 


  • Doctorate in education or related field.

  • Experience with higher education administrative/student information systems including technical understanding of data warehousing and data mining.


Supplemental Information

How to Apply:   Candidates will submit a complete application on the Merced College career pages at

  1. Letter of interest addressing your qualifications for the position

  2. Resume

  3. List five professional references

  4. Legible unofficial college transcripts (undergraduate and graduate).  Transcripts must include the degree major and date the institution granted the degree.   Official copies are not required unless applicant is hired. 

  5. Foreign transcripts must include a U.S. evaluation and translation. (Download PDF reader)

  6. Diversity Statement: Provide a statement about yourself that specifically demonstrates sensitivity to the needs of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability and ethnic backgrounds of community college students and the community at large.  Your response is limited to one (1) page. 

Individuals with disabilities may request any needed accommodation to participate in the application process. Please submit your request with your application to the Human Resources Office.  
Interview Information: Those applicants deemed most qualified for the position will be invited to appear for oral interviews before a screening committee. The interview process may include a pre-interview writing assessment. Finalist interviews with district administrators will follow the same or next day. A limited number of candidates will be invited to interviews. Expenses for travel and accommodations will be the responsibility of the candidates. 
Employee Benefits: The District pays (with small contribution from employee) health, prescription, vision and dental insurance premiums for the employee and dependents. Life and income protection insurance premiums are provided for the employee only, as well as paid vacation, sick leave, and holidays.
Condition of Employment: The selected candidate must be fingerprinted and tested for tuberculosis at his/her own expense prior to the start of employment. In compliance with the Immigration Reform Act of 1986, all new employees are required to verify their identity and the right to work in the United States. An
applicant must be able to perform essential functions of the position with or without reasonable accommodations. All offers of employment are subject to approval by the Board of Trustees.

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