WHY COME TO UC MERCED?
• Cutting-edge sustainability and clean energy focus.
• Outstanding benefits with significant paid time off.
• A culture of collaboration that is mission-driven.
• Radically fast, high-performance super computing capabilities.
• An affordable and welcoming community that promotes a quality life and true balance.
• Once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to put your mark on and be a part of a budding Tier I Research University.
ABOUT THE UNIVERSITY:
The University of California, Merced (UC Merced) is the newest and tenth campus of the University of California system and the first American research university built in the 21st century. UC Merced was conceived both to serve the needs of the rapidly growing Central Valley, one of the world’s most productive agricultural regions, and to increase access to the University of California system (UC System) for California’s top students. Now, with close to 7,300 students (including more than 500 graduate students), UC Merced plans additional student growth to an enrollment of approximately 10,000 students in 2020-2021.
UC Merced is the most ethnically diverse campus in the UC System http://www.ucmerced.edu/diversity. More than sixty percent of the undergraduates are first generation college students. With undergraduate, graduate, and PhD programs; regional, statewide, and global partnerships; and local community involvement, the UC Merced campus is continually evolving, requiring talented, knowledgeable and dynamic educators, researchers, management and staff. The campus represents an important point of pride for the city of Merced (pop. 80,000), a city within driving distance of Yosemite National Park and the Sierra Nevada Mountains, as well as the state capitol in Sacramento, the San Francisco Bay Area, Napa Valley, and the Monterey coast.
ABOUT THE JOB:
With responsibility for Periodic Review, Assessment and Accreditation Support (OPRAAS), the Director of OPRAAS, serves as the Accreditation Liaison Officer (ALO), applies in-depth knowledge and experience on projects to advance institutional priorities related to assessment and accreditation. The Director advises, academic and administrative leadership, on decision-making that impacts accreditation, assessment, and related academic program planning, activities across the campus.
The Director of OPRAAS advances campus goals for assessment and accreditation, including related academic program planning, and coordinates annual and periodic assessment, academic and administrative, for the campus. He/she operates in a highly visible, politically sensitive, legally complex and evolving area. The Director uses advanced professional concepts and campus objectives to address and resolve complex policy issues. She/he works on significant, strategic issues and problems requiring political sensitivity, where analysis of circumstances and information requires an in-depth evaluation of factors.
MAJOR RESPONSIBILITIES OF THE JOB:
• Proposes, leads and/or participates on policy and planning committees to coordinate and advance institutional priorities for assessment and accreditation.
• Directs the activities of the Office of Periodic Review, Assessment, and Accreditation Support.
• Provides leadership, guidance, education, policy development to the campus on accreditation and assessment, and represents campus to external agencies (i.e., WASC).
• Works with the Office of the President and other campuses to attain a coordinated system-wide approach that is responsive to campus needs.
• Develops proposals and recommendations to guide and support a broader strategic direction for the organization.
• Identifies policy issues of importance to the campus which require research of state and national organizations; develops appropriate analytical and procedural framework for addressing the issues on the campus.
• Serves as campus expert on accreditation and assessment.
• Participates with high level management in strategic thinking and planning in relation to accreditation, assessment, and related academic program planning.
• Analyzes, predicts, and advises constituencies regarding direction in the absence of clear external and internal practices.
• Formulates new policies and procedures for implementation on the campus.
• Ensures campus compliance with legal and regulatory requirements in a complex changing environment.
• Plans, develops and implements new programs and organizational structure changes required to implement new policy.
• Manages the office and supervises administrative functions, office protocols and personnel including the hiring, training, and evaluation.