Director of Research, Accreditation and Assessment


Director of Research, Accreditation and Assessment

POSITION: Director of Research, Accreditation, and Assessment

DEPARTMENT: Administration / Title III

ACCOUNTABLE TO: Vice President

OPEN:  June 12th, 2017

CLOSED:  June 27th, 2017

SALARY:  $54,982


Under the direction of the Turtle Mountain Community College Vice President, with shared supervision responsibilities with the Title III Director, provides leadership and support for all levels of assessment of student learning (course, program, and institutional), development, research, and accreditation. Responsible for the analysis, interpretation and trend predictions of institutional records and data. Systematically gathers, analyzes and interprets evidence to determine how well performance matches expectations and standards. Employs a variety of statistical and analytical methodologies and techniques, then disseminates forecast and trend information in a variety of formats to campus administrators and external reporting agencies to support management, accreditation, assessment and policy development activities. Provides support and evidence for the accreditation processes. Information relating to academic programs, curriculum, students, and faculty is collected, analyzed, and reported. Also provides analytic support and expertise in research design and methods, surveys (internal and external), data processing, and data presentation. Provides technical assistance and guidance throughout the institutional and department level accreditation. The Director will provide a centralized resource for current information about the college and provide professional development to staff and faculty on how to use data.


Personal Contacts: Human relationships are critical to the position as the Director works in daily collaboration with TMCC’s administration and staff, faculty, and students.

Supervision Received: The Director is supervised by the College Vice President with shared supervision responsibilities with the Title III Director.

Supervision Exercised: None required


  • Develop, coordinate and conduct ad hoc studies for the institution. Includes collecting, interpreting, analyzing and presenting the results collected and making recommendations based on results.
  • Oversees data collection and integrity to ensure that the College meets all tribal, state and federal reporting requirements.
  • Direct all accreditation, assessment and research-related activities.
  • Support institutional accreditation and goal-setting process by assisting in the development, maintenance and assessment of the college-wide strategic plan.
  • Ensure that all planning is integrated with college, tribal, and regional (HLC) initiatives.
  • Develop methods for gathering and analyzing data regarding learning outcomes and student and institutional characteristics, area demographics, community needs assessments, student enrollment, retention and attrition studies, institutional effectiveness and the effectiveness of various instructional and research methodologies.
  • Align program outcomes and activities in a cycle of continuous improvement that informs planning, budgeting, and assessment.
  • Provide evidence in support of the strategic planning process and provide appropriate data and trend analysis for program review.
  • Assist the college in meeting regional accreditation (HLC) requirements.
  • Develop, coordinate and publish annual data fact book and provide data for the College Annual Report.
  • Collect and maintain college-wide assessment results, which include analyzing and interpreting data for informed decision making and reporting performance results.
  • Coordinate continuing research studies in the areas of student learning and program review, working under the supervision of the Vice President.
  • Coordinate continuing research studies in the areas of budgeting, staffing, facilities, & student needs, working closely with the administrators having responsibility for these areas.
  • Develop and design surveys to enable student feedback on College services and/or education. Analyze, report and make recommendations based on survey results.
  • Evaluate and manage the processing and maintenance of data and databases for institutional, divisional and individual needs.
  • Ensure data integrity; research and recommend changes to improve data quality.
  • Identify both institutional and environmental strengths, challenges, trends and opportunities.
  • Provide expert consultation to College personnel on research methodology, data management, and data analysis and interpretation.
  • Perform assigned responsibilities, duties, and tasks according to established practices, procedures, techniques, and standards in a safe manner and with minimal supervision.
  • Perform other position-related duties as assigned by his/her immediate supervisor.
  • Other duties as assigned.



  • Position requires knowledge of principles in the assessment of student learning.
  • Knowledge of mathematics – arithmetic, algebra, statistics and the application of appropriate statistical methods.
  • Knowledge of educational trends.
  • Knowledge of department and college policies, procedures, and practices with the ability to answer work related questions; and/or interpret and apply these guidelines correctly in various situations.
  • Knowledge of the college mission and the 7 Teachings of the Anishinabe People.
  • Knowledge of higher education accreditation.
  • Expert knowledge and the ability to operate computer systems, technologies, and sophisticated data-base management.


  • Human relations skills with respect to understanding, analyzing, developing, predicting, and collaborating are critical to this position.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills are necessary for presentations, reports, grant proposals, and course designs.
  • Critical thinking skills are necessary to identify trends, patterns, deficiencies, and conclusions or approaches relative to data, and make recommendations based upon on the data analysis and evidence.


  • Ability to organize, prioritize, and schedule.
  • Ability to plan, organize and implement assigned responsibilities and to work well under pressure to meet deadlines.
  • Employee development and performance management skills.
  • Excellent organizational, analytical and planning skills.
  • Ability to participate as a team member, ability to understand and interpret rules and regulations, and ability to adjust to change with a positive attitude.
  • Ability to handle confidential material judiciously.
  • Ability to prepare and analyze data and reports.
  • Higher education requirements and regulations – tribal, federal and state regulations and data needs, higher education trends, data definitions and accreditation issues.
  • Written and verbal communication.
  • Critical thinking.
  • Complex problem solving; technical comprehension – rules and methods; active learning; time management and managerial.
  • Mathematical reasoning – choosing the right methods to solve a problem.
  • Inductive reasoning – combining pieces of information to form rules or conclusions.
  • Deductive reasoning – applying general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
  • Availability to work or meet in the evenings and/or on weekends when necessary.
  • Ability to travel out-of- state as well as locally to participate in meetings, conferences, and other activities related to the operations of the colleges.
  • Plan, organize and facilitate data retreats.
  • Assist in providing data for recruitment and retention of students.
  • Assists in the continuous recruitment and retention of TMCC students.


A Master’s degree in Mathematics, Statistics, Education Research, Research Analyst, or Education Leadership / Administration is the minimum required; a Doctoral degree is preferred. 3 years of experience in Research is required; 5 years is preferred.


Driver license.


Performance evaluation of this position will be based primarily upon execution of the preceding areas of accountability and requirements.

How to apply:

Submit a letter of application, resume AND online application (available below); copy of college transcripts (must indicate highest degree earned); and three (3) current letters of reference. Work experience must be reasonably documented. Applicants claiming Indian Preference (CDIB) and/or Veterans Preference (DD214) must provide documentation.

Employment Application (1.41 MB PDF)


Holly Cahill, Human Resource Director

Telephone: (701)477.7939


*Turtle Mountain Community College does not discriminate on the basis of race, ethnicity, religion, national origin, sex, age or disability. It is the general policy of the college to give preference to qualified American Indian applicants as allowed by the Indian preference provisions of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended. Persons who are at least ¼ degree and wish to claim Indian preference must submit a copy of their tribal Certificate of Degree of Indian Blood (CDIB) and Agency enrolled.