The Assessment Resource Center (ARC) in the College of Education at the University of Missouri seeks an experienced, entrepreneurial researcher to become the next director. We seek a visionary leader who would relish the opportunity to substantially grow the ARC as a research and evaluation center that serves the four-campus University of Missouri (UM) system, and the nation.
ARC’s mission has been to collect and analyze data to help organizations make meaningful, data-driven decisions. We seek a director to deepen and expand this mission to make ARC a premiere research, evaluation, and assessment center. The expanded mission is to advance cutting-edge methodology research, to support the productivity of UM faculty across fields, to facilitate methods training of students, postdocs and faculty, to increase grantsmanship, to raise the research profile of UM, and to generate revenue for the university.
ARC is self-sustaining as it provides practical assessment and evaluation resources for a diverse set of clients nationwide in higher education, preK-12 education, nonprofit organizations, government, and business. It has been in operation since the mid-1930s. ARC staff members provide a range of custom assessment and evaluation services to both campus and to external clients. ARC’s current products and services include:
The Network for Educator Effectiveness: A comprehensive preK-12 educator evaluation system used by 60% of Missouri school districts and expanding to other states.
Research and Evaluation Services: A small team of researchers who collect, analyze, and report quantitative and qualitative data for clients.
IT Services: A team of programmers who build and maintain custom evaluation and assessment systems for both internal and external projects, including a proprietary system for the scoring of open-ended assessments.
Campus Assessment Services: Course evaluations and classroom testing for the MU campus.
Qualtrics administrator for the MU campus.
Sales of assessment products, including tests and materials nationally through an online store.
Distribution: Shipping and receiving for projects with tens of thousands of documents from hundreds of schools across the United States.
Essential Functions and Abilities
Adapt, implement and monitor a strategic plan and vision to grow the ARC, in collaboration with the leadership team.
Work closely with College of Education leadership to expand the mission of the ARC and promote the college’s research and evaluation enterprise.
Work closely with researchers and the research infrastructure across the UM system.
Identify, recommend and implement opportunities for new research, approaches, and resources, and promote synergistic collaborations to serve the mission of the ARC.
Maintain a positive and inclusive organizational culture
Oversee the planning, design, and implementation of major research initiatives.
Ensure all research and evaluation projects are designed around client needs with sound methodology.
Negotiate and secure contracts and procure and maintain grants.
Provide expert advice on research projects.
Serve as interface between research projects and clients.
Coach and mentor research staff.
Participate in data analysis in collaboration with center research staff.
Outreach and Business Development
Supervise the Assistant Director who manages day-to-day operations of the ARC.
Adjust resources, maintain connections with the community, and provide oversight of the center.
Secure and maintain excellent professional relations within the College of Education, the University, the state of Missouri, educational institutions and organizations, and business development relationships. Serve as primary client contact.
Lead and secure proposal efforts.
Disseminate findings through publication of papers, technical reports, and presentations.
Generate new business opportunities for revenue and effectively allocate resources to support the financial health of the organization.
General direction is received from the Associate Dean for Engagement and Outreach, College of Education
Administrative and functional supervision is exercised over 20-25 professional, technical, and/or support staff as well as faculty consultants.
This position provides an opportunity to work at a world-class research university in a beautiful and diverse setting that offers a high quality of life. There are numerous opportunities for outdoor enthusiasts and Columbia has been recognized as a bike-friendly community. Both Kansas City and St. Louis are within a 90-minute drive offering the shopping and cultural opportunities of major metropolitan areas. Columbia has a very high quality public school system and provides many opportunities for art, culture, and music enthusiasts.
Beginning Review Date: Formal review of applications will begin September 15, 2019 and continue until the position is filled.
A Bachelor's degree or an equivalent combination of education and experience and at least 6 years of experience from which comparable knowledge and skills can be acquired is necessary.
Ph.D. in research, evaluation, measurement and statistics (REMS)
Experience conducting research, including leading and managing major and multiple grants from federal agencies
Research expertise evidenced through publications/presentations and awards.
Proven ability to develop research staff capacity in research design and methods, project management, client relationships, and business development
Record of successful leadership from the local to the international level on issues related to research
Ability to analyze complex problems, formulate plans for resolution and follow through with implementation of the plans, through effective delegation of authority
Excellent oral, written, and analytical skills, exhibiting fluency in area of specialization.
High degree of personal integrity
Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with diverse stakeholders, including scholars, industry leaders, students, and staff.
The University of Missouri was founded in 1839 in Columbia, Mo., as the first public university west of the Mississippi River and the first state university in Thomas Jefferson's Louisiana Purchase territory. Today, MU is a $2.1 billion enterprise and an important investment for the state and nation. MU provides all the benefits of two universities in one: It's a major land-grant institution with a statewide mission of service to citizens and Missouri's largest public research university. Considered one of the nation's top-tier institutions, Mizzou is the flagship campus of the four-campus University of Missouri System. It is one of only 34 public universities, and the only public institution in Missouri, to be selected for membership in the Association of American Universities. The state’s most comprehensive university, MU offers more than 300 degree programs through 19 colleges and schools and is one of only five universities nationwide with law, medicine, veterinary medicine and a nuclear research reactor on one campus. Mizzou What is Mizzou? Learn about the history and traditions behind the name Mizzou has a diverse enrollment with 35,000 students from every county in Missour...i, every state in the nation and 120 countries. The favorite classroom for the best and brightest, Mizzou attracts more valedictorians, Curators Scholars and Bright Flight Scholars than any other college or university in Missouri. Twenty-six percent of MU freshmen come from the top 10 percent of their high school classes. MU’s nationally prominent faculty bring discoveries into the classroom, publish more than 1,600 books and scholarly articles each year and spend about $235 million annually on scientific research; they account for 70 percent of the research dollars flowing to Missouri public universities. Ninety-two percent of full-time, ranked faculty hold doctorates or the highest degree in their field.