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Assessment and Evaluation Lead

University of Wisconsin Maison

Job Description

Job Summary:

The Office of Strategic Diversity Planning and Research (OSDPR) within the Division of Diversity, Equity and Educational Achievement (DDEEA/Division) is seeking an Institutional Policy Analyst to join its energetic and growing team. The analyst will primarily focus on evaluating undergraduate student scholarship and support programs housed within DDEEA as well as some institution-wide diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) initiatives.

Working with others in OSDPR and Program Directors in DDEEA, the analyst will design and implement a division-wide program assessment and review plan. This will include determining key performance indicators for each unit, original data collection, and collating available institutional data in order to produce regular quantitative and qualitative reports and reviews of student scholarship and support programs. The analyst will also develop new procedures and policies for collecting information about student program participation, including surveys, attendance tracking, and staff feedback.

The analyst will work closely with analysts in OSDPR and will join the team in collaborating with analysts from across campus to further the mission of OSDPR/DDEEA, including Academic Planning and Institutional Research (APIR), the Office of Undergraduate Advising (OUA), the College of Letters and Science (L&S), the Center for Leadership and Involvement (CfLI), among others.

The incumbent will report to the Director of OSDPR. Successful candidates are highly motivated, take initiative, can see the big picture, have strong problem-solving and analytic skills, are creative and curious, communicate clearly, and exercise good judgement and discretion.

About the Division of Diversity, Equity and Educational Achievement (DDEEA)
Under the direction of the Deputy Vice Chancellor for Diversity & Inclusion, Vice Provost and Chief Diversity Officer (DVCDI/VPCDO), the Division of Diversity, Equity & Educational Achievement (DDEEA/Division) supports the mission of the University of Wisconsin-Madison as it works to create a diverse, inclusive, and excellent learning and work environment for all students, faculty, staff, alumni, and partners at the university. The DDEEA's priorities are to increase access for underrepresented minorities in STEM; eliminate the achievement gap between majority and underrepresented students; recruit and retain more diverse students, faculty and staff; prepare all of our students to thrive personally and professionally in a world that is diverse, global, and interconnected; and enhance the campus climate to ensure every member of the UW community knows they belong. The DDEEA is comprised of administrative, education, scholarship, and service programs whose work overlaps with the core values of community, inclusion, organizational excellence, transparency, accountability, and social justice. The DDEEA collaborates, leads, and consults in efforts to seed new initiatives and coordinate numerous institutional efforts to support, guide, and promote these priorities.

Responsibilities:Institutional Policy Analyst I (Inst) (AD038)
Institutional Policy Analyst II (Inst) (AD039)

Institutional Statement on Diversity:

Diversity is a source of strength, creativity, and innovation for UW-Madison. We value the contributions of each person and respect the profound ways their identity, culture, background, experience, status, abilities, and opinion enrich the university community. We commit ourselves to the pursuit of excellence in teaching, research, outreach, and diversity as inextricably linked goals.

The University of Wisconsin-Madison fulfills its public mission by creating a welcoming and inclusive community for people from every background - people who as students, faculty, and staff serve Wisconsin and the world.

For more information on diversity and inclusion on campus, please visit: Diversity and Inclusion


Bachelor's Degree

Master's Degree
In public policy/affairs, higher education, educational administration/policy, or a social/behavior science

PhD or other terminal degree
Focused on public policy/affairs, higher education, educational administration/policy, or a social/behavior science.


1. Experience working with large data sets from operational data systems.
2. Proficiency with a relational database query tool and SQL or similar database programming languages and experience validating data accuracy and remediating data-quality issues.
3. Demonstrated experience using data and analytic approaches to evaluate the effects of policy decisions and inform policy development.
4. Skill at presenting the results of data analysis at various levels of summarization in print, orally, and using interactive data visualization tools.
5. Proficiency with statistical software (SAS, R, SPSS) and with general inferential statistical and predictive modeling concepts and techniques.
6. Evidence of excellent organizational skills, attention to detail, ability to complete tasks on a timeline and juggle multiple, simultaneous projects.

1. Employment experience in a role that includes policy and analysis activities.
2. Familiarity with relational database design and dimensional modeling.
3. Experience working in college or university administration, preferably a large, decentralized, research university like UW-Madison.
4. Knowledge of broad higher education issues and depth of knowledge in student-related areas such as student experience, factors associated with student academic success and progress to degree, and program evaluation.
5. Experience constructing data sets for analytic activities from disparate sources.

Work Type:

Full or Part Time: 75% - 100%

This position may require some work to be performed in-person, onsite, at a designated campus work location. Some work may be performed remotely, at an offsite, non-campus work location.

Appointment Type, Duration:



Minimum $65,000 ANNUAL (12 months)
Depending on Qualifications
This position is eligible for a relocation stipend as well as a signing bonus of up to 10% of the positions annual base salary. This position offers a comprehensive benefits package, including generous paid time off, competitively priced health/dental/vision/life insurance, tax-advantaged savings accounts, and participation in the nationally recognized Wisconsin Retirement System (WRS) pension fund. For a summary of benefits, please see https://www.wisconsin.edu/ohrwd/benefits/download/fasl.pdf. This position will also have generous professional development opportunities.

Additional Information:

Please note that successful applicants are responsible for ensuring their eligibility to work in the United States (i.e. a citizen or national of the United States, a lawful permanent resident, a foreign national authorized to work in the United States without need of employer sponsorship) on or before the effective date of appointment.

How to Apply:

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You will be asked to provide a cover letter and resume addressing your skills and experience as they relate to the qualifications and duties in this job description.


Kayla Eckerty
Relay Access (WTRS): 7-1-1. See RELAY_SERVICE for further information.

Official Title:

Inst Policy Analyst I (Inst)(AD038) or Inst Policy Analyst II (Inst)(AD039)



Employment Class:

Academic Staff-Renewable

Job Number:


 The University of Wisconsin is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer. We promote excellence through diversity and encourage all qualified individuals to apply.

If you need to request an accommodation because of a disability, you can find information about how to make a request at the following website: https://employeedisabilities.wisc.edu/disability-accommodation-information-for-applicants/

Employment will require a criminal background check. It will also require you and your references to answer questions regarding sexual violence and sexual harassment.

The University of Wisconsin System will not reveal the identities of applicants who request confidentiality in writing, except that the identity of the successful candidate will be released. See Wis. Stat. sec. 19.36(7).

The Annual Security and Fire Safety Report contains current campus safety and disciplinary policies, crime statistics for the previous 3 calendar years, and on-campus student housing fire safety policies and fire statistics for the previous 3 calendar years. UW-Madison will provide a paper copy upon request; please contact the University of Wisconsin Police Department.

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Job Location
Madison, WI
Additional Job Details
Employment Type:
Full Time

Salary range:
$50,000 – $75,000