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Assessment Specialist

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Work type: FT
Location: Des Moines
Categories: Staff

Assessment responsibilities include preparing and managing assessment datasets and related tools, assisting faculty with assessment processes, analyzing data and preparing reports in support of student learning and institutional effectiveness.


  • Master’s degree in learning assessment, educational psychometrics, higher education, instructional design, statistics, or a related field is preferred, or a combination of education and experience from which comparable knowledge and skills are acquired.
  • Experience in using learning or assessment management systems and data visualization software (e.g. Power BI, Tableau, SAS, R, Qualtrics, Google Forms, Mural).
  • Experience with statistical analysis required.
  • Experience with development of assessment instruments (e.g., rubrics, checklists, exams/quizzes, attitudinal measures, observational evaluations, surveys, etc.).


  • Lead the collection, coding and management of assessment data to support program improvement efforts.
  • Analyze, interpret and report assessment data to identify longitudinal trends and cross-sectional patterns in student learning outcomes and/or program data.
  • Contribute to course improvement and faculty development plans/programs that utilize evaluation data, peer evaluation, and best practice in instructional design and pedagogy to enhance faculty teaching and learning experience and improve student learning outcomes.
  • Provide professional development support and training for program faculty on the effective use of formative and summative assessments.

About DMU:

Our employees are what make DMU special, so we treat them well!  Our Total Rewards reflect this commitment. Qualified faculty and staff enjoy outstanding health/medical benefits, a generous retirement match, flexible work arrangements, tuition assistance, professional development funding, and access to wellness facilities with programs that promote a well-balanced lifestyle.  Visit to learn more about our benefits.  

Founded in 1898, Des Moines University is a premier medical and health sciences institution comprising of three colleges– College of Osteopathic Medicine, College of Podiatric Medicine and Surgery, and College of Health Sciences – that offer nine graduate degree programs. The programs share a collective strength — an inclusive campus community where students and faculty come together in pursuit of knowledge, research and innovation. Join us as we impact the future of medicine and healthcare in our new state of the art campus opening in West Des Moines in 2023.

Department: COM                                                                         

Status: Exempt

Work Schedule: 8-4:30 M-F


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