Assessment Data Analyst

Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland
July 18, 2024
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Post Date : 04-Jul-2024 Close Date : 18-Jul-2024

Title: Assessment Data Analyst

Department: Health Professions Education Centre, RCSI University of Medicine and Health Sciences

Tenure: Full time Permanent

Reporting to: Director of Psychometrics

Location: St Stephens Green, Dublin, Ireland

Closing date: 18th July 2024

Royal College of Surgeons Ireland (RCSI):

RCSI is a community of academic, research, clinical and professional staff working collaboratively to lead the world to better health. Here, you will thrive in an innovative and inclusive atmosphere and your personal development and wellbeing will be supported. We invite you to join us to help deliver on our exciting mission “To educate, nurture and discover for the benefit of human health”.

For each of the last six years, RCSI has been positioned in the Top 300 of universities worldwide in the Times Higher World University rankings. We are proud to announce that RCSI has ranked first in the world for “Good Health and Well-being” in the Times Higher Education #SDG Impact Rankings 2023. This reflects our commitment to supporting people of all ages to live healthy lives and our work to promote the concepts of well-being and positive health. Our values of R espect, C ollaboration, S cholarship and I nnovation continue to unite and direct our purpose.

Innovating for a Healthier Future 2023-2027 is RCSI's new five-year strategic plan. Through it, RCSI will enhance human health by meeting the health workforce needs of society, creating the insights and inventions that drive health improvements, and working in partnership with patients and the public in support of better health and well-being for all. The strategy unites the RCSI community in supporting the UN Sustainable Development Goals – with a particular focus on Goal 3, which targets good health and well-being. More details about RCSI can be found at www. rcsi.ie; in particular, I would point potential applicants towards the 2023 Institutional Review document, which gives a comprehensive overview of RCSI's governance and breadth of scope – Access here

We seek candidates whose experience to date has prepared them to contribute to our commitment to the “Race Equality Action Plan 2021-2024” at RCSI. Our students come from all walks of life and so do we. We hire great people from a wide variety of backgrounds. This makes our university stronger and ensures we hire the best talent.

The Opportunity – RCSI's innovative curricula and assessment model

Assessment across RCSI curricula is changing, to deliver a focus on supporting the learning process rather than merely measuring its product. We recognise that modern healthcare professionals require more than just knowledge and skill. They are required to maintain and develop aspects of their personal and professional identity including continuing professional development, resilience and self-care, reflective practice and the ability to recognise and deal with limitations, as outlined in the RCSI Graduate Profiles. Assessment strategies and processes underpin these profiles by providing a range of assessment formats and opportunities to develop and measure competence across these domains. Progression will require students to actively engage and demonstrate the required level of competence interdependently and longitudinally.

Objective of the post:

The successful candidate will become a member of the Health Professions Education Centre, and will support the Director of Psychometrics in providing leadership, policy development, and implementation in the areas of student assessment and evaluation including: quantitative, qualitative and descriptive evaluation instruments; analysis and reporting of statistical and descriptive data for all internal and external evaluative components of the education program.

The role holder is responsible for contributing to the delivery and continuous development of an efficient assessment psychometrics service for the RCSI Schools of Dentistry, Medicine, Pharmacy & Biomolecular Sciences, and Physiotherapy. As part of the small team, you will provide rigorous evidence- informed analysis and expert support for the evaluation and quality assurance of assessment data in both undergraduate programmes. The primary function of the role is to provide core psychometric support, helping the Team to deliver cutting-edge psychometric/statistical input to the curricula and supporting RCSI's reputational development in contemporary assessment in clinical education.

You will work with academic and professional colleagues from across RCSI to plan, develop, implement and assess all methods of student assessment and evaluation across the programmes to ensure methods deployed are fit-for- purpose and up to date. You will be thoughtful, pragmatic, and creative in your approach, a source of expertise and advice, ensuring an ethical and robust approach to assessment rooted in RCSI's values and strategic aims. You will support the operationalisation and implementation of assessment strategies, approaches, and practices across the university.

Given the nature of the role, the successful candidate must have exceptional influencing skills and an outstanding focus on assessment to ensure transparent, reliable and valid assessment protocols are provided. First-class stakeholder management and organisational skills are a prerequisite, as is a can-do, enterprising attitude and the tact, resilience and discretion to engage across the range of opinions.

Educated to degree level, with substantial, in-depth experience of assessment services in the higher education or professional postgraduate training sector, the successful candidate must have proven experience of influencing stakeholders to deliver solutions.

Specifically the duties of the post will include:

Applying knowledge of assessment practices and tools to advise academic faculty on the most effective and sustainable way to evaluate students, ensuring methodological soundness and alignment with institutional initiatives

• Conducting routine statistical/psychometric analyses of assessment data following every summative assessment. These analyses may include standard setting, student performance, assessor behaviour, item quality, score reliability and potential variation between demographic subgroups as appropriate.

• Working closely with the RCSI Head of Examinations and Assessment, develop and deliver routine written reports on the above analyses and present such reports at a range of formal meetings.

• Modelling the effect of potential changes to assessments on student progression including developing and running simulations.

• Working closely with the RCSI Head of Examinations and Assessment develop and deliver ad-hoc reports on the Schools' assessment procedures and their performance as necessary, and especially in response to requests from outside bodies.

• Designing and delivering materials and methods for presenting information to stakeholders such as visiting educational or quality assurance teams and the student body, including answering questions.

• Contributing to staff development and undergraduate teaching by designing and delivering materials as appropriate.

• Contributing to the delivery and development of assessment psychometric services and scholarship in partnership with colleagues across the professional services teams, schools and the Health Professions education research theme as appropriate.

• Depending on service development requirements the role holder may be required to undertake research as directed by their line manager in order to develop an evidence-based approach to the support provided.

• Become recognised at RCSI as a source of expertise in assessment techniques and strategies

• Engage with the wider higher education community to stay up to date with developments in the sector, representing RCSI at external meetings, conferences and venues as appropriate

• Remain abreast of developments in the field of assessment and advise about their testing and adoption at RCSI

• Ensure compliance with legal responsibilities and adhere to University policies and codes of practice in relation to data protection, health and safety, equality and diversity, risk management etc

• Undertake other duties commensurate with the role and as requested by the Director of Psychometrics.

Key Accountabilities:

• Contributes to the delivery and continuous development of an effective and flexible service

• Reviews and monitors processes, procedures and associated documentation drawing in specialist knowledge, implementing or making recommendations for change as appropriate

• Researches, interprets and manipulates data using a variety of systems, analysing and reporting on key findings

• Co-ordinates and contributes to meetings, visits, conferences, committees and facilitates knowledge exchange

• Provides excellent customer service and detailed specialist advice and guidance, within an unpredictable environment, to enable appropriate solutions

• Provides guidance and delivers training on designated specialist activities and associated policies and procedures

• Guides, collaborates and takes a lead as appropriate with colleagues and peers across the University to plan and achieve joint projects and objectives

• Ensures all activities undertaken are in compliance with the University policies

• Acts in a way that demonstrates the University's commitment to Equality, Diversity and Inclusion for staff, students and partner

Personal competencies associated with this role:

• Consistently meets and exceed targets

• Demonstrates a “can-do” approach to service innovation and delivery

• Strong emphasis on maintaining an atmosphere of mutual trust and open communications

• Adaptable and flexible; possesses a high tolerance for ambiguity and thrives in a fast-paced environment

• Ability to work independently and with others to overcome challenges

• Ability to manage multiple complex tasks without direct supervision

• Strong influencing skills and develops positive collaborations that deliver productive outcomes

• Actively and regularly reflects on own performance to ensure alignment, recognise success and proactively manage under achievement

• Strong oral and written communication skills including public speaking and facilitation skills

• Adhere to strict confidentiality and other ethical standards

Key Relationships

• Health Professions Education Centre

• Examinations and Assessment Unit

• Quality Enhancement Office

• Other relevant University officers (e.g. Heads of Schools, Programme Directors, Operational Team Leaders, Programme Year Leads), professional services teams and other University staff

• The management teams and staff of departments including I.T., Estates & Facilities and other areas

• Student Leaders including Student Unions and Class Reps

Person Specification - Essential

• Educated to level 8 (Batchelor's) degree level in a quantitative discipline

• Proven experience with a variety of software packages including one or more statistical / programming packages (e.g. R, Python, SPSS, Stata, etc.).

• Practical data analytic experience including (but not limited to):

o Importing & processing data from multiple formats (e.g. .csv, .xlsx, .txt, etc.)

o Visualising, summarising & reporting data

• Exceptional attention to detail

• Ability to express technical information clearly to a wide range of people through both written and verbal communication.

Person Specification - Desirable

• Experience within third-level education or postgraduate training (preferably science / health professions education)

• Familiarity with the current scientific evidence related to assessment & evaluation

• Post graduate qualification in a cognate discipline e.g. assessment, teaching and learning or psychometrics / statistics

• Practical experience with assessment-related tasks including (but not limited to):

o Item / test construction

o Item / test analysis

o Setting performance standards

• An understanding of statistical analysis

Working at RCSI

We are all too aware that imposter syndrome and the confidence gap can sometimes stop fantastic candidates putting themselves forward, so please do submit an application — we'd love to hear from you.

Employee Benefits

RCSI make sure you have the resources you need to thrive by offering a wide range of benefits in areas including time away, finance, community, health, and well-being and insuring your financial future. Below are some additional benefits available to you as an RCSI employee:

• Minimum of 20 days annual leave, plus an additional 6.5 Privilege days

• Flexible/hybrid working options for colleagues across many roles

• Additional leave options incl. paid maternity leave, paternity/parental leave, study leave

• 7% Employer pension contribution

• Onsite gym €10 per/mth incl. classes and PT sessions

• Childcare support 20% discount at Giraffe

• Free eye test and annual flu vaccination

• TaxSaver commuter tickets and Bike to Work schemes

• A site sustainability team focusing on the environmental initiatives; Green Campus Initiative

• Competitively priced café and restaurant

• Equality, Diversity & Inclusion forums, and network groups

• Employee assistance programme with Spectrum Life

• Learning and Development training programmes incl. LinkedIn Learning for career progression

• Discounted services incl. GP visits, 10% off dental, staff parking, mobile tariffs, Group Scheme discount on numerous brands

• Sports and social club incl. yoga, Pilates, fitness classes, Zumba, running club, social evenings, Summer BBQ

• Ticket Draws for events including; Rugby, Taste of Dublin, Dublin Horse Show, theatre, music & comedy events

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