Lead Academic Integrity Advisor

Western Governors University

  • Full Time
  • Salt Lake City, Utah

  • Published : 2022-11-03
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Job Description

  • Job Title Lead Academic Integrity

Description

Job Type: Full time

Job Number: JR-012612

Location: Home Office

If you're passionate about building a better future for individuals, communities, and our country-and you're committed to working hard to play your part in building that future-consider WGU as the next step in your career.

Driven by a mission to expand access to higher education through online, competency-based degree programs, WGU is also committed to being a great place to work for a diverse workforce of student-focused professionals. The university has pioneered a new way to learn in the 21st century, one that has received praise from academic, industry, government, and media leaders. Whatever your role, working for WGU gives you a part to play in helping students graduate, creating a better tomorrow for themselves and their families.

The Lead Academic Integrity Advisor works as a vital part of the team responsible for ensuring the integrity of the assessments and degrees awarded at WGU.

Essential Functions and Responsibilities:

  • The Lead Academic Integrity Advisor is an industry leader and influential contributor to WGU's Assessment Security and Authenticity Team. The Lead Academic Integrity Advisor possesses advanced knowledge and expertise along with a wide-ranging experience and skill set.
  • The Lead Academic Integrity Advisor applies their own expertise and experience in supporting the objectives of the Assessment Security and Authenticity Department. They compile evidence of assessment security issues and authenticity concerns and present the information to the student conduct officer or Student Conduct Board as needed.
  • The Lead Academic Integrity Advisor will contribute to the development of functional and organizational content, practices, objectives, processes, and training documents to achieve goals in creative and effective ways. Such contributions involve training within the Evaluation Department and with other departments.
  • The Lead Academic Integrity Advisor will act as a coach/mentor within the team and will become a go-to person for colleagues, providing feedback and assistance on complex investigations.
  • A Lead Academic Integrity Advisor influences organization level decisions including online proctoring policy/procedures, web patrol policy/procedures, and/or originality policy/procedures to enhance the protection of the integrity of a degree for WGU students as well as the student experience.
  • The Lead Academic Integrity Advisor works on complex matters where analysis of situations requires accurate, concise problem solving and must be prepared to present legal communication to the Student Conduct Board. Complex matters include online proctoring determinations, web patrol searches and how it may/may not apply to the violations of academic authenticity which may lead to communication with the Student Conduct Board. Complex matters may also include the analysis of performance assessments' similarity report and how it may/may not be in violation of academic authenticity policies leading to communication with the Originality leadership and/or communication with the Student Conduct Board.
  • The Lead Academic Integrity Advisor applies knowledge to contribute to the development of the department and team.
  • The Lead Academic Integrity Advisor is an industry leader and influential contributor to WGU's Assessment Security and Authenticity Team. The Lead Academic Integrity Advisor possesses advanced knowledge and expertise along with a wide-ranging experience and skill set.
  • The Lead Academic Integrity Advisor applies their own expertise and experience in supporting the objectives of the Assessment Security and Authenticity Department. They compile evidence of assessment security.
  • issues and authenticity concerns and present the information to the student conduct officer or Student Conduct Board as needed.
  • The Lead Academic Integrity Advisor will contribute to the development of functional and organizational content, practices, objectives, processes, and training documents to achieve goals in creative and effective ways. Such contributions involve training within the Evaluation Department and with other departments.
  • The Lead Academic Integrity Advisor will act as a coach/mentor within the team and will become a go-to person for colleagues, providing feedback and assistance on complex investigations.
  • A Lead Academic Integrity Advisor influences organization level decisions including online proctoring policy/procedures, web patrol policy/procedures, and/or originality policy/procedures to enhance the protection of the integrity of a degree for WGU students as well as the student experience.
  • The Lead Academic Integrity Advisor works on complex matters where analysis of situations requires accurate, concise problem solving and must be prepared to present legal communication to the Student Conduct Board. Complex matters include online proctoring determinations, web patrol searches and how it may/may not apply to the violations of academic authenticity which may lead to communication with the Student Conduct Board. Complex matters may also include the analysis of performance assessments' similarity report and how it may/may not be in violation of academic authenticity policies leading to communication with the Originality leadership and/or communication with the Student Conduct Board.
  • The Lead Academic Integrity Advisor applies knowledge to contribute to the development of the department and team policies and procedures. The lead is prepared to communicate with team members, students, mentors, and other university colleagues to ensure understanding of authenticity standards and processes.
  • The Lead Academic Integrity Advisor applies experience and subject matter knowledge in his/her expertise in the resolution of challenging issues. Coordinate efforts to complete authenticity investigations in the assigned areas accurately and consistently.
  • The Lead Academic Integrity Advisor supports team efforts to ensure that investigations in assigned areas meet university-established productivity standards.
  • The Lead Academic Integrity Advisor performs investigations pertaining to Assessment Security and/or Authenticity and acts as a resource or second opinion for more complex investigations.
  • The Lead Academic Integrity Advisor compiles evidence collaborates with and reports to the student conduct representative.
  • The Lead Academic Integrity Advisor carries out tasks to support sanctions requested by the student conduct officer.
  • The Lead Academic Integrity Advisor compiles evidence and presents findings in Student Conduct Board hearings upon request.
  • The Lead Academic Integrity Advisor supports and assists with implementation of training and activities as outlined by the Evaluation Department and/or Assessment Solutions team.
  • The Lead Academic Integrity Advisor actively participates in training and informational meetings, provides advanced training to authenticity team members, mentors, course instructors, evaluators, etc.
  • The Lead Academic Integrity Advisor constantly monitors technology such as EMA, Turnitin, Unicheck, Owlbot, Salesforce, and/or Taskstream.
  • This position communicates directly with students regarding assessment security and/or academic authenticity, as needed.
  • Performs other related duties as assigned.

Knowledge, Skill and Abilities:

  • Experience and knowledge of working with 3rd party vendors.
  • Understanding and appreciation of competency-based education model.
  • Familiar with higher education assessment policies, issues, and practices.
  • Well-developed organizational, tracking, and collaboration skills.
  • Must be precise, thorough, and detailed oriented.
  • Well-developed verbal and written communication, discretion, and judgment.
  • Proficient use of educational, technological platforms and common office software packages
  • Excellent verbal, writing, and presentation skills.
  • Able to spend considerable time working at a computer and on the telephone.

Competencies: 

Organizational Impact:

  • Responsible for implementing initiatives and projects established by university or department leadership; establishes operational plans for department, function, or office with short-term impact on results. 
  • May deliver input into new processes, standards, or plans that impact overall university or department results.

Problem Solving & Decision Making:

  • Leverages a systems-thinking approach for improving existing processes and systems within the department using significant conceptualizing, reasoning, and interpretation.
  • Problems and issues faced are numerous, difficult, and require detailed information gathering and analysis. Typically affect multiple areas or specialties. Problems and issues span a wide range of challenging and unique situations.

Communication & Influence:

  • Collaborates cross-functionally with parties within and outside of the department and may occasionally communicate with external parties. 
  • May influence others to accept the job area's views, practices, concepts, and approaches and conduct briefings with leaders within the University or department. 

Leadership & Talent Management

  • Responsible for providing guidance, coaching, and training to other employees in the department, Function, or Office. 
  • Provides direction to project team members, including feedback on performance.
  • Demonstrates the WGU leadership principles in all aspects of service to students, employees, and partners of WGU.

Job Qualifications:

Minimum Qualifications:

  • 2+ years of related experience with a bachelor's degree, or 1+ years and a master's degree.
  • Demonstrated flexibility in the use of processes and ability to prioritize daily activities autonomously to support work flow.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Work experience in academic authenticity and integrity process at WGU.

Physical Requirements:

  • Prolonged periods sitting at a desk and working on a computer.
  • Must be able to lift up to 15 pounds at times.

As an equal opportunity employer, WGU recognizes that our strength lies in our people. We are committed to diversity.

   
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