Director of Institutional Research and Effectiveness
Nazareth College, an independent, comprehensive institution with 2300 undergraduate and 700 graduate students, prepares its graduates to serve local and global communities through a wide range of liberal arts and professional programs. Nazareth seeks to hire faculty and staff with a demonstrated commitment to teaching excellence, student success, and civic engagement, and an understanding of the educational benefits and importance of diversity, equity and inclusion as articulated in our Diversity Statement. The college is located minutes from downtown Rochester, New York, a city noted for its rich arts and cultural community and its international businesses and industry. Applications from candidates from diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply.
The Director of Institutional Research and Assessment designs, gathers and analyzes complex statistical educational data, employing a variety of statistical and analytical methodologies and techniques, then disseminates forecast and trend information in a variety of formats to campus constituencies and external reporting agencies to support management, planning, assessment and policy development, Information relating to academic programs, curriculum, students, and faculty is collected, analyzed and reported. The Director manages the content and integrity of the institution’s data warehouse responsible for all strategic and analytic reporting.
The Director will work directly with senior administrators and faculty committees to identify and accomplish a research program appropriate to the institution’s priorities. The Director will also provide analytic support and expertise in research design and methods, surveys, data processing and data presentation for academic and administrative departments. The Director will manage the staff in Institutional Research.
• Plan and organize all of the department’s internal and
external reporting needs. Meet with committees and senior
leadership to understand the reporting needs of the campus.
Participation in committees that require analytic and strategic
reporting and data-informed decision-making. Collaborate with
senior staff and Deans to assess their reporting needs on a
• Manage the reporting needs of the entire department. Prioritize all data requests along with cyclical project requests and external reporting needs. Determine the agenda for all departmental requests. Support direct reports with their projects. Oversee and assure completion of all federal (IPEDS, NCAA) and state reporting requirements.
• Create large-scale reports for strategic needs such as workload initiatives, enrollment management reporting, retention and student success efforts. Undertake large-scale research projects requiring advanced research methodology or large mission-critical suites of reports needed by the institution.
• Respond to institution-wide ad hoc data requests that require either the statistical, institutional, or database knowledge that the director possesses. Support some cyclical reporting that requires the same level of specialized expertise. Oversee and manage the publication of department’s most visible sets of reports such as the Institutional Fact Book and Departmental Reports.
• Management of Staff: Hire, set goals and objectives, coach, mentor, develop, train, motivate, and manage performance, including discipline and dismissal. Manage staff to assure accountability and stewardship of campus resources
(operational, financial, technology and human) in compliance with departmental goals and objectives and following all policies and procedures.
• Provide analytic support and expertise in research design and methods, surveys, data processing and data presentation to the campus for the improvement of academic and administrative processes and programs.
• Support the goals and priorities of the Office of the Vice-President for Academic Affairs. Help support all assessment efforts, Middle States accreditation, workload initiatives, analyses of academic programs, evaluations of core curriculum, etc.
Required Education, Experience, Technology Applications and Skills
• A Master’s degree from an accredited college or university
with major course work in education or a closely related
• Minimum of five years working in higher-education, with demonstrated experience in collaborative leadership.
• Experience with Tableau platform.
• Demonstrated competence in research processes, including data collection, analysis, standardized/statistical reporting, use of statistical methods, and use of computer hardware and software pertinent to institutional research.
• Able to use statistical database, spreadsheet, and work-processing computer programs to translate quantitative data into usable information for planning, assessment and other purposes.
• Experience in survey design, administration, and analysis and in reporting institutional data.
• Outstanding written and oral communication skills.
Preferred Education, Experience, Technology Applications and Skills
• Ph.D. in a relevant field.
• Minimum two years experience in SQL programming.