Director of Institutional Research

California, United States
Salary Not specified
Jun 02, 2021
Employment Level
Employment Type
Full Time

Director of Institutional Research

San Francisco

California College of the Arts (CCA) seeks a dynamic Director of Institutional Research to provide leadership for the college's strategic planning, educational effectiveness, enrollment management, and other data-based initiatives. The director partners with stakeholders from across the college to identify, develop, gather, validate, analyze, and effectively share data related to institutional and programmatic operational improvement. Reporting to the Associate Provost for Educational Effectiveness, the Director of Institutional Research coordinates reporting of official statistical and benchmarking data requested from by external agencies while facilitating data use by internal constituencies. With its transition to the Workday enterprise platform, the college seeks a director with enthusiasm for exploring this data-rich resource and partnering with others to optimize its use.


Research and Presentation of Information - 70%
  • Lead and manage a comprehensive, responsive institutional research program that supports strategic planning, evidence-based decision making, and educational effectiveness from the Board to the program level.
  • Coordinate the collection, analysis, and effective presentation of relevant institutional data, internal surveys, and key performance indicators to support decision-making across the college.
  • Proactively partner with senior management and other administrators and departments to facilitate the effective use of institutional data and analysis.
  • Perform advanced descriptive statistical analysis and data mining activities using available tools (SPSS, SAS, etc.) to interpret results and identify trends.
  • Partner in developing and validating projection models for retention and enrollment.
  • Respond to and anticipate ad-hoc requests including support for the development of grant proposals.
  • Meet specific research needs of an art and design college including enhanced data visualization.

Data Collection and Stewardship - 15%
  • Lead efforts to improve existing data mining strategies and develop new approaches and procedures for data collection and analysis, including helping to leverage the Workday enterprise platform for enhanced operational effectiveness across the college.
  • Maintain a comprehensive data warehouse system to house periodic reports for easy access by stakeholders.
  • Periodically assist with the administration and analysis of student, alumni, faculty, and staff surveys (e.g. BSSE/NSSE, SNAAP, etc.) used to identify and improve organizational and institutional effectiveness.
  • Co-chair the college's Data Governance Committee.

Reporting - 15%
  • Collaborate with the Associate Provost for Educational Effectiveness on analyzing and reporting learning assessment results.
  • Maintain currency in the techniques and standards for data collection/reporting and federal and state reporting requirements.
  • Lead the college's survey response process to ensure completion of state and federal reporting requirements (e.g. IPEDS), accreditor reporting requirements (HEADS), and key external surveys including US News, College Board, and others.

  • Masters Degree in a relevant field (e.g. educational administration, educational research, statistics, data analytics, social sciences, or related area).
  • Significant experience in research and administration in a higher education or related setting (e.g. K-12, government, etc.).
  • Ability to identify, generate, validate, analyze, interpret, and communicate data for strategic decision-making purposes.
  • Ability to communicate data and findings in a compelling manner, including via effective data visualization skills and techniques.
  • Cultural competence with regard to issues of identity in social science research and data collection
  • Capacity for self-direction; ability to organize and set priorities; ability to build and maintain strong working relationships within a diverse work environment.
  • Strong collaboration, technical, and written and oral communication skills.
  • Demonstrated expertise working with databases, statistical software (e.g. SAS and SPSS), data warehouse, and reporting systems.
  • Strongly preferred: experience in an art and design setting and experience with the Workday enterprise platform.

San Francisco

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Applicants are required to attach a cover letter and resume. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Recommended document file formats are Word or PDF. If there are multiple attachments, we recommend compressing/zipping your files into a zip format file. There is also a place in the application for you to provide a link to large documents. Please submit an application form for each position for which you believe you are qualified. Applications are not kept on file for future positions.

Application Deadline

For staff positions, screening begins immediately and continues until the position is filled.

EEO Statement

As an educational and cultural institution, California College of the Arts has a responsibility to provide access and opportunities for all people, with special attention to supporting groups historically underrepresented in higher education.

We believe that a culturally diverse campus is integral to academic excellence, and our student, faculty, staff, and trustee bodies should reflect the diverse world in which we live, with attention to race, ethnicity, religious creed, national origin, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, and ability.

California College of the Arts is an equal opportunity employer and encourages applications from individuals who will contribute to its diversity.


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Founded in 1907, California College of the Arts (CCA) is an independent art college with 21 undergraduate programs in architecture, design, fine arts, visual studies, and writing. The college also has graduate programs in architecture, comics, curatorial practice, design, design strategy, film, fine arts, visual and critical studies, and writing. Through these programs, the college has created a dynamic and interdisciplinary environment. Diverse cultural perspectives enrich the CCA community and the college believes that continuing to expand the horizons of the students and faculty is essential to achieving its educational objectives. With campuses in Oakland and San Francisco, CCA currently enrolls 1,950 full-time students.