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Director of Institutional Research

St. Thomas University
Florida, United States
Salary Not Specified
Posted Date
Apr 14, 2023

**This is an on-site position. Remote workers will NOT be considered.**


You will be joining St. Thomas University (STU) at an exciting moment! Under the dynamic leadership of President David A. Armstrong, J.D., STU has had four consecutive years of record enrollment and we’ve set fundraising records too. Our campus footprint is also growing. In the past two years alone, we’ve opened the state-of-the-art Gus Machado College of Business, a new weight room for our student athletes, as well as a turf athletic field, residence hall, and a student center. And, we are going to keep growing…more students, more programs, more facilities!

As we mark our 60th Anniversary, we are setting our sights on the future while also honoring our Cuban heritage and celebrating our Catholic Identity. Come be a part of our diverse community! We are seeking energetic innovators who will help us chart the course for the University’s sixth decade of impact! Let’s work together to attract, serve, and inspire a diverse group of students who will leave STU prepared to be ethical leaders and change agents in our global community.

Located in sunny Miami, Florida, St. Thomas University is a private, non-profit university that offers 39 undergraduate, graduate, and postgraduate degrees at its picturesque 144-acre campus and through distance learning. Its academic offerings include one of the oldest (and most highly ranked) undergraduate programs in Sports Administration in the country. STU has been ranked #1 by U.S. News & World Report in Social Mobility for regional universities in the South, which means it takes students from the lowest financial strata and catapults them to much higher financial strata in only ten years. St. Thomas University is the only Catholic Archdiocesan-sponsored university in Florida, and one of the only eight Archdiocesan universities nationwide.


Reporting to the Provost/Chief Academic Officer, the Director of Institutional Research & Effectiveness will provide leadership in the development of a comprehensive institutional research program to support the University's mission and strategic goals, outcomes assessment process, and in developing and sustaining a "culture of evidence". Responsible for collecting, analyzing, and disseminating a wide range of data related to the University's academic and financial enterprise; as well as providing critical decision support to university administration, the new Director will provide a trusted, centralized resource for up-to-date information about the University and a proactive resource assessment and planning. The Director will serve as the central source for institutional data and reporting requests. Emphasis will be placed on data analysis and interpretation and help in identifying and framing critical issues in support of continuous improvement.


  • Identifies, collects, organizes, analyzes, interprets and reports information to comply with and fulfill routine and/or specific internal and external requests.
  • Develops a data dictionary and procedural standards for consistency in gathering and maintaining institutional data.
  • Works with senior leadership and campus constituencies on developing assessments to assist in developing metrics to measure institutional effectiveness.
  • Constructs data gathering instruments and determines validity and reliability.
  • Coordinates and submits all Surveys and Reports such as Gainful Employment, IPEDS, Student Clearinghouse, NSSE, US News & World Report, etc.
  • Coordinates quantitative and qualitative research activities such as questionnaire design, research design, methodology, coding, sub-group analysis, and report preparation, including the review and analysis of ad hoc reports.
  • Performs analysis and reports the results as requested; analyzes research results and trends using a variety of techniques; provides status reports on projects.
  • Organizes and archives institutional and survey data for the University in conducting trend analyses and other institutional data needs, and publishes STU’s Fact Book annually.
  • Prepares updates and expands the collection of comparative data and peer indicators.
  • Assists in the development of quality enhancement plans, program review, survey research and assessment.
  • Provides analytical support and advice in the design of survey research, and/or designs specific analytic and predictive modeling studies as needed.
  • Instructs and/or assists administrators, faculty and staff members in areas of research design methodology, instrument administration and/or construction, data analysis, and interpretation.
  • Disseminates information and analysis that provides interpretations of research studies. Presentations should be provided to others, internal and external.
  • Manages the University's response to reporting and compliance related to the SACS-COC accreditation process.
  • Conducts analysis and reporting of institutional data such as enrollment, retention, graduation, transfer and related data.
  • Develops research projects, impact analysis, and other reports for University decision-making.
  • Tracks and analyzes enrollment and prepares FTE projections.
  • Create and lead an Institutional Review Board (IRB).
  • Work closely with IT to ensure data validation, etc.
  • Ensures the accuracy and timeliness of all State and Federal reports of student data for accountability and funding purposes.
  • Represents the University on local, state, and national committees as appropriate to the areas of immediate supervisory responsibility.
  • Perform additional duties and assist with special projects as assigned.


  • Master's degree and three years of institutional research experience, or Bachelor’s degree and eight years of demonstrated progressive institutional research experience in a higher education role is required for this position.
  • Relevant experience should include: data collection, analysis and interpretation, project management and assessment, data base management, and experience with institutional assessment and effectiveness.
  • Experience in policy analysis, educational assessment, quantitative and qualitative research methods, and statistics.
  • Experience querying (SQL) and working with large databases and programming for data extraction, merging, report creation, and analysis.
  • Knowledge of assessment and evaluation principles and practices.
  • Proficiency with SAS, R, SPSS, or similar statistical package.
  • Experience collaborating with faculty and senior leaders across an institution.
  • Strong statistical and analytical skills, demonstrated knowledge of financial modeling and trend analysis, and experience working with institutional research data and statistical analysis and programming software.
  • Ability to work independently, and manage several projects simultaneously to meet deadlines.
  • Strong oral and written communication skills and the ability to work with diverse constituencies (i.e., faculty, staff, administrators, and students) to present data in a cogent and meaningful manner.

Tuition Benefit

After 1 year of continuous full‐time service, employees are eligible to enroll in STU’s bachelor and master courses, tuition‐free. The program will cover a maximum timeframe of 125% of credit hours attempted toward the degree program. Employees may enroll in STU’s doctoral program, with a 40% tuition discount, under the same conditions.

Catholic Identity

St. Thomas University is a Catholic university sponsored by the Archdiocese of Miami committed to academic and professional success guided by its Catholic identity. All employees are therefore expected to respect the teachings of the Roman Catholic Church and support the University’s religious mission. All employees hereby acknowledge their familiarity and support of the religious affiliation, mission and values of St. Thomas University.

Equal Employment Opportunity

St. Thomas University is an equal opportunity employer that promotes a diverse and inclusive organization. It is the policy of the University to fill each vacancy with the candidate who represents the best fit for the position and to promote and transfer employees from within whenever possible and practical. Employment decisions are made on the basis of the candidate’s personal capabilities, qualifications, and ability to assist the University in fulfilling its mission without discrimination. With regard to the latter, the University’s program of recruiting employees for mission aims to inform prospective employees of the University’s mission and to help them and hiring personnel determine how they will support and contribute to the University’s mission.


St. Thomas University is an E-Verify® Employer. E-Verify is an Internet-based system that allows an employer, using information reported on an employee's Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification, to determine the eligibility of that employee to work in the United States. STU will utilize E-Verify® to verify employment eligibility for all newly hired employees.

Job Type: Full-time

Pay: $75,000.00 - $99,000.00 per year


  • 401(k)
  • 401(k) matching
  • Dental insurance
  • Employee assistance program
  • Employee discount
  • Flexible spending account
  • Health insurance
  • Health savings account
  • Life insurance
  • Paid time off
  • Parental leave
  • Retirement plan
  • Tuition reimbursement
  • Vision insurance


  • Monday to Friday
  • Weekend availability

Ability to commute/relocate:

  • Miami Gardens, FL 33054: Reliably commute or planning to relocate before starting work (Required)

Application Question(s):

  • Please provide contact information for three (3) professional references.


  • Bachelor's (Required)


  • Institutional research: 3 years (Required)
  • SQL: 1 year (Required)

Work Location: In person

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