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Director of Institutional Research

Trinity College
Hartford, Connecticut, United States
Salary Not Specified
Date posted
Jun 27, 2023

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Director of Institutional Research


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Full Time

Position Summary

Trinity College seeks a staff that reflects the changing demographics of our student body. Our student body is diverse, representing 41 states and 70 countries, with 21 percent U.S. students of color and 50 percent who identify as women. More than 90 percent of students live on campus. Trinity is a highly selective, independent, nonsectarian liberal arts institution located in the capital city of Hartford, Connecticut. With more than 2,100 full-time undergraduate students and 91 graduate students, the college maintains a rigorous academic profile complemented by a vibrant and diverse co-curricular program. We consider our location in a culturally and socioeconomically diverse capital city to be among Trinity’s most distinctive assets, and we cultivate strong connections with our surrounding neighbors and with institutions and organizations throughout Hartford and the region. As a preeminent liberal arts college in an urban setting, Trinity College prepares students to be bold, independent thinkers who lead transformative lives.

Trinity College invites applications for the position of Director of Institutional Research. Beyond orchestrating the institutional research function for the college, the Director of IR serves as a key leader in Trinity’s data ecosystem. The selected candidate will join Trinity at a pivotal moment of significant investment in its data, analytics, and technology landscape, as we adopt an “analytics-first” approach. In partnership with colleagues across the LITS division and the college, the Director will help shape the foundation of our next generation ERP / HCM / SIS / CRM systems and data platform to enable further capabilities for advanced analysis. As we strive to continually strengthen our data culture, the Director will provide analytical leadership in several areas, including by communicating results of the team’s research related to institutional planning, student success, and strategic initiatives; stewarding the core set of the college’s official facts and statistics; and championing the value of trusted data and actionable insights. We’re looking for a strategic thinker who also enjoys disentangling a complex data challenge, who is passionate about leveraging insights from data to improve student success and higher education, and who is enthusiastic about making a big impact as part of a small team.

Guided by initiatives within Trinity’s Summit Strategic Plan , the Director’s work spans many facets of the college and supports decisions by leaders at all levels and by all constituencies:
  • Leads the holistic institutional research function of the college and collaborates with campus leadership to set the internal research agenda.
  • Performs data collection, research, and analysis for internal planning, benchmarking, strategic decision making, and operational needs.
  • Manages (institutional research-related) reporting to external agencies, data-sharing consortia, and other audiences; serves as IPEDS Keyholder.
  • Develops and maintains advanced analytical models (e.g., enrollment, retention, and financial aid).
  • Conducts research using qualitative and quantitative methods; leads the college’s institutional survey research program.
  • Collaborates with and assists campus partners with data and analytics in shared projects that use institutional data, such as grant proposals, factsheets, Public Factbook, Common Data Set, guidebooks, and other public releases of institutional data.
  • Serves as a key leader and partner on initiatives related to data fluency and governance; serves as a campus resource for research best practices.
The Director of IR reports to the AVP and Chief Data & Analytics Officer, as a member of the Analytics and Strategic Initiatives Center ( ASIC ) team within the Library and Information Technology Services ( LITS ) division. The Director will have the opportunity to hire for a newly authorized position of Senior Institutional Research Analyst.


There are numerous pathways to the field of institutional research and we welcome candidates with a broad set of experiences.
  • An advanced degree (master’s or doctorate preferred) in social science, data analytics, higher education, business, or a related field and 5-8 years of related work experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Demonstrated commitment to equity, diversity, inclusion, and access; knowledge of cultural competency with respect to issues such as racial, cultural, religious, sexual, and gender identity.
  • Ability to design and execute research and analytical projects from start to finish.
  • Ability to interpret and synthesize analyses and effectively communicate findings to audiences of varying backgrounds.
  • Experience with institutional research practices and standards, including knowledge of IPEDS, accreditation, and other reporting requirements.
  • Knowledge of current and emerging best practices, trends, and technologies in support of institutional research.
  • Experience designing, managing, and continually enhancing statistical and machine learning models.
  • Proficiency with software tools, including statistical packages (e.g., SPSS ), survey administration (e.g., Qualtrics), data visualization (e.g., Power BI and Tableau), and office productivity (e.g., Microsoft Office/365), as well as SQL and Python coding.
  • Excellent interpersonal, communication, organizational, and supervisory skills.
Special Instructions to Applicants

All applicants must apply online and submit a cover letter, resume, and three references.

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Trinity College is an independent, nonsectarian liberal arts college for men and women, with approximately 2,200 undergraduate students and 200 faculty members, located in Hartford, Connecticut. Our Mission is “Engage. Connect. Transform.” As the preeminent liberal arts college in an urban setting, Trinity College prepares students to be bold, independent thinkers who lead transformative lives. Trinity is an actively engaged community of students, faculty and staff who work together to develop and sustain the intellectual and creative opportunities central to a first-class liberal arts education. Hartford, the state capital, provides many opportunities for cultural and social engagement.

The College is committed to building a representative and diverse faculty, administrative staff, and student body. Trinity is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply. Applicants with disabilities should request, in advance, any needed accommodation in order to participate in the application process.

For all faculty positions, completion of the Ph.D. or appropriate equivalent is expected. Candidates should have a strong commitment to undergraduate and interdisciplinary teaching in a liberal arts context, and a well-articulated plan for sustained research. Trinity is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community through their research, teaching, and service.


Trinity College

Intellectually impressive. Fiercely determined. Unquestionably accomplished.


Since its foundation in 1823, Trinity College, located in the heart of Hartford, Connecticut, has been educating students in the liberal arts with the educational and experiential foundations they need to succeed as informed global citizens. Trinity is a member of the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) and the Consortium On Financing Higher Education (COFHE). Faculty and alumni include recipients of the Pulitzer Prize, the MacArthur award, Guggenheims, Rockefellers, and other national academic awards.

While Trinity has enjoyed a long, prestigious history, the college finds itself poised in transition as the landscape of higher education across the country undergoes a fundamental shift. Under the leadership of Joanne Berger-Sweeney, who was inaugurated on October 26, 2014 as Trinity’s 22nd President, Trinity is looking forward to a bold future that will require innovation borne out of long-term strategic planning that will make the college even more visible and competitive. Among the strategic plan’s broad goals is to design a distinctive, relevant liberal arts education that positions Trinity increasingly as a first-choice destination for students, faculty, and staff.

At Trinity College, we’re known for getting things done—and for doing them in a way that creates lasting meaning. Students come here to engage in a challenging liberal arts education, live as part of a tenacious community, explore what’s possible, and find answers to the challenges of tomorrow.

On our 100-acre campus in Connecticut's state capital, you can take advantage of all that our thriving city has to offer, including diverse perspectives, experiential learning, and an energetic culture. And with the knowledge, resources, and partnerships we’ve cultivated at Trinity, we’re an active part of driving Hartford forward as well.

We are committed to providing the best possible service to our employees and the college. We recognize the diverse composition and needs of our community of employees and strive to respond to those needs in a professional, caring and equitable manner by:

  • Recruiting and promoting the best-qualified people – while recognizing and encouraging the value of diversity in the workplace.
  • Providing a competitive salary and benefits package for our employees.
  • Establishing, administering and effectively communicating sound policies and practices that treat employees with dignity and equality, while maintaining compliance with employment and labor laws and College directives.
  • Promoting a work atmosphere that is safe, healthy, secure and conscious of family and community relations.

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