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Director of Institutional Research and Planning

Western Illinois University
Illinois, United States
Salary Not specified
Posted Date
Aug 7, 2023

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Director of Institutional Research and Planning

Category: Administrative, Professional & Staff Positions
Department: Institutional Research and Planning
Locations: Macomb, IL
Posted: Feb 6, 2023
Closes: Open Until Filled
Type: FT - Continuous

About Western Illinois University:

Western Illinois University, accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, serves nearly 7,500 students at its traditional, residential four-year campus in Macomb, IL and its metropolitan branch campus in Moline, IL.

Job Description:

Western Illinois University seeks a collaborative and innovative leader to serve as the Director of Institutional Research and Planning. The position, which reports to the President, will be responsible for the collection, analysis, interpretation, and application of institutional data in support of the University's external reporting requirements and internal planning and data needs. It will actively engage with the University's administration to carry out the responsibilities of the position, including regular reports to the President and Cabinet on the status of institutional research and planning. The Director will provide information and counsel to university leadership in the submissions of institutional data and metrics to external entities, as well as the alignment of data and metrics for institutional strategic planning, goal setting and metric definitions.

The Director of Institutional Research and Planning will possess a comprehensive understanding of research methods, statistical analysis techniques, data reporting, and analysis. The successful candidate will ensure the quality and accessibility of University data for decision-making that supports the mission, goals, and strategic priorities of the University and key administrative leaders. The Director will be charged with implementing appropriate strategies, policies, and procedures for the Office. In addition, the position will manage processes that improve the quality, integrity, and availability of data.

The selected candidate will be an effective communicator, and will provide information, direction, and support for the analysis of key trends and issues in higher education by benchmarking, researching selective topics, analyzing statistical data in detail and integrating this information into various reports.

APPOINTMENT: October 1, 2023 or negotiated start date.

COMPENSATION: A competitive salary commensurate with qualifications and experience will be provided to the successful candidate.

Western Illinois University offers a comprehensive benefits package including domestic partner benefits. For full benefit information visit:


Required Qualifications:
  • Bachelor's degree in higher education, social sciences, statistics, or a field closely related to the position; Master's degree strongly preferred.
  • A minimum of three (3) years of progressively responsible experience in research methods, statistical analysis techniques, data reporting, and analysis.
  • Possession of strong written and oral communication skills.
  • Demonstrated effective and collaborative management and supervisory skills.
  • Ability to understand and interpret university databases and use various statistical software packages to produce information to aid in the decision-making process.
  • Ability to prepare oral and written reports explaining results of research studies.
  • Possession of exceptional problem solving and decision-making competences, analytical skills, and organizational abilities to prioritize and following projects through to completion.
  • Demonstrated commitment to maintaining the highest level of integrity.

Preferred Qualifications:
  • Master's degree in higher education, social sciences, statistics, or a field closely related to the position.
  • Institutional research experience at an institution of higher learning or similar setting.
  • Knowledge of analytical models and their usage in higher education.

For a degree to be considered, it must be conferred from a regionally accredited degree-granting institution of higher education (or equivalent from an international accrediting body).

Additional Information:

About WIU

Since 1899, Western Illinois University has provided outstanding educational opportunities to individuals in west central Illinois and well beyond our region and state. WIU's traditional residential campus in Macomb, Illinois, is the educational, cultural and athletic center of the region, while the WIU-Quad Cities non-residential branch campus in Moline, Illinois, is the only public university in the immediate Quad Cities region.

WIU-Macomb, IL: A traditional, residential four-year campus offering a comprehensive slate of undergraduate and graduate programs, including a doctorate in education, WIU-Macomb is located in the heart of west central Illinois in Macomb. Amtrak provides twice-daily service from Macomb to Chicago (and point in-between). Macomb is located approximately 75 miles from the Quad Cities International Airport (Moline, IL) and 70 miles from the Greater Peoria Regional Airport (Peoria, IL).

WIU-Quad Cities: The only public university in the Quad Cities area, WIU-QC offers select undergraduate and graduate programs, including a doctorate in education and a doctorate in environmental studies, at its metropolitan, non-residential campus in Moline, IL.

WIU Commitment to Justice, Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Anti-Racism

Western Illinois University fosters respect, equity, and inclusion for all students, faculty, and staff. WIU is committed to anti-racism, anti-oppression, equity, social justice, and diversity. We value inclusion as a core value and as an essential element of Western's public service mission. WIU embraces individual uniqueness and a culture of inclusion that supports broad and specific diversity initiatives. Western believes in the educational and institutional benefits of diversity in society as integral to the success of all individuals.
At WIU, we will:
  • Maintain a safe and secure environment for all members of our University communities.
  • Educate and empower students, staff, and faculty to be social justice advocates.
  • Provide curricula, programs, training, resources, and environments that reflect and strengthen the diversity of our communities, and to elevate cultural awareness and understanding.
  • Ensure fair, equitable, and inclusive access to University facilities, programs, resources, and services.
  • Create inclusive and equitable policies and practices.
  • Diversify the University's workforce by assessing hiring practices to attract, retain, and develop talented staff and faculty from diverse backgrounds.
  • Address intergroup disparities through areas as representation, retention, learning outcomes, and graduation rates.
  • Create a University wide diversity plan to ensure a continued commitment to anti-racism, anti-oppression, equity, social justice, and diversity.


More than 61 undergraduate degree programs, 40 graduate programs, two doctoral programs and 13 post-baccalaureate certificate programs prepare students for a successful career after graduation.

Student Resources

There are more than 200 student organizations at Western that provide social, academic, recreation, sports, service, and many other opportunities for students to grow and learn, develop leadership skills, and much more. Numerous concerts, lectures, films, dance performances, cultural events and more are presented and performed each year, along with numerous major theatrical and dance productions and studio shows, and a variety of service-oriented projects and activities, all in a diverse and inclusive campus environment. The Multicultural Center is home to four cultural and resource centers: The Gwendolyn Brooks, Casa Latina, the Women's Center, and the LGBT*QA Resource Center. These cultural and resource centers promote WIU's goal of enhancing justice, diversity, equity, and inclusion through educational programming and advocacy.

WIU Intercollegiate Athletics

The University's athletics program, based on the Macomb campus, sponsors 17 NCAA Division I intercollegiate men's and women's varsity sports. Football competes in the NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision through the Missouri Valley Football Conference; all other varsity sports compete at the Division I level through The Summit League.

Application Instructions:

Applicants must provide a letter of application, a current curriculum vitae or resume, and contact information for at least three professional references. Copies of unofficial academic transcripts and any certifications/licenses are also required at the time of application; official copies will be requested of selected candidate.

Upload the requested documents by clicking APPLY NOW or by visiting

Screening begins August 21, 2023 and will continue until position is filled.

Western Illinois University endeavors to provide a safe environment for its employees and students. As such, candidates are required to submit to a background investigation upon offer of employment. Employment is contingent upon compliance with University policies and procedures relating to the receipt and evaluation of information contained in the background investigation.

Western Illinois University is an Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity employer with a strong commitment to diversity. In that spirit, we are especially interested in receiving applications from a broad spectrum of people, including, but not limited to, minorities, veterans, women and individuals with disabilities. WIU has a non-discrimination policy that prohibits discrimination based on sex, race, color, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, religion, age, marital status, national origin, disability, genetic information, veteran status, and any other classes protected by state and federal law. Western Illinois University is a drug-free, smoke-free workplace.

Questions regarding the search may be directed to Amelia Hartnett at

For assistance with the online application system contact the Human Resources at (309) 298-1971 or via email at

To apply, visit


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