Director of Institutional Research and Planning
Administrative, Professional & Staff
Institutional Research and Planning
Feb 6, 2023
Open Until Filled
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.
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
- 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
- Demonstrated effective and collaborative management and
- 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
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
- 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
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,
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
- Educate and empower students, staff, and faculty to be social
- Provide curricula, programs, training, resources, and
environments that reflect and strengthen the diversity of our
communities, and to elevate cultural awareness and
- 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,
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
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.
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.
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
Upload the requested documents by clicking APPLY NOW or by visiting
Screening begins August 21, 2023 and will continue until position
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
For assistance with the online application system contact the Human
Resources at (309) 298-1971 or via email at HR-Recruitment@wiu.edu
To apply, visit https://wiu.interviewexchange.com/jobofferdetails.jsp?JOBID=158737&CNTRNO=11&TSTMP=0