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Type of Position:
Senior Administration - Institutional
Day Shift (United States of America)
University of Arkansas at Fort Smith
The University of Arkansas - Fort Smith is a vibrant mid-sized
public university dedicated to breaking the higher education mold
by bringing truly transformative, hands-on experiences to every
student. From high school seniors to senior professionals,
first-generation students to second-chancers, our goal is to
provide a high-quality, future-focused education that honors each
student's unique, personal situations and goals. Our tiered
approach to learning offers students access to more than 80-degree
plans and programs including certificate, associate, bachelor's,
and master's degrees. We seek to recruit and retain a diverse
workforce as a reflection of our commitment to serve the diverse
population of Arkansas, to maintain the excellence of the
university, and to offer our students richly varied disciplines,
Located on the Arkansas-Oklahoma border and situated in a region of
lakes, Fort Smith is the second-largest city in Arkansas and
features a vast array of cultural activities, shopping, dining, and
entertainment, including a thriving downtown entertainment
district. Parks, trails, and water recreation are all within the
city limits, and true outdoor enthusiasts will find the area’s
lakes, streams, and mountains offer adventure only minutes away
from campus. Fort Smith was recently named by Forbes as the number
one city in America for the cost of living, and a top city in the
nation for the highest-paying tech jobs. The city is within easy
driving distance of Tulsa, Kansas City, Dallas, Little Rock, and
Thank you for your interest in joining our university. Below you
will find details for the position including any supplementary
documentation and/or questions you should review before submitting
your application. For general application assistance or if you have
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Summary of Job Duties:
The Executive Director of
Institutional Research and Strategic Planning works closely with
Senior Staff and other university leaders to produce and analyze
data and to generate reports that assist with making data-informed,
strategic decisions. This position will also develop and maintain a
comprehensive program of institutional research to create an
institutional warehouse database, facilitate institutional
assessment, quality improvement, and external reporting. The EDIRSP
assesses the effectiveness of data used for decision making,
identifies external data sources and assesses how it might be used
to meet university goals, and assures the university is meeting
data compliance reporting requirements. The position reports to
Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs.
- Master’s degree in data analytics, computer science, higher
education research or related field.
- Five years of experience in higher education.
- Three years of experience in institutional research
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
- Doctorate degree in data analytics, computer science, higher
education research or related field.
- Two years of experience in institutional research.
Essential Job Duties:
- Ability to monitor and support a university-wide strategic
- Demonstrated ability in data mining/modeling.
- Knowledge of various data tools, such as Tableau, SAS, SPSS,
- Ensure that meaningful and accurate data are available to
inform university decisions and planning.
- Support the development, assessment, refinement and
implementation of university strategies through the effective use
- Develop and manage a university-wide data management plan.
- Facilitate priority setting concerning the university’s data
collection and analysis plan.
- Coordinate with program leaders across campus to identify
enrollment and retention trends to develop and enhance enrollment
- Work with IT to continually assess and recommend enhancements
to the university's data governance practices, data structures, and
relevant technical tools and applications.
- Provide innovative leadership in the identification and design
of interventions to effect improvement.
- Provide collaborative leadership in identifying metrics and
benchmarks to evaluate university initiatives and operations.
- Analyze data and transform it into actionable, easy to
- Manage all institutional data analysis and reporting.
- Prepare and submit timely reports to various agencies (Arkansas
Division of Higher Education, IPEDS, U.S. News & World Report,
- Monitor and disseminate data used in funding formula
Commensurate with education and experience
Required Documents to Apply:
Cover Letter/Letter of Application, Resume, Unofficial/Official
Proof of Veteran Status
Recruitment Contact Information:
All application materials must be uploaded to the University of
Arkansas System Career Site https://uasys.wd5.myworkdayjobs.com/UASYS
Please do not send to listed recruitment contact.
Pre-employment Screening Requirements:
This position may be subject to a pre-employment criminal
background check, sex offender registry check, financial history
background check, and/or drug screening. A criminal conviction or
arrest pending adjudication and/or adverse financial history alone
shall not disqualify an applicant in the absence of a relationship
to the requirements of the position. Background checks and drug
screening information will be used in a confidential,
non-discriminatory manner consistent with state and federal
The University of Arkansas is an equal opportunity, affirmative
action institution. The university welcomes applications without
regard to age, race, gender (including pregnancy), national origin,
disability, religion, marital or parental status, protected veteran
status, military service, genetic information, sexual orientation
or gender identity. Persons must have proof of legal authority to
work in the United States on the first day of employment. All
applicant information is subject to public disclosure under the
Arkansas Freedom of Information Act.
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