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Executive Director of Research, Assessment, Planning, and Compliance, needed in Beautiful NW Montana

Flathead Valley Community College
Montana, United States
$75,000.00 - $100,000.00
Posted date
Sep 24, 2021

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Position Type
Administrative, Academic Affairs, Institutional Research & Planning, Executive, Executive Directors
Employment Level
Salary Band
$70,000 - $89,999
Employment Type
Full Time
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JOB TITLE:              Executive Director of Research, Assessment, Planning, and Compliance
DEPARTMENT:        President
PAY RANGE:             $75,000 - $100,000 per annual, depending on qualifications, full-time, 12 mos. per year, benefit-eligible

Generous Benefits includes:
  • Health/Vision, Dental, Life/ADD & Long-term Disability Insurance: Generous Employer contribution toward the cost of this benefit
  • Vacation Leave: Earn up to 15 days per year
  • Sick Leave: Earn up to 12 days per year
  • Holiday Leave: 12 per year
  • Retirement: Participates in MT Public Employees Retirement System and Employer match up to 7% for 403(b)
  • Tuition Waiver:  Employee plus up to two legal dependents

Open Until Filled 

The Executive Director is responsible for guiding the collection and analysis of data on a wide range of institutional activities and producing required periodic reports and special studies. The Executive Director is part of the president’s cabinet.           
  • Develops and implements a comprehensive program of data collection, institutional research, assessment and planning designed to support the mission of the College, meets the needs of internal and external stakeholders, and inform data driven decision-making throughout the College.
  • Serves as institutional data director to create and conduct timely reporting of institutional data, benchmarks, and other performance indicators necessary to meet reporting requirements.
  • Organizes the overall effort of institutional effectiveness, strategic planning, assessment, and evaluation activities, including measuring, monitoring, and reporting of institutional effectiveness. Coordinates timely and accurate reporting, and timely responses to applicable data requests using statistical and analytical tools; accepts final responsibility for any problems that arise with reporting
  • Provides support for all accreditation initiatives, including compilation of data, writing of reports, preparation for site visits, and correspondence with the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU).
  • Prepares and updates the Institutional Assessment Plan and Strategic Plan/core themes, ensuring compliance with NWCCU requirements
  • Coordinates research data to provide vision and direction for decision-making related to student success and retention, assessment of student learning, accreditation, enrollment management, and institutional planning and effectiveness.
  • Works with faculty, staff, and students to design and implement assessment tools to meet the needs of the college and NWCCU accreditation requirements.
  • Collaborates effectively, serves on committees and may chair assessment committees, such as but not limited to: General Education Team, Program Review Committee, Strategic Planning Council, Teaching Excellence Committee, etc.
  • Leads Clery reporting and oversight in coordination with the Dean of Students and Campus Security.
  • Participates actively and with initiative in continuous improvement efforts to provide efficient and quality research and economic services; leads the review of institutional research processes; creates and implements a communication plan that includes periodic reports documenting the college's progress in institutional effectiveness.
  • Formulates, implements, and manage initiatives and projects as they relate to program assessment/evaluation, reporting, and analysis.
  • Provides professional skills in conducting research, coordinating of communication/publications and projects, and analyzing data to aid administrators in the decision making process.
  • Provides expert consultation to College personnel on data management and data analysis and interpretation and recommends changes to improve data quality and integrity.
  • Directs analytical studies on student enrollment, retention, and graduation in support on enrollment initiatives and disseminates relevant research findings.
  • Collects and submits institutional data, validates its accuracy, analyzes it and provides it for internal and external reports; maintains assessment databases; analyzes data, presents reports and studies. Responsible for state/federal reporting requirements.
  • Works with academic, student support and administrative units of the college to develop useful accountability measures and implement improvement action plans.
  • Supports institutional planning and goal setting by assessing the college’s strategic plan and ensure that the strategic plan is integrated with college and state planning initiatives.
  • Directs institutional research programs and contributes to academic program planning, evaluation, and other activities related to the College's mission. Analyzes and draws conclusions from own and others' research, identifying key impacts on retention and graduation rates.
  • Works collaboratively with senior management on issues of assessment, including general institutional effectiveness and measures of student success and learning.
  • Designs and oversees research efforts with an institutional scope and assists departments and offices with focused research needs.
  • Coordinates program reviews and accreditation reporting.
  • Manages institutional research data systems and other resources.
  • Maintains standard management information and official statistics for internal and external reporting; develops procedures to support analytical, planning, and assessment functions in student and academic areas.
  • Manages sensitive and confidential matters; and maintains compliance with appropriate procedures, rules, mandates, and regulations.
  • Provides institutional and divisional performance monitoring, information gathering and reporting
  • Serves on or leads committees related to institutional effectiveness.
  • Networks and collaborates with local employers and community on workforce trends and economic development efforts; provides economic context and employer insights to FVCC programs; works with program advisory committees.
  • Provides research and support to identify and pursue development of new programs.
  • Establishes and maintains strong collegial relationships and networks with staff, faculty, administrators, and community members.
  • Maintains up-to-date knowledge with current research, trends and innovative practices in higher education and develops predictive analytics to support college-wide strategic goals, objectives and initiatives.
  • Other duties and special projects as assigned.
  • Reports to the President.
  • Bachelor’s degree in research or economic related field; AND,
  • A minimum of five years of progressively responsible work experience in the areas of research, economics, and data analysis
  • Master’s degree or higher in research or economic related field
  • Work experience in research, economics, and data analysis in a higher education setting
  • Work experience in various technology applications related to data analysis, research and economics.
  • Experience in the collection, management, analyses and presentation of data in an educational setting.
  • Comprehensive knowledge of role and mission of community colleges.
  • Proficiency with statistical tools such as SPSS, SAS, R, or similar tools
  • Ability to work productively in highly collaborative environments that maximize autonomy and decision-making
  • Proven record of successfully managing projects, working independently and analyzing data
  • Effective interpersonal skills
  • Commitment to continuous quality improvement
  • Requires high level data analysis skills; understanding of academic research design and the process of conducting such research
  • Skill in manipulating and analyzing complex, high-volume, high-dimensionality data from varying sources
  • Ability to interpret, present and use visual data tools to clearly articulate data to non-technical audiences
  • Ability and willingness to serve as a representative for the College by interacting appropriately with the public, donors, students, potential students and College community
  • Ability to work within policies and procedures of FVCC
  • Knowledge of use of technology and software in a learning environment
  • Ability to maintain effective and positive professional relationships with staff, students, and public
  • Ability to follow and issue directions
  • Demonstrated presentation, communication and interpersonal skills
  • Ability to work effectively with people from a variety of culturally diverse backgrounds
  • Demonstrated ability to lead multiple departments and employee groups
  • Ability to maintain regular and acceptable attendance levels
  • Ability to maintain a high degree of confidentiality
  • Ability to successfully pass a criminal background check
  • Ability to respond in the event of an emergency
  • This is a Medium Duty job, according to the Selected Characteristics of Occupations Defined in the Revised Dictionary of Occupational Titles, U.S. Department of Labor and Industry.  Medium Duty involves exertion of 20-50 pounds of force occasionally, and/or 10-25 pounds frequently, and/or up to 10 pounds continuously to move objects

In order to be considered for this position, applicants must apply online at; paper submission of applications or resume materials are not accepted.  FVCC does not retain application materials for future consideration.

Additionally, applicants are required to submit the following documents by uploading them to the online application (NOTE: FVCC's applicant tracking system will time-out after 45 minutes of inactivity. Please have your documents ready to upload before you click the Apply button.) :
  • Letter of application indicating how you meet the minimum qualifications and detail your work experience as it relates to the position's Knowledge, Skills and Abilities; AND
  • A current, comprehensive resume; AND
  • Unofficial transcripts for all degrees held. (As a condition of employment, the successful candidate will submit official transcripts for all degrees held to FVCC HR prior hire.  Only transcripts from accredited institutions will be accepted.), AND
  • Three professional references, with complete contact information, must be provided on the application form. Professional references must be individuals most familiar with applicant's work experience, skills, and work behaviors and supervisory experience. Do not list family and friends for professional references.
EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY AND AFFIRMATIVE ACTION:  FVCC is an equal opportunity employer and affirmative action organization.  It is FVCC's policy that all individuals are entitled to equal employment opportunities regardless of race, color, religion, creed, political ideas, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran’s status, service in the uniformed services as defined by state and federal law, physical or mental disability, national origin or ancestry except as authorized by law.  These protections extend to all management practices and decisions, including recruitment and hiring practices, appraisal systems, promotions, and training and career development programs, as required by federal and state laws.  

EMPLOYMENT SPONSORSHIP:  FVCC is not able to sponsor individuals seeking employment.   In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the United States and to complete the required employment eligibility verification form upon hire.

EMPLOYMENT VERIFICATION'S, REFERENCE CHECKS, AND CRIMINAL BACKGROUND CHECKS: Prior to any offers of employment, FVCC conducts thorough employment verifications and reference checks and may contact organizations and individuals not listed on an applicant's application or resume.  Additionally, FVCC conducts post-offer criminal background checks. 

FVCC BOARD POLICY:  The FVCC Board Policy Manual is available to review at:

REASONABLE ACCOMMODATIONS FOR PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES:  FVCC provides reasonable accommodations upon request to qualified individuals with disabilities during all phases of employment including the application and selection process.  No applicant will be penalized as a result of such a request.

VETERANS' PREFERENCE ACT:  Preference applies in hiring and provides a uniform method by which special consideration is given to qualified Veterans. Veterans’ Preference laws do not, however, guarantee Veterans a job, nor do they give Veterans’ preference in internal actions such as promotion, transfer, reassignment, and reinstatement.  I understand that applying for a preference is voluntary and that all information related to a preference is confidential and used only during the hiring process; the information will be maintained in a separate confidential file.  To claim Veterans' Preference, you must complete the Veterans' Preference Form (form is available at: and email it along with document(s) that verify your eligibility for employment preference to   Claims for Veterans' preference must be received by Human Resources prior to position closing date.    

WINDFALL ELIMINATION PROVISION:  Based on the Windfall Elimination Provision, I understand my employment may not be covered by Social Security.  To learn more about the Windfall Elimination Provision click

AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and other National Service alumni are encouraged to apply.

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