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Director Office of Institutional Research and Effectiveness

American University of Iraq Baghdad
Salary Commensurate with experience
Posted Date
Nov 4, 2021

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Faculty Positions, Education, Counsellor Education, Education Administration & Leadership
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Full Time
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Director Office of Institutional Research and Effectiveness

This position will report directly to the Office of the President.


The Office of Institutional Research and Effectiveness (OIRE) is the champion of institutional effectiveness, the strategic and operational planning process and serves as the Office for University accreditation.

Strategic responsibilities

  • Overseas strategic and operational planning process
  • Directs research, planning and institutional effectiveness strategies
  • Takes primary responsibility for NECHE/ISO accreditation
  • Demonstrates a long-term strategic focus that contributes to the overall achievement of the University’s strategic priorities.

Essential duties and responsibilities

The Director of OIRE will:

  • Work closely with all VPs, Directors, Deans, Chairs and Faculty to ensure that a comprehensive program for institutional effectiveness and research is designed to meet the ongoing improvement of goals and standards for accreditation agencies.
  • Support the University mission, vision, and values to internal and external stakeholders.
  • Prepare and manage the OIRE budget
  • Review OIRE staff contracts, various leaves, travel requests, manage Time and Attendance, performance and hire and separation with HR department.
  • Serve on applicable university committees.
  • Work collaboratively and collegially with faculty, staff, and other stakeholders.
  • Complete tasks in a responsible and timely manner.
  • Provide oversight responsibilities and support to the University’s programmatic accreditation process.
  • Serve as the accreditation liaison officer with accreditation agencies and regulatory bodies.
  • Lead and coordinates the timely completion of all compliance documents.
  • Provide professional leadership in the planning, development, promotion, and implementation of an integrated institutional effectiveness system aimed at improving institutional programs and standard operating procedures.
  • Develop and implement strategies for evaluating key performance indicators (KPIs) for institution wide excellence.
  • Coordinate with VPAF to evaluate and deliver effective and sustainable business operations
  • Coordinate Enrollment Management and Student Life with VPAF on effectiveness of university student services.
  • Coordinates with VPAA regarding academic support and educational assessment.


To perform the job successfully, the Director of OIRE should demonstrate the following competencies:


  • Analytical: synthesize complex and diverse information.  Design workflows and procedures.
  • Design: generates creative solutions, demonstrates attention to detail.
  • Problem solving identifies and resolves problems in a timely manner, develop alternative solutions. Works in group to solve problem situations.
  • Project management: develop, coordinates, manage and evaluates projects. Complete projects on schedule and within budget.
  • Technical skills: development of self.


  • Customer service AUIB and external stakeholders treats colleagues, institution, external stakeholders, and accreditation agencies as customers.
  • External working relationship: develop and maintain external relationships with important stakeholders of AUIB.


  • Change management: develop workable plans, communicates change, builds commitment over resistance to change, monitors and evaluates change results.
  • Managing people: staff planning, decision making, takes responsibility for subordinates’ activities, provide performance feedback, and continuously work to improve supervisory skills.


  • Business acumen: aligns work with strategic goals
  • Cost consciousness: works within approved budget.


  • PhD/Masters or equivalent, 10 years’ experience in educational institutions.
  • Fluent in writing, reading in English
  • Academic background in educational research, statistics, and institutional research, planning and institutional effectiveness.
  • Experience in utilizing technology to generate reports, databases, and spreadsheets.
  • Analytic data driven analysis ability is required.
  • Thorough knowledge of the methodologies of evaluation, survey research, statistics, and data analysis, strong organizational, analytical and communication skills.


Duties and Functions

(Association for Institutional Research)

Identify information needs

This functional area reflects the iterative process of identifying relevant stakeholders and their decision support needs. It includes anticipating questions through review of data, information, and research and policy studies, including those related to institutional, state, national, and international conversations around higher education. It also includes assisting stakeholders in developing and refining research questions.

Collect, analyze, interpret, and report data and information

This functional area reflects the technical tasks employed by institutional research to provide data, information, and analysis for decision support. It involves an understanding of the data available to answer pressing questions about student access and success and institutional operations and the process by which previously unavailable data are collected. The process of collecting and reporting required and requested data is encompassed in this area. This function also incorporates applied research methods to analyze data to provide information for decision making, including appropriate interpretation of analysis results.

Plan and evaluate

Planning may include operational, budgetary, and strategic planning in which institutional research collaborates with other units at the institution, state, or related organizations. It may also include program review, particularly for accreditation purposes. Formative and summative evaluation processes conducted at an institution use institutional research (IR) data and analysis for planning and decision-making purposes.

Serve as stewards of data and information

This functional area highlights institutional research’s role in ensuring an institution-wide data strategy. Compliance issues such as privacy and security and ethical issues such as determining what data and information should be used for various purposes, and whether interpretations are correct and appropriately used, are also critical to this area. This area also includes the contribution of IR to data quality assurance activities. IR’s role in ensuring data is appropriately accessible and usable to those who need them to make decisions is inherent in this function as well.

Educate information producers, users, and consumers

This functional area encompasses the training and coaching related to the use of data, analysis, and information to inform decision making. Education can be focused on ensuring the ability to collect, access, analyze, and interpret information independently and in collaboration with other stakeholders. The function also includes a collaborative role in convening discussions related to information needs and connecting internal and external producers and users of data with one another for purposes of informing decision making. Scholarship to inform and improve data, information, and analysis for decision support is also included in this function.


Application Procedure:

Applications should include a cover letter addressing the requirements of the position, a curriculum vita, and contact information for three (3) professional references and copies of degrees or certification.  Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Confidential review of materials and screening of candidates will begin immediately.

Please apply through AUIB website OR send your application and supporting documents to the following email address: with in copy.

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