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Director of Institutional Research and Effectiveness

Employer
Montclair State University
Location
New Jersey, United States
Salary
Salary Commensurate with experience
Posted Date
Nov 11, 2021

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Position Type
Administrative, Academic Affairs, Institutional Research & Planning, Research Administration
Employment Level
Administrative
Employment Type
Full Time
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SUMMARY:

Reporting to the Office of the President and collaborating with the executive team, the Director of Institutional Research and Effectiveness promotes a culture of innovation and continuous improvement by designing and implementing data-driven solutions to support the University’s strategic priorities.  The Director enhances institutional performance on issues including, but not limited to strategic and master planning, development of degree programs, enrollment management, grant development, academic and unit assessment, institutional accreditation, and student success.

Leading a team of direct reports focused on achieving strategic university objectives, the Director partners with the university’s senior leadership to develop a strategic institutional planning process and strengthen organizational accountability.  The Institutional Research and Effectiveness team analyzes institutional data to assess institutional performance and serve as a resource to colleagues.  The Director is responsible for preparing the University’s external reporting of data for public information purposes and for compliance reporting to Federal and State agencies as well as to accrediting and program review entities.  

 

PRINCIPAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Collaborate with campus stakeholders to promote a culture of data-informed decision making and continuous improvement.
  • Design, plan, and conduct activities such as market research, enrollment projections, retention studies, comparative benchmarking, and rankings analyses.
  • Manage the development and maintenance of centralized and comprehensive institutional research databases and reporting capabilities.
  • Partner with Information Technology to build and maintain robust underlying data structures that source and integrate relevant data from enterprise systems of record.
  • Enable access to a broad repository of institutional reports, data models and dashboards designed to optimize data integrity, facilitate consistent answers, minimize manual efforts, and promote self-service reporting.
  • Prepare and submit compliance reports to Federal (IPEDS) and State (New Jersey Commission on Higher Education) agencies, accrediting bodies (Middle States Commission on Higher Education, NCAA, NCATE, etc.), common data set, and college guide publications.
  • Extract, verify and manipulate complex data sets, perform statistical analysis of data, interpret results, and organize insights into meaningful and actionable reports for internal and external constituencies.
  • Participate in University-wide efforts to demonstrate institutional effectiveness as required for continued accreditation by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.
  • Manage prioritization of and timely response to internal and external ad hoc requests for institutional data, surveys and analyses. Provide data to University faculty and staff to support proposals for external funding.
  • Provide analytic advice and assistance to administrative and academic units engaged in assessment and program evaluation.
  • Recruit, manage, evaluate, and train team of professional staff.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.
  • Management retains the right to add or change job duties at any time.
QUALIFICATIONS:

REQUIRED:

  • Master’s degree from accredited college or university in a research-based field.
  • A minimum of 7 years of experience in the Institutional Research field at a post-secondary institution, including at least 3 years in a supervisory/management role in this field.
  • Experience preparing and submitting reports containing institutional data for Federal (IPEDS) and State agencies.
  • Advanced ability to analyze and manipulate data within a complex data environment using appropriate technologies and demonstrated experience applying data analytic skills in the Institutional Research field.
  • Hands-on experience in advanced analytics and modeling, including diverse quantitative/statistical techniques such as multivariate statistical analysis, clustering and classification.
  • Demonstrated proficiency with Banner, Workday, and/or comparable higher education administrative systems.
  • Strong project management skills and organization skills.
  • Supervisory/management experience in a related area.
  • Ability to work with all levels of the university community.
  • Demonstrated leadership in the areas of strategic planning, assessment of institutional effectiveness, student learning outcomes, and regional and specialized accreditation.
 PREFERRED:

  • Doctorate degree along with graduate-level training in research methods, survey research, and advanced statistical analysis.
  • Experience with large databases and quantitative analytical tools, including any of the following SQL, SPSS, SAS, R or Python.
  • Experience delivering analyses using Tableau or similar visualization technology.
  • Experience with text analytics.

  

PROCEDURE FOR CANDIDACY

Applicants should include a resume and cover letter describing how their background, skills and education match the needs of the University. When applying, please take a moment to carefully read and follow the steps in the application instructions.

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