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Executive Director of Institutional Research and Reporting

Columbia College Chicago
Illinois, United States
Competitive Salary
Posted Date
Apr 8, 2022

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Position Type
Administrative, Academic Affairs, Institutional Research & Planning, Executive, Executive Directors
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Employment Type
Full Time
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Reporting to the senior vice president and provost, the executive director of institutional research (IR) and reporting is responsible for the collection, interpretation and dissemination of data and information that supports information-based decision making for college departments and leadership. This includes the development, implementation, and management of systems that improve the efficiency of the delivery of institutional knowledge and external data to support such areas as institutional operations and planning, enrollment management, resource allocation, regional and specialized accreditation, and academic program assessment.  The executive director collaborates with leadership, administration, staff, and other constituents to identify research and information priorities and to recommend and implement solutions for administrative informational needs. The executive director’s duties include guiding and supporting IR staff in their research, analysis, and reporting, while managing the department’s competing deadlines and project requests.

The executive director of institutional research and reporting will be expected to:

  • Provide insight and expertise to the senior vice president and provost and senior team for the strategic planning, research and assessment of the college’s activities and operations and contribute to the vision, goals, objectives, policies, procedures, and action plans for overall institutional planning and accountability.
  • Provide consultation to administrators, faculty, staff, committees and others regarding institutional research and enrollment planning and provide related data, research, projects, reports, and studies.
  • Lead a team of three staff members and provide ongoing growth, performance management, and professional development/training.
  • Develop and manage the institutional research budget and expenditures.
  • Establish and implement departmental goals and operating procedures and systematically monitor and evaluate the operational effectiveness of IR’s operations and products to determine changes required for improvement.
  • Direct the work of the IR staff to promptly and effectively respond to departmental research, analysis and external reporting requirements including federal and state compliance efforts, while also meeting informational needs of the college administration.
  • Evaluate and improve the functional performance of the data warehouse and business intelligence systems.
  • Oversee the development of data resources and expand the data warehouse by researching and integrating relevant and data from internal and external sources.
  • Co-lead the college’s data governance group.
  • Design, evaluate, and refine complex relational databases to build knowledge and integrate into informational sources for the college.
  • Work collaboratively with college units to develop and maintain IR databases and college data sources.
  • Attend, conduct, and participate in meetings and on committees; prepare and deliver oral presentations.
  • Design, direct, and conduct research projects.
  • Present research results in written, graphic, and verbal reports.
  • Publish institutional data in print and on the college’s website.


Required qualifications include a master’s degree in a research-related field including statistics, mathematics, business, or other related discipline. Five to seven years of increasingly progressive experience involving statistical research, review, analysis, interpretation is strongly preferred.

Columbia College Chicago is particularly interested in candidates who also possess the following.

  • Experience in a college or university institutional research or institutional effectiveness office or a similar administrative information support service
  • Demonstrated success in the areas of staff development, performance management, project management and client management
  • Proven ability to effectively guide/lead a diverse team
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, including experience presenting research results to administrators and/or other non-specialist audiences
  • Advanced knowledge of relational database programs
  • Demonstrated success using data resources to compile information that supports administrative planning and decision-making
  • Knowledge of qualitative and quantitative research methods, particularly statistical and survey methods
  • Demonstrated success using research methods to develop information that supports administrative planning and decision-making
  • Excellent working knowledge of the Microsoft Office Suite and statistical analysis packages (ex: SPSS)
  • Ability to foster and maintain collaborative and effective working relationships with others

Application and Nomination

Review of applications will begin May 2, 2022 and continue until the position is filled. To apply for this position please click on the Apply button, complete the brief application process, and upload your resume and position-specific cover letter. Nominations for this position may be emailed to Lynette M. Lindsey at Applicants needing reasonable accommodation to participate in the application process should contact Spelman Johnson at 413-529-2895 or email

About the College

Located in the heart of downtown Chicago’s Cultural Mile, Columbia College Chicago is a private, nonprofit college offering a distinctive curriculum that blends creative and media arts, liberal arts, and business for nearly 7,000 students in more than 60 undergraduate and graduate degree programs. Dedicated to academic excellence and long-term career success, Columbia College Chicago creates a dynamic, challenging, and collaborative space for students who see the world through a creative lens. Columbia is an urban institution whose students reflect the economic, racial, cultural, and educational diversity of contemporary America. Columbia conducts education in close relationship to a vital urban reality and serves an important civic purpose by active engagement in the life and culture of the city of Chicago.

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Columbia College Chicago complies with all local, state, and federal laws and regulation concerning civil rights. Admission and practices of the college are free of any discrimination based on age, race, color, creed, sex, religion, handicap, disability, sexual orientation, national or ethnic origin, veteran status, genetic information, or any other basis prohibited by law.

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