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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- Publish institutional data in print and on the college’s
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
- 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
- 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
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Applicants needing
reasonable accommodation to participate in the application process
should contact Spelman Johnson at 413-529-2895 or email email@example.com.
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
Visit the Columbia College Chicago website at www.colum.edu
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.