Institutional Analytics & Strategic Planning
NAU is a community devoted to student success and sustained by an
unshakable commitment to our shared mission, vision, and values.
We—faculty, staff, and administrators—thrive by combining our
efforts and working side by side to further NAU's culture of
NAU has adopted a hybrid-first approach to work for all non-faculty
positions. The baseline for our hybrid-first work environment is
the option for three days of on-site work and two days of remote
work for most employees. Other work arrangements can be approved on
a case-by-case basis.
The Strategic Planning Director facilitates the university level
strategic plan process to provide a framework for ongoing and
future planning and budgeting efforts. Creates strategies to manage
and maintain university business projects and oversees strategic
planning support to measure progress toward achieving institutional
Institutional Analytics - 25%
- Lead institutional analytics efforts in support of strategic
- Design and implement analytic models and strategies for
answering questions related to institutional challenges and
- Identify and analyze patterns in institutional data, evaluate
limitations of data, make critical observations of policy impact,
and recommend strategies and actions.
Provide Support for Institutional Strategic Planning - 25%
- Provide support for the implementation of the institution's
- Provide support for the University Strategic Planning Advisory
Board and institutional-level support to divisions, colleges, and
units as they develop and successfully implement their strategic
plans, while ensuring that those plans align with the University's
goals and strategic imperatives.
Monitor Institutional Metrics and Benchmarks - 25%
- Utilize existing institutional data to help determine
institutional baseline metrics and research peer/competitor
universities to both determine best practices and to benchmark
against comparable institutions.
- Establish a system to assess and track key performance
indicators (strategic roadmap and ABOR metrics) to regularly
document and measure progress toward achieving the articulated
Communicate Analyses & Present Information - 20%
- Effectively communicate analyses through formal presentations,
narratives, and written reports tailored to targeted
- Create and maintain both internal and public-facing data
visualizations to highlight institutional trends over time.
- Oversee and participate in the collection, analysis, and
presentation of institutional and/or comparative data that are used
to support and enhance policy formation and decision-making.
Other - 5%
- Perform other duties as assigned.
- Master's degree in an appropriate discipline.
- Eight years of relevant experience.
- Five years of management experience.
- 4+ years of cross-organizational experience.
- Experience conducting education or social science research in a
higher education setting using data analysis, research methods, and
- Any combination of relevant education and experience may be
substituted for the educational requirement on a year-for-year
Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities
- Strong leadership and interpersonal skills, able to collaborate
with a diverse population, and ability to relate well with broad
spectrum of campus and off-campus community members including
faculty, senior administrators, staff, alumni, Regents, donors, and
- An exceptional understanding of current issues in higher
education and state and national higher education landscape
- Proficiency with data visualization tools.
- Experience in institutional research methodology, needs
assessment, data collection, data validation, and quantitative
analysis is essential to manipulating and analyzing large data sets
in support of institutional research, assessment, and
- Exceptional organizational and analytical skill; strong
problem-solving skills; strategic decision-making skills, and
evidence of independent thinking.
- Demonstrated ability to plan, organize, coordinate and direct
multiple projects and activities with varied deadlines; utilize
sound judgment, ensure the utmost discretion and confidentiality in
- Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written, and
demonstrated ability to write complex reports including summary
information, as well as high-level interpretations and conclusions,
and to effectively engage with functional and technical teams.
COVID-19 Vaccine Requirement
As of 12/10/21, the Safer Federal Workforce employee vaccination
requirement is currently suspended pending the outcome of a federal
court-issued injunction. This injunction has suspended the recent
executive order issued by President Biden requiring all employees
of federal contractors to receive COVID-19 vaccinations. For
current status of the vaccine requirement and/or questions, please
visit FAQs for Employee Vaccination
This position has been identified as a safety/security sensitive
position. Therefore, per AZ Revised Statute, Northern Arizona
University requires satisfactory results for the following: a
criminal background investigation, employment history
investigation, degree verification (in some cases) and
fingerprinting. If you are applying for a job that requires a CDL,
you will be required to register with the Federal Motor Carrier
Safety Administration Drug & Alcohol Clearinghouse and adhere
to the clearinghouse requirements. Additionally, as an employer in
the state of Arizona, NAU is required to participate in the federal
E-Verify program that assists employers with verifying new
employees' right to work in the United States. Finally, each year
Northern Arizona University releases an Annual Security Report
. The report is a result
of a federal law known as the Clery Act. The report includes Clery
reportable crime statistics for the three most recent completed
calendar years and discloses procedures, practices and programs NAU
uses to keep students and employees safe including how to report
crimes or other emergencies occurring on campus. In addition, the
Fire Safety Report
is combined with the Annual
Security Report for the NAU Flagstaff Mountain Campus as this
campus has on-campus student housing. This report discloses fire
safety policies and procedures related to on-campus student housing
and statistics for fires that occurred in those facilities. If you
would like a free paper copy of the report, please contact the
NAUPD Records Department at (928) 523-8884 or by visiting the
department at 525 E. Pine Knoll Drive in Flagstaff.
Anticipated salary range is $110,180 - $137,725. Annual salary
commensurate with candidate's qualifications and related
This position is exempt from the overtime provisions of the Fair
Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and therefore will not earn overtime or
compensatory time for additional time worked.
This is a Service Professional (SPF) position. NAU offers an
excellent benefit package including generous health, dental and
vision insurance; participation in the Arizona State Retirement
System or the Optional Retirement Program; 22 days of vacation and
10 holidays per year; and tuition reduction for employees and
qualified dependents. More information on benefits at NAU is
available on the Human
Resources benefits website
. NAU is a tobacco and smoke-free
campus. Service Professionals are hired on a contract basis,
renewable each 6 months according to
terms of the Conditions of Professional Service
offered a position will be eligible for state health plans
(including NAU's BCBS Plan). New employees are eligible
on the first day of the pay period following their
enrollment, after their employment date. Employees will have 31
days from their start date to enroll in benefits. If a new employee
chooses the ASRS retirement option, participation in the Arizona
State Retirement System, and the long-term disability coverage that
accompanies it, will begin on the first of the pay period following
6 months after the new employee's start date. New employees who
choose to participate in the Optional Retirement Plan (ORP), which
is an alternative to the ASRS plan for faculty and other appointed
staff, will begin to participate on the first day of employment.
Additionally, the long-term disability plan that accompanies the
ORP will begin on the first day of employment.
Learning and Development
Your career at Northern Arizona University includes the opportunity
for professional development. New
employee on-boarding training
includes courses to be completed
within the first 30 days. If your position includes the supervision
of a benefit-eligible employee, we offer the NAU Supervisors
Academy for you to complete within your first 2 years.
NAU will not provide any U.S. immigration support or sponsorship
for this position.
June 13, 2022 at 11:59 p.m.
How to Apply
To apply for this position, please click on the "Apply" button on
this page. You must submit your application by clicking on the
"Submit" button by midnight of the application deadline. If you
need assistance completing your application there are instructions
available on the Human Resources website
or in person in the
Human Resources Department located in Building 91 on the NAU Campus
- on the corner of Beaver and DuPont Streets.
If you are an individual with a disability and need reasonable
accommodation to participate in the hiring process please contact
the Office of Equity and Access at: 928-523-3312/TDD - 928-523-1006
or PO Box 4083, Flagstaff AZ 86011.
Equal Employment Opportunity
Northern Arizona University is a committed Equal
Opportunity/Affirmative Action Institution. Women, minorities,
veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.
NAU is responsive to the needs of dual career couples.
EEO is the Law Poster and Supplements
NAU is an Employer of National Service. AmeriCorps, Peace Corps,
and other National Service alumni are encouraged to apply.
To apply, visit https://hr.peoplesoft.nau.edu/psp/ph92prta/EMPLOYEE/HRMS/c/HRS_HRAM.HRS_APP_SCHJOB.GBL?Page=HRS_APP_JBPST&Action=U&FOCUS=Applicant&SiteId=1&JobOpeningId=606309&PostingSeq=1