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Institutional Research - Director of Institutional Research and Planning

Position Deleted on 11/06/2013. This position is no longer an active posting on HigherEdJobs.
Lincoln University, PA
Admin - Institutional Research and Planning
Application Due:
Full Time
$75,000 to $90,000 USD Per Year
This Director of Institutional Research and Planning reports to the Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs. The Director serves on the Academic Affairs Leadership Council; the faculty committee for Admissions, Academic Standing, and Financial Aid; the faculty committee for Assessment and Evaluation; and the faculty committee for Curriculum. The Director manages a comprehensive institutional research program that supports the analytic, strategic, research, data management and governance and reporting needs of the University. Further, the Director facilitates the availability of relevant data for use in internal University-wide planning and decision making and ensures compliance with state and federal reporting obligations and accreditation requirements. The Director oversees academic data integrity, quality assurance, and common data definitions and ensures that institutional data collection and reporting processes are reliable, valid, and ethical; as well as, ensuring consistency with the University's mission, values and vision.

The Director of Institutional Research and Planning represents the Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs on matters related to institutional research. Additionally, the Director must work collaboratively with the Director of Assessment and Accreditation through the ongoing analysis of institutional data. Thus, the work of this position is highly collaborative and integrated with academic and operational departments across the campus.

This is a full-time position that is funded by the University's Title III grant.
  • Five to seven years of experience in institutional research working with accrediting agencies, overseeing major institutional survey projects, meeting external reporting requirements (i.e., IPEDS), assisting with strategic planning and program review processes, quantitative research or data analysis in higher education institutions or similar settings.
  • A Master's degree from an accredited institution is required; a doctoral degree is preferred.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of higher education accreditation requirements, research methods, and continuous assessment and improvement practices.
  • Ability to prepare high-level quantitative and qualitative analysis of data that focus on critical metrics for the university including information used for decision-making and policy formation.
  • Excellent writing and presentation skills to include a demonstrated ability to effectively communicate and present information and respond to questions from faculty, staff, and administrators.
  • Ability to function independently while operating effectively within a team environment.
  • Ability to manage a complex set of projects with deadlines and priorities in a fast-paced environment.
  • Demonstrated ability to utilize the computer with proficiency with programs such as MS Office, databases, and SPSS. Demonstrated knowledge of SQL, and experience Datatel, Colleague or similar systems is preferred.
  • Ability to work with senior administrators, staff, and faculty of all levels as a team in order to write reports and meet deadlines.
  • Demonstrated success working as part of the team and strong leadership skills.
Essential Functions:
  • Responsible for reporting on the University's Key Performance Indicators and other University performance metric and facts. Selective data is published on the University website and supplied to government agencies and accreditation bodies.
  • Coordinates research studies and projects; design, compile, organize, analyze, and report statistical and demographic data.
  • Ensures data gathering is designed and conducted in a manner to provide the quality of data required by the research effort.
  • Coordinates major surveys such as the administration of student and employee surveys.
  • Coordinates data gathering required in support of academic program planning.
  • Supports the documenting and reporting on activities intended to enhance the university's performance, such as Title V and KPI's.
  • Coordinates annual studies, including IPEDS, and insures timely and consistent reporting, and prepares and transmits appropriate information to external and internal entities.
  • Provides easy access to institutional published data throughout the University. This includes publicizing "what" data is available and "how" to get it.
  • Ensures institutional published data is properly managed in terms of security and confidentiality: protecting the data from unauthorized access, alteration, and loss.
  • Publish and/or disseminate institutional data and reports as directed.
  • Represents the Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs across and outside of the University as appropriate.
  • Manages IR projects as assigned by the Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs.
  • All other duties as assigned.
Physical Demands:
Moderate lifting up to 20 pounds as frequently as needed to move objects; dexterity to write and manipulate a computer keyboard and mouse; ability to hear and speak clearly; and body mobility to stoop, kneel, bend and reach.

Work Environment:
The employee is subject to inside environmental conditions: protection from weather conditions but not necessarily from temperature changes.
Lincoln University is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer.
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