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Executive Director of Institutional Research and Reporting
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.
Position: Executive Director of Institutional Research and Reporting
Organization: Columbia College Chicago
Location: Easthampton,  ME 
United States
Posting Start Date: 4/6/2022
Date Posted: 4/6/2022
Requirements 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 other
Status: This listing expires on: 6/10/2022
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Organization Information
Columbia College Chicago
Spelman Johnson
3 Chapman Avenue
Easthampton,  ME 01027
United States
(413) 529-2895
Lynette M. Lindsey

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