Position Information

Senior Director of Research
Responsible for providing comprehensive state-level leadership and oversight for higher education data collection, data security and information analysis to support research, planning, and policy development for the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission (Commission) and the West Virginia Council for Community and Technical College Education (Council). The Senior Director of Research oversees a staff of researchers and information technology professionals.

Duties and Responsibilities:
  • Serves as chief research officer for the state central higher education office. Responsible for agency data integrity, security and best practices.
  • Oversees division staff responsible for collection of data from system institutions, maintenance of systems for data storage and reporting, production of statutory and ad hoc reports, fulfilling data requests, developing, and implementing a proactive research agenda, and providing research support to internal and external committees.
  • Presents information and research to the Commission, Council, and committees of the Legislature. Submits and presents West Virginia higher education research at state, regional, and national professional and scholarly conferences.
  • Establishes data administration, including designing data models, data definitions, and policies governing administrative data systems.
  • Builds upon and establishes new data standards policies to improve data accuracy, integration, access, and integrity.
  • Coordinates research studies including data gathering methods, maintenance, and project evaluation.
  • May serve as project liaison to other departments, outside organizations, and government agencies, especially public education (K-12) and Workforce West Virginia (Commerce).
  • Responsible for the development and maintenance of the West Virginia P-20 statewide longitudinal data system.
  • Oversees the information and data management needs of agency divisions, with a specific responsibility for statewide student financial aid information systems.
  • Responsible for development and maintenance of the programs that enable award and distribution of state financial aid to students at all West Virginia higher education institutions.
  • Responsible for ensuring accuracy and thoroughness of security and privacy reviews conducted by staff, of proposed software applications for the agency and for some institutions.
  • Plans and manages the budget and resources for the Division of Research and Analysis. Supervises staff. Responsible for staff hiring, evaluation, discipline, and dismissal
  • Collaborates with other education researchers and organizations to produce research that improves policy and practice.
  • Other duties as assigned.

To apply for this position, visit: https://www.schooljobs.com/careers/wvhepc
Position: Senior Director of Research
Organization: West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission
Location: Charleston,  WV 
United States
Salary: $108,450 - $136,750
Posting Start Date: 9/28/2021
Date Posted: 9/28/2021
Requirements Minimum Requirements:
  • Master’s degree in higher education, public policy, or a related field is required. A doctorate is preferred.
  • At least four years of relevant experience is required. Prefer experience as a researcher at a higher education institution or coordinating/governing body. Management experience preferred.
  • A record of scholarly or applied research in higher education policy and/or practice is strongly preferred.

Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
  • Knowledge of higher education processes, policy, and data systems.
  • Ability to access and analyze student, institution, state and federal higher education data.
  • Competence in research design, both qualitative and quantitative.
  • Advanced proficiency in statistical analysis, and facility with statistical software.
  • Ability to effectively communicate data and research findings in written and oral form to a range of education stakeholders.
  • Excellent administrative and supervisory skills to prioritize and coordinate division and agency projects of varying scope, complexity, and duration.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with administrative personnel, institutional research personnel, other researchers, top-level college and university administrators, representatives of other education sectors, and the public.
  • Supervisory and budget management skills.
Status: This listing expires on: 11/29/2021
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Organization Information
West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission
1018 Kanawha Boulevard East
Suite 700
Charleston,  WV 25301
United States
(304) 558-2104
Vickie Hairston

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