Director of Institutional Research

job Title

Director of Institutional Research


Open until filled; review of applications begins October 1, 2012


Founded in Brooklyn in 1916, St. Joseph’s College is independent and coeducational with campuses in Brooklyn and Patchogue. The mission of the College is to provide a strong academic and value-oriented education at the undergraduate and graduate levels, rooted in a liberal arts tradition that intentionally supports career preparation. The College provides an affordable private education and serves a diverse population of more than 5,000 students.


The director of institutional research will provide leadership for a wide variety of responsibilities, including planning and strategic decision making; conducting research and institutional studies; providing analysis, reports and educational forecasts related to program growth and development; program reviews, self-studies, accreditation and external surveys; and coordinating data collection and analysis related to the College’s institutional research and planning efforts. The director of institutional research will report to the provost, but will partner with College leaders at all levels of the institution to deliver the most informative and relevant data essential to shaping institutional strategy and direction.


Essential job functions include, but are not limited to:

  • Perform continuous internal and external environmental scanning in support of institutional research and effectiveness.

  • Compile an extensive range of available data and organize data into a “data warehouse,” a process that includes refined tools to extract, transform and load data into a repository; tools to manage and retrieve metadata; and clear avenues to enable end users access to the most meaningful, relevant data for decision-making

  • Serve as the College’s chief reporting official for IPEDS and MIDDLE STATES institutional profiles; provide data and analytical support for all activities related to evaluation, assessment, program review reporting and accreditation

  • Assure compliance with mandatory data reporting and maintain data verification and quality control procedures

  • Support the research and analysis activities of all College divisions, including the development of surveys and other methods of data collection; serve as a central data and methodology resource to all College constituents

  • Direct the planning, implementation, distribution of standard and ad hoc reporting; advance analytical research and a “culture of evidence,” at the College

  • Build an online College data profile, to include regularly updated dashboard indicators with standard definitions and trend analyses

  • Provide additional information and analysis as needed by the president, vice presidents, deans and other members of the College senior management team, to include requests for studies on program evaluation, administrative issues, demographic data, enrollment, enrollment trends/projections, information for grant applications and any information that might enhance long range planning and evidence-based decision-making


  • M.A./M.S. required in social sciences, public policy, statistics, applied research, behavioral sciences, education or related field; doctorate preferred

  • Preference given to candidates with previous experience in accreditation processes, data collection and analysis in a higher education setting

  • Three to five years experience in an educational setting working in institutional research using a higher education data warehouse; knowledge of, and experience with, theory, principles and practices of report programming and database technology, including Ellucian’s Crystal Reports and Business Objects or related products; experience with relational databases, SPSS and Microsoft Office Suite; knowledge of SQL and experience with Ellucian strongly preferred

  • Keen understanding of the structures of higher education, statistical research methodology and analysis, and data processing applications; knowledge of qualitative and quantitative research methods, as well as design, evaluation and statistical procedures applied to research, such as correlation and multiple regression techniques; knowledge of survey design, development and execution, focus groups, statistical analysis and report writing; knowledge of commonly accepted legal and ethical standards regarding conducting institutional research

  • Experience structuring complex data and communicating technical information in manner useful to recipients/users according to best practices of data visualization; ability to speak and write clearly while synthesizing and presenting complex data in narrative, tabular and graphical formats; experience defining and solving problems, collecting data, establishing facts and drawing valid conclusions; experience conducting research and preparing studies that will assist in decision-making and planning; experience reading, analyzing and interpreting professional journals, technical procedures and governmental regulations

  • Experience working effectively with members of a leadership team and with faculty, staff and students; ability to create and maintain a user-friendly data warehouse for internal consumption; ability to create and maintain a Web presence that features a “common data set,” for the College


Depending on qualifications, competitive salary with excellent benefits; EOE

TO Apply

Review of résumés to begin October 1, 2012. Send résumé, cover letter and contact information for three references to:



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