Director of Research, Assessment & Planning, Division of Student Affairs

Posted on12/1/2017
Job typeFull-time
Reports toVice Chancellor for Student Affairs
Reports in officeDivision of Student Affairs
Application due dateopen until an adequate applicant pool has been reached
Job start datenegotiable
InstitutionUniversity of Mississippi
Institution descriptionFounded in 1848, the University of Mississippi, affectionately known to alumni, students and friends as Ole Miss, is Mississippi's flagship university. Included in the elite group of R-1: Doctoral Universities - Highest Research Activity by the Carnegie Classification, it has a long history of producing leaders in public service, academics and business. With more than 24,000 students, Ole Miss is the state's largest university and is ranked among the nation's fastest-growing institutions.
Job dutiesExamples of Work Performed :
Manages and participates in division-wide data analysis, assessment, planning, and budget development.

Provides clear, accessible statistics for departmental leaders and decision makers.

Collaborates and consults with the Office of Institutional Research, Effectiveness, and Planning for research requests.

Prepares presentations to support strategic and operational planning and decision making. Communicates complex statistical and theoretical information for diverse audiences.

Coordinates institutional effectiveness activities within the Division of Student Affairs.

Facilitates assessment activities including survey administration, data analysis, and use of assessment results.

Monitors and maintains the budget for the office of the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs and prepares annual budget requests.

Conducts independent research projects and benchmarking studies relevant to student affairs practices.

Leads departmental budget development, goal setting, divisional planning, and provides budget training workshops.

Provides onboarding resources for new employees within the division.

Interfaces with the Office of Institutional Research, Effectiveness, and Planning to prepare trend analysis reports and forecasts, and creates and maintains effective yield models and provides interval estimates of first-year enrollment.

Interfaces with the Office of Institutional Research, Effectiveness, and Planning to monitor strategic initiative progress.

Acts as a liaison with IREP regarding undergraduate recruitment and retention data models.

Provides oversight for the Division of Student Affairs Professional Development Committee, including assessment-focused professional development activities.

Performs related or similar duties as required or assigned.

Essential Functions:
The essential functions include, but are not limited to, the following. Additional essential functions may be identified and included by the hiring Department.

1. Manages and participates in division-wide data analysis and assessment and directs divisional planning efforts.

2. Serves as the divisional liaison with Institutional Research, Effectiveness, and Planning.

3. Reviews policies and conducts research to determine necessary changes and direction.
Master’s Degree from an accredited four-year college or university in higher education, business, computer science or a related field.


Three (3) years of experience related to the above described duties.

Substitution Statement: Related experience may be substituted for education, on a basis set forth and approved by the Department of Human Resources.
Salary rangeDependent on qualifications and experience
Salary benefitsThe University of Mississippi is proud to offer a comprehensive salary and generous benefits package. Benefits include employer-paid portions of medical, dental, vision, and tuition waiver programs for employees and dependents. In addition, the UM retirement program includes an employer contribution. UM offers generous paid holiday time off, personal (vacation) and medical leave for most employees – staff members accrue personal and medical leave based on their years of service. UM was named the state’s healthiest workplace among all Mississippi colleges and universities and offers wellness programs. For eight consecutive years, UM has been recognized as one of the best colleges in the nation to work for by The Chronicle of Higher Education. For information about our employee benefits package, visit: Employee Benefits Overview (
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