Director of Institutional Research

Posted on2/2/2018
Job typeFull-time
Reports toVice President of Academic Affairs
Reports in officeAcademic Affairs
Application due dateFebruary 28, 2018
Job start dateMay 1, 2018
InstitutionGreat Basin College
Institution descriptionLocated in the high desert of rural Nevada, Great Basin College is a comprehensive community college offering both associate and baccalaureate degrees. With its main campus in Elko, a beautiful site with residential housing and state-of-the-art learning technologies, it serves the largest geographic area of Nevada’s community colleges. Great Basin College serves the citizens residing in ten of Nevada’s most rural counties, covering 86,514 square miles and bordering five states. This service area includes centers in Battle Mountain, Ely, Pahrump and Winnemucca. Additionally, satellite locations can be found in twenty other frontier communities. As well as being known for its spectacular mountain ranges and picturesque valleys, the Great Basin also provides a myriad of outdoor recreational opportunities.

GBC maintains the spirit of a community college by providing affordable access to a postsecondary education in an environment that embraces and respects all cultures. It stands among the most innovative colleges in America, integrating many disciplines into single courses and programs, helping student to develop critical thinking and self-directed learning skills. Graduates of Great Basin College are fully prepared to enter their chosen careers with the knowledge and confidence to succeed in the global marketplace.
Job dutiesThe Director of Institutional Research & Effectiveness is responsible for providing institutional and administrative support by collecting, analyzing, reporting, presenting, and archiving all relevant information for the ongoing efficient and effective functioning of Great Basin College.

The Director will coordinate institutional data collection and reporting as needed by GBC faculty, departments, programs, and administrators. Reporting is also required by the Nevada System of Higher Education (NSHE) and other State, Federal, and external entities as needed. The Director will have a primary responsibility in the compilation of GBC assessment documentation for internal use and accreditation purposes. Self-direction, communication, and collaborative skills are important in this position.

The Director works primarily in an office on the main GBC campus in Elko, and occasionally travels – mostly driving – to other GBC campuses and NSHE offices and meetings throughout the state. The Director participates in a few state-wide meetings each year that require overnight travel. The Director works in an office with little physical demand, however the mental demand associated with data analysis at times will be considerably above average.

This position reports to the Vice President for Academic Affairs, and oversees one part-time analyst. The Director works closely with all data stakeholders, particularly with GBC Student Information Systems Office (SISOPS) and Admissions and Records Office. The director also works closely with Student Services units and Academic Affairs faculty to coordinate assessment reporting.

Because GBC serves the students and other Nevada residents, it is necessary that the position demonstrate a strong work ethic and a high standard of professional behavior. Because of the relatively small size of the College, the job requires performing duties at a wide range of skill and responsibility levels.

A Master’s degree is required, preferably in quantitative analysis (e.g., statistics, mathematics), database management, education (e.g., leadership, education measurement), or other related field.

At least three years of experience in institutional research in higher education is required.

Demonstrated experience with data query tools, database management and analysis (including use of Access, SPSS or SQL) is required. Must be able to interpret and present data to senior management, faculty, and campus administrators.

Familiarity with federal higher education reporting requirements =(e.g., IPEDS, Perkins) and data reporting to support outside survey organizations (e.g., CDS, College Board) and student loan processing (National Student Clearinghouse).

Familiarity with accreditation processes and reporting at both the program and institutional levels. Great Basin College is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities. Several programs, such as Nursing, Radiology and Paramedic are also accredited.

Familiarity with institutional and program-level assessment

Required skills:

Technical/analytical knowledge and skills required for data collection, compilation, storage, retrieval, and analysis (e.g., knowledge of definitions, formulae, data structures, skills in research design, statistics, computer software (including SPSS and Microsoft Office products), web utilization, oral and written communication, etc.).

Knowledge of substantive management issues such as enrollment management and patterns, budgeting formulas, resource allocation, assessment, and strategic planning.

Contextual knowledge of higher education in general and community colleges specifically (e.g., knowledge of organizational history and culture, roles and responsibilities, and the larger external environment).

Preferred skills:

Familiarity with Peoplesoft, Oracle EPM, and/or OBIEE, or similar platforms with the ability to easily adapt to these.

Demonstrated experience in developing and maintaining a data warehouse for census reporting as well as ‘business intelligence’ applications (e.g., Tableau, Power BI).
Salary rangeDependent on qualifications and experience
Salary benefitsAnnual Salary is $75,000 - $102,000 commensurate with experience and education.

Nevada System of Higher Education benefits package includes a 401(a) defined contribution retirement plan with employees contributing 14.50 % and a matching 14.50% from the employer, medical/dental/vision plan, benefit time, 11 paid holidays, and tuition waiver at Nevada System of Higher Education colleges for the employee and family. There is no state income tax in Nevada.
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