Assistant Director of Research Administration

Posted on11/29/2017
Job typeFull-time
Reports toDirector of Research Administration
Reports in officeProvost and Dean of the Faculty
Application due dateOpen until filled
Job start dateASAP
InstitutionLawrence University
Institution descriptionLawrence University is a nationally recognized undergraduate institution consisting of a college of liberal arts and sciences and a conservatory of music. Chartered in 1847, Lawrence was among the first colleges in the United States to be founded coeducational. In 1964, Lawrence College consolidated with Milwaukee-Downer College for Women to form the present-day Lawrence University.

The 88-acre Lawrence campus is situated on a bluff overlooking the historic Fox River and contains 62 instructional, residential, recreational and administrative facilities. Adjacent to downtown Appleton, the campus is bordered on two sides by attractive early 20th-century residential neighborhoods. Björklunden vid Sjön, a 441-acre estate on Lake Michigan in Door County, serves as the college’s northern campus, hosting curricular retreats and seminars for students each weekend throughout the academic year and continuing education seminars during the summer for alumni and the public.

Lawrence is a residential college, and more than 95 percent of all students live on campus in one of seven residence halls, and other various types of small-group housing and apartment-style housing.

Lawrence is accredited as a degree-granting institution by the Higher Learning Commission. The Conservatory of Music is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Music.

Research Administration (50% until 2018 when Title III grant ends then 100%)
• Process institutional data (collecting, cleaning, recoding, organizing, extracting, analyzing, and summarizing data) for internal use, consortia use (i.e., HEDS, ACM, WAICU), external surveys (i.e., U.S. News and World Report, college guidebooks, rankings) and government and agency compliance reporting (i.e., CDS, IPEDS, NCAA)
• Prepare and disseminate a variety of regular and ad hoc reports and publications (i.e., Profile, Fact Book, and consortia/state/federal reports)
• Respond to time-critical internal and external ad hoc requests for institutional information and analyses
• Develop, administer, and manage surveys; prepare reports from internal surveys (i.e., climate, trustees, ad hoc)
• Assist in the process for administering and analyzing Tenure, Promotion, and Reappointment reviews
• Coordinate the University’s participation in national surveys (i.e., CIRP, NSSE, NCHA)
• Conduct qualitative research using focus groups, content analysis, and other qualitative methodologies
• Support grant development by assisting with writing and reporting, conducting research, and preparing and maintaining documentation
• Support the coordination and implementation of evaluation, accreditation and assessment activities related to the Strategic Plan
• Contribute in enrollment management coordination and analysis
• Represent the Office of Research Administration at meetings, conferences, and workshops in the absence of the Director
• Conduct other duties as requested/assigned

Title III Grant (50% until the grant ends)
• Assist the Title III Project Director and external evaluators with the evaluation of a five-year federally-funded Title III Strengthening Institutions Program grant on improving retention and student success at Lawrence University including coordinating, collecting, analyzing and reporting evaluation data
• Coordinate data collection and prepare data to be used in writing the evaluation, interim, annual and final reports
• Extract data to measure progress toward grant objectives
• Administer Title III surveys, analyze data, and prepare reports
• Build, merge, and analyze large data sets
• Interpret and report quantitative and qualitative analyses in written and oral formats
• Coordinate meetings and focus groups as needed
• Take and transcribe minutes at meetings related to Title III evaluation (Advisory Committee, Activity Directors, Evaluation Team)
• Complete Time and Effort Certification Forms as part of grant compliance
• Conduct other duties as requested/assigned
• Master’s degree in Social Sciences, Statistics, or related discipline preferred.
• Two to three years of higher education work experience or an understanding and appreciation for a liberal arts education ideal.
• Experience in evaluation of federally- or state-funded grants desired.
• Prior experience in an institutional research office/setting at a liberal arts institution a plus.

• Ability to manage multiple projects and strict deadlines while maintaining high degree of accuracy
• Sensitive to confidential matters and able to exercise high level of discretion and judgment
• Strong quantitative, qualitative, research design, and statistical skills; highly analytical
• Excellent interpersonal, written and oral communication skills with the ability to communicate technical information to groups of varying backgrounds
• Proven project management, organizational, multi-tasking, problem-solving, prioritizing, and time management skills
• Extreme attention to detail
• Ability to work independently as well as collaboratively with minimal supervision
• Ability to work in a fast-paced and evolving environment
• Follow projects through to completion with a focus on quality
• Demonstrated competency in typing, keyboarding, and data entry skills
• Self-starter
• Advanced proficiency in Microsoft Office (Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Outlook), SPSS and/or R
• Proficiency with web-based survey software (Qualtrics), open source web content management systems (Drupal), and web enabled enterprise reporting systems (Banner, Hyperion, and/or Argos)
• Experience with data visualization software (i.e., Tableau) and National Student Clearinghouse services (i.e., Student Tracker) a plus
• Ability to work some evenings on rare occasion

• Must have successful completion of criminal record check, driving record check (as applicable), and reference checks.
• Must have a valid Driver’s License (as applicable) and must complete campus safe driving training session before driving any campus vehicles (as applicable).
Salary rangeDependent on qualifications and experience
Salary benefitsLawrence provides various benefits including: health insurance, dental insurance, flexible spending account, vision coverage, long term care insurance, short and long term disability, group term life and accidental death & dismemberment insurance, optional term life and accidental death & dismemberment insurance, retirement plan, dependent tuition remission or tuition exchange program, employee/dependent tuition waiver program, vacation, sick leave, holidays, personal day, wellness center, employee assistance program (EAP), wellness, library, computer loan, computer software discounts, and Lawrence events.
Application procedureWe encourage applications from individuals who will help us create a more inclusive Lawrence by: (1) further diversifying the staff; and/or (2) demonstrating experience with successful diversity-related initiatives. Visit this website for more information Regional Guide which lists resources that promote diversity in the community.