Director of Institutional Research and Assessment

Posted on5/22/2018
Job typeFull-time
Reports toVice President, Institutional Effectiveness
Reports in officeInstitutional Research and Assessment
Application due dateAs soon as the position as filled
Job start dateAs soon as the position is filled
Other Location80011
InstitutionCommunity College of Aurora
Institution descriptionThe Director of Institutional Research and Assessment leads an IR office responsive to the research and assessment needs of multiple constituents within the college as well as of those of the Colorado Community College System, the Higher Learning Commission, and other external stakeholders. The Director collaborates with Academic Affairs, Student Affairs, and other units to determine progress on CCA’s institutional and program goals including those related to the assessment of student learning. The Director promotes evidence-based decision-making to improve institutional effectiveness and inclusive excellence. The Director is a visible presence at CCA, interacting regularly across the institution to understand research needs and how IR can be of help. In addition to fulfilling these leadership responsibilities, the Director works directly on the department’s day-to-day tasks of data collection and analysis and report preparation.

The Director’s duties include guiding and supporting the IR staff as they conduct research and create reports and managing the department’s competing deadlines and project requests. The Director promotes a dynamic vision for the college’s research agenda, links CCA to external research resources, and brings fresh research and assessment ideas to the college. The Director is able to listen to research needs posed from a lay perspective and interpret those needs to become viable studies. The Director leads efforts to expand the use of research results in college decision-making, to provide training in research-related skills, and to verify the accuracy of data used across the College. The Director provides expertise and support for the College’s assessment efforts, including technical assistance with assessment and survey design, data collection and analysis, and the reporting of results.

Competitive candidates will possess strong leadership, management, and supervisory skills including the ability to mentor and coach staff, technical skills in institutional research and assessment of student learning, a commitment to working closely with faculty and staff to identify their research priorities, excellent oral and written communications skills, a commitment to implementing inclusive excellence, and the ability to balance multiple priorities and remain calm under pressure. The ideal candidate will demonstrate the desire and ability to direct an office that provides timely, reliable, and relevant information, while serving constituents from across the college and beyond.
Job duties-Lead the office in meeting the college’s obligations for accurate and timely internal and external reports.
-Share in the hands-on tasks necessary to collect and analyze data and to prepare reports.
-Maintain an office with a high degree of responsiveness to internal and external constituents.
-Collaborate with staff to conduct institutional research studies, utilizing a high level of technical expertise.
-Identify college research and data collection priorities through proactive consultation with faculty and staff.
-Apply expertise and leadership to develop and implement college research and assessment initiatives.
-Lead efforts to imbed equity and inclusion in institutional research and assessment policies and practices.
-Partner with the Equity and Inclusion office to foster equity, diversity, and inclusive excellence.
-Link the department to external resources to increase CCA’s use of innovative approaches and techniques.
-Disseminate understandable research and assessment results via the college website, dashboards, and presentations to college units and decision-making groups.
-Promote the increased use of research and assessment data for decision-making across the college.
-Conduct ongoing institutional research and assessment training for faculty and staff.
-Provide assessment expertise and support to the college’s assessment committee.
-Supervise, mentor, coach, and support department staff.
-Represent the college at the Colorado Community College System Institutional Research Advisory Group and at other research, data, and assessment associations.
-Perform other duties as assigned.
-Master’s degree in educational research or related field.
-Graduate-level coursework in research design and methods, research analysis, and statistical methods.
-Ability to use SPSS or similar statistical software.
-Experience assessing student learning and conducting institutional research in higher education.
-Experience in designing and administering surveys and analyzing the results.
-Experience in supervising and supporting a research team.
-Experience working with diverse populations and a commitment to fostering an inclusive and equitable educational environment.

-Working knowledge of Cognos and Banner.
-Experience using relational databases.
-Experience in a community college.
-Ability to supervise, support, and mentor staff with a high level of technical expertise.
-Ability to work in Spanish or another language other than English.
Salary range$60,000 - $80,000
Salary benefitsAnticipated salary range is $60,000 to the mid $60’s depending on experience and education. CCA offers an excellent benefit plan. Leave and holiday benefits are also included. For more information on the insurance benefits, click on the following website.

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