Director of Institutional Research

Posted on1/4/2018
Job typeFull-time
Reports toChief Operating Officer
Reports in officePresident
Application due dateasap
Job start dateasap
CityRedwood City, CA, with option to work remotely part of the time
InstitutionAlder Graduate School of Education
Institution descriptionThe mission of Alder Graduate School of Education ( is to create opportunity and to cultivate success for every student by recruiting and educating excellent teachers and leaders who reflect our schools’ communities.

We offer a teacher residency program that provides students with the opportunity to earn a Master’s degree and teaching credential in one year and an apprenticeship with an experienced mentor teacher four days a week in a partner K-12 school. Since 2010 we have educated over 200 teachers across California and Memphis, and data show that our graduates are more effective as teachers, stay in the profession longer, and their demographics more closely mirror those of the K-12 students they serve than other teachers’.
Reporting to the Chief Operating Officer and working closely with the Alder GSE team to support the mission, vision, and core values of Alder GSE, the essential responsibilities of the Director of Institutional Research include:

• Develop and implement Alder’s institutional research plan including robust student- level information on academic and enrollment behaviors and student satisfaction
• Participate in the university’s strategic planning efforts
• Assist with regional and program accreditation efforts
• Coordinate institutional benchmarking studies
• Maintain up-to-date information on current policy issues and trends regarding assessment, accountability, and institutional effectiveness

• Collect, analyze, interpret, and report institutional data to a variety of constituencies
• Coordinate the completion of all required state, federal, and funder reports
• Respond to internal and external requests for data, including ad hoc requests

• Provide leadership regarding data management and technology support issues
• Vet, select, and implement data repository platform(s)
• Work collaboratively with all departments and K-12 school partners to ensure the integrity and consistency of data in Alder’s data systems

• Conduct comprehensive studies on organizational target outcomes such as recruitment, retention, and completion, disaggregated by demographic and other variables
• Design and implement studies associated with the university’s institutional effectiveness efforts
• Develop and implement surveys and analyze data as needed to support institutional planning, assessment, and other activities
• Support faculty in the design and execution of surveys and other evaluation instruments in support of ongoing evaluation and effectiveness projects
1) Required knowledge, skills, and abilities:
• Outstanding communication skills
o Ability to communicate data relationships clearly to all audiences
o Skilled collaborator
o Capacity to build strong relationships within the school community, including with Alder's school partners
• Deep understanding of higher education issues
o Clear understanding of different roles within the institution
o Awareness of external pressures that an institution faces
o Ability to predict institutional need
• Technical and data management skills
o Statistical software experience (e.g. SAS, SPSS, and R)
o SQL or additional query skills for extracting data from campus systems
o Microsoft Office
o Data management ability (e.g. familiarity with Oracle databases)
• Analytical skills
o Background in social science research methods (i.e., experience with gathering and reporting data)
o Ability to understand and interpret data, both qualitative and quantitative
o Detail-oriented and willing to spend the time to ensure accuracy
• Enthusiasm for Alder’s mission and vision
o Belief that education transforms lives and that every student deserves the opportunity to go to college
o Passion for graduate schools of education and their communities

2) Educational level required:
• Minimum Level: Master’s degree with graduate coursework in statistics, research design and analysis, assessment and program evaluation techniques, technical report writing, and survey methods
• Preferred Level: PhD in a behavioral or social science or other scientific/analytic field

3) Experience required:
• Five or more years of experience and success in research design, methodology, and statistical analysis
• Expertise in survey design and administration
• Experience with complex relational databases
• Previous higher education administrative experience
• Knowledge of procedures involved in handling sensitive data including survey responses and personally identifiable information
Salary rangeDependent on qualifications and experience
Salary benefitsAlder offers a competitive benefits package, including health insurance, an excellent retirement plan, and tuition reimbursement. Salary is competitive and based on experience.
Application procedureTo learn more and to apply please visit our website.

Questions may be directed to Monica Bonny, COO,