Director for Institutional Research

Posted on6/25/2018
Job typeFull-time
Reports toExecutive Vice President and Provost
Reports in officeInstitutional Research
Application due dateJune 30
Job start dateAugust 15, 2018
InstitutionLakeland Community College
Institution descriptionThe Director for Institutional Research leads an IR office responsive to the research needs of multiple constituents within the college including research needs related to student persistence and completion. The Director promotes evidence-based decision-making to improve institutional effectiveness and student success. The Director is a visible presence at the college, interacting regularly across the institution to understand research needs and how IR can be of support. The Director is able to listen to research needs posed from a lay perspective and translate them into viable studies. In addition to fulfilling these leadership responsibilities, the Director is engaged in the department’s day-to-day tasks of data collection, analysis and report preparation fulfilling data requirements of external entities, including the Ohio Department of Higher Education, the U.S. Department of Education, and the Higher Learning Commission.

The Director’s duties include guiding and supporting IR staff in their research, analysis, and reporting, while managing the department’s competing deadlines and project requests. The Director promotes a dynamic vision for the college’s research program and brings innovative research perspectives and ideas to the college. The Director leads the effort to expand the use of research results to inform college decision-making, provides training in research-related skills, and ensures the accuracy of data used across the college.

Competitive candidates will possess strong leadership, management, and supervisory skills including the ability to mentor and coach staff, technical skills in institutional research, a commitment to working closely with administrators, faculty, and staff to identify their research priorities, excellent oral and written communications skills, and the ability to balance multiple priorities. 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.
Job dutiesLead the office in meeting the college’s obligations for accurate and timely internal and external reporting.

Identify college research and data collection priorities through proactive consultation with administrators, faculty and staff.

Promote the increased use of research to inform decision-making across the college.

Apply expertise and leadership to develop and implement college research initiatives.

Maintain an office with a high degree of responsiveness to internal constituents.

Disseminate understandable research results through reports and presentations.

Collaborate with staff to conduct institutional research studies, utilizing a high level of technical expertise.

Share in the hands-on tasks necessary to collect and analyze data and to prepare reports.

Conduct ongoing institutional research training for administrators, faculty and staff.

Supervise, mentor, coach, and support department staff.

Perform other duties as assigned.

Master’s degree or higher.

Graduate-level coursework in research design and methods, research analysis, and statistical methods.

Knowledge of institutional research requirements in higher education.

Experience in supervising, leading a team and managing projects.
Applied knowledge and experience planning, designing, and executing survey research.

Strong interpersonal skills to establish and maintain successful and effective working relationships with all members of the college.

Excellent written and verbal communications skills to prepare reports, manage project communications and facilitate presentations.

Demonstrated ability to communicate complex research designs and analytic frameworks to broad audiences.

Demonstrated proficiency in SPSS and survey software; advanced experience working with Access, Excel, Word, and PowerPoint.


Master’s degree or higher, ideally in educational research or related field.

Working knowledge of Banner and Argos.

Working knowledge of the Ohio Higher Educational Information System (HEI).

Working knowledge of the Integrated Post-Secondary Educational Data System (IPEDS).

Experience with the National Community College Benchmark Project and the Community College Survey of Student Engagement.

Experience with labor market data research tools.

Experience using relational databases (SQL).

Experience in a community college.
Salary rangeDependent on qualifications and experience
Salary benefitsLearn more about Lakeland on the Human Resources website, including the college’s total compensation package for positions.

This is a full-time, 12-month position assigned to pay grade 5 of the administrative and supervisory/professional salary schedule. Starting salary will be determined by experience and qualifications. Placement within the range is reflective of the candidate’s education and experience with consideration to internal equity.
Application procedureApply through the college’s website and attach a cover letter and current resume with your submission. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled but, in order to receive full consideration, candidates are encouraged to submit their materials by June 30, 2018.