The Director of Institutional Research is responsible for the presentation, research, and analysis of institutional data necessary to inform decisions, policy and planning within the university. Essential functions include:
- the timely and accurate reporting of data to diverse audiences and regulatory bodies
- analyzing, interpreting and presenting information and research findings on student, faculty and other variables for institutional strategic planning, problem solving, and decision-making.
- the processing of institutional data for internal use, external surveys, and government compliance reporting;
- the development and maintenance of regular and ad hoc reports and publications, including board reports, retention and persistence dashboards, and the Fact Book;
- the acquisition and analysis of benchmark data to support institutional decision-making processes;
- data support for assessment and accreditation efforts;
- assisting in designing and conducting internal surveys;
- the development and maintenance of dashboards for communicating institutional data to the Cabinet and the Board; and
- staying up to date on current trends in higher education, institutional research, and data science.
- assisting in the adoption and implementation of software and technologies closely related the institutional research needs
- An advanced degree in a research related discipline, such as Data Analytics, Computer Science, MIS, the Social Sciences, or Mathematics/Statistics.
- Working knowledge of SPSS, SAS, or R
- Ability to make inferences about data
- Knowledge of higher education data definitions and student classifications
- Experience working with data visualization software such as Tableau
- Proven project management, organizational, problem-solving, and time-management skills
- Knowledge of relational database concepts, including data warehousing concepts and techniques
- Excellent interpersonal, written, and oral communication skills with the ability to communicate technical information to diverse audiences
- Sensitivity to confidential matters and the ability to exercise a high level of discretion and judgment
- Advanced data query skills
- Appropriate interpersonal and relationship building skills
- Ability to collaborate effectively with internal and external constituencies
- Ability to develop critical questions related to institutional data to support analysis of campus priorities
- Ability to develop objectives, evaluate effectiveness, and assess needs
- Ability to assess and improve data quality
- Legally authorized to work in the United States of America
- An earned terminal degree in a relevant field
- At least 3 years of experience working in higher education
- Knowledge of data warehousing concepts and techniques. Familiarity with applicable programmatic accreditors and/or the Higher Learning Commission
- Demonstrated ability to maximize use of internal and external resources
This position is responsible to cultivate and maintain the institution’s Catholic identity and its mission to empower graduates to transform society. As a member of the Newman University community, the Director will join with the institution’s sponsors, the Adorers of the Blood of Christ (ASC Sisters), to witness God’s love in Mission to empower others, foster oneness, celebrate life, form right relationships, and walk as compassionate companions. The director is responsible to uphold this mission in accordance with Ex Corde Ecclesiae, fostering an environment where Catholicism is present while encouraging an impartial search for truth across multiple disciplines engaged in interdisciplinary dialogue.