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Director, Institutional Research

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Job Duties

The University of Akron seeks a Director of Institutional Research to provide leadership in shaping policy based on research by participating in the continuous development, implementation, integration, evaluation, documentation, communication, and improvement of institutional effectiveness plans and programs. The Director manages the sophisticated analytics systems required to support informed decision-making and supervises the activities of the professional staff charged with institutional reporting, institutional assessment, and data administration.

Design, conduct, and analyze studies relating to the institutional mission, market positioning, enrollment management, retention, and matriculation effectiveness. Conduct and evaluate policy scenarios and detailed recommendations and provide detailed recommendations.

Coordinate with other units on campus in the development of sophisticated reports, analytics, and other dashboards providing guidance in the access and extraction from appropriate data sources.

Provide oversight of data integrity, quality assurance, and common data definitions for data administration. Responsible for accuracy and reliability of data collection.

Coordinate all legally required and official external and internal data reporting for institutional reporting. This includes reports to the state and federal governments, completion of external surveys, and regular periodic internal administrative ad hoc reporting.

Job Qualifications

Required Qualifications
• Relevant master’s degree.
• A minimum of six years progressively responsible administrative institutional research experience which includes at least one year of supervisory experience within a university or its equivalent.
• Ability to systematically analyze complex issues and data.
• Exceptional understanding of institutional research, organizational dynamics, strategic planning, and complex financial reporting.
• Proficiency with a variety of data analytics and statistical systems and experience in accessing data from databases, data marts, and/or data warehouses.
• Ability to present and/or communicate findings clearly and persuasively to a variety of audiences.
• Ability to conceptualize broad institutional goals.
• Proficiency in standard computer skills and systems (e.g. Excel,SQL,PowerPoint).

Preferred Qualifications
• Relevant doctoral degree.
• Five or more years of direct leadership experience of an institutional research unit within an academic institution.
• Experience with the access and analysis of data from the Oracle-PeopleSoft ERP and/or EPM Data Warehouse systems and Oracle databases as well as experience with the Oracle Analytics and Business Intelligence systems (OBIEE and OAC).
• Experience with predictive analytics, the use of key performance indicators (KPI’s) and dashboards.
• Experience with Data Governance programs and frameworks in an academic setting.

Institution Description

Located in Akron, Ohio, The University of Akron (UA) is one of the largest employers in the region and offers an array of employment opportunities. Here you'll find a metropolitan setting that places you in the heart of a dynamic, regional economy and in sync with the pulse of business, government and the community. We're committed to achieving a diverse faculty and staff by including individuals from varied backgrounds and characteristics, including age, gender, religion, ethnicity, disability, national origin, sexual orientation and socioeconomic background. We're also committed to offering competitive salary and benefits packages to qualified candidates. The University of Akron is an equal education and employment institution. It is the policy of this institution that there shall be no unlawful discrimination against any individual in employment or in its programs or activities at The University of Akron because of race, color, religion, sex, age, national or ethnic origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, genetic information, military status or status as a veteran. The University is also committed to the principles of affirmative action and acts in accordance with state and federal laws.


Application Due Date: 2019-06-03
Job Start Date: 2019-03-01
Salary: Dependent on qualifications and experience.
City: Akron
State/Province/Region: OH
Institution: The University of Akron
Reports To: Senior Vice Provost for Academic Affairs and Institutonal Analytics
Staff # Reporting to Position: 1
Reports In Office: Institutional Research

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