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Director of Institutional Research & Effectiveness

Application Procedure:

APPLICATION PROCESS:  Submit cover letter, résumé, and contact information for 3 professional references in MS Word or Adobe PDF to:

St. Thomas University is an E-Verify® Equal Opportunity Employer.

Criminal background checks are required prior to commencement of employment.  Official transcript(s) required.

Job Duties

Reporting to the Provost/Chief Academic Officer, the Director of Institutional Research & Effectiveness will provide leadership in the development of a comprehensive institutional research program to support the University's mission and strategic goals, outcomes assessment process, and in developing and sustaining a "culture of evidence". Responsible for collecting, analyzing, and disseminating a wide range of data related to the University's academic and financial enterprise; as well as providing critical decision support to University administration, the new Director will provide a trusted, centralized resource for up-to-date information about the University and a proactive resource assessment and planning. The Director will serve as the central source for institutional data and reporting requests. Emphasis will be placed on data analysis and interpretation, and help in identifying and framing critical issues in support of continuous improvement.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:  

Identifies, collects, organizes, analyzes, interprets and reports information to comply with and fulfill routine and/or specific internal and external requests.

Develops a data dictionary and procedural standards for consistency in gathering and maintaining institutional data.

Works with senior leadership and campus constituencies on developing assessments to assist in developing metrics to measure institutional effectiveness.

Constructs data gathering instruments and determines validity and reliability.

Coordinates and submits all Surveys and Reports such as Gainful Employment, IPEDS, Student Clearinghouse, NSSE, US News & World Report, etc.

Coordinates quantitative and qualitative research activities such as questionnaire design, research design, methodology, coding, sub-group analysis, and report preparation, including the review and analysis of ad hoc reports.

Performs analysis and reports the results as requested; analyzes research results and trends using a variety of techniques; provides status reports on projects.

Organizes and archives institutional and survey data for the University in conducting trend analyses and other institutional data needs, and publishes STU’s Fact Book annually.

Prepares updates and expands the collection of comparative data and peer indicators.

Assists in the development of quality enhancement plans, program review, survey research and assessment.

Provides analytical support and advice in the design of survey research, and/or designs specific analytic and predictive modeling studies as needed.

Instructs and/or assists administrators, faculty and staff members in areas of research design methodology, instrument administration and/or construction, data analysis, and interpretation.

Disseminates information and analysis that provides interpretations of research studies. Presentations should be provided to others, internal and external.

Manages the University's response to reporting and compliance related to the SACS-COC accreditation process.

Conducts analysis and reporting of institutional data such as enrollment, retention, graduation, transfer and related data.

Develops research projects, impact analysis, and other reports for University decision-making.

Tracks and analyzes enrollment and prepares FTE projections.

Create and lead an Institutional Review Board (IRB).

Work closely with IT to ensure data validation, etc.

Ensures the accuracy and timeliness of all State and Federal reports of student data for accountability and funding purposes.

Represents the University on local, state, and national committees as appropriate to the areas of immediate supervisory responsibility.

Performs additional duties and assist with special projects as assigned.

Job Qualifications

Minimum Requirements:

Master's degree and three years of institutional research experience, or Bachelor’s degree and eight years of demonstrated progressive institutional research experience in a higher education role is required for this position. Relevant experience should include: data collection, analysis and interpretation, project management and assessment, data base management, and experience with institutional assessment and effectiveness.

Experience and current knowledge of the Ellucian Colleague application suite and Unidata database environment.

Strong knowledge of the underlying Colleague file structures as required for performing queries and reporting.

Knowledge of Power BI and Colleague Reporting and Operating Analytics (CROA) desired.

Experience in policy analysis, educational assessment, quantitative and qualitative research methods and statistics.

Experience querying (SQL) and working with large databases and programming for data extraction, merging, report creation, and analysis.

Knowledge of assessment and evaluation principles and practices.

Proficiency with SAS, R, SPSS, or similar statistical package.

Experience collaborating with faculty and senior leaders across an institution.

Strong statistical and analytical skills, demonstrated knowledge of financial modeling and trend analysis, and experience working with institutional research data and statistical analysis and programming software.

Ability to work independently, and manage several projects simultaneously to meet deadlines.

Strong oral and written communication skills and the ability to work with diverse constituencies (i.e., faculty, staff, administrators, and students) to present data in a cogent and meaningful manner.

Institution Description

St. Thomas University was founded in 1961 as Biscayne College by the order of the Augustinian Friars. The college was accepted as a member of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and first accredited by the Commission on Colleges in 1968. Through continued growth and development, Biscayne College earned university status in 1984 after the addition of 10 Master degree programs and the opening of the School of Law. The University came under the sponsorship of the Archdiocese of Miami in 1988, conferring upon St. Thomas the distinction of being the only Catholic Archdiocesan sponsored university in the State of Florida.

When University status was attained, the name of the institution was changed to St. Thomas University to reflect its Cuban heritage. The University traces its roots to the Universidad de Santo Tomas de Villanueva, founded in 1946 in Havana, Cuba, by American Augustinians with assistance from European Augustinians. When the Castro government expelled the Augustinians from Cuba in 1961, several of the American Augustinians came to Miami where they founded Biscayne College. Given their experience in Cuba, the University's founders, and specifically its first president, who was vice rector of Villanueva, were intimately familiar with teaching students from different backgrounds. That commitment to student diversity continues strongly today.

The St. Thomas University School of Law is one of only two accredited Catholic law schools south of Georgetown University's School of Law in Washington, DC. The School of Law at St. Thomas was fully accredited by the American Bar Association in February 1995, and offers the Juris Doctor degree (J.D.).

St. Thomas has given its graduates the confidence and skills necessary for success in a variety of fields. Among notable graduates are: Alex Penelas, the former Mayor of Miami-Dade County, Andy Elisburg, Vice President of Operations for the Miami Heat; Christina Fernandez, Chief Marshall for the Southern Region U.S. Marshals Service; and John Dooner, CEO of Interpublic Group of Companies.


Full benefits package including tuition benefit for employee and eligible dependent(s).
Application Due Date: 2019-03-22
Job Start Date: 2019-03-25
Salary: Dependent on qualifications and experience.
City: Miami Gardens
State/Province/Region: FL
Institution: St. Thomas University
Reports To: Provost/Chief Academic Officer
Staff # Reporting to Position: 0
Reports In Office: Provost

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