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Executive Director for Institutional Research

Application Procedure:

Send a cover letter, resume, and recent letters of recommendation from three professional references with contact information to or mail to: West Virginia State University Department of Human Resources P. O. Box 1000, 105 Cole Complex Institute, WV 25112
Priority will be given to applications submitted by September 1, 2019; however, additional applications may be considered until the position is filled.
For further contact or Office of IRAE for additional information.

Job Duties

As an integral unit within the Office of the President, the Executive Director of Institutional Research Assessment and Effectiveness will lead the university in development with the institution self-knowledge and understanding of its competitive position by collecting, organizing, and interpreting institutional data for effectiveness analysis. Supervises all institutional research activities which provide information for institutional planning, policy formulation, and decision making, directs and manages data collection, data analysis, and research activities relative to institutional research, accreditation, compliance reporting, and directs the compilation of data and manages the submission of required state and federal reports for policy maintenance and University activities. Adept at fostering a culture of data-driven decisions, mining, and interpretation with the ability to communicate about data standards and management across multiple constituencies. Responsible for cultivating an institutional culture of demonstrated evidence emerging an integrated data management program and greater institutional accountability for data optimization and utilization and greater institutional accountability. Supervises professional and support staff. This is a full-time executive administrative position. Interested persons with academic rank and designation can be added if applicable. 

Job Qualifications

To perform successfully, the Director must be able to perform each essential duty and responsibility. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skills, and abilities required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. 1. Masters in institutional research, education, behavioral science, statistics, big data, organizational management, quantitative methods, information systems, or related field required; doctorate preferred. 2. Administrative IR or related experience in higher education strongly preferred. 3. Demonstrated knowledge of quantitative and qualitative methods, statistics, survey research, analytics, and the use of data and information in institutional research, analysis, and decision-making. 4. Proficiency in the use of statistical software, spreadsheet, and communications technologies. 5. Functional knowledge of personal computers and mainframe applications for data acquisition and analysis. 6. Knowledge of state, federal, and regional accreditation requirements for the gathering, reporting, and disseminating data from higher education institutions. 7. Experience in the use of higher education reporting, presentation and statistical tools, such as Excel, SAP Crystal Reports, Tableau, Argos, SPSS, and SAS; ability to interpret or code SQL preferred. 8. Extensive knowledge and experience in IPEDS and other compliance reporting tools. 9. Experience and current knowledge of Ellucian Banner ERP. 10. Knowledge and experience with sources and uses of comparative institutional data. 11. Knowledge and experience with querying databases. 12. Knowledge and experience with creating and updating online dashboards. 13. Ability to work with discretion when dealing with confidential information. 14. Excellent verbal, written, and collaborative skills. 15. Success as a highly effective and efficient problem-solver. 16. Highly motivated with strong organizational skills. 17. Leader, self-starter, initiators, and ability to perform above duties with or without reasonable accommodation. 18. Ability to perform multiple tasks and responsibilities within established timeframes, while adhering to strict attention to detail.

Institution Description

West Virginia State University Founded in 1891, West Virginia State University (WVSU) is a public land grant institution, historically black college and university (HBCU), that has evolved into a fully accessible, racially integrated and multigenerational institution serving approximately 3,514 students. The University is a community of students, staff, and faculty committed to academic growth, service, and preservation of the racial and cultural diversity of the institution. WVSU offers 23 undergraduate and six graduate degrees through its four colleges. WVSU competes in athletics at the NCAA Division II level in five men’s sports and five women’s sports. WVSU is located in Institute, WV, a suburb of Charleston, the largest city and the capital of West Virginia. With more than 300,000 people living in the metropolitan area, it is an active, exciting and engaging community, boasting cultural and historical events, music, festivals, and entertainment.


West Virginia State University provides an extremely competitive benefits package to its benefits-eligible employees. The benefits, programs, and services offered are a sizable amount of an employee's overall compensation and important factors in encouraging a healthy work-life balance.
Application Due Date: 2019-09-01
Job Start Date: 2019-10-01
Salary: $80000 - $90000
City: Institute
State/Province/Region: WV
Institution: West Virginia State University
Reports To: Chief of Staff
Staff # Reporting to Position: 3
Reports In Office: Office of the President

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