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Director of Institutional Research and Planning

Application Procedure:

Application Instructions:
• Letter of Application
• Current CV or resume
• Three Professional References
• Unofficial academic transcripts and any certifications/licenses are also required at the time of application (official copies will be requested of selected candidate)

Screening begins August 21, 2023 - continue until position is filled. Apply at
Western Illinois University endeavors to provide a safe environment for its employees and students. As such, candidates are required to submit to a background investigation upon offer of employment. Employment is contingent upon compliance with University policies and procedures relating to the receipt and evaluation of information contained in the background investigation.
Western Illinois University is an Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity employer. Western Illinois University is a drug-free, smoke-free workplace.

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Director of Institutional Research and Planning

Job Description:
WIU seeks a collaborative and innovative leader to serve as the Director of Institutional Research and Planning. The position, reports to the President, will be responsible for the collection, analysis, interpretation, and application of institutional data in support of the University's external reporting requirements and internal planning and data needs. Actively engage with the University's administration carrying out responsibilities of the position, including regular reports to the President and Cabinet on the status of institutional research and planning. The Director provides information and counsel to university leadership in the submissions of institutional data and metrics to external entities, as well as the alignment of data and metrics for institutional strategic planning, goal setting and metric definitions.

The Director of Institutional Research and Planning will possess a comprehensive understanding of research methods, statistical analysis techniques, data reporting, and analysis. The successful candidate will ensure the quality and accessibility of University data for decision-making that supports the mission, goals, and strategic priorities of the University and key administrative leaders. The Director will be charged with implementing appropriate strategies, policies, and procedures for the Office. In addition, the position will manage processes that improve the quality, integrity, and availability of data.  

APPOINTMENT: October 1, 2023 or negotiated start date.

Job Qualifications

• Bachelor's degree in higher education, social sciences, statistics, or a field closely related to the position; Master's degree strongly preferred
• A minimum of three (3) years of progressively responsible experience in research methods, statistical analysis techniques, data reporting, and analysis
• Demonstrated effective and collaborative management and supervisory skills
• Ability to understand and interpret university databases and use various statistical software packages to produce information to aid in the decision-making process.
• Ability to prepare oral and written reports explaining results of research studies along with maintaining a high level of integrity
• Possession of exceptional problem solving and decision-making competences, analytical skills, and organizational abilities to prioritize and following projects through to completion.
• Master's degree in higher education, social sciences, statistics, or a field closely related to the position.
• Institutional research experience at an institution of higher learning or similar setting.
• Knowledge of analytical models and their usage in higher education.
For a degree to be considered, it must be conferred from a regionally accredited degree-granting institution of higher education (or equivalent from an international accrediting body).

Institution Description

Western Illinois University, accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, serves nearly 7,500 students at its traditional, residential four-year campus in Macomb, IL and its metropolitan branch campus in Moline, IL.


Western Illinois University offers a comprehensive benefits package including domestic partner benefits. For full benefit information visit:
Application Due Date: 2023-10-16
Job Start Date: 2023-10-01
Salary: $1 - $2
City: Macomb
State/Province/Region: IL
Institution: Western Illinois University
Reports To: President
Staff # Reporting to Position: 1
Reports In Office: the President and Cabinet

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