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Asst Director, Instituitonal Research

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Job Duties

MSU IR seeks an assistant director. Duties include coordinating efforts to collect, evaluate, analyze, and report institutional data. These data assist with internal decision support as well as fulfill external reporting requirements. The assistant director provides oversight for both federal and state mandated reporting requirements, as well as association, accreditation, and rankings reporting. 

The assistant director reports to the IR director and assists with managing IR projects, priorities, and workloads within the group. The position is responsible for overseeing recurring reporting projects such as the Data Digest, as well as managing and coordinating external requests. The assistant director is backup for the director and will represent the IR office on university wide committees and projects as needed.

The position provides guidance to other analysts, both within IR and the larger campus community in gathering, processing, and analyzing institutional data to support informed decision making that supports and promotes a diverse, equitable, and inclusive institution. The assistant director must be able to interact with a wide range of constituencies at all levels of the university. The assistant director is responsible for monitoring the accuracy of institutional data; assisting with identifying institutional data needs by collaborating with other units and groups on campus.

Job Qualifications

Required: Knowledge equivalent to that which normally would be acquired by completing a four-year college degree program in business or a related field; five to eight years of related and progressively more responsible or expansive work experience in administration at a research university with medical programs; or an equivalent combination of education and experience

Desired: The successful candidate will have extensive knowledge of higher education, preferably with experience at research intensive institutions. The ability to communicate complex concepts effectively to a variety of audiences in both written and verbal format is essential. As MSU is currently implementing a new student information system, experience with change management in a higher education landscape preferred. Additionally, strong analytical skills including experience working with Cognos, SAS, Tableau, R and other reporting and analytical tools is strongly desired. Previous experience with project management software, web content management, good time management skills, and ability to balance multiple ongoing request preferred.

Institution Description

Michigan State University has been advancing the common good with uncommon will for more than 160 years. One of the top research universities in the world, MSU pushes the boundaries of discovery and forges enduring partnerships to solve the most pressing global challenges while providing life-changing opportunities to a diverse and inclusive academic community

MSU Institutional Research (IR) provides timely and accurate analysis to support data-informed policy and decision making at MSU. IR integrates contextually relevant current and historical data from across campus to inform internal planning and assessment. As an official source of record, IR fulfills mandated federal and state reporting and is the steward of structures that support organizational functions at MSU. IR is a campus resource that supports data quality, integrity, and appropriate use.


MSU offers competitive benefits. More information is located here:
Application Due Date: 2020-01-28
Job Start Date: 2020-05-04
Salary: $95000 - $105000
City: East Lansing
State/Province/Region: MI
Institution: Michigan State University
Reports To: Director, Institutional Research
Staff # Reporting to Position: 0
Reports In Office: Planning and Budgets

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