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Director of Institutional Research and Effectiveness

Application Procedure:

Applications and nominations should be submitted electronically to:

Director IR&E Search Committee Chair

Drury University

Applications should include a Microsoft Word attachment or PDF including the following: A cover letter indicating fit with the position, Current curriculum vitae/resume, and unofficial transcripts

Job Duties

The Director of Institutional Research and Effectiveness provides leadership for activities and initiatives that support institutional decision-making and effectiveness.

Additional responsibilities include collecting, developing, analyzing, and communicating institutional data and other information to constituents throughout the university and to relevant external audiences to support and enhance informed decision-making, problem solving, strategic planning, policy development, and institutional self-assessment. Reporting to the Executive Vice President/Provost, is responsible for coordinating timely institutional responses to requests for information from internal and external bodies.

Position Responsibilities

  • Coordinates and facilitates institutional responses to external requests for data from government (e.g. IPEDS, MO DHE), relevant consortia (e.g. NAC&U, AAUP) and marketing priorities (e.g. Common Data Set, US News, the WSJ, The Princeton Review, etc.)
  • Provides relevant, timely, and accurate institutional information to university administrators and the university community at large in order to facilitate data-driven decision-making through both fulfilling ad hoc data requests and the creation and dissemination of research reports.
  • Initiates and performs research and policy analyses relevant to institutional planning, policy, decision-making, and assessment needs including, but not limited to, the design and implementation of new survey instruments and other methods for supplementing our established databases. 
  • Works with the senior leadership team, the academic deans and department heads across campus to develop and implement analytic approaches that support enrollment, retention, assessment, accreditation and advancement. Interfaces with third-party analytic software provider(s) as needed.

Job Qualifications

  • Master’s degree and three years related experience is required. Doctoral degree and experience in higher education is preferred. 
  • Ability to work collaboratively and effectively with a wide range of constituencies in a diverse community. Strong interpersonal, written, and oral communication skills required. 
  • Ability to use independent judgment to manage and impart information to a range of clientele.

  • Skill in collecting, analyzing, verifying, and manipulating research data.

  • Ability to gather and analyze statistical data, draw conclusions and make recommendations based on research data and findings, and generate reports.

  • Knowledge of organizational structure, workflow, and operating procedures as well as faculty and staff hiring procedures.

Institution Description

Drury University (, located in Springfield, Missouri, enrolls 1,478 traditional full-time students, 1,280 continuing education undergraduates and 263 graduate students in more than 70 majors, minors, degrees and special programs.  Drury’s distinctive elements include:


  • Residential students complete three experiential learning projects while earning profession and life credentials as a part of the Your Drury Fusion academic program.
  • Non-traditional students earn workplace credentials and degrees in pathways related to health professions, business and communication, public service, and education.
  • Commitment to holistic advising and career mentoring through the Cox Compass Center.

    Additional points of pride

    • Fourteen Drury teams earned conference awards for having a team GPA of 30 or better. Women’s tennis, with a 3.78 team GPA, had the highest grade point average of all women’s sports teams in the conference.
    • Kiplingers Personal Finance named Drury one of the best values in private universities for
    • In 2019, Drury was listed as 20 on the Midwest Regional University list.
    • 5% of Drury students receive a portion of $30.4 million in financial assistance.


Benefits include health/life insurance, dental/vision insurance, retirement plan and tuition remission. For a complete list of benefits, go to
Application Due Date: 2020-03-13
Job Start Date: 2020-05-04
Salary: Dependent on qualifications and experience.
City: Springfield
State/Province/Region: MO
Institution: Drury University
Reports To: Executive Vice President/Provost
Staff # Reporting to Position: 0
Reports In Office: Academic Affairs

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