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Director of Institutional Research

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Job Duties

Brandeis University invites applicants for the position of Director of Institutional Research.  Brandeis is seeking a proven leader and supervisor for its strong and committed group of Institutional Research (IR) professionals.  Brandeis seeks an individual who will empower and support, as well as lead, IR team members as they work collectively to strengthen data-informed decision-making, to automate repeating processes, and to engage and collaborate with offices and individuals across the University.  

The Director will report to the Provost and, with the IR team, will collaboratively develop the vision, priorities, agenda and budget for the IR team within the Office of Planning and Institutional Research (OPIR).  OPIR functions as a partner, and serves as a resource, across the University.

Brandeis University has begun the process of implementing major strategic objectives set forth in the 2018 document, A Framework for Our Future ( The Director of IR will play a central role in clearly and compellingly communicating data and analysis to inform senior-level decision-making throughout the implementation and beyond. 

The Director will oversee statistical and strategic analyses, internal reporting, major external and internal surveys and other external reporting, and course evaluations.  The Director will also be a key partner with other offices in implementing good data governance, and will lead efforts by the IR team to continue buildout of the University’s online, interactive Factbook.

Essential Functions

  • In collaboration with the Provost, determines annual research priorities and ensures that these projects are managed to completion. Manages the scope of Institutional Research work and determines project prioritization, negotiating and defining requests in consultation with the Provost.
  • Develops and implements a structure for project completion and delivery, including new, recurring and ad hoc projects and requests.
  • Leads qualitative and quantitative research efforts as needed for academic and administrative departments, producing actionable written reports of research findings.
  • Ensures IRP compliance with state and federal guidelines and other external agency requirements (e.g. IPEDS, Common Data Set).
  • Oversees the collection of academic and administrative trend information and analyzing, evaluating, and presenting the results (e.g. Factbook).
  • Supervises the administration of student, faculty, and staff surveys, their analyses, and the presentation/publication of results.
  • Ensures that all data reports from IR are of highest quality and useful for decision-making by university leadership.
  • Develops and delivers presentations of data at all campus levels, particularly written, executive-level summaries of survey and data warehouse-sourced information.
  • Presents and disseminates data, providing thought partnership and consultation on actions and decisions to senior leadership including Deans and Vice Presidents.
  • Assigns and supports projects within the IR team, taking into consideration current and emerging skills and interests of individual team members.
  • Supports the individual development and growth of IR working group members, including both direct and indirect reports, to ensure that IRP meets the data and research needs of its clients.
  • Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing and demonstrated ability to produce significant reports/documents
  • Superb presentation and facilitation skills

Job Qualifications

A Master’s degree or Ph.D., preferably in an analytical discipline

Eight or more years of total position-related experience

A progression of positions with increasing responsibility involving gathering, analyzing, and using data in a higher-education or related setting

Three or more years of supervisory/management experience

Expertise in statistical analysis, the use of statistical/analytical software applications, survey design and research, data visualization, and Microsoft Office

Knowledge of databases, data warehousing, and important external data sets, such as IPEDS, AAU Data Exchange resources, and the Student Clearinghouse

Experience with ERP environments; experience with Workday is a plus as this is the Brandeis platform

Institution Description

A private, nonprofit, coeducational institution, Brandeis University is the only nonsectarian, Jewish-founded college or university in the country and is a center of open inquiry and teaching. Characterized by academic excellence since its founding, Brandeis is an active member of the Association of American Universities. Brandeis has been consistently ranked among the nation’s top universities since its inception and in addition to its US News national ranking of 40th, it has also been ranked 33rd for Best Value Universities for 2020.

Brandeis combines the academic excellence and intellectual rigor of a world-class research institution with the intimacy and personal attention of a small liberal arts college. For students, that means unsurpassed access — both in and out of the classroom — to a faculty renowned for groundbreaking research, scholarship, and artistic output. Brandeis students pursue their education inside and outside the classroom, participating avidly in experiential learning and independent research. Research projects often lead not only to honors theses but to publications in the peer-reviewed scientific literature.

The Brandeis academic community currently comprises 5,722 students, including 3,635 undergraduate and 2,087 graduate students, and 569 faculty members. Of the 569 faculty, 364 are full-time and 208 are part-time. Eighty five percent of the full time faculty members are in the College of Arts and Sciences.  Brandeis faculty currently includes two Nobel Prize winners, four Pulitzer Prize winners, two MacArthur Fellows, eleven members of the National Academy of Sciences, and seventeen members of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Brandeis is organized into five principal academic units: the School of Arts and Sciences (undergraduate), the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, the Heller School for Social Policy and Management, the Brandeis International Business School, and the Rabb School of Continuing Studies.

Brandeis counts more than 54,000 alumni around the world, including Pulitzer Prize winners, Emmy Award winners, best-selling authors, and a Nobel laureate. Alumni and university supporters have steadily increased their gifts over the past decade and contributed to the growth of the University’s endowment to a market value of over $1 billion. 


Brandeis University offers health, dental, life and long-term disability insurance plans, flexible-reimbursement accounts and a basic and voluntary retirement plan as core benefits to eligible employees.

To ensure the university is doing all it can to respond to the needs of valued staff members, the benefits program is reviewed and changed regularly based on need, available resources and other factors.

For more information, please contact Benefits Specialist Nadynne Stamps, 781-736-4467 or via email at

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Application Due Date: 2020-04-06
Job Start Date: 2020-05-01
Salary: Dependent on qualifications and experience.
City: Waltham
State/Province/Region: MA
Institution: Brandeis University
Reports To: Provost
Staff # Reporting to Position: 4
Reports In Office: Provost

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