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Director of Institutional Research

Application Procedure:

Please apply using the job posting on Creighton's website:

Job Duties


The Director of Institutional Research (DIR) is responsible for the development and maintenance of a comprehensive institutional research program including the systematic collection, evaluation, and distribution of university data to provide a complete picture to guide decision-making and support institutional improvement, policy and planning, and reaccreditation in a timely and effective manner.  The DIR will also coordinate institutional reporting to both internal and external audiences.  Additionally, the DIR will collaborate with campus data stewards to contribute to an institution-wide data strategy, supporting easy and appropriate access to data, and to assure data quality while deepening the institution’s analytical capabilities.

Essential Functions:
  • Process institutional data (collecting, cleaning, recoding, organizing, extracting, analyzing, and summarizing data) for internal use, external surveys (i.e., U.S. News and World Report, college guidebooks, rankings) and government and agency compliance reporting (e.g. CDS, IPEDS, NCAA).
  • Ensure the integrity and accuracy of regular and ad-hoc reports and publications (i.e., Profile, Fact Book, and state/federal reports).
  • Establish standards and processes for documentation, presentation, and quality review of IR team deliverables by participating in the institutional data governance committee.
  • Respond to time-critical internal and external ad-hoc requests for institutional information and analyses.
  • Conducts complex statistical analyses of data and prepare analytical reports and institutional dashboards using KPIs to interpret results and share findings.
  • Seek and validate data, including outside benchmarks or comparative data, to support or refute institutional decision-making processes.
  • Develop, administer, and manage surveys; prepare reports from internal surveys (i.e., climate surveys, alumni surveys, student surveys).
  • Oversee and manage the Institutional Research web page/landing page.
  • Support grant development by assisting with writing and reporting, conducting research, and preparing and maintaining documentation.
  • Support the coordination and implementation of evaluation, accreditation and assessment activities.
  • Represent the Office of Institutional Research at regional and national meetings, conferences and workshops.
  • Collaborate on initiatives such as data governance and dashboard management. Serve on key institutional committees.
  • Supervise Senior Institutional Research analyst.
  • Conduct other duties as requested/assigned.

Job Qualifications

  • Master’s Degree in quantitative social sciences, education research or related field; Doctoral degree with emphasis in research and evaluation preferred. 
  • Five or more years’ experience working in a higher education environment in a role requiring use and/production of university reports and statistics (i.e., applying complex statistical and research methods). 
  • Knowledge of and familiarity with higher education enterprise data systems and the ability to extract data and translate into useful academic reports. 
  • Advanced proficiency in SPSS and/or R, and Microsoft Office Suite (e.g. Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook).
  • Experience with data visualization software (e.g. Power BI, Tableau), and National Clearinghouse services (i.e. Student tracker) a plus
  • Expert knowledge of research and design, including standard statistical procedures relating to sampling, correlation analysis, projections, instrument design, and qualitative measures applied to educational and social science research.
  • Demonstrated ability to use the Web to distribute data to end-users and work collaboratively across campus
  • Demonstrated ability to clearly organize and communicate complex research designs, analytic frameworks, and statistical results to diverse campus constituencies. 
  • Strong interpersonal skills, including a demonstrated ability to establish collaborative relationship.  Communicate effectively both orally and in writing.  Impeccable degree of confidentiality.

Institution Description

As a leading Jesuit, Catholic university, Creighton provides intellectual challenge and promotes critical thinking, leadership and service with a faith-based worldview. Its reputation for educational excellence draws students from across the nation and globe.

 Students find balance among rigorous academics and leadership, undergraduate research and community service. Creighton features small classes, faculty mentors, plentiful internships and a 99% success rate (employed, attending graduate/professional school or volunteering within 6 months of graduation). With 8,000+ students, 60+ undergraduate majors in arts and sciences, business and nursing and 40+ graduate/professional programs (including law, dentistry, medicine, pharmacy, physician assistant, and physical and occupational therapy), Creighton offers incomparable interdisciplinary opportunities through 9 colleges and schools on one walkable campus. It also delivers an array of online programs and has a health sciences campus in Phoenix.

 The Omaha campus provides excellent academic, research, residential, spiritual, athletic and recreational facilities, offering a comfortable, safe living/learning environment within a 10-minute walk of downtown restaurants, entertainment and corporate headquarters. From nationally renowned academics to NCAA Division I athletics and extraordinary service, research and leadership opportunities, all within a thriving metropolis, Creighton delivers an extraordinary educational experience.


Application Due Date: 2020-12-31
Job Start Date: 2021-01-01
Salary: Dependent on qualifications and experience.
City: Omaha
State/Province/Region: NE
Institution: Creighton University
Remote Work: Temporarily Remote
Reports To: Associative Vice Provost of Data Governance and Institutional Research
Staff # Reporting to Position: 1
Reports In Office: Enrollment Management

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