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Director of Institutional Research and Effectiveness

Application Procedure:

Attach resume, cover letter, and a list of references electronically.


Job Duties

The Director of Institutional Research and Effectiveness (IRE) is a new position that will serve as a key member of the University of Northern Colorado leadership team as the institution moves toward a more robust use of data and analytics. Upon hire, the Director of IRE will report to the Chief Data Officer in the division of Finance and Administration before eventually transitioning to the division of Academic Affairs. The Director of IRE will work collaboratively with the Chief Data Officer and the Director of Assessment in leading efforts to turn institutional data from multiple sources into accurate, actionable information to support evidence-based decision-making by a variety of stakeholders. The Director of IRE will ultimately be charged with structuring and implementing an integrated institutional research/effectiveness function at UNC, leading in predictive and prescriptive analytics, and supporting the scaled use of analytics across campus. This position will also oversee the utilization of institutional data for a variety of purposes, including academic program review, peer analysis/benchmarking, internal research activities, impact analyses, and the fulfillment of external reporting requirements/surveys. The Director of IRE will also be expected to effectively communicate with a variety of stakeholders about institutional data and research findings and how they can be used to support decisions.

Job Qualifications

Master’s degree in a related field (social science, statistics, data science, or another applied analytics field). Three (3) years professional experience in higher education research and data analysis. Demonstrated strong analytical skills and experience with statistical analysis and research; should be an advanced user of one or more statistical analysis tools/software packages (R, SPSSSAS, etc.). Demonstrated ability to translate findings into actionable recommendations and to communicate with a variety of stakeholders. Demonstrated ability to lead teams and to collaborate across organizational lines. Experience with quantitative and qualitative research techniques. Proficient in writing and presenting data-rich reports that are easily understood by decision-makers and other stakeholders.

Institution Description

The University of Northern Colorado (UNC) is a Doctoral/Research University enrolling approximately 13,000+ graduate and undergraduate students. The University, founded in 1889, is located in the City of Greeley, which has a growing population of 100,000. Greeley is situated an hour north of Denver and about 30 miles east of the Rocky Mountains. Further information about UNC and Greeley is available at

This position is contingent on funding from the Colorado State Legislature, approval by the Board of Trustees, and subject to the policies and regulations of the University of Northern Colorado.

The University of Northern Colorado is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer that is committed to a culturally diverse staff, faculty, and student body.
The University will not engage in unlawful discrimination in employment or educational services against any person because of race, color, religion, gender, age, national origin, disability, or veteran status. Veteran status and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply. It is the University’s policy to prohibit discrimination in employment or educational services on the basis of sexual orientation or political affiliation. The University will likewise take affirmative action to ensure that student applicants and enrolled students are treated during the enrollment at the University without regard to race, religion, gender, age, national origin, disability or veteran status. Such affirmative action shall include, but not be limited to the following: employment, upgrading, demotion or transfer, recruitment or recruitment advertising; layoff, retirement, or termination; rates of pay or other forms of compensation; and selection for training, including apprenticeship. Furthermore, the University will post in conspicuous places, notice setting forth the provisions of this University’s Equal Opportunity Policy.


Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience. Benefits available include health, dental, vision, life and long-term disability insurance, as well as a selection of several defined contribution retirement plans. Dependents and spouses of UNC Employees who are employed at 0.5 FTE or above are eligible for undergraduate dependent tuition grants of up to 50%. These tuition grants will cover in-state tuition charges. Further requirements may exist. Other benefits may be available based on position.
Application Due Date: 2020-06-10
Job Start Date: 2020-08-01
Salary: Dependent on qualifications and experience.
City: Greeley
State/Province/Region: CO
Institution: University of Northern Colorado
Reports To: Provost
Staff # Reporting to Position: 2
Reports In Office: Academic Affairs

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