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Director, Institutional Research & Planning

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Job Duties

Supports university executives, campus administrators, and campus committees with research, planning, and analysis of institutional and/or comparative data used to inform and enhance policy formation and decision-making for strategic planning, resource allocation, enrollment management, fiscal management, institutional effectiveness, and outcomes assessment. Designs and conducts research of interest to the campus community and publishes results on the IRP website.

Supervises reporting of institutional data required by the U.S. Department of Education and accrediting agencies as well as data requested by national/state/local agencies, private sector firms, colleges and universities, college guidebooks, and other external constituents. Ensures that all reporting meets stated requirements and is consistent with current standard practices. Designs, develops, and maintains Web sites to publish institutional data online for the general public and via intranet for faculty and staff.

Provides leadership for the design, development, and maintenance of a system of longitudinal databases containing data on students, employees, faculty, and academic programs.  In partnership with Information Technology Services, will plan and implement a way for IRP student records to be made available in the ODS.

Supports planning and preparation for WSCUC reaccreditation in accordance with the association’s Handbook at all phases of the ongoing cycle. With the Director of IESI, prepares the Annual Report for WSCUC and related reports as requested. Provides reports for campus stakeholders.  Designs, develops, and administers internal institutional surveys and supports the administration of external surveys.  Advises faculty and staff on survey design and survey administration.  Provides department-level data for all academic departments for Academic Program Review.

Supports USD’s institutional strategic planning process.  Develops, monitors, and documents performance indicators for strategic initiatives. Prepares updates and meeting survey summaries for the Board of Trustees and provides other documentation as requested.  Monitors external factors that may affect achievement of university goals and initiatives.

Chairs the Data Integrity Committee comprised of ITS and data managers across the university. Serves as a contributing member of University Assessment Committee, the WSCUC Executive Committee, the Enrollment Management Committee and various ad hoc committees. Represents the university in professional organizations such as AIR and CAIR.  Manages department budget.

Job Qualifications

Master’s degree from an accredited college or university; PhD preferred.
Minimum of five years of increasingly responsible experience in institutional research.

Required Skills:

  • Thorough knowledge of higher education, institutional research, and campus planning
  • Demonstrated experience in managing large databases using database management software (e.g., SAS Enterprise Guide, Cognos. MS Access,)
  • Demonstrated experience in explaining, presenting, and interpreting data
  • Demonstrated experience in survey design, research, and analysis using statistical software packages (e.g. Qualtrics, SAS, SPSS)
  • Demonstrated experience in Web design and HTML (e.g., Dreamweaver, Cascade)
  • Demonstrated experience in assuring integrity in analysis and reporting
  • Demonstrated experience in supervising staff
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate clearly and courteously, both orally and in writing
  • Ability to set priorities, work independently, and meet deadlines
  • Ability to work collaboratively and collegially with a variety of campus constituents

Institution Description

The University of San Diego is a private liberal arts university set at the edge of an international gateway on a campus that's consistently ranked among the nation's most beautiful. The focus on academic excellence — inspired by faith, infused with contemporary Catholic values and nurtured in a warm, community environment — empowers innovative, confident, original thinkers to make positive contributions by confronting humanity's urgent challenges in places near and far.


  • Excellent Medical and Life insurance benefits
  • Retirement plan
Application Due Date: 2021-02-28
Job Start Date: 2021-06-01
Salary: Dependent on qualifications and experience.
City: San Diego
State/Province/Region: CA
Institution: University of San Diego
Remote Work: Remote in 2020-21
Reports To: Vice President, Institutional Effectiveness & Strategic Initiatives
Staff # Reporting to Position: 3
Reports In Office: Institutional Research & Planning

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