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Director of Institutional Research

Application Procedure:


Please have a resume, cover letter, and contact information for three professional references, including one supervisor, ready to upload during the application process.

 Please apply using the following link: Director of Institutional Research

Job Duties

The Director of Institutional Research is responsible for planning, analyzing, evaluating, and reporting on institutional and external data requests. The Director works closely with colleagues who coordinate strategic planning, policy making, resource allocation, enrollment projections, assessment, accreditation and grant funded initiatives, providing relevant quantitative data to enhance data-driven decision-making. In addition, this position facilitates special projects which support the strategic plan and/or new initiatives. 

Data Management

  • Working with the IT Department and the Registrar, oversees the organization, storage, and accessibility of college data.
  • Acquires, manipulates, develops, and maintains longitudinal data sets, confirming accuracy and reliability over time.
  • Maintains reporting of college-wide data on the Data Repository.

Data Analysis and Reporting

  • Conducts research and analysis on the institution’s effectiveness, including design of studies, data collection, analysis, and reporting.
  • Produces and distributes annual reports which document the college’s progress in institutional effectiveness, such as the Strategic Plan Update, Management Indicators, and Fall Census Highlights.
  • Provides data and analytical support for accreditation, optimal capacity analyses, curricular, and co-curricular program assessments.
  • Supports pre- and post-award grants management through collection, assessment, analysis, and reporting of data.
  • Administers, manages, designs, and analyzes results from externally benchmarked surveys including but not limited to: National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE), Noel Levitz Student Satisfaction Survey, Great Colleges to Work For, and Admitted Student Questionnaire.
  • Administers, manages, designs, and analyzes results from internal surveys including but not limited to: Survey of graduating students, Survey of alums (6 months following graduation).
  • Oversees the compilation and reporting of demographic, enrollment, financial, and performance data for all external requestors.

Project Management

  • Serves as a supporting partner with enrollment, marketing, and instructional technology in the implementation and optimization of the CRM system.
  • Facilitates collaborative special projects which support the strategic plan and/or new initiatives as requested by the Provost and President.


  • Serve as chair of the Compliance Committee, which tracks completion of required compliance materials on campus and holds campus members accountable for deadlines on submission.
  • Serves as the IPEDS key holder, holding full responsibility for collecting and reporting accurate financial, employee, enrollment, financial aid and all other student data to comply with federal requirements.

Job Qualifications

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Possession of a Bachelor’s degree in a related field (ex: statistics, economics, business, information management).
  • Advanced proficiency with Microsoft Excel.
  • Experience with statistical software such as SPSS.
  • Knowledge of higher education principles, practices and procedures.
  • At least two years of work experience in a position involving complex data analysis and project management.
  • Experience in presenting information and data analysis in a concise, logical and understandable format.
  • Working knowledge of FERPA regulations and confidentiality requirements.


Preferred Qualifications:

  • Possession of a Master’s degree (ex: Master’s of Business Administration (MBA), Master’s of Higher Education Administration), doctorate, or certified public accountant (CPA).
  • Working knowledge of best practices in university institutional research.
  • Experience using student information systems and CRMs.
  • Experience with higher education recruitment, accreditation, registrar functions or assessment are highly valued.
  • High degree of competence in IPEDS reporting policies and procedures.
  • Proficient in relational databases (SQL, Unidata, etc.).
  • Experience with BI dashboards (i.e. Power BI, Tableau, etc.).


Institution Description

College of Saint Mary (CSM) is a Catholic women's university in Omaha, NE, that has thrived by serving an increasingly diverse, low-income, and first-generation student population. It is a Council of Independent Colleges member school with about 650 undergraduates (and 350 in graduate programs), and also a member of the Yes We Must Coalition for independent colleges with undergraduate Pell enrollment of at least 50 percent.  Through a multi-year, collaborative approach, CSM has

  • built a college-wide culture of responsibility for student success;
  • cut undergraduate tuition by a third and average annual student borrowing by 38%;
  • more than doubled annual donations to funded scholarships (from $1.1M to $2.9M);
  • increased its underrepresented minority student population from 23% to 31% -- aligning more closely with the surrounding Omaha area of 33%;
  • added new graduate health professions programs (Doctorate in Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy Doctorate, Masters in Physician Assistant Studies);
  • invested $20 million in its athletic facilities (fully funded through the generosity of donors); and
  • has remained consistently debt-free with net positive annual operating revenue for over 15 years.

As an indication of its all-in approach, in addition to providing academic advising, mental health services, an early warning system, and other student support services, CSM staff and faculty across the institution -- including the president and her cabinet -- serve as success coaches to several students each, providing personalized outreach and encouragement.

Efforts to align access and success with sustainability include fundraising to support mission-driven initiatives, such as for its residential program for single mothers and their children, aid for undocumented students, and scholarships to offset the tuition cut until new graduate programs could generate enough revenue to cover the gap. As noted by Provost Dr. Sarah Kottich, “Our mission is to provide access to a high quality affordable education for women.  We are not about being elite, rather we are about helping students improve their lives and their family’s lives through education. This is compelling to our faculty, staff, board, donors and foundations who support us. What works for us is going all-in on our mission. It’s the guidepost for everything we do, and people who invest in us respond to that.”


Why You Want to Be on This Team:

  • You would be a part of a Mission-centered team, who work together to serve our community.
  • You would enjoy full-time benefits including health insurance, paid time off, tuition remission programs, 403(b) with employer match, employee wellness time, and more!
  • CSM is committed to supporting the work-life balance of its faculty and staff.
Application Due Date: 2021-08-31
Job Start Date: 2021-10-04
Salary: Dependent on qualifications and experience.
City: Omaha
State/Province/Region: NE
Institution: College of Saint Mary
Reports To: Provost
Staff # Reporting to Position: 0
Reports In Office: Provost

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