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Director of Institutional Research and Effectiveness

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 We believe that a diverse faculty and staff are essential to achieving academic excellence; thus, we strongly encourage applications from candidates from all racial, ethnic and cultural backgrounds.



Job Duties

Reporting to the Provost, the Director of Institutional Research and Effectiveness serves as the central source for institutional data and reporting.  The Director of Institutional Research and Effectiveness supports the overall Converse mission by working directly with key stakeholders to support their understanding of data, to fuel fact based, strategic decisions and to ensure that data comports with higher education standards and norms for internal and external use. The Director of Institutional Research and Effectiveness serves a critical role in the preparation, maintenance and integrity of information needed for accreditation (including but not limited to Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges - SACSCOC) and other compliance reporting needs.    

Accreditation Process Support (50%)

  • Leads the SACSCOC process and co-chairs the campus committee responsible for drafting SACSCOC reports/documents. Responsible for formatting all SACSCOC reports and supporting documents.
  • Supports other accreditation efforts as assigned.
  • Ensures the timely and accurate completion of all reports and supporting documentation for University accreditation efforts, working collaboratively with faculty and staff as well as departments in the ongoing collection of data and information.

Decision and Data Support (25%)

  • Ensures appropriate data are available for institutional decision-making at various levels across the University. Maintains central repository for institutional data alongside Institutional Research and Effectiveness web pages. 
  • Works with individual offices, programs, and division heads to plan and implement regular, systematic assessment of operational effectiveness. Will provide ad hoc reporting as needed.
  • Analyzes strategic alignment and effectiveness loops within campus operations. Offers suggestions for strategic planning and resource allocation decisions.
  • Conducts in-depth research projects on topics related to institutional priorities such as retention, institutional space, and faculty credit hour production.
  • Produces enrollment projections for budgeting and planning.
  • Provides leadership as the primary liaison to Campus Technology and other offices related to institutional data and reporting. May help oversee student worker, graduate assistants and/or data analytics interns.  

 External Reporting and Regulation Compliance (25%)

  • Strictly monitors all required external reporting and regulation mandates which includes, but is not limited to U.S. Dept of Education (IPEDS), South Carolina Department of Education, accreditation, professional organizations and university guide publications.
  • Ensures the accuracy, quality and timely completion and delivery of all external reports.

Other Responsibilities

  • Collaborates with Provost and administrative units to track continuous and systematic processes for institutional assessment and improvement; also responsible for tracking and reporting on key performance indicators that develop out of planning processes.
  • Provides oversight of the department budget.
  • Serves on designated University committees and councils.

Job Qualifications

Minimum qualifications:  Master’s degree from an accredited institution with at least two years’ experience in higher education research, planning or closely related area of expertise

 Preferred qualifications:  Doctoral degree preferred

Institution Description

A small university with a mighty vision.

Founded in 1889, Converse empowers students to become transformative leaders who see clearly, decide wisely, and act justly.


Comprehensive benefits package.
Application Due Date: 2021-11-01
Job Start Date: 2021-09-22
Salary: Dependent on qualifications and experience.
City: Spartanburg
State/Province/Region: SC
Institution: Converse University
Reports To: Provost
Staff # Reporting to Position: 0
Reports In Office: Provost

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