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Director, Institutional Research and Planning

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Job Description

The position may be hired at the Director or Executive Director level dependent on education/experience. This is an administrative exempt position reporting to the President and serves on the President’s Executive Management Team, coordinates, manages, and integrates institutional research to serve educational assessment and institutional effectiveness goals. Duties include collecting, analyzing, interpreting, and presenting data to support college-wide and program level needs.

The position requires flexible hours and, upon occasion, extended workweeks including evening and weekend hours. This position shall place primary focus on linking research to planning by assisting the college in answering these three questions: Where is the college now? Where is the college going? How can the college best arrive at its desired end?

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Job Qualifications


Master’s degree with a focus on research preferred.


Bachelor’s degree only with significant education and two (2) years work experience in research methods and design, quantitative and qualitative methods, statistics, tests, and measurements


Required Competencies:

  • Demonstrated ability to organize and coordinate research projects, work effectively in a team setting, direct project support staff where needed, and lead effective meetings requiring the participation of multiple work units
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively in a team setting
  • Proficiency in survey design and analysis including web-based, telephone, mail, in-house, focus group and mixed mode surveys
  • Ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing especially in presenting information in an understandable, concise and quality manner to technical and non-technical audiences. 
  • Ability to provide leadership and vision for the role and use of information, data, and research in all areas of planning and decision-making
  • Ability to apply research tools and information to address strategic planning goals and procedures
  • Ability to create a planned strategy for building awareness of issues the campus should address – either new opportunities or needed change
  • Ability to use and select appropriate technology for improved data integrity, reporting, research, and communication to enable leadership to make data-informed decisions
  • Demonstrated proficiency with computer-based data collection, manipulation, extraction, analysis, and presentation techniques, statistical software and equipment preferably including use of the SBCTC data warehouse and national databases using a variety of technologies
  • Demonstrated ability to locate and critically evaluate published and unpublished research reports pertaining to subject areas relevant to higher education research, planning, assessment, institutional effectiveness, and student outcomes
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively with all levels of staff and with individuals of various cultural and socio-economic backgrounds

Institution Description

About Us

Centralia College is located on a 30-acre campus in the heart of Centralia, Washington and has been serving students in the Lewis County region since 1925. As a comprehensive community college, Centralia College offers academic transfer and workforce programs, as well as adult basic education, ELL, and personal enrichment classes. The college also offers four Bachelor of Applied Science degrees: Information Technology - Application Development, Diesel Technology, Applied Management (Business), and Teacher Education.

In addition to the main campus in Centralia, Centralia College East in Morton is a smaller site that serves the needs of students in east Lewis County. Since the college is committed to the success of all students, Centralia College also provides educational programs at two corrections centers in southwest Washington - Garrett Heyns Education Center located in Shelton, Washington and Cedar Creek Corrections Center located in Littlerock, Washington.  In total, the college serves more than 7,000 students annually. For more than 90 years, several generations of Lewis County residents have looked to Centralia College for their education and training needs.

For more information on Centralia College and what it can do for you, please call 360-736-9391 or visit


The state of Washington provides a comprehensive benefits package for state employees. The position may participate in the TIAA/CREF retirement system.
Application Due Date: 2021-10-27
Job Start Date: 2021-12-01
Salary: Dependent on qualifications and experience.
City: Centralia
State/Province/Region: WA
Institution: Centralia College
Reports To: President of Centralia College
Staff # Reporting to Position: 1
Reports In Office: Director, Institutional Research and Planning

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