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Director of Institutional Research

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Applicants should include a resume and cover letter describing how their background, skills and education match the needs of the University. When applying, please take a moment to carefully read and follow the steps in the application instructions.

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Job Duties


Reporting to the Assistant Vice President of Institutional Research and Effectiveness, the Director of Institutional Research ensures that accurate, timely, and comprehensive institutional information and data are available to meet the University’s operating, planning, analytic and compliance reporting needs.  The Director prepares the University’s external reporting of data for public information purposes and for compliance reporting to Federal and State agencies as well as to accrediting and program review entities. This position conducts statistical and analytical research studies in support of the University’s strategic planning, management, program review, and institutional improvement.


  • Collaborate with campus stakeholders to promote a culture of data-informed decision making and continuous improvement.

  • Design, plan, and conduct activities such as market research, enrollment projections, retention studies, comparative benchmarking, and rankings analyses.

  • Manage the development and maintenance of centralized and comprehensive institutional research databases and reporting capabilities.

  • Prepare and submit compliance reports to Federal (IPEDS) and State (New Jersey Commission on Higher Education) agencies, accrediting bodies (Middle States Commission on Higher Education, NCAA, NCATE, etc.), common data set, and college guide publications.

  • Extract, verify and manipulate complex data sets, perform statistical analysis of data, interpret results, and organize insights into meaningful and actionable reports for internal and external constituencies.

  • Participate in University-wide efforts to demonstrate institutional effectiveness as required for continued accreditation by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.

  • Manage prioritization of and timely response to internal and external ad hoc requests for institutional data and analyses.

  • Provide data to University faculty and staff to support proposals for external funding.

  • Provide analytic advice and assistance to administrative and academic units engaged in assessment and program evaluation.

  • Recruits, manages, evaluates, and trains departmental staff members.

  • Perform other duties as assigned.

  • Management retains the right to add or change job duties at any time.

Job Qualifications



  • Master’s degree from accredited college or university in a research-based field.

  • A minimum of 5 years of experience in data analytics and reporting, including at least 3 years of experience in the Institutional Research field at a post-secondary institution.

  • Experience preparing and submitting reports containing institutional data for Federal (IPEDS) and State (New Jersey Commission on Higher Education) agencies.

  • Demonstrated proficiency with Banner, Workday, and/or comparable higher education administrative systems.

  • Advanced ability to analyze and manipulate data within a complex data environment using appropriate technologies.


  • Doctorate degree along with graduate-level training in research methods, survey research, and advanced statistical analysis.

  • Hands-on experience in advanced analytics and modeling, including diverse quantitative/statistical techniques such as multivariate statistical analysis, clustering and classification.

  • Experience with large databases and quantitative analytical tools, including any of the following SQL, SPSS, SAS, R or Python.

  • Strong project management skills and organization skills.

  • Experience delivering analyses using Tableau or similar visualization technology.

  • Experience with text analytics.

  • Supervisory/management experience in a related area.

  • Ability to work with all levels of the university community.

Institution Description

With a proud history and a vibrant future, Montclair State University is one of New Jersey’s most diverse and dynamic institutions of higher education. One of four public research institutions in the state, and the second largest, Montclair State is a designated R2 Doctoral Research University by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education.

Located 12 miles west of New York City on a 252-acre suburban campus which boasts modern, state-of-the-art facilities complemented by green spaces, public plazas and striking Spanish Mission architecture, and a spectacular view of the New York City skyline.  The University offers a comprehensive range of undergraduate and graduate programs through 10 colleges and schools.  With a student body of 21,000 undergraduate and graduate students from 22 states and 13 countries, the University has an expansive campus life with on-campus residential capacity of 5,300, more than 120 student organizations, and 18 NCAA Division III athletic teams.

Application Due Date: 2021-11-15
Job Start Date: 2021-11-15
Salary: Dependent on qualifications and experience.
City: Montclair
State/Province/Region: NJ
Institution: Montclair State University
Reports To: Assistant Vice President of Institutional Research and Effectiveness
Staff # Reporting to Position: 10
Reports In Office: Information Technology

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