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Director of Institutional Research

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Job Duties

Position Purpose

Design, manage, and/or conduct research projects that align with the educational mission of the school and institutional priorities. Support data-informed decision-making centered on the student experience across diverse identities, backgrounds, activities and interests. Consult and collaborate with colleagues to support smaller-scale research and data analysis.

Key Accountabilities

  • Create, align and adjust long- and short-term research agendas to support institutional priorities with a particular focus on the educational mission.
  • Advise, train, and build relationships with colleagues in various departments and committees to help develop consistent skills, mindset, and coherent approaches to research across campus.
  • Demonstrate respect for diversity of identities and experiences, an orientation toward equity and inclusion, and cultural competency in all aspects of Academy life.
  • Develop research protocols and key metrics to ensure research is rigorous, beneficial, and ethical with particular attention to best practices regarding respect for and contextual awareness of identities.
  • Support student-led research related to coursework and/or co-curricular projects.
  • Coordinate Exeter’s participation in external surveys and opportunities to share and/or benchmark with peer schools and lead Exeter’s collaboration with these external organizations.
  • Review and maintain a calendar of campus surveys - facilitate sharing and appropriate access to survey results across the institution.
  • Engage and support faculty in inquiry-based projects designed to explore pedagogical practices.
  • Serve on or support committees as required (e.g. data governance, strategic planning, facilities use, administrative).
  • Participate in the development of programs, possibly within a new center for teaching and learning, to support educators and students via on-campus resources, research, and outreach.
  • Coordinate the preparation and presentation of annual compilations of key school information and data, focusing on student demographics and the student experience broadly defined.
  • Participate in or support research to understand the experience of adults in the school community, as requested.
  • Ongoing professional development within key accountabilities is expected (and will be supported).


Degree of Independent Action Performed

Incumbent is expected to work with a high level of independence and autonomy, and exercise a high degree of initiative, influence, and judgment in decisions impacting staff and department operations.

Expected to solve problems or address issues that require immediate attention.

Internal & External Contacts

Frequent contact with students, Dean of Students office, PEA administrative and academic offices, faculty, coaches, and staff.  External contacts may include parents, outside organizations, visitors and local community neighbors.

Job Qualifications

Position Requirements

  • Education
    • Masters in social science, library science, data analytics, and/or related field
  • Experience
    • 7-10 years of experience preferred in institutional research or related fields.
    • Experience at an educational institution preferred.
  • Skills and Knowledge:
    • Ability to design and conduct qualitative and quantitative research to include survey design, statistical and qualitative analysis.
    • Professional expertise with data analysis and design related to race, ethnicity, gender, and other identity-based demographics.
    • Ability to manage relationships and work effectively independently and collaboratively within a team.
    • Ability to communicate with and present to a broad range of audiences verbally and in writing.
    • Familiarity with statistical and visualization tools, languages, and environments preferred (SPSS, SAS, SQL, R, Tableau, SAP Webi, etc.)

Institution Description

Phillips Exeter Academy is a 9-12 all-gender, independent residential school with more than 1,000 students from diverse identities and backgrounds. At Exeter, the benefits of working with engaged students are enhanced by an institutional commitment to excellence, equity, and inclusivity, and the resources to support that commitment. The Harkness method of instruction, with 12 students and one instructor working together around one seminar table, originated here and defines our culture.  

Our mission is to unite goodness and knowledge and inspire youth from every quarter to lead purposeful lives. When you work at Exeter you join a community of committed educators who work with and for students in various contexts, guided by a set of common values that shape the student an employee experiences.   We enjoy a generous compensation package, innovative health and wellness programming, state-of-the-art athletic and arts facilities, and the largest secondary school library in the world. 


More information available on our website:
Application Due Date: 2021-12-31
Job Start Date: 2022-02-01
Salary: Dependent on qualifications and experience.
City: Exeter
State/Province/Region: NH
Institution: Phillips Exeter Academy
Reports To: Assistant Principal
Staff # Reporting to Position: 0
Reports In Office: Principal

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