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Assistant Director, Institutional Research

Application Procedure:

Please submit resume and cover letter through MSU careers site.

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Job Duties

The Michigan State University Office of Institutional Research (IR) seeks an Assistant Director. The Assistant Director will assist IR in fulfilling its core mission of institutional decision support and internal and external reporting. IR supports strategic planning initiatives, communicates key data to university leadership, and acts as a campus wide analytical resource. IR values individual and group differences and encourage applicants who will contribute to a culture of inclusion on campus. 

Specific Responsibilities:

  • Lead a team of high functioning analysts who aggregate, analyze, and visualize data for regular and ad hoc internal and external reporting
  • Coordinate and submit federal and state mandated reporting, as well as association, and rankings reporting
  • Provide timely and accurate analysis to inform strategic initiatives and assist university leadership in policy and decision-making processes
  • Translate data into information and actionable and easily digestible analysis to support campus data  needs and promotes a diverse, equitable, and inclusive institution
  • Manage the projects, priorities, and workload of the team
  • Be an inclusive leader and advocate for the team
  • Act as a mentor, train, and develop staff
  • Represent IR and the Office of the Provost of university wide committees
  • Stand in for when the Assistant Provost for Institutional Research is not available
  • Assist in the development of IR goals, audit implementation of goals and strategies, and evaluates outcomes and results.
  • Develop and maintain productive and effective working relationships across the university.

Job Qualifications

Unit Specific Education/Experience/Skills

Knowledge equivalent to that which normally would be acquired by completing a four-year college degree program in Business or a related field; five to eight years of related and progressively more responsible or expansive work experience in administration at a research university with medical programs; or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

Desired Qualifications

The successful candidate will have extensive knowledge of higher education, preferably with experience at research intensive institutions. The ability to communicate complex concepts effectively to a variety of audiences in both written and verbal format is essential. Additionally, strong analytical skills including experience working with SQL, SAS, Tableau, R and other reporting and analytical tools is strongly desired. Strong time management skills, and ability to balance multiple ongoing requests preferred. Demonstrated inclusive leadership, supervisory, planning, and change management skills. The assistant director must be able to interact effectively with a wide range of constituencies at all levels of the university.

Institution Description

Michigan State University enrolls approximately 50,000 students in hundreds of graduate and undergraduate degree programs. Located near the state capital in East Lansing, Michigan, MSU is a Public Land Grant research university and member of the American Association of Universities (AAU).


Salary commensurate with experience. MSU's competitive benefits information found here:

Application Due Date: 2022-02-01
Job Start Date: 2022-04-01
Salary: $100000 - $120000
City: East Lansing
State/Province/Region: MI
Institution: Michigan State University
Reports To: Assistant Provost, Institutional Research
Staff # Reporting to Position: 6
Reports In Office: Provost

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