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Institutional Researcher/Assessment

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Job Duties

This position has responsibility for the College’s institutional research and assessment efforts, especially those that support student success. Reporting to the Vice President/Chief Operations Officer, this person will help develop institutionally-relevant assessment models that best serve our student population, facilitate data-driven strategic planning and informed decision-making, encourage the use of analytics by all faculty and staff, and satisfy accreditation requirements. Tribal education has often not been well served by current assessment models, therefore we are especially interested in candidates who have innovative ideas about the best practices for building highly effective assessment programs for Native American or other underserved populations. This position will serve as the official source for all College data, ensuring all reports (federal, state, accreditation, etc.) are completed by their deadlines. This position will also work on matters related to accreditation and may serve as the Assistant Accreditation Liaison Officer. Essential Duties include the following:

  • Collaborate with Students, Faculty, Academic Affairs, and Student Affairs to develop College assessment practices that meet the institutional needs of our student population
  • Serve as internal consultant in the design, access, implementation, analysis and interpretation of studies and assessment of student learning outcomes that contribute toward strengthening the College.
  • Assist academic units with information and assessment needs for accreditation visits, program evaluation and in conducting follow-up studies.
  • Work closely with other units such as Enrollment Services, Budget, Academic Affairs and Student Affairs to support their information and assessment needs.
  • Develop mechanisms to ensure that all assessment information is clear, accurate and accessible.
  • Develop systems and procedures that ensure key information, both current and historical, is easily accessible.
  • Direct or participate in institution-wide assessment of student learning outcomes and institutional research activities.
  • Contribute to the college-wide integration of meaningful assessment processes and practices in support of student learning and institutional effectiveness, with a focus on the needs of tribal colleges and students
  • Coordinate the administration and utilization of all institution-wide surveys and studies related to institutional assessment
  • Serve as the institution’s source for most official statistics and information.
  • Establish, administer, and coordinate the college’s institutional research activities including collecting, analyzing, interpreting, and reporting information on the characteristics of the college for use in decision making
  • Prepare program review statements for changes in programs.
  • Serve as the IPEDS keyholder and manage process to provide data to other government agencies as required by law
  • Work with various campus constituents to facilitate usage of institutional data for goal setting, assessment, and strategic planning, with a focus on continual improvement
  • Update and produce the annual statistical and assessment report that summarizes pertinent information about courses, programs, and the College.
  • Monitor the overall integrity of data, complying with state and federal requirements and taking appropriate steps to correct data discrepancies when noted
  • Assist in the preparation, follow-up, and reporting for the college’s accreditation agency and in the college’s efforts to secure grants

Job Qualifications


Long-term employment is contingent upon successful completion a 90-day probationary period.

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Education and/or Experience

  • Master’s Degree in a related field required
  • Three years of related research and/or analysis experience, working with assessment, data preparation, and reporting in a higher education setting.

Required Technical / Other Skills and Abilities

  • Strong quantitative and qualitative analytical skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to design, plan, implement and evaluate research projects.
  • Familiarity with the structure and best practices of data warehouses.
  • Excellent interpersonal, written, presentation, and oral communication skills, delivered in a manner appropriate to the audience
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office programs, especially Excel
  • Experience using statistical programs
  • Ability to establish priorities, organize, schedule, and complete tasks independently.
  • Positive attitude
  • An entrepreneurial approach in supporting the growth of the College
  • Innovative in problem solving
  • Sensitive to the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, and ethnic backgrounds of tribal and community colleges

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience with tribal communities and tribal education
  • Familiarity with innovative assessment approaches that serve indigenous students, like those discussed by Wall, Evans, and Swentzell.
  • Qualified Native American applicants strongly encouraged to apply

Institution Description

California Indian Nations College is an exciting opportunity! We are an emerging tribal college, chartered by the Twenty-Nine Palms Band of Mission Indians in 2017, with a curriculum that incorporates Native culture, language, and values. The College is currently pursuing institutional accreditation and once completed, will be the only accredited tribal college in the State of California. With the support of local Tribes, the College of the Desert, the University of California, Riverside, and Native American educators and community members, we are growing faster than we could imagine!

Now preparing to start our fifth year of academic classes and desiring to file for the first step towards institutional accreditation with ACCJC, we aim to continue this momentum with the inclusion of highly skilled, experienced, and motivated individuals who can help us do a nearly impossible task: building the College from the ground up. CINC needs creative individuals with the ability to excel at their positions and engage with students from a wide range of academic skills and backgrounds.

CINC is located in Palm Desert and Palm Springs, California, in the heart of Southern California Indian Country. Multiple reservation communities are nestled in the Coachella Valley among the backdrop of the Santa Rosa and San Jacinto mountains in central Riverside County.


This position is eligible for all fringe benefits available to other full-time College employees, including participation in the College’s group health care coverage (after 90 days of employment) and 401k plan, in accordance with the College’s benefit plans.
Application Due Date: 2022-07-06
Job Start Date: 2022-08-01
Salary: $68640 - $91520
City: Palm Desert
State/Province/Region: CA
Institution: California Indian Nations College
Reports To: Shawn Ragan, Vice President/Chief Operations Officer
Staff # Reporting to Position: 0
Reports In Office: Institutional Effectiveness

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