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Director of Institutional Research and Effectiveness

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Job Duties

Job Overview
  • Reporting to the Provost, the Director of Institutional Research and Effectiveness supervises and coordinates the collection, management, and reporting of institutional information to the Academic Affairs (AA) division and the President’s Senior Administrative Cabinet as appropriate.
  • As Director of IR, he or she will promote a culture of assessment and continuous improvement of institutional effectiveness based in analytical rigor with a strong commitment to academic excellence grounded in the Christ-centered liberal arts mission of Wheaton College. 
Duties and Responsibilities
  • Assists the Provost in developing, implementing, and assessing overarching Academic Affairs (AA) academic plans as well as program and department plans.
    • Coordinates with the Provost, academic administration, and faculty governance to develop AA academic plans and track progress.
    • Identifies, defines, collects, and analyzes institutional data and performance measures associated with the academic plan.
    • Identifies comparison institutions’ performance measures and provides comparison data.
    • Responsible for IPEDS and accreditation documentation as well as College programs to support strong standing with the Higher Learning Commission (HLC).
    • As Wheaton’s Accreditation Liaison Officer (ALO), the director serves as the main interface with the HLC and ensures that the activities of the College meet its requirements. Advises College leadership on issues pertaining to accreditation. Acts as Provost’s liaison for programs with secondary accreditation.
    • Serves as the Provost’s representative on the Research and Evaluation of Student Learning (RESL) Committee as a non-voting, ex officio member.
  • Supervises the College’s Office of Institutional Research.
    • Collaborating with Provost, AA leadership, and faculty governance responsible for identifying, collecting, and analyzing student outcomes.
    • Works with the Faculty Development Committee to ensure that data collected through Student Feedback Surveys are valid, generalizable, and designed to minimize biased responses to provide meaningful feedback for faculty.
    • Develops and maintains automated systems to collect assessment data and reports from departments and students.
    • Updates and maintains the data warehouse and centralized data repository; prepares dashboards on survey and other performance data; administers and analyzes institutional surveys; and prepares data reports for internal and external audiences such as college guides and the Common Data Set.
    • Prepares regular analysis and reports for the Provost, SAC, and board members.
    • Works with departmental data analysts across the College to translate and harmonize standards, balancing departmental buy-in without losing objectivity.
  • Educates AA personnel on academic planning, budget, accreditation, and assessment.

Job Qualifications

  • Ph.D. or Ed.D. in an academic discipline preferred.
  • Minimum of five years in institutional research and a higher education environment.
  • Experience in developing and maintaining assessment systems.
  • Demonstrated written and oral communication skills; ability to present data in succinct formats to a variety of campus audiences.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and demonstrated record of leadership; ability to work independently and in teams with attention to detail and adherence to deadlines.
  • Experience in working with regional accreditation commissions, regulatory agencies, and secondary accrediting bodies.
  • Demonstrated skills in using statistical software and applications, including spreadsheet, database, graphics, and presentation software such as Tableau. Experience with extracting data from and using Ellucian (Banner, CRM suite including Degree Works), Cognos, Oracle Cloud, Slate, Access, Excel, and Microsoft Dynamics helpful. Experience in writing scripts using programming languages such as Excel Visual Basic for Applications (VBA), HTML, Java, and Python also useful.
  • Knowledge of trends and issues in assessment and planning in higher education. 
Physical Requirements
The employee is regularly required to sit, talk, or hear; frequently required to use repetitive hand motion, handle or feel, and to stand, walk, reach, bend or lift up to 10 pounds.


Institution Description

Wheaton College is an evangelical Protestant Christian liberal arts college whose faculty and staff affirm a Statement of Faith and adhere to lifestyle expectations of the Wheaton College Community Covenant. Wheaton is an equal opportunity employer committed to recruiting and retaining a diverse and talented workforce and student body. We encourage the expression of multiple perspectives within a Christian worldview, inside and outside the classroom. For more information about Wheaton College visit Additionally, Wheaton College aspires to provide a physically safe environment for students, staff, and faculty to learn and work. In support of this objective, the College requires background checks for final candidates, after an employment offer is extended. Employment is contingent upon successful completion of a background check.


Available for review.
Application Due Date: 2022-12-16
Job Start Date: 2022-11-01
Salary: $90000 - $100000
City: Wheaton
State/Province/Region: IL
Institution: Wheaton College
Reports To: Provost
Staff # Reporting to Position: 1
Reports In Office: Provost's Office

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