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Executive Director of Institutional Research

Application Procedure:

Applications can be completed on the College website located here:

Job Duties

Position SummaryThe Executive Director of Institutional Research leads and directs the department and all institutional research activities, including the collection, interpretation, analysis, and communication of data and information, research, data analytics projects, and data governance for college planning, assessment, strategic decision-making, and student success. This includes preparing related documentation for Higher Learning Commission accreditation, and ensuring timely and accurate data analysis and reporting required by federal, state, and other agencies.

Note: Cochise College requires a post offer, pre-employment background screening of all employees. 

In addition to base salary, this compensation includes an annual travel stipend of $5,500. Relocation package will be negotiated.

**This position is Open Until Filled with applications reviewed as received 

Duties and Responsibilities: Within the scope of college policies and procedures, this position:

  • Provides leadership and supervises institutional research staff and manages departmental workflow, including prioritization of projects and determining methodology for conducting research and data analysis
  • Directs and facilitates institutional data governance priorities; develops and utilizes quantitative and/or qualitative analysis and complex research designs
  • Works with college staff to develop and implement a mission-based, comprehensive system to gather data and conduct research across the district, including developing and conducting surveys and analyzing data from national, regional, and local data sources and reports
  • Coordinates with technology services for the implementation and maintenance of a data warehouse or data mart for the production of data analytics solutions; monitors the overall integrity of data, complying with state and federal requirements and taking appropriate actions to correct data discrepancies as needed
  • Based on findings and research, makes recommendations to senior administration regarding institutional improvement for all institutional areas
  • Advises administration, faculty and staff about emerging research, data collection and analysis methodologies related to higher education through research reports and presentations that lead to developing action plans for academic, administrative, and policy issues
  • Designs and implements a district-wide system of analytical reports related to employment, enrollment, retention and persistence statistics to assist in enrollment management and program review
  • Oversees and reports institutional information to federal, state, and local agencies to comply with accreditation requirements and funding formulas; develops related reports and other specialized information as needed for internal and external purposes
  • Represents the college as the liaison to the Higher Learning Commission
  • Provides orientation and support to departments and divisions related to research methodologies and data analysis; guides implementation of research methodologies at department and division levels
  • Participates in ongoing professional training to stay current in the industry and to maintain professional and applicable industry certifications
  • Performs other related duties as assigned

Job Qualifications

Education and Experience Requirements: 

Master’s degree in Math, Statistics, Data Science, or other research-oriented programs from a regionally accredited institution of higher learning recognized by the US Department of Education

Five years’ experience in statistical analysis, data gathering and reporting, and quantitative and qualitative research, preferably in a higher education setting


An equivalent combination of education and/or experience from which comparable knowledge, skills and abilities have been achieved may be considered

Institution Description

Cochise College, established in 1964, is the largest rural, comprehensive community college in Arizona, providing high quality associate's level education, professional development, and workforce training to about 10,000 students each year. The College has campuses in Douglas and Sierra Vista and four centers, including the SV Downtown Center, Benson, Willcox and on Fort Huachuca.


The college also offers a generous benefits package that includes paid holidays, annual, sick, and personal leave, medical, life, dental, vision, and disability insurance, retirement, and tuition assistance. A relocation package will be negotiated.
Application Due Date: 2022-12-12
Job Start Date: 2023-01-09
Salary: $85155 - $97076
City: Sierra Vista
State/Province/Region: AZ
Institution: Cochise College
Reports To: Dean of Academic Affairs
Staff # Reporting to Position: 0
Reports In Office: Institutional Research

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