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Director, Institutional Research and Assessment

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Job Summary Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, NY seeks candidates for Director of Institutional Research (IR) and Assessment. The Director will develop, lead, and champion a comprehensive institutional research and assessment program to support Rensselaer’s mission and strategic goals. The Director partners with academic and administrative units to guide the strategic planning efforts that underpin the curricular, analytical, informational, reporting, and regional accreditation needs of the Institute. The Director is responsible for collecting, analyzing, and disseminating a wide range of data related to Rensselaer’s academic and business operations. The Director will work closely with central information technology staff to oversee the development of a wide range of Business Intelligence dashboards and ensure that end users have access to training in their use.

The Director of Institutional Research and Assessment plays a central role in accreditation activities at the Institute level and supports individual academic unit accreditation activities across the institute. Rensselaer is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. The Director also oversees the institute’s annual participation in the federal Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) as well as the New York State Education Department (NYSED).

Job Qualifications

Qualifications Minimally, candidates must have a master’s degree in an analytical discipline such as mathematics, computer information systems or related field with an emphasis on quantitative research methods and statistics, along with seven (7) or more years of related work experience that includes data and research analysis, as well as experience in developing and maintaining positive working relationships with leadership, faculty and staff both within and outside the data management and manipulation arena.

Candidates must have the demonstrated ability to analyze and synthesize results to effectively communicate with a wide variety of audiences.  Experience must include data analysis and reporting for decision support by organizational leaders, as well as experience in higher education, preferably related to institutional research. Preferably, candidates will have experience working with data dictionaries and in the use of computer applications to extract and manipulate data and produce statistical reports and analysis, and/or experience in survey design, administration, and analysis and in reporting institutional data.

Some of the required knowledge, skills, and abilities include knowledge of the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) reporting and survey tools and requirements; knowledge of Middle States and other accreditation organizations’ expectations concerning student learning assessment requirements. The successful candidate will also have excellent interpersonal skills, be a dynamic communicator, and have the demonstrated ability to be an effective supervisor.

Institution Description

Why Rensselaer? Our dynamic global community of changemakers includes some of the world’s leading researchers, students, alumni, and faculty who ask the important questions and devise the scientific and technological innovations that make the world a better place for all of humanity. Nestled on a beautiful 275-acre campus in upstate NY, Rensselaer is home to five schools, 32 research centers, three makerspaces, an observatory, and one of the world’s fastest supercomputers. 

The Institute encompasses the School of Engineering, School of Science, School of Architecture, School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences, and the Lally School of Management. Rensselaer at Work, based in Hartford, Connecticut, offers online graduate degrees and certificate programs, all taught by Rensselaer faculty.

Rensselaer offers more than 140 undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral programs, and has established a growing network of more than 30 dedicated research centers and initiatives with nearly 750 labs, studios, and technology spaces. The university’s innovative programs and platforms are taught and led by faculty who are among the most advanced researchers in their fields. They include National Science Foundation Presidential Faculty Fellows, members of the National Academy of Engineering, members of the National Academy of Sciences, and National Science Foundation CAREER Award recipients.

With nearly 200 years of experience advancing scientific and technological knowledge, Rensselaer remains focused on addressing global challenges with a spirit of ingenuity and collaboration. To learn more, please visit

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Rensselaer faculty and staff are eligible for a variety of valuable benefits such as medical, vision, and dental insurance, life and disability coverage, retirement programs, tuition reimbursement, flexible savings accounts, as well as additional services such as adoption assistance, Pinch Hitter Back Up Dependent Care Services, a variety of on-campus wellness initiatives, and much more!  Rensselaer strives to provide a comprehensive and affordable benefits package for you and your family. When we compare the Rensselaer Health Plans to other employers’ plans, our outcomes show the success of our ongoing efforts to provide you and your family with comprehensive and integrated medical, prescription, and wellness programs that are of high quality at a reasonable cost. 
Application Due Date: 2023-06-30
Job Start Date: 2023-07-16
Salary: Dependent on qualifications and experience.
City: Troy
State/Province/Region: NY
Institution: Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Reports To: Provost
Staff # Reporting to Position: 3
Reports In Office: Provost

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