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Director of Institutional Research & Decision Support

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Do you find joy in discovering the story that a set of data tells? Do you excel at Excel (or SPSS or other analytical software)? Do you make it look easy when communicating about topics like student success or DEI? Does your attention to detail extend from clean data sets to amazingly effective data visualizations? If you answered “yes” to these questions, you might be the candidate Olin College of Engineering is looking for to fill the position of Director of Institutional Research & Decision Support.

Founded in 1997, Olin focuses on engineering for everyone and impact-centered education as key to its recently developed vision and strategic plan. The curriculum emphasizes design, teamwork, real-world problems and experiences that make students true partners in their own learning. In this context, Institutional Research and Decision Support at Olin connects people with the information they need to make good decisions, impacting everyone from prospective students researching what college is right for them to trustees making critical governance decisions.

The director plays a key role in supporting Olin’s mission and goals by leading efforts in institutional research, assessment, and accreditation. We are seeking a strong communicator and collaborator who has a proven track record in institutional research and assessment, the drive to uncover results and share them successfully with the community, and the ability to partner with colleagues to successfully promote change within the institution and beyond. At the same time, we’re looking for someone who is a data whisperer and tech whiz who is focused on student and institutional success. Additionally, the director is responsible for expanding data literacy on campus in general.

If this position sounds like it might be right for you, we invite you to apply through visiting Olin’s open position listing, which also includes a formal position description. Digital artifacts that show off your skills are particularly welcome as part of your application.

Olin is an equal opportunity employer and dedicated to building a diverse, inclusive and authentic workplace. In accordance with its own values and with federal and state regulations, Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, national or ethnic origin, gender, religion, disability, age, sexual orientation, disabled veteran status, veteran of the Vietnam Era status, marital or citizenship status (except in those special circumstances permitted or mandated by law). We especially welcome applications from candidates belonging to groups that have been historically underrepresented in higher education, including women, racial and ethnic minorities, LGBTQIA people, and people with disabilities.

Job Qualifications

Below is a list of knowledge, skills and abilities that will be helpful in this role.  We recognize that different candidates will have strengths in different areas and we are open to candidates with a variety of backgrounds and experiences.

  • Master’s degree in Higher Education or related field (e.g., social sciences or business) and 5-7 years of institutional research experience or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Ability to understand, manage, interpret, and assure quality of complex data sets from multiple sources, including highly confidential data.
  • Experience with survey design, qualitative and quantitative data analysis, and evaluation strategies.
  • Proficiency with common software tools and strong ability to learn new software. Olin IR currently uses Microsoft Office, Adobe Creative Suite, SPSS, Qualtrics, Tableau, and NVIVO. The current ERP system is Jenzabar CX (Slate for Admission) and the current SQL-based reporting tool is Cognos Analytics.
  • Exceptional communication (written, verbal and visual), analytical, interpersonal, collaboration, and organizational skills.
  • Experience with current and emerging data visualization techniques and knowledge of appropriate software packages that facilitate visualization.
  • Experience with regional and/or professional accreditation processes is a plus.
  • Familiarity with advancements in pedagogy and engineering education is a plus.

Institution Description

Olin College of Engineering seeks employees who are passionate about working collaboratively within and outside of the Olin community to support the College’s mission and vision for the future. At Olin, we are educating the next generation of engineering innovators and shifting the definition of engineering. Not only do our students ask, “Who are we designing this for, and what are their values?” They also ask questions about the impact of their work on society.

As Olin evolves under the leadership of our president, Dr. Gilda Barabino, we seek to become a more diverse and aware community, a place where everyone is a learner and where everyone is an educator. Olin will become a place where experimentation—including making and learning from mistakes—will be embraced across the institution, not just in the classroom. Collaboration is key to Olin’s curriculum and culture, and we will work intentionally to reinforce the values and culture to which we aspire. We are a community that thrives on being together; we value trust. The College supports teams to collaboratively decide how they can best do their work, and display a commitment to the community, all while providing individuals with overall work-life flexibility.


Olin College prides itself on offering to faculty and staff comprehensive benefits that provide both choice and value. These benefits are an important part of total compensation.  Olin's comprehensive program of benefits can be found at
Application Due Date: 2023-06-30
Job Start Date: 2023-07-01
Salary: $100000 - $115000
City: Needham
State/Province/Region: MA
Institution: Olin College of Engineering
Remote Work: Hybrid work may be available
Reports To: Head of Campus Operations
Staff # Reporting to Position: 1
Reports In Office: Campus Operations

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