Director of Institutional Research

  • College of Wooster
  • Wooster, OH 44691, USA
  • Oct 17, 2023
Full time Deans & Directors Institutional Research & Planning

Job Description


Director of Institutional Research

Closes: Oct 31, 2023 - 11:59 PM EDT

Job Type:Full time Exempt

Location:Wooster, OH

About The College of Wooster:

Wooster offers an excellent, comprehensive liberal arts education, culminating in a rigorous senior project, in which each student works one-on-one with a faculty mentor to conceive, organize and complete a significant research project on a topic of the student's own choosing. Through this distinctive program, every Wooster student develops abilities valued by employers and graduate schools alike: independent judgment, analytical ability, creativity, project-management and time-management skills, and strong written and oral communication skills. Founded in 1866, the college enrolls approximately 2,000 students.

The College offers a comprehensive benefits program that includes: Health, Dental, Retirement, and Tuition Remission.

Job Description:

The College of Wooster is seeking a Director of Institutional Research who will oversee tasks related to external reporting such as IPEDS, internal reporting processes including data management, collaboration and dissemination, and conduct research to provide recommendations for strategic planning and decision making. Reporting to the Provost, the ideal candidate will explore the implementation of a user-friendly data reporting system (such as the Zogotech analytics tool), support the IT department to implement it, and introduce the product across all College sectors. Additionally, the position requires exercising discretion and independent judgment concerning regulatory compliance matters.

Essential Departmental Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Manage the identification, gathering, analysis, reporting, dissemination, and utilization of information at all levels throughout the college on critical areas such as retention, academic programs, co-curricular activities, and more.
  • Utilize data to facilitate planning, budgeting, marketing, and project evaluation, providing evidence-based support to various stakeholders.
  • Prepare timely and accurate report for external data requests, including those required by IPEDS, and respond to internal ad hoc data requests effectively.
  • Oversee all institutional data collection and reporting processes to ensure data integrity and adhere to ethical practices and relevant regulations. Collaborate with colleagues across campus and within the Office of Information Technology to ensure proper data governance practices and procedures.
  • Manage the complete lifecycle of surveys, from development and administration to analysis and reporting, for assessments like the IPEDS Survey, Course Evaluations & other CW surveys, such as BCSSE, NSSE, etc.
  • Collaborate with the College Business Intelligence team to develop reports, including College performance indicators and other metrics, to enable informed decision-making by college leadership.
  • Create visually engaging and insightful interactive dashboards using available tools such as, Power BI, Tableau, or R, reports, and executive summaries, aligned with the college's strategic plan.
  • Conduct peer analysis to support institutional improvement efforts.
  • Collaborate with the Office of Information Technology and the Information Systems and Applications Team to extract, validate, and integrate data from the Colleague system for institutional decision-making using Informer.
  • Provide comprehensive training and support to faculty and staff on data-related matters, fostering data literacy and effective use of data for decision-making across the university.

Preferred and Required Qualifications


Education and/or Experience:

  • Master's degree in Statistics, Educational Research, Mathematics, or a related field.
  • Minimum of five years of experience in institutional research, data management, or related roles in higher education.

Other Qualifications:

  • Proficiency in data analysis and reporting tools, including advanced knowledge of Microsoft Excel, SPSS, SAS, Tableau/Power BI/R, and survey software (e.g., Survey Monkey, Qualtrics).
  • Solid understanding of quantitative and qualitative research methodologies.
  • Strong analytical skills and attention to detail, with the ability to transform data into actionable insights.
  • Familiarity with regulatory compliance, including IPEDS reporting, and data privacy practices.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, capable of effectively presenting complex data to diverse audiences.
  • Demonstrated ability to collaborate with cross-functional teams and effectively manage projects.

Application Details (to apply use the Apply Now button below.)

Additional Information:

The College of Wooster does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex/gender, gender identity, gender expression, medical condition, political affiliation, religion, creed, ethnicity, national origin (including ancestry), citizenship status, disability, age, marital status, family responsibilities, sexual orientation, veteran or military status, predisposing genetic characteristics, domestic violence victim status, or any other characteristic protected by institutional policy, or by state, local, or federal law. All offers of employment are subject to verification of the legal right to work in the United States as required by federal law. The College of Wooster is committed by policy and practice to diversity, equity and inclusion. For more information see our nondiscrimination policy.

Application Instructions:

For highest consideration please submit a resume, cover letter, and a list of 3 professional references which includes name, telephone number and email address.

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