Founded as a Catholic university in 1887, Benedictine University is located in Lisle, Illinois just 25 miles west of Chicago, and has branch campuses in Springfield, Illinois and Mesa, Arizona.
Job Title: Director of Institutional Research
Department: University Planning and Research
Reports to: Executive Director of University Planning and Research
Position Summary: The Director of Institutional Research conducts institutional research and data analysis to assist campus leadership in the analysis of trends and understanding of outcomes as well as supporting the university-wide strategic planning process. The Director facilitates access to information maintained in Oracle PeopleSoft information system to support college operations and monitor key institutional indicators, ensuring the integrity of data/information released in reports or studies, and providing data analysis, reporting or research as needed to support institutional objectives. The Director of Institutional Research is responsible for the on-time and complete submission of all Federal, State and Institutional reports and campus survey administration. Additional responsibilities include oversight and completion of ongoing and special projects as directed by the Executive Director, University Planning and Research, active membership in the President’s Advisory Council, and collaboration with other University personnel to collect data concerning the performance of the University's offices, services, and programs.
Essential Job Responsibilities:
Develop reports for use in planning, institutional effectiveness processes and in support of the university strategic plan including research into the feasibility of potential programs, economic impact studies, establishing trend data for the university, and using statistics to forecast enrollment trends for the purpose of budgetary planning.
Design, develop, and conduct research studies for collecting, analyzing and reporting qualitative and quantitative information, including creation and implementation of analytical tools, measurement procedures, and data collection instruments
Write and execute data queries to retrieve information from the database system; perform descriptive and inferential statistical calculations; design, develop and implement survey research, including survey instruments and questionnaires.
Manage the college research agenda and establish research priorities including the compliance with and accurate submission of all regulatory reports to IPEDS, ILDS, IBHE, ISBE, HLC and other entities as required by the institution
Lead the development of policies and procedures to help ensure that data retrieval housed in the PeopleSoft database is reliable and accurate. Ensure proper research analysis methods are utilized in presenting findings to university constituencies.
1) Knowledge of research design, data evaluation, and database management applicable to higher education institutional research.
2) Strong understanding of statistics, statistical applications, collection and correlation of data.
3) Experience in methods of planning and conducting studies and designing reports including strong organization and project management skills.
4) Effective oral and written presentation techniques with external and internal constituents.
1) Compile, organize and analyze data and prepare analytical reports and make recommendations.
2) Design experimental and correlational studies.
3) Review and maintain current research literature.
4) Communicate effectively in English both verbally and in writing.
5) Use research related software programs such as SPSS, Access, Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and web design tools.
Minimum Position Requirements
Education: Master's degree in a related field such as Higher Education (institutional research), Statistics, Mathematics, Economics, or Social/Educational Research
Experience: Minimum five years of experience in professional research at an institution of higher education or a similar research environment; and experience with relevant computer hardware and software, applied quantitative and qualitative research methodology, and evaluative statistical analysis and data processing techniques.
Specific Skills: Management of databases through Access, Excel, and experience with statistical analysis software. Strong background in the use of technology hardware and software.
Supervisory Responsibility: Minimum two years of supervisory experience
Working Conditions: Standard office environment
Benedictine University does not discriminate in its admissions or educational policies, programs or activities; scholarship and loan programs; athletic and other University administered programs or employment practices on the basis of race, creed, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, age, disability, military or veteran status, marital status, citizenship, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law. The laws applicable to Benedictine University include constitutional and statutory protections of the University's rights as a religiously sponsored institution. This policy of equal employment opportunity applies to all employment and personnel practices including, but not limited to, recruiting, hiring, promotion, training and compensation.
In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the United States and to complete the required employment eligibility verification document form upon hire.
Benedictine University is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
Benedictine University is dedicated to the education of undergraduate and graduate students from diverse ethnic, racial and religious backgrounds. As an academic community committed to liberal arts and professional education distinguished and guided by our Roman Catholic tradition and Benedictine heritage, we prepare our students for a lifetime as active, informed and responsible citizens and lead...ers in the world community.Benedictine University is a Catholic University in the Benedictine Tradition that Provides a Values-Centered Liberal Arts Education Enriched by Our Excellence in Science.