Advertised Employing Department: Senior Vice President and Provost
Summary of Duties and Responsibilities:
Iowa State University, one of the nation's leading public research universities, invites nominations and applications for the position of Executive Director of the Office of Institutional Research. The Executive Director will provide strategic leadership, effective management, and expertise related to institutional research, analysis, data infrastructure, data governance, compliance, and reporting. The Executive Director will serve as the University’s Chief Institutional Research Officer (CIRO) and as a university-wide leader and advocate for issues related to data analysis, standards, and data governance. With the implementation of a new Enterprise Resource Planning System across the university, the use of data on campus will change in fundamental ways. The new Director will have a leadership role in building culture among administrators, faculty, and staff in data use and analysis to improve the quality of institutional decision making.
Reporting to the Office of the Senior Vice President and Provost, the Executive Director manages staff who provide data analysis, interpretation of analysis, and preparation of reports for both internal and external audiences. The new Director will work closely with the Office of the Senior Vice President and Provost and other university leaders to develop and implement a vision for the Office of Institutional Research.
The university seeks an experienced professional with a commitment to and understanding of the academic mission who will bring strategic analysis skills and proven leadership abilities to the position. The successful candidate will have the ability to clearly communicate timely and relevant information and analysis to administrators and other stakeholders to facilitate decision making. S/he will have technical expertise in data-gathering and reporting tools, and analytical capabilities in statistics and survey research. The successful candidate will have the ability to develop a long-term vision for the Office of Institutional Research. S/he will have strong skills in relationship-building and change management.
Required Education and Experience:
Bachelor’s degree and 10 years of related experience; OR a Master’s degree and 8 years of related experience; OR a Ph.D. or other professional degree and 5 years of related experience.
Preferred Education and Experience:
Degree in an analytical discipline, such as computer science, educational research, social science research, information systems, or a related field
Progressively responsible experience in institutional research conducting analytical and policy studies in higher education
Expertise in analytical/statistical software applications (SPSS, STATA, etc.)
Experience with the Workday ERP environment
Experience using national-level datasets such as Association of American Universities Data Exchange, IPEDS, Academic Analytics, National Student Clearinghouse
Demonstrated familiarity with accreditation requirements such as the Higher Learning Commission
Experience creating predictive dashboards
Demonstrated success in presenting data and analyses clearly and accurately in both verbal and written formats
This position serves at the pleasure of university administration and is exempt from certain P&S policies.
Academic Career & Executive Search has been retained to assist with the search. Candidates will be notified prior to contacting references. All nominations and applications will be held confidential until finalists are publicly announced.
Iowa State University is classified as a Carnegie Foundation Doctoral/Research University-Extensive, a member of the Association of American Universities (AAU), and ranked by U.S. News and World Report as one of the top public universities in the nation. Over 36,000 students are enrolled and served by over 6,200 faculty and staff (see www.iastate.edu). Ames, Iowa is a progressive community of 60,000, located approximately 30 minutes north of Des Moines, and recently voted the best college town in the nation (see www.visitames.com).
Iowa State University is an equal opportunity employer committed to excellence through diversity and strongly encourages applications from all qualified applicants, including women, underrepresented minorities, and veterans. ISU is responsive to the needs of dual career couples, is dedicated to work-life balance through an array of policies, and is an NSF ADVANCE institution.
Iowa State University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, or protected Veteran status and will not be discriminated against.