Director, Institutional Research & University Assessment

Alfred, NY
Full Time
Mid Level
The Director leads the collection, analysis, and dissemination of university data and organizes assessment results for the university strategic plan. The director serves as the central source for institutional data and reporting requests from the university, produces regular reports for internal and external constituents, devises research strategies to explore proposed initiatives. In addition, the director works with administrators to refine meaningful benchmarks and assessment tools to document progress toward university strategic goals. Organizes reporting of assessment results through the university strategic plan rubric. 

Salary:$85,000-$119,000 Annually

Essential Functions:
  • This position has supervisor authority over the Institutional Data Coordinator
  • Responsible for collecting, organizing, analyzing, interpreting, and reporting internal data
  • Develops procedural standards for consistency in gathering and maintaining institutional data
  • Accurately organizes and archives data for the university; ensures that information is available, accurate, and updated in a timely manner
  • Produces university Fact Book twice each year
  • Coordinates submission of SUNY reports, IPEDS, MSCHE, HEDS, and other reports as directed
  • Assists in prioritizing and completion of external market surveys such as U.S. News and World Report
  • Performs external marketing surveys and analysis, including examination of higher education institutions, as needed to support university initiatives
  • Instructs and/or assists administrators, faculty and staff in areas of research design methodology, instrument administration and/or construction, data analysis, and interpretation
  • Assists administrators in refining quantitative benchmarks for measuring success towards university goals and objectives
  • Assists administrator in developing and implementing assessment tools
  • Assists in tracking and reporting university assessment results
  • Is a member of Executive Council
Other Duties & Responsibilities:
  • Works as a collaborative team member contributing effectively to team projects
  • Supports decision-making through providing relevant data and analysis
  • Responsive to requests from university constituents, effectively prioritizing requests, and completing in a timely manner
  • Supports and assists in creating intersections for faculty, staff and students that will assist in transforming people's lives
  • Supports and assists in creating an evolving culture of mentoring and rich engagement opportunities for faculty, staff, and students
  • Maintains a commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion and a high degree of cultural competence and respect for a wide range of identities and experiences, therefore welcoming and supporting all faculty, staff and students and expanding access to the AU experience
  • Maintains a safe working environment within and around their facilities and associated equipment and supplies including, but not limited to, obtaining Safety Data Sheet (SDS) information pertaining to any hazards associated with their work environment
  • Participates in all required assigned training, including safety training and will comply with safety rules, regulations, and protocols
  • Effective written and oral communication skills
  • Contributes to the overall success of the University by performing other duties as assigned
Qualifications-Education & Experience, Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:
  • Master's degree in an appropriate academic discipline with an emphasis on quantitative research methods and statistics
  • Experience conducting assessment, developing benchmarks and metrics, developing assessment tools
  • At least five years experience in higher education
  • Relevant experience should include: data collection, analysis and interpretation, data base management
  • Knowledge of Banner required; knowledge of Slate, Navigate, DegreeWorks a plus
Physical Demands & Work Environment:
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. 

Personal Protective Equipment must be worn when required. A respiratory function test and the ability to use respirators may be required. Stairs and uneven surfaces may be present; artificial lifts, etc. may or may not be available. The position may require the incumbent to walk outdoors in all types of weather to other buildings or offices located on the campus. The Campus is located in an area that contains numerous hills and slopes and may not always be fully accessible for mobility impaired individuals. 

About Alfred University:
Lighting the way for students since 1836. "We've always been a place for makers, especially those who make the future. Our commitment to independent thinking, creativity, academic rigor and community have made us a unique kind of leader since 1836." 

Alfred University (AU) was founded on principles of social justice in 1836 by liberal, independent thinkers who placed high value on education for all citizens. The University has retained and built upon the strong values of its founders, developing as an institution of national and international renown that is responsive to the needs of contemporary society while remaining consistent with the spirit of its origins. Alfred University is the second oldest coeducational college in the United States as well as one of the earliest nineteenth century colleges to have enrolled African American and Native American students. It has a long-standing history of educating socially conscious students who make a difference in their professions and their communities. 

Over the course of the twentieth century, Alfred University evolved into a complex institution offering a full range of programs in the liberal arts and sciences, art and design, engineering, business, education, counseling, and school psychology to its nearly 2,000 undergraduate and graduate students that live, learn, and play on a 232-acre campus located in an idyllic, creative valley in Western New York. To learn more, visit 

Alfred University actively subscribes to a policy of equal employment opportunity, and will not discriminate against any employee, student or applicant because of race, age, sex, color, sexual orientation, gender identification or expression, physical or mental disability, religion, ancestry or national origin, marital status, genetic information, military or veteran status, domestic violence victim status, criminal conviction status, political affiliation or any other characteristic protected by applicable law. Protected veterans, minorities and women are encouraged to apply.


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