Director, Institutional Research

Saint Mary’s College of California

Moraga, CA

ID: 7069830 (Ref.No. 2002227)
Posted: September 15, 2020
Application Deadline: October 12, 2020

Job Description

Director, Institutional Research


Job Type: Full-Time

Job Number: 2015-1602619

Location: CA 94556, CA

Department: Provost

10/12/2020 11:59 PM Pacific


Founded in 1863, Saint Mary's is a residential campus nestled 20 miles east of San Francisco in the picturesque Moraga Valley. Based in the Catholic, Lasallian and Liberal Arts traditions, Saint Mary's currently enrolls more than 4,000 students from diverse backgrounds in undergraduate and graduate programs. The De La Salle Christian Brothers, the largest teaching order of the Roman Catholic Church, guide the spiritual and academic character of the College.

As a comprehensive and independent institution, Saint Mary's offers undergraduate and graduate programs integrating liberal and professional education. Saint Mary's reputation for excellence, innovation and responsiveness in education stems from its vibrant heritage as a Catholic, Lasallian and Liberal Arts institution. An outstanding, committed faculty and staff that value shared inquiry, integrative learning and student interaction bring these traditions to life in the 21st century. The College is committed to the educational benefits of diversity.


The Director reports to the Vice Provost for Academic Programs and Planning and is responsible for overseeing and coordinating internal and external reporting of official College data; conducting research studies and analyses in support of planning and decision making; leading a comprehensive campus wide initiative on data standards and data governance; managing staff in the Office of Institutional Research; and collaborating with others in promoting institutional effectiveness in order to advance the strategic, academic, and administrative goals of the College.

Management and Oversight of Institutional Research

• Support campus capacity to use data to respond to external demands and inform strategic campus priorities.
• Collect, analyze, interpret, and report data, ensuring that data are collected accurately, analyzed rigorously, used appropriately, and shared with stakeholders to make data-informed decisions.
• Collaborate with others to continuously improve the institution's processes for data collection, analyses & reporting activities.
• Lead qualitative and quantitative research efforts as needed for academic and administrative departments, producing actionable written reports of research findings.
• Determine project prioritization.
• Process institutional data (collecting, cleaning, recoding, organizing, extracting, analyzing, and summarizing data) for internal use, consortia use (i.e., HEDS, ACM, WAICU), external surveys (i.e., U.S. News and World Report, college guidebooks, rankings) and government and agency compliance reporting (e.g. CDS, IPEDS, NCAA).
• Supervise the administration of student, faculty, and staff surveys, their analyses, and the presentation/publication of results.

Strategic Leadership

• In collaboration with campus leadership, set the strategic direction and priorities for IR projects, data governance policies, and communications.
• Ensure review and shaping of IR policies by staying abreast of the higher ed landscape.
• Help develop an integrated Division of Institutional Effectiveness comprising Institutional Research, Academic Planning, and Assessment, Program Review and Accreditation
• Partner with college leaders to expand our capacity to make data-informed decisions in academic departments and other areas of the college.
• Lead the data governance program.

Management of Institutional Research Office Staff and Budget

• Manage the budget and operations of the Institutional Research office.
• Supervise the staff, consisting of an Associate Director and an Institutional Research Analyst.

Experience and Qualifications



• Master's Degree in analytical discipline, such as educational research, public policy, or related field (doctorate preferred). Incumbent will be expected to continue upgrading knowledge, skills, and abilities needed to keep abreast of regulation/policy changes.
• Minimum five years of experience in institutional research in an institution of higher learning or other similar setting.
• In-depth knowledge of research methods in the social sciences and advanced multivariate statistical analysis techniques.
• A thorough familiarity with the academic enterprise within a private College and knowledge of key issues and concepts in higher education.
• Exemplary communication skills (both written and oral) evidenced by the preparation of comprehensive research reports and executive summaries that present complex or technical information in an easily understood fashion.
• Highly developed organizational and leadership skills; ability to work effectively with a variety of individuals and diverse groups; demonstrated success working collaboratively with administrators, faculty, and staff.
• Demonstrated competency in working with relational database systems.
• Demonstrated competency in statistical analysis software such as SAS, SPSS, and STATA and data visualization software, including Tableau.
• Ability to prioritize multiple and varied projects and initiatives.

Supplemental Information
Application Instructions: Please apply on-line at

1) Include a cover letter that specifically addresses how you meet the qualifications and are prepared to support the mission of the College;2) A resume; and 3) The name and contact information for three (3) professional references.
Candidates who become finalists will be expected to sign a consent authorizing a broader inquiry which may include reference checks, a motor vehicle check, and a third-party background check.
Saint Mary's is an equal employment opportunity employer. We support inclusive excellence and are committed to creating a safe and welcoming community for all.
Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act of 1998, and the Campus Sex Crimes Prevention Act
Notification with regard to the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act of 1998, and the Campus Sex Crimes Prevention Act. As provided by the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act of 1998, Saint Mary's College of California through its Department of Public Safety, annually provides notice and makes available copies of the Annual Security Report, to the campus community, prospective students, employees and the public. Each Security Report includes statistics for the past three years concerning crimes and incidents (whether they occurred on campus, in off-campus building and property owned or controlled by the College, or on public property adjacent to campus) reported to campus security authorities. Each Security Report also provides campus policies and practices concerning security - how to report sexual assaults and other crimes, crime prevention efforts, policies/laws governing alcohol and drugs, victims' assistance programs, student discipline, college resources, and other matters. The Security Report is publicly available electronically or hard copy in the following ways: electronically:; in person: Department of Public Safety, Administrative Office, Assumption Hall: or by or by Mail or Telephone Request: Department of Public Safety, P.O. Box 3111, Moraga, CA 94575-3111 (925) 631-4052. In addition, as provided by the Campus Sex Crimes Prevention Act, the Contra Costa County Sheriff's Office maintains a Megan's Law database of sex crime offenders, which information may be obtained from the Sheriff's office located at 500 Court Street, Martinez, Monday-Friday, 9 am to 4 pm.

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