Director of Institutional Research and Decision Support
Company: Evergreen State College
Posted on: July 6, 2019
Position Title Director of Institutional Research and Decision
Support Working Title Location Olympia EEO Statement All qualified
applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard
to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity,
national origin, age, genetic information, disability, or status as
a protected veteran. For more information regarding Evergreen's
non-discrimination policies or to report discrimination, please
visit the Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity webpage at or
contact the Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Officer at ,
Room 3102 Library Building, 2700 Evergreen Parkway NW, Olympia, WA
Union Represented No Overtime Eligible No Monthly FTE 1.0 Salary
Step (minimum monthly amount) $6,466.00 Salary Step (maximum
monthly amount) $7,435.00 Cyclic Position No Cyclic Details n/a
Project Position No End Date n/a Special Note This is a full-time,
overtime-exempt position at the Olympia Campus of The Evergreen
State College. This position is an "at-will" appointment, exempt
from Washington State Civil Service rules and the Fair Labor
Standards Act overtime requirements.
Position Purpose The Director of Institutional Research and
Decision Support is responsible for conducting research and studies
on The Evergreen State College, including data collection,
analysis, reporting, and stewardship. The Director deploys data
visualization and analytics to support student success, learning
outcomes assessment, inclusive excellence, and advancement
functions at the College. In particular, the Director works in
collaboration with members of the Student and Academic Life
leadership team to support strategic planning and decision-making.
This position is also responsible for ensuring compliance with the
College's federal and state reporting requirements and for working
closely with College leaders to elevate the data story of
Nature and Scope The Director of Institutional Research and
Decision Support reports to the Provost and Vice President for
Student and Academic Life and is part of the Provost's leadership
team, which includes seven Deans, two Vice Provosts, the Washington
Center Director, the Academic Systems and Deans Area Manager, and
the Division's Executive Associate.
Essential Functions --- Supervise a team of professional and
student staff and work in collaboration with the Provost, the
Provost's leadership team, and stakeholders from a variety of
offices to accomplish the essential functions of the position and
support of the College's planning and decision-making.
--- Create and lead a culture of collaborative, data-informed
decision-making, and operations.
--- Collect, manage, analyze, and disseminate qualitative and
quantitative data, including, but not limited to, student retention
rates, graduation rates, engagement, success, and satisfaction with
--- Ensure compliance with the College's federal reporting
requirements (e.g., IPEDs) as well as those of the state of
--- Coordinate the College's participation in national studies
(e.g., National Survey of Student Engagement).
--- Develop, maintain, and promote resources that the College
community can use to find essential statistical data about
--- Serve as institutional representative through public
presentations and on statewide committees related to reporting
systems and performance accountability measures and processes.
--- Review, share, and make recommendations on implications of
proposed legislation and policy changes regarding outcomes
reporting and performance indicators for higher education.
--- Collect and disseminate data to support College planning and
evaluation of the College's strategic progress.
--- Develop and implement strategies to increase campus data
literacy in support of data-informed decision-making,
o Collaborate with the College's cross-divisional data stewards to
develop and maintain standardized data definitions, reports, and
analytical approaches to support data-informed decision-making
throughout the College.
o Collaborate with the College's data generators to provide
training and professional development on data-related skills and
literacies the community to ensure best data management and
security practices, and to promote data democracy.
--- Serve as a leader within the College for issues related to
o Serve as the College's accreditation liaison officer with the
Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities ( NWCCU ).
o Oversee creation and timely submission of self-studies and other
o Oversee data collection, including metrics and objectives to
support mission fulfillment.
o Gather and provide feedback on behalf of the College as invited
by NWCCU regarding proposed changes to accreditation process.
o Communicate updated accreditation information to key
o Attend relevant trainings provided by NWCCU .
--- Support and collaborate with the Director of Evergreen's
learning and teaching center, faculty, and members of the Student
and Academic Life Leadership Team to develop and maintain an
integrated educational assessment program to promote curricular and
pedagogical innovation and improvement.
--- Develop and deploy tools, including surveys and other
sustainable data collection methods and analysis practices, to
gauge student learning outcomes, retention, and alumni outcomes in
accordance with the College's mission and priorities.
--- Provide data to support the deans to build a curriculum that
accommodates anticipated numbers of new and continuing
--- Provide data to faculty to use to assess the delivery and
content of the curriculum.
--- Provide high level and in-depth analysis on data collected with
an emphasis on actionable feedback.
--- Conduct other research to inform decision-making on critical
issues facing the College as needed.
--- Oversee Institutional Review Board ( IRB ) administration.
--- Serve on relevant committees, working groups, and task
--- Manage Institutional Research and accreditation budgets.
--- Supervise and leverage capacity of Institutional Research staff
to meet the office's primary objectives.
--- Other duties as assigned.
Additional Duties Knowledge Skills and Abilities --- Ability to
understand, manage, interpret, and assure quality and security of
complex data sets from multiple sources, including highly
--- High level of proficiency in survey design, qualitative and
quantitative data analysis, and evaluation strategies.
--- Proficiency in Microsoft Office, statistical packages (e.g.,
SPSS , R), and online survey software (e.g., Qualtrics), SASS , SQL
, and Banner.
--- Knowledge of enterprise resource planning ( ERP ) systems and
database reporting tools.
--- Exceptional written, verbal, and visual communication
--- Excellent analytical, interpersonal, collaboration, and
--- Ability to work independently and oversee multiple tasks
--- Ability to collaborate effectively as a member of a team that
may include faculty, staff, students and other community
--- Excellent statistical and analytical skills, with an ability to
explain complex data analysis to a diverse set of constituencies in
a clear and concise manner.
--- Knowledge of quantitative and qualitative research methods,
statistics, Microsoft Excel, and relational databases.
--- Knowledge of state and federal requirements for the gathering,
reporting, and dissemination of data from higher education
--- Excellent interactive presentation skills.
--- Competence in research methodologies, statistical methods, and
data collection and interpretation relevant to issues and
developments in higher education.
--- Ability to work with discretion when dealing with confidential
Minimum Qualifications --- Master's degree or higher from a
regionally accredited higher education institution.
--- Five years of progressively responsible experience in applied
research, including data collection, research design, database
creation and maintenance, and project management.
--- Experience connecting institutional research and data analysis
to assessment activities.
Desired Qualifications --- Experience with current and emerging
data visualization techniques and knowledge of appropriate software
packages that facilitate visualization.
--- Experience with regional and/or professional accreditation
--- Progressively responsible professional experience in a higher
--- Experience supervising staff.
--- Experience with advanced data extraction tools, such as SQL
servers or similar.
--- Experience with Washington State's public higher education
reporting systems, such as PCHEES and ERDC P-20W warehouse.
Conditions of Employment --- Must provide proof of identity and
employment eligibility within three days of beginning work.
Benefits A full state benefits package which includes: paid sick
and vacation leave; paid campus holidays; a generous medical,
dental, life and disability insurance package for employees and
dependents; retirement; deferred compensation and optional
supplemental retirement accounts. For more information about
Evergreen's excellent employee benefits, please view
Posting Detail Information
Posting Number S2019-010 Number of Vacancies 1 Open Date 06/10/2019
Close Date 07/08/2019
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