Assistant or Associate Director, Institutional Research

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Work type: Staff Full-Time
Location: Denver, CO
Categories: Business Operations / Services, Admin / Executive / Office Support, Research

The Office of Institutional Research & Analysis is the central source for information about the University of Denver. We serve the University's vision, values, mission, and goals by analyzing and reporting institutional data to inform University and unit-level planning and development. The Office of Institutional Research & Analysis supports a culture of measurement, data literacy, and evidence-based decision making at the University. We conduct insightful institutional research and analysis to inform planning both centrally and within academic and administrative units. We are also responsible for reporting institutional data to the federal and state governments and other external agencies on behalf of the University. Our office is led by the Assistant Provost for Institutional Research & Analysis and operates under Academic Administration within the Provosts Office.

Position Summary

The Assistant/Associate Director of Institutional Research is a full-time, twelve-month staff position that leads institutional research within the Office of Institutional Research and Analysis. This position supervises up to three research analysts and reports to the Assistant Vice Provost for Institutional Research and Analysis.

The Assistant/Associate Director ensures accurate, on-time reporting of institutional data to government agencies, accreditation bodies, ranking organizations, and higher education publications on behalf of the University. In particular, the position ensures compliance with mandatory institutional reporting requirements to the federal and state governments.

The Assistant/Associate Director works closely with the Assistant Vice Provost to support a culture of measurement, data literacy, and evidence-based decision making at the University. The Assistant/Associate Director leads and collaborates with data stewards, data users, and technology staff to implement plans, policies, and practices that maintain the consistency, accuracy, and utility of institutional data.

Essential Functions

  • Directs institutional research and analysis operations and manages collaboration with partners in other departments and divisions.
  • Manages institutional participation in research studies and analysis projects with federal and state agencies, vendors, and community partners. 
  • Manages institutional participation in college ranking, rating, and profile surveys. Directs institutional reporting activities and ensures compliance with mandatory reporting requirements to federal and state agencies, accreditation bodies, financial rating agencies, vendors, and community partners. 
  • Manages the institutional research and analysis team and develops practices to ensure staff operate effectively together across functional areas. Develops the content knowledge, systems proficiency, and analytical expertise of staff. 
  • Establishes business and technical definitions and methodologies for institutional reporting and collaborates with campus partners to ensure alignment with them. Identifies and mitigates institutional risk associated with reporting activities, including financial penalties, loss of eligibility for financial aid programs, and damage to the University’s credibility and reputational value. 
  • Supports analysis projects to inform strategic and operational planning, policy development, and decision making at all levels of the University. 

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Ability to manage multiple projects and produce on-time, accurate results in a quick-changing environment with competing priorities.
  • Ability to cogently communicate, summarize, and present data and research findings to a variety of audiences, through written reports, oral communications, and visualizations.
  • Ability to develop effective professional relationships with partners and stakeholders across campus, while engaging effectively with members of diverse and historically underrepresented communities.
  • Ability to synthesize complex data, solve problems creatively, define research questions, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions, through interpreting statistical tests, literature reviews, and research findings.
  • Knowledge of data management, FERPA, and information governance, and ability to interpret and apply federal and state guidelines and University policies.
  • Excellent attention to detail and accuracy with strong work ethic and service-oriented attitude.
  • Ability to work with large databases and manipulate complex sets of data efficiently, while maintain data confidentiality.
  • Ability to lead and develop a team of research analysts.
  • Proficiency with a variety of software such as statistical packages (SPSS, SAS, or R), data visualization packages (Tableau or R), and Microsoft Office, particularly Access and Excel.

Required Qualifications

  • Master’s degree – Field of study: Higher Education, Statistics, or related field
  • Minimum of 5 years experience

Preferred Qualifications

  • Higher education or related experience preferred.
  • Greater than 8 years of experience

Working Environment

1. Standard office environment.
2. Unexpected interruptions occur often and stress level is moderate to high.
3. Noise level is quiet to moderate.

Physical Activities

1. Ability to sit in front of a computer for an extended period of time.
2. Occasionally required to move about the office/campus with the capability of transporting objects up to 20 lbs.

Work Schedule
Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Application Deadline
For best consideration, please submit your application materials by 4:00 p.m. (MST) March 23, 2023.

Special Instructions
Candidates must apply online through to be considered. Only applications submitted online will be accepted.

Salary Grade Number:
The salary grade for the position is 13.

Salary Range:
The salary range for this position is $80,000-$88,000 for Assistant Director; $90,000-$98,000 for Associate Director.

The University of Denver has provided a compensation range that represents its good faith estimate of what the University may pay for the position at the time of posting. The University may ultimately pay more or less than the posted compensation range. The salary offered to the selected candidate will be determined based on factors such as the qualifications of the selected candidate, departmental budget availability, internal salary equity considerations, and available market information, but not based on a candidate’s sex or any other protected status.

The University of Denver offers excellent benefits, including medical, dental, retirement, paid time off, tuition benefit and ECO pass. The University of Denver is a private institution that empowers students who want to make a difference. Learn more about the University of Denver.

Please include the following documents with your application:
1. Resume
2. Cover Letter

The University of Denver is an equal opportunity employer. The University of Denver prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, age (40 years and over in the employment context), religion, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, marital status, veterans status, and any other class of individuals protected from discrimination under federal, state, or local law, regulation, or ordinance in any of the university's educational programs and activities, and in the employment (including application for employment) and admissions (including application for admission) context, as required by Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972; Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, as amended in 2008; Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973; Title VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964; the Age Discrimination Act of 1975; the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967; and any other federal, state, and local laws, regulations, or ordinances that prohibit discrimination, harassment, and/or retaliation. For the university's complete Non-Discrimination Statement, please see non‑discrimination‑statement.

All offers of employment are contingent upon satisfactory completion of a criminal history background check.

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