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Director of Institutional Research - Office of Institutional Research
Tufts University

Date Posted Nov. 23, 2020
Title Director of Institutional Research - Office of Institutional Research
University Tufts University
Medford\/Somerville, MA, United States
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Director/Manager
  • Research
    Development/Institutional Advancement

Director of Institutional Research – Office of Institutional Research – (20001678)

The Office of Institutional Research serves as a research resource to the university community providing such services as compiling official university statistics, consulting on survey design and designing, executing and reporting entire projects. The office completes outcome assessment projects and policy analyses for various offices and schools with the university.

The Director of Institutional Research directs and coordinates the activities of the Office of Institutional Research in support of Tufts University’s mission, strategic goals and initiatives, and efforts related to data‑informed decision making. The Director is responsible for setting the direction of the office, overseeing the budget, managing the staff, and ensuring that the research conducted by the office is of the very highest quality.

Essential functions:

Manages the Office of Institutional Research.

Establishes the direction of the office, including making decisions about projects that will be undertaken and the utilization of new technologies to improve efficiencies.

Represents the office at meetings with senior administrators and university clients. Establishes relations with institutional research personnel at other higher education institutions and serves as principal liaison with external agencies. Stays abreast of regulations and trends affecting higher education.

Oversees data compilation, report development and archiving activities in support of university research goals.

Provides guidance and supervision to Associate & Assistant Directors, Research Analysts and other office staff.

Provides technical, research and statistical consultation and support to the university community.

Manages responsibility for the department budget and budget projects.


Basic Requirements:

Knowledge and skills as typically acquired through completion of Master’s degree in related field and 5 years of institutional research experience.
Supervisory experience.
Ability to design survey instruments; knowledge of appropriate statistical methods; ability to present statistical findings in clear, concise understandable format; ability to design web-based survey instruments; in-depth knowledge of statistical and data visualization tools; commitment to professional development; basic knowledge of html and web design; firm understanding of the landscape of higher education, including federal regulations; ability to share expertise and knowledge in support of the skill-building of others.
Demonstrated communication skills; openness to different viewpoints; respectful towards others; collaborates well on joint projects and decisions; gives and receives candid and helpful feedback.
Ability to clearly articulate results to clients; ability to serve as a member of a research team or to serve as the principal investigator on a project; ability to work with a variety of individuals in a fast-paced, sometimes stressful environment; ability to listen to feedback and make appropriate decisions; ability to make effective Tableau and PowerPoint presentations; ability to provide feedback in a constructive and timely fashion to clients and staff.
Ability to provide guidance, supervision, and instruction to research analysts and research assistants.
Ability to work with a wide variety of clients with various levels of expertise; ability to make suggestions regarding best research methods; ability to handle multiple projects and demands at once; ability to present complex findings in a manner that is accessible to clients.
Seeks feedback to improve processes; proactively reaches out to university community to address their needs.
Ability to develop, communicate, and align others around a vision and strategy for the future; ability to create plans and initiatives that ensure the understanding and commitment of others to achieve the vision; ability to inspire and motivate by setting a direction and allowing others to take the lead in achieving that vision; ability to involve others in identifying and achieving common goals and priorities; ability to build alignment and commitment within and across functions to achieve common goals.
Creates an environment of trust and integrity; establishes high standards of performance; values continuous learning by fostering a climate for the learning and development of self and others.
Preferred Qualifications:

Ph.D. in related field or 10 years of experience working in an institutional research office with increasing levels of responsibility.
Experience with the data systems and technologies available at Tufts (e.g. PeopleSoft Campus Solutions; Business Objects; Tableau; SPSS) a major plus.

An employee in this position must complete all appropriate background checks at the time of hire, promotion, or transfer.

Equal Opportunity Employer – minority/females/veterans/disability/sexual orientation/gender identity.

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