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Assistant Director, Institutional Research and Assessment
The Assistant Director of Institutional Research reports directly to the Director of Institutional Research, Planning and Assessment and assists in collecting and interpreting data for use by the university as well as other governmental and accreditation agencies involved in the planning, policy formulation, decision making, assessment and administration of institutions of higher education, such as the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board. In the absence of the Director, the Assistant Director performs the duties of the Director.
Uses a variety of measurement instruments to provide timely information to the Director for assessment and planning purposes. Works closely with various department heads to compile and evaluate information to conduct program reviews. Assists in the university assessment process for reaffirmation of accreditation; assists in preparing the university's responses to national surveys and any data forms which must be completed for state or provincial agencies with responsibility for higher education, as well as responding to questionnaires and requests for data or information in general. Responds to specific requests from department and/or program heads for assistance in preparing self-study reports, accreditation applications, performance reviews, curriculum assessments, cost analyses, teaching-load analyses, data collection, data verification, data analysis, sampling instruments and techniques, survey tools and techniques, and such other reports as might be required by various state and federal agencies and/or accrediting organizations of which the university is a member. Maintains journals and books pertaining to current research in higher education. Performs other research and administrative duties as assigned by the Director of Institutional Research, Planning and Assessment.
Two to three years experience related to data collection, data verification, data analysis, sampling instruments and techniques, preferably in higher education.
Must be knowledgeable of current research in higher education. Should possess knowledge of current research methods and assessment procedures and have the ability to create measurement instruments that will provide timely, accurate information. Should be familiar with survey tools and techniques, time series analysis, multiple regression, modeling, trends analysis, sampling techniques, and cost analyses. Should be familiar with the measurement of student outcomes and the examination of the measures in the context of student and institutional goals and quantitative and qualitative characteristics of academic programs. Should also have a good understanding of state requirements regarding higher education staffing, organization and function. Must be computer literate, familiar with current state of the art software and be comfortable in either a mainframe or personal computer environment.
A masterís degree is preferred, in statistics, operations research, operations analysis, science, public administration or related field. A combination of education and experience including a minimum of a bachelorís degree with SPSS software proficiency and experience in institutional research may be substituted.
Must be able to analyze data and prepare clear and concise reports and to convert the institution's operational data into management information. Must be able to exercise independent judgment and perform complicated and detailed tasks in a timely manner with a minimum of supervision. Must have good oral and written communication skills and be comfortable communicating with and presenting material to senior level officials and large groups of people. Confidentiality is required. *Regular reliable attendance is required. *This position is designated as security sensitive and requires a criminal background check.