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Director for Assessment and Institutional Research


Professional Support Services

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Oklahoma City, OK

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The Director of Assessment and Institutional Research is responsible for the development and maintenance of a comprehensive institutional research program including the systematic collection, evaluation, and distribution of university data to provide a complete picture to guide decision-making and support institutional improvement, planning, and re-accreditation. The Director also administers the university’s student assessment program.  Additionally, the Director will collaborate with campus data stewards to contribute to an institution-wide data strategy, supporting easy and appropriate access to data, and to assure data quality.

The Director for Institutional Research reports to the Assistant Provost.

Resume review will begin September 11, 2020.

Essential Functions: 

Demonstrate an attitude and behaviors that supports the mission and core values of Academic Affairs and the university.

  • Establish, maintain, and distribute the university fact book of institutional indicators and standard reports.
  • Establish and administer a university process for preparing special reports in response to inquiries from university administrators, faculty, and staff.
  • Partner with Campus Technology Services to develop data architecture foundations such as data definitions and governance.
  • Support the university’s strategic planning process with institutional data to track progress toward strategic goals.
  • Assist the university community in conducting surveys using current survey software.
  • Provide institutional research support for the Higher Learning Commission and disciplinary accreditation applications and reports.
  • Administer the university’s programs to assess student learning and institutional effectiveness.
  • Provide assessment support to faculty and staff members at the course, program, and unit levels.
  • Lead professional development activities related to assessment of student learning and institutional effectiveness.
  • Provide support to the Provost, Assistant/Associate Provost, and Academic Affairs department for special projects and initiatives.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Physical Requirements: 

  • Constantly operates a computer and other office machinery.
  • Constantly visually identifies, observes, and assesses.
  • Constantly travels within and around a complex facility.
  • Frequently communicates with university constituents.
  • Frequently moves to accomplish tasks and/or to get from one worksite to another.
  • Occasionally moves common office materials.
  • Occasionally responds in emergency conditions.

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations (in accordance with ADA requirements) may be made, upon request, to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.

Work Conditions:

  • Work is primarily indoors, but at times may be required to be in an outdoor environment when traveling between campus buildings or off campus.
  • Will be exposed to frequent noise caused by telephones and office machines.
  • Standard campus business hours are 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday
  • Off-campus, state and regional travel may be required.  

About Oklahoma City University

Oklahoma City University was founded in 1904 and is a coeducational, urban, private university located in the Uptown district of Oklahoma City. The university is affiliated with the United Methodist Church and offers a wide variety of degrees in the liberal arts and sciences disciplines. Oklahoma City University is the only Oklahoma institution listed in the top tier of the regional, master's-level university category by U.S. News and World Report magazine.

Oklahoma City University is an equal opportunity employer and affirms the values and goals of diversity.

Required Skills

  • Clear track record of experience, particularly in the areas of reporting, decision support, and the ability to constantly improve processes and tools
  • Advanced computer skills including knowledge of database management statistical software packages and presentation software
    • Knowledge of database and reporting technologies including visualization tools such as Tableau
  • Demonstrated experience with quantitative and analytical skills including research design, survey methodology and statistical methods for data analysis
  • Demonstrated ability to collect, analyze and present data in a meaningful and user-friendly manner
  • Demonstrated ability to use the Web to distribute data to end-users and work collaboratively across campus
  • Must have excellent communication, organizational and interpersonal skills
  • Ability to work independently and as a member of a team, establish priorities, and work collaboratively as a member of a community
  • Ability to exercise discretion with confidential information
  • Ability to work in a dynamic environment, and responsive to changing goals, priorities, and needs

Required Experience

Required: A master's degree in quantitative social science area such as educational statistics, sociology, psychology or related field, with a strong background in statistics. A minimum of five years of demonstrated proficiency in applied research and data analysis, preferably in higher education or a related setting is required. Experience with survey design, analysis, and reporting required.

Preferred: A doctoral degree in a related field.

A suitable combination of education and experience may be considered to meet minimum requirements.

Additional Required Application Materials

Cover Letter, List of Professional References, CV or Resume

Benefit Eligibility

Available at full-time university rates

Scheduled Hours

Standard campus business hours are 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday