The Associate Director of Institutional Research independently manages the predictive analytics and data visualization domains within the institutional research department to advance and support Samuel Merritt University’s decision-making and strategic planning. The Associate Director independently manages research assignments and projects, applies appropriate statistical methods and advanced database management skills in all areas of institutional research and reporting.
The Associate Director plays a key role in managing the data collection, database structures and reporting related to WSCUC regional accreditation efforts, specialty accreditation, program evaluation and student success.
The position is also responsible for initiating and resolving systems and data quality issues related to the institutional common data set and institutional databases used for mandated state and federal reporting.
The University has an institution-wide commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion. We strive to build a welcoming and supportive campus environment, and acknowledge that diversity is an educational imperative to achieve excellence.
Level of Language Proficiency
Skills and Abilities (all are required):
1. Knowledge of relational databases and experience designing, maintaining and reporting from large databases and multiple tables. Ability to query enterprise databases using SQL queries, multilevel joins and parameters.
2. Solid knowledge and experience in advanced statistical tests and models.
3. Ability to independently manage multiple projects and priorities while maintaining outstanding service and meeting deadlines
4. Advanced knowledge of Tableau.
5. Advanced SPSS skills.
6. Expert knowledge of Excel, including charting, pivot tables, functions, merging data.
7. Demonstrated knowledge of survey design and research methodologies.
8. Ability to exercise sound judgment and discretion in relation to confidential and proprietary information.
9. Effective presentation, communication and problem solving skills.
Education and/or Experience (all are required):
- Master’s degree in Social Sciences or quantitative discipline, with intermediate to advanced course work in statistics.
- Minimum of five years of progressive work experience in information gathering,
- processing, analysis, and reporting, preferably in Institutional Research.
- Minimum of three years of experience in applying quantitative research methodology and multivariate statistics.
- Knowledge of institutional research or higher education reporting requirements.
- Must have ability to move about on foot to accomplish tasks across campus.
- Ability to read and write complex documents.
- Ability to sit doing desk work for prolonged periods of time.
Minimum Education Required