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Director of Institutional Research and Assessment

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Posting Details

Position Information

Position Title Director of Institutional Research and Assessment
Department Institutional Research and Assessment
Position Category Staff - NonClassified
Job Summary

The Community College of Rhode Island is the state’s only public comprehensive associate degree-granting institution. We provide affordable open access to higher education at locations throughout the state. Our primary mission is to offer recent high school graduates and returning adults the opportunity to acquire the knowledge and skills necessary for intellectual, professional and personal growth through an array of academic, career and lifelong learning programs.

We meet the wide-ranging educational needs of our diverse student population, building on our rich tradition of excellence in teaching and our dedication to all students with the ability and motivation to succeed. We set high academic standards necessary for transfer and career success, champion diversity, respond to community needs, and contribute to our state’s economic development and the region’s workforce.

Oversee the creation, development, collection, organization, interpretation, distribution and evaluation of data, information and reports useful for effective assessment of student learning outcomes, policy and planning formulation and decision making.

Duties and Responsibilities

• Conduct studies for enrollment forecasting, faculty workload, instructional activity, credit hours, retention, grading, student characteristics, graduates, site information, staffing patterns, budget forecasting, resource allocation, tuition, demographic information, program markets, student learning, and other studies which help the college community better understand our students and key changes which may indicate trends.
• Prepare statistical reports as requested by federal and state agencies, other colleges and universities, and professional organizations.
• Work closely with the Board of Education on system-wide assessment of student learning outcomes, reporting, planning and policy formulation agendas.
• Serve as the institution’s source for most official statistics and information. Serve as internal consultant in the design, access, implementation, analysis and interpretation of studies and assessment of student learning outcomes that contribute toward strengthening the Community College. Assist academic units with information and assessment needs for accreditation visits, program evaluation and in conducting follow-up studies. Work closely with other units such as Enrollment Services, Budget, Academic Affairs and Student Affairs to support their information and assessment needs.
• Develop mechanisms to ensure that all assessment information is clear, accurate and accessible. Develop systems and procedures that ensure key information, both current and historical, is easily accessible.
• Sample student information and assessment system database to ensure accuracy of data; take appropriate action to resolve data integrity problems. Review computer programs, troubleshoot, fix or obtain specific fixes.
• Assist in the design and coordination of computer-based assessment and decision support systems.
• Direct or participate in institution-wide assessment of student learning outcomes and institutional research activities.
• Update and produce the annual statistical and assessment report that summarizes pertinent information about courses, programs and the College.
• Design and maintain an enrollment forecasting model and produce an annual report for the President’s Council and the RI Board of Education.
• Develop and reformulate a cohort tracking and transfer information system for internal, state and federal reporting.
• Prepare program review statements for changes in programs.
• Operate planning models for budgeting and resource allocation.
• Chair or participate in various Divisional, College-wide, community, federal and/or State student learning outcomes and institutional research committees.
• Evaluate methodology, cost and feasibility of each new request involving complex information and/or reporting requirements; produce a response weighted according to the need, source and cost of the request.
• Serve, as required, as the assessment director for special grants and projects.
• Demonstrate a commitment to the philosophy and mission of a comprehensive community college.
• Work collaboratively with others in a diverse and inclusive environment.
• Other duties as assigned by the Vice President of Academic Affairs.

Minimum Qualifications

• Master’s degree with graduate training in research methodology and statistics required; Ph.D. preferred.
• Three years of related experience required.
• Excellent communications skills required.
• Demonstrated competency in statistics and research design and knowledge of computer applications is required.

Preferred Qualifications

• Ph.D. preferred.

Reports To Vice President for Academic Affairs
Campus Location Primarily located at the Warwick Campus
Work Schedule Calendar
Shift, Days, and Additional Work Schedule Information Non-Standard; 35 hours per week
Full-time/Part-time Full-Time
Permanent/Limited Position Permanent
Benefits Yes
Name of Bargaining Unit Union Non-Union
Pay Grade BOE 16
Salary Range Range begins at $72,834
Additional Salary Information

Hiring salary commensurate with education and experience

Civil Service List position No
Licenses, Tools and Equipment

Various office equipment which may include computers, typewriters, telephones, copy machines, calculators, fax machines, etc.

Must have access to and use of own transportation.

Environmental Conditions

This position is not substantially exposed to adverse environmental conditions.

Desired Start Date
Position End Date (if temporary or grant)

Posting Detail Information

Number of Vacancies 1
Application Open Date 09/20/2017
Application Close Date (includes the grace period)
Open Until Filled Yes

If you previously applied to this position when it was originally posted on 9/15/17, you do not need to reapply. Your application materials are still being considered since there were no changes to the duties and responsibilities or qualifications.

Special Instructions to Applicants

Review of applications will begin immediately, and will continue until the position is filled; however, to ensure full consideration, complete application materials should be received by October 11, 2017.

To apply for this position, complete CCRI’s online application, and attach a cover letter and resume by the closing date. You do not need to complete the ‘Education History’ or ‘Employment History’ sections within the application if you are attaching a resume that includes the same information. Please include name and contact information for three references within the application. Finalists will be required to provide official college transcripts.

If you need assistance with the online application process, please contact Human Resources at 401-825-2311. TTY: 401-825-2313.

Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * Do you have a Master's degree, or higher, with graduate training in research methodology and statistics?
    • Yes
    • No
  2. * Do you have three years of related experience?
    • Yes
    • No
  3. * Have you demonstrated competency in statistics and research design?
    • Yes
    • No
  4. * Where did you first learn of this job opportunity? (web site, advertisement/publication, agency referral, personal referral, other). Please be specific when using web site or publication names.

    (Open Ended Question)

Applicant Documents

Required Documents
  1. Resume
  2. Cover Letter/Letter of Application
Optional Documents
  1. Other Document