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To ensure consideration, interested and qualified candidates must submit a resume, cover letter, and the names and telephone numbers of three professional references on-line by May 11, 2018.

Job Summary

The University of Michigan-Dearborn (UM-Dearborn) is one of the three campuses of the University of Michigan system. UM-Dearborn is a comprehensive university offering high-quality undergraduate, graduate, professional, and continuing education to residents of southeastern Michigan, and currently enrolls over 9,000 students. UM-Dearborn is located 10 miles west of downtown Detroit and 35 miles east of Ann Arbor. The campus is strategically located on 200 suburban acres of the original Henry Ford Estate in the Greater Detroit Metropolitan Region.

Reporting to the Associate Provost of Undergraduate Education and Student Success the Executive Director of Institutional Effectiveness and Research is responsible for the development, implementation, and administration of institutional research strategy, policies, and procedures that support the University of Michigan-Dearborn’s mission and goals.

The Executive Director manages an office responsible for the collection, compilation, analysis, and dissemination of timely and accurate information concerning the characteristics and performance of the university in order to facilitate strategic planning and policy making as well as comply with external requirements to various federal, state, accreditation, and other entities. The Executive Director  is responsible for (i) providing leadership for all institutional research functions, (ii) establishing goals, strategies, plans, and policies related to institutional effectiveness (iii) ensuring that institution-wide informational reporting and analytical needs are met, (iv) effectively expanding capabilities in the areas of business intelligence, business analytics, and the use of various predictive models, (v) facilitating the use of institutional information to increase organizational effectiveness and efficiency.

The Executive Director manages an office staff of five FTEs and works in a highly collaborative environment with other university offices and colleges to analyze information needs and design solutions. A sampling of the tasks for which this position is responsible are: provide leadership on the campus in service to data-informed decision making and organizational effectiveness; supervise office staff members; analyze and synthesize quantitative and qualitative data, interpret results, prepare customized reports; coordinate reporting across the campus as needed; communicate results to campus constituents, including Senior Officers, Council of Deans, Faculty Senate, et.al.; participate in university committees; ensure that accurate and timely university information is reported as needed to external constituents, such as the U.S. Department of Education, Michigan Association of State Universities, Higher Learning Commission, University of Michigan Board of Regents, and other external stakeholders.

Responsibilities*

  • Identify and document information resources and provide readily available and benchmarked institutional data in written and in-person reports, and other outputs to the Chancellor, Provost, Senior Officers, faculty, and campus committees for strategic level decision-making and institutional effectiveness.
  • Integrate accountability measures, learning outcomes data, and other survey and study data to provide comprehensive reporting and analyses on student success.
  • Oversee compliance with data reporting and exchange with peers, including mandatory reporting to state and federal agencies, college guidebook surveys and the Common Data Set. Serve as institutional representative to external agencies that share, analyze, and use data in higher education.
  • Serve as the institution’s Accreditation Liaison Officer and manages communications between the university and the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) along with staying current on HLC policies and procedures and provide oversight and direction for the institution’s annual reporting requirements.
  • Serve as an advisor on the University Curriculum and Degree Committee and the Graduate Subcommittee.
  • Work with the Office of Information Technology, Office of Registration & Records, Office of Admissions, and Office of Financial Aid to manage and secure data along with ensuring it is accurate, comprehensive, accessible, transparent and available to relevant constituencies.
  • Engage up to date state and national institutional research policies and execute innovative, forward-thinking best practices.

Required Qualifications*

  • A Master's degree in research-related field with significant quantitative, data analysis, and research methods training.
  • At least ten years of experience in an Office of Institutional Research or comparable office in higher education.
  • Five years of management and supervision experience.
  • Strong leadership and exceptional project management skills, including excellent attention to detail.
  • Experience working with higher education student information systems.
  • Experience with IPEDS (Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System), Common Data Set, and other higher education reporting.
  • Demonstrated applied and advanced knowledge of research and assessment methodology, and persistence predictive modeling.
  • Excellent computing skills, including assessment software, learning management systems, statistical analysis tools (SPSS, etc.), data storage, survey tools, and general office software (Excel, etc.).
  • Relational data analysis and business intelligence reporting.
  • Coordinate projects with multiple stakeholders as it relates to complex reporting and data analysis.
  • Knowledge in learning assessment principles in higher education with a working understanding of designing and implementing practices for direct and indirect measures of student learning outcomes preferred.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, including written and oral communication skills with the ability to convey complex information to a diverse audience.
  • Ability to work independently and with teams and the ability to manage multiple projects and meet deadlines is required.

Desired Qualifications*

  • Ph.D. preferred in research-related field with significant training in quantitative, data analysis, and research methods.
  • Experience with database management software and/or business analytics software.
  • Experience working with Banner and WebFOCUS.
  • Experience with HEIDI (Higher Education Institutional Data Inventory) reporting.

U-M EEO/AA Statement

The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.