Function of Position:
The Director of Institutional Research and Effectiveness leads, oversees, or supports research and reporting for decision support, assessment (e.g., curricular, co-curricular, institutional), program review evaluation, accreditation, and compliance requirements at the state, regional and federal levels. The director works closely with information technology stakeholders to ensure that campus data systems can appropriately maintain and provide accurate data to support the college’s institutional research needs. The director promotes a philosophy of continuous improvement and seeks to foster a culture of data-informed decision-making, and plays a key role in enabling individuals, and therefore Wartburg College as a whole, to be continually student-centered, relevant, agile, effective, sustainable, and contributing to a greater good.
Principal Duties and Responsibilities:
Evidence-based Data-Analysis and Planning (50%)
- Collaborate across the institution to encourage a culture of strategic planning and continuous quality improvement.
- Provide reliable, relevant, and quality data, analysis, information, and recommendations to facilitate planning, budgeting, accountability, accreditation, program evaluation, assessment, and development of policy decisions.
- Support the president and other college leaders in developing and presenting data from multiple sources to internal and external stakeholders.
- Meet requests for institutional data from faculty and staff.
- Identify emerging issues, challenges, and opportunities, anticipating questions through review of data, information, and research and policy studies, including those related to institutional, state, national, conversations around higher education.
- Support pre- and post-award grants management through collection, assessment, analysis, and reporting of data.
- Working with the Data Governance Group, other information technology stakeholders, and end users, oversee the organization, storage, and accessibility of institutional data.
- Operate a variety of software packages used for data management, statistical and predictive analysis, and visual display of data and learns and applies emerging technologies as necessary.
- Ensure institutional compliance with external government and private reporting requirements.
- Support the Assistant Dean for Assessment in developing, implementing, and updating a campus-wide assessment plan, in coordination with the Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the Faculty and other key personnel.
- Serve as primary liaison to Information Technology Services in the implementation of assessment software.
- In collaboration with the Assistant Dean for Assessment, support training and use of the assessment software by faculty, staff, and students.
- Act as a liaison to academic and non-academic departments and programs in developing and implementing program assessment plans and academic program review.
- Work with the assessment committee to implement a comprehensive program to develop faculty for the work of assessment.
- Interact with external entities, including the Higher Learning Commission, regarding assessment activities.
- Assist in collecting, organizing, and uploading data to appropriate websites in support of reaffirmation of accreditation activities.
- Support the Assistant Dean for Accreditation in preparing reaccreditation submission materials to include data and accompanying narrative.
- Work with academic departments in support of program accreditations, including, but not limited to, education, music, social work, and music therapy.
- Prepare routine annual reports and other submissions to institutional and programmatic accreditors.
Academic Program Administration and Review (10%)
- Attend faculty committee meetings and others as assigned.
- Facilitate the integration of assessment in academic program review and related projects.
- Coordinate program review process for programs in Academic Affairs.