Director of Integrated Planning and Decision Support (IPaDS)

Atlanta, Georgia
Competitive Salary
Mar 22, 2017
IPaDS Director MSM
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

The Director of Integrated Planning and Decision Support (IPaDS) oversees the effective integration of data and data reporting requirements, and is charged with fostering a culture of effective data governance and informed decision-making. Serving as a key team member to implement and promote a campus-wide business intelligence vision/plan, the Director has the leadership role in the collaborative functional effort to develop, deploy and maintain web-based reporting systems and dashboards for decision support, as well as maintaining peer benchmarking data. As a primary source for official institutional data and in partnership with data stewards to ensure the accuracy and integrity of data, the Director coordinates information disseminated for responses to both external accreditation, regulatory requirements as well as other agencies and organizations. The Director will lead the building of the institution’s enterprise data warehouse and will be responsible for ensuring the optimal use and sustainability of the data warehouse. The Director provides leadership in the dissemination of internal, institutional reports and queries that ensure that the centralized data collection systems are aligned with the goals and objectives of Morehouse School of Medicine’s strategic plan.

The Director is housed in the Office of Strategy and Institutional Effectiveness and reports to the vice president.


  • Develop, support and enhance the college's data warehouse and build web-based data analytics tools to facilitate the delivery and management of campus data assets
  • Provide thought leadership and support for campus-wide business intelligence initiatives to leverage institutional data and promote informed decision-making
  • Facilitate the collection, analysis, interpretation, utilization, and dissemination of data in support of institutional decision-making, student outcomes assessment, strategic planning, and policy development
  • Manage data systems to ensure consistency, reliability, and integrity of data reported for institutional research needs and external compliance
  • Collect, analyze, interpret, and collaborate with senior administration and key stakeholders to provide data-related support to advance the institution’s goals and direction as outlined in the strategic plan
  • Maintain the central repository of electronic or hard copies of all reports and surveys
  • Serves on the Institutional Effectiveness Committee and provides critical support in the accreditation/reaffirmation processes

    Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Demonstrated excellence in communication (both written and oral) and proven track record of facilitating conversations with senior leaders
  • Experience synthesizing and conveying findings to non-technical audiences
  • Demonstrated success as a highly effective and efficient problem-solver and team builder with keen decision making skills, strong team leadership skills and supportive, team-oriented management style
  • Proven track record of effectively managing a project portfolio in a complex environment with a high degree of independent judgment and authority
  • Experience in the use of higher education enterprise management systems
  • Experience in the use of higher education analytics tools
  • Ability to conduct rigorous, applied research that informs the enrollment and strategic goals of the institution


  • Master’s degree in educational research, decision sciences, statistics, applied social science or related. Doctorate preferred
  • At least five (5) years of demonstrated high-level proficiency in institutional research, applied statistical research and data analysis, preferably in a higher education setting
  • Previous experience with data warehouse technologies,  database development and web applications
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills across all levels, particularly the ability to distill and convey research findings clearly and concisely to multiple audiences and stakeholders
  • Ability to manage multiple concurrent projects and activities independently, frequently on tight deadlines, yet maintains the highest standard of research and data quality
  • Demonstrated ability to manage a professional staff


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