Director of Institutional Research and Assessment

Troy, New York
May 26, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, NY seeks experienced candidates for Director of Institutional Research and Assessment. Reporting to the Provost, the Director provides leadership and development of a comprehensive institutional research and assessment program to support the Institute’s mission and strategic goals. The Director partners with academic and administrative portfolios to develop and manage comprehensive institutional research, assessment programs, and strategic planning efforts that support the curricular, analytical, informational, reporting, and regional accreditation needs of the Institute. The Director is responsible for collecting, analyzing, and disseminating a wide range of data related to Rensselaer’s academic and business operations.

Candidates must possess a master’s degree in an analytical discipline such as mathematics, computer information systems or related field with an emphasis on quantitative research methods and statistics. Additionally, candidates must have at least seven years of working experience as data and research analyst or comparable position, to include experience in data analysis and reporting for decision support, along with experience related to institutional research in a higher education setting.  Experience in some or all of these are desirable:  experience in working with data dictionaries and in the use of computer applications to extract and manipulate data and produce statistical reports and analysis as well as in survey design, administration, and analysis, as well as in reporting institutional data. Candidates with an understanding of dimensional modeling are preferred, as well as previous experience in supporting a broad user base in Business Intelligence environment is highly desirable, including data visualization, and experience with statistical analysis software such as SAS or SPSS.

The knowledge, skills and abilities that the incumbent must possess include:  
• Knowledge of the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) reporting and survey tools and requirements
• Knowledge of Middle States and other accreditation organizations’ expectations concerning student learning assessment requirements
• Ability to analyze and synthesize results to most effectively “tell a story”
• Thorough understanding of sophisticated analytical methods and techniques and concepts
• Ability to develop a good rapport with other administrative staff both within and outside the data management and manipulation arena.

To apply for this opportunity, please visit, and choose the “apply for this job link”.  You will be asked to create an only account,  and to complete a short online application. You will be expected to upload a current resume, a cover letter, and a document with contact information for three or more references. For more information, or for assistance with the application process, please contact Kathy McNamara at


Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity, Race/Gender/Veterans/Disability Employer.
We welcome candidates who will bring diverse cultural, ethnic, geographic, and intellectual perspectives to Rensselaer’s work and campus communities.