Director of Research Projects

Washington D.C.
Jan 18, 2018
Institution Type
Other Organizations

The Council of Independent Colleges (CIC) seeks a full-time Director of Research Projects to

oversee CIC’s research and data activities. CIC is the major national service organization for all

small and mid-sized independent liberal arts colleges and universities in the U.S. Currently,

nearly 680 colleges and universities and 85 organizations are members. CIC’s 25-person staff,

based in Washington, DC, serves its member institutions through conferences, externally funded

projects and programs, research and advocacy, and other activities designed to assist institutions

in improving leadership expertise, educational programs, administrative and financial

performance, and institutional visibility.

The Director of Research Projects is responsible for the operations of CIC’s research and data

activities. The Director of Research Projects reports to the Senior Vice President and works

closely with other senior staff on a variety of projects. Research projects planned for the near

future include an updated report on the characteristics of chief academic officers, an analysis of

athletic programs at independent colleges, a comparative analysis of alumni outcomes using the

Baccalaureate and Beyond (B&B:08/12) dataset, and a comparative analysis of success of

underrepresented students in STEM fields.


• Conduct research using national and proprietary datasets and writing research briefs and


• Develop and manage research projects conducted by leading higher education experts;

• Conduct ad hoc research to support requests from trade and national media outlets and

other CIC projects and activities;

• Work with a consultant to produce two annual benchmarking reports for presidents of

member colleges and universities: the Key Indicators Tool (KIT) and the Financial

Indicators Tool (FIT);

• Oversee the production of CIC’s Digest of Recent Research three times annually;

• Develop and update comparative data for CIC’s Making the Case website;

• Update annually the “CIC Fact Sheet” that provides summary institutional characteristics

of the CIC membership;

• Conduct and analyze periodic member surveys and event evaluations; and

• Represent CIC at various meetings and seminars.


Master’s degree and two years’ work experience in higher education or a related association

required; doctoral degree preferred. Desired skills include: familiarity with the U.S. Department

of Education datasets (especially IPEDS) and other major sources of education data; knowledge

of quantitative research methodology and design; ability to synthesize and summarize research

findings in a clear manner in narrative and graphic form for diverse audiences; proficiency in

statistical analysis (SPSS/SAS, Access, and Excel) and experience with large datasets; excellent

written and oral communication skills; strong organizational skills, including attention to detail

with the ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously; and ability to thrive in a fast-paced,

team-oriented work environment.

This position includes occasional overnight and out-of-area travel. While performing the duties

of this job, the Director of Research Projects is regularly required to talk or hear. The director

must have ability to sit in a normal seated position for extended periods of time, use hands to

finger, handle or feel, and be able to lift and/or move up to 20 pounds. Specific vision abilities

required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth

perception and ability to adjust focus.

CIC is an equal opportunity employer and offers competitive compensation and generous

benefits. For more information about CIC and its programs and services, please visit

To apply, send by email a letter of interest with resume, salary requirements, contact information

for three references, and a writing sample as attachments to:

[email protected].

Review of applications will begin immediately. It is highly desirable that the individual selected

for the position be able to begin work in Washington, DC as soon as possible.

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