Staff - Dean of Institutional Research, Effectiveness and Strategic Planning

Job description


The Dean of Institutional Research, Effectiveness and Strategic Planning plans, organizes, designs, coordinates, supervises and implements the Strategic Planning process, comprehensive institutional research, effectiveness, reporting, and assessment activities for the college. Serves as the Accreditation Liaison with the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC). Supervises designated Institutional Research and Effectiveness and Research and Analytical Services departmental staff.


Specific Duties and Responsibilities:

  1. Leads the Strategic Planning process for the college, including plan development, implementation, and evaluation of institutional progress towards the Strategic Plan outcomes.
  2. Provides leadership for the development of strategic initiatives aimed at increasing student access, success, and completion, or that otherwise achieve organizational goals and objectives.
  3. Promotes an efficient and effective decision-making process based on cohesive, coherent, and complete understanding of available data and information.
  4. Creates and executes an effective 5-year operational planning process that clearly defines organizational objectives and tactics.
  5. Integrates Strategic Planning, Strategic Initiatives, 5-Year Operational Planning and Institutional Effectiveness Planning into a cohesive and aligned process.
  6. Provides leadership for a variety of projects relating to institutional and program evaluation, institutional research, institutional effectiveness, and reporting.
  7. Provides oversight for the collection, maintenance and distribution of institutional data and information.
  8. Works collaboratively with other departments to connect strategic planning, budgeting and measurable institutional objectives.
  9. Ensures the integrity of data, analysis, and reporting methodologies in conjunction with the Information Technology department and institutional data owners.
  10. Provides administrative oversight and support for the ongoing development of data collection and analysis systems to support the review of academic and non-academic programs and the assessment of educational and institutional effectiveness.
  11. Designs and implements systems to improve campus-wide access to data.
  12. Ensures that data and information are available to meet the decision-making needs of the College at all levels.
  13. Serves as the Accreditation Liaison with the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC), including supervision of the ongoing reporting, and related site visits.
  14. Makes appropriate recommendations to assure that data analysis and research results are applied to institutional improvement.
  15. Supports approved faculty and departmental research.
  16. Maintains current knowledge of technological developments in areas of responsibility.
  17. Maintains membership and service to local, state, and national organizations related to the functions of the position.
  18. Supervises designated Institutional Research and Effectiveness and Research and Analytical Services departmental staff.
  19. Performs other related duties as assigned.


Required Education and Experience:

  1. Master’s Degree in Statistics, Education, Organizational Development, Business Administration, Information Technology, Psychology, Social Science or a related research field required; Doctorate preferred.
  2. At least five (5) years of experience in research, evaluation, planning, or higher education administration required.


Checks, Certificates, Licenses, and Registrations:

  1. All applicants are subject to a national criminal background check under South Texas College policy.
  2. Security Sensitive position: In addition, subject to federal background check.
  3. Must have a valid Texas driver’s license and proof of liability insurance.


Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  1. Excellent oral, written, presentation, and interpersonal communication skills.
  2. Strong computer skills with knowledge of Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook) and internet research skills.
  3. Demonstrated knowledge of institutional research and statistical analysis, data collection and reporting methods.
  4. Ability to prioritize and manage multiple projects that requires demonstrated leadership ability.
  5. Ability to analyze situations quickly and objectively and to determine proper course of action.
  6. Team player with the ability to collaborate with all college departments, functions, and other support services.
  7. Ability to adapt to constant change and periods of fast-paced, high-intensity work situations.
  8. Ability to work evenings and/or weekends as needed; wiling to travel throughout the college district using own means of reliable transportation.
  9. Demonstrated ability to interact effectively with a diverse, multi-cultural college population.
  10. Demonstrated commitment to achieving the vision and mission of South Texas College.
  11. Ability to read, analyze, and interpret common scientific, technical and professional journals, financial reports, technical procedures, governmental regulations and legal documents.
  12. Ability to write reports, business correspondence, and procedure manuals.
  13. Ability to effectively present information and respond to common inquiries from executive management, faculty, staff, students, public groups, regulatory agencies, and/or Board of Trustees.
  14. Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions.
  15. Ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exists.
  16. Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram, or schedule form.


Physical Requirements:

  1. Exerting up to 20 pounds of force occasionally, and/or up to 10 pounds of force to move objects.
  2. Perceiving the nature of sounds at normal speaking levels with or without correction.
  3. Ability to receive detailed information through oral communication, and to make the discrimination in sound.
  4. Ability to make rational decisions through sound logic and deductive processes.
  5. Applying pressure to an object with the fingers and palm.
  6. Picking, pinching, typing, or otherwise working, primarily with fingers rather than with the whole hand as in handling.
  7. Expressing or exchanging ideas by means of the spoken word including the ability to convey detailed or important spoken instructions to other workers accurately and concisely.
  8. Standing particularly for sustained periods of time.
  9. Close visual acuity to perform an activity such as: preparing and analyzing data and figures; transcribing; viewing a computer terminal; and/or extensive reading.
  10. Mobility to accomplish tasks, particularly for long distances or moving from one work site to another.


Working Environment:

The above job description is not intended as, nor should it be construed as, exhaustive of all responsibilities, skills, efforts, or working conditions associated with this job.

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of this job.


Equal Employment Opportunity:

South Texas College is an equal education and equal employment opportunity/affirmative action employer. As an equal education institution and equal opportunity employer, the College does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, disability, genetic information, or veteran status. Discrimination is prohibited and the College will comply with all applicable College policies, and state and federal legislation. This policy extends to individuals seeking employment with and admission to the College.

Title IX Statement:

Title IX of the Education Amendments 1972 (20 U.S.C. s1681 et seq.) and its implementing regulations, 34 C.F.R. Part 106 (Title IX), “No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance.”




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Posted: 5/15/2018
Application Due: 6/30/2018
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