Director of Institutional Research
Mary Baldwin University in Staunton, Virginia, seeks to hire a Director of Institutional Research to develop a comprehensive institutional research and assessment program to support the university’s mission and goals. The Director is responsible for collecting, analyzing and disseminating a wide range of data related to the university’s operations. In addition, this position performs highly advanced research work that involves overseeing the development, implementation and monitoring of specialized research projects that contribute to the institution’s decision-making capacity and mission; oversees and participates in the institution’s data collection and reporting for a variety of purposes and audiences; and develops and/or maintains databases, programs, and documentation, as necessary, to ensure timely and accurate reporting. This position reports to the Provost of the university.
-Provides oversight and supervision for institutional research, assessment, evaluation strategies, and accreditation processes
-Ensures that meaningful, appropriate and accurate data and supporting documentation is available to meet the decision-making needs of the university
-Coordinates the collection and dissemination of statistical analyses of relevant institutional data and key performance indicators including enrollment, retention, recruiting, marketing, and assessment
-Assists with faculty-based assessment efforts in curriculum development and student learning outcomes
-Produces appropriate reports to coordinate and communicate the achievement of college performance measures and student learning outcomes to appropriate parties, including IPEDS, US News, College Board, and others
-Supervises the creation, administering and reporting of institutional surveys, evaluations and assessments
-Performs advanced descriptive statistical analysis and data mining activities using available tools (SPSS, SAS, etc.) to interpret results and identify trends
-Develops and maintains standard operating procedures for data collection and reporting processes to ensure data integrity
-Develops and maintains comprehensive data warehouse system to house periodic reports
-Uses data visualization tools to clearly provide relevant information to the institutional units and senior leadership
-Improves existing data collection strategies and develops new approaches and procedures for the collection and analysis of institutional data
-Maintains currency in the knowledge and techniques of federal and state reporting requirements and national trends in institutional research
-Performs other duties as assigned
-Master's degree in relevant discipline required, PhD preferred
-Minimum of five years of progressively responsible administrative experience in institutional research at a college or university
-Experience with applied social science research, statistical theory, quantitative and qualitative research methods highly desired
-Demonstrated experience in organizing, conceptualizing, prioritizing, and managing multiple office-level and institutional objectives
-Demonstrated expertise in the use of technology to assist in the collection and analysis of data and the development of custom reports
-Familiarity with student information and administrative computing systems -Strong skills in using enterprise information systems and software packages such as SPSS, SAS, and SQL programming (experience in the Jenzabar operating environment a plus)
-Proficiency with use of e-mail, word processing, spreadsheet, database, and presentation software
-Excellent critical thinking, oral, and written communication skills
-Ability to build strong relationships with administrative leadership, faculty, staff, students, alumni, and parents through a consultative, collaborative approach
-Willingness to support and advance the university mission
Review of applications will begin July 25, 2019, and continue until the position is filled. A complete application will include a cover letter addressing interest in the position, resume, and contact information for three references. Materials should be sent to the Institutional Research Director Search Committee at [email protected] Mary Baldwin University does not discriminate on the basis of sex (except that only women are admitted to Mary Baldwin College for Women), nor does the University discriminate on the basis of race, national or ethnic origin, color, age, disability, religion, veteran’s status, or sexual orientation in its educational programs, admissions, co-curricular or other activities, or employment practices. Inquiries may be directed to Director of Human Resources, SAC 311, 540-887-7367, Mary Baldwin University, Staunton, Virginia 24401.
A Diverse and Inclusive Community
Mary Baldwin University is an intentionally diverse educational community and aspires to develop a faculty and staff that reflect its student demographics. The university places a high priority on the cultivation of a community in which all students are both seen and heard. As such, we seek and encourage applications from members of groups underrepresented in higher education and with experience working with diverse student bodies. Above all, Mary Baldwin seeks candidates eager to embrace and empower an ethic of equity, diversity, and inclusivity.
Mary Baldwin University and Staunton, Virginia
Founded in 1842, Mary Baldwin University is a small, coeducational university offering a range of degree programs from bachelor to doctoral. It serves a growing student population on its main campus in Staunton, Virginia; at its nearby health sciences campus in Augusta County; and online. Two hours from the nation’s capital, located on the western edge of the Blue Ridge Mountains in the picturesque and historic Shenandoah Valley, the university’s main campus is on 58 hilltop acres and opens onto downtown Staunton, regularly named one of the best small towns in America.
The university welcomed its largest ever incoming class in Fall 2018, and it is a pivotal and exciting time in the institution’s distinguished 177-year history. A radical belief in student potential and in the transformative power of the liberal arts and sciences has guided Mary Baldwin University since its founding. Mary Baldwin’s history began with founder Rufus Bailey and what was then a revolutionary idea: that women, like men, should be well educated. A generation later, namesake Mary Julia Baldwin took the reins during the Civil War; afterward her cutting-edge innovations made the institution thrive. Augusta Female Seminary was renamed Mary Baldwin Seminary in 1895 in honor of Miss Baldwin, and became Mary Baldwin College in 1923. In 2016, the institution became Mary Baldwin University to reflect its growing range of bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral programs, and in 2017 the university welcomed its /first residential men students to campus. Imbued with an entrepreneurial spirit, the university has repeatedly introduced new methods and programs at the forward edge of educational trends and societal needs. Emphasizing global leadership and citizenship, MBU is noted for high academic standards, strong leadership development programs, a diverse student body, and innovative programs including the Virginia Women’s Institute for Leadership.
Staunton is conveniently located in the beautiful and historic Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. Known for its historic architecture and charming downtown, it is home to a vibrant arts and music scene and offers a range of excellent dining, wine bars, and micro-breweries. With five National Historic Districts, Staunton is easily explored by foot. Its compact downtown features over one hundred unique shops, art galleries and restaurants. Founded in 1747, the city is the birthplace of President Woodrow Wilson, and the city manager form of government. At the crossroads of Virginia, Staunton is a transportation hub with advanced rail, highway, and air access. The city lies at the heart of Virginia’s Education and Technology Corridor with nine colleges and universities regionally and a “Blue Ribbon” local school system. Staunton is within Augusta County which hosts corporate residents including Best Buy, Specialty Blades, Bruin, U.S.A., McKee Foods, Hershey Chocolate, and a host of other fine companies.
Opportunities to explore the arts and culture abound in Staunton. Located on the edge of campus are the Blackfriars Playhouse, the only replica of Shakespeare’s indoor theater, and the Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library. The Heifetz International Music Institute makes its home at Mary Baldwin University each summer; along with the Staunton Music Festival, music lovers can fill the summer months with performances of superior quality. The community supports a thriving farmers’ market and excellent restaurants.
The Shenandoah Valley with the adjacent Blue Ridge and Allegheny Mountains offer scenic beauty and abundant opportunity for outdoor activities. The region features Shenandoah National Park, the Blue Ridge Parkway, and the George Washington National Forest, includes over 100 miles of the Appalachian Trail, and offers numerous other hiking and biking trails, spectacular caverns, trout fishing in mountain streams, golf, kayaking, and skiing. Vineyards and wineries abound in the region along with a growing range of other agribusinesses.