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Director of Institutional Research & Effectiveness

Texas Lutheran University
Seguin, TX

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Texas Lutheran University seeks a Director of Institutional Research and Effectiveness who will lead and assist the institution in the effective use of data and analysis to transform the lives of students. Texas Lutheran University is a Hispanic-Serving Institution that through a community of faith and learning, empowers a diverse student body through an education centered on the liberal arts and professional programs. In pursuit of a more just world, TLU is committed to academic excellence, servant leadership, and career development. This is a full-time, 12-month exempt administrative position, with an anticipated start date of July 2021.

This role is highly visible and requires strong planning, execution, and collaborative skills as well as demonstrated experience in bringing about institutional change to continue to meet the needs of traditional and non-traditional students in the 21st century. This position will be critical as Texas Lutheran University looks to thoughtfully grow its academic program portfolio along with strengthening its commitment to student success, retention, and engagement, under a renewed commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion, utilizing and aligning with the new institutional strategic plan, the action plan for racial justice prepared by the President’s Cabinet, and the strategic plan for diversity, equity, and inclusion prepared by the University’s Diversity Committee. TLU is seeking an individual who has a deep understanding of the multiple constituents of a university and the strength of data-driven decision making as a tool for the institution to meet its many goals.
Key Responsibilities:

The Director of Institutional Research and Effectiveness enhances institutional effectiveness by meeting the data and analysis needs of executives, departmental administrators, and faculty. The Director:

  • Establishes, administers, and coordinates the University’s institutional research activities, including collecting, analyzing, interpreting, and reporting information to the University for use in data-driven decision making.
  • Provides leadership and is responsible for the collection, analysis, reporting, and maintenance of institutional information needed by institutional leadership. Directs and manages the extraction of information from the enterprise-wide relational data base and other sources creating and enforcing data policies for the university. Develops, implements, and administers data collection and use processes to ensure consistency and protection of all data.
  • Directs the institutional research and effectiveness functions for the University and collaborates with others to ensure that the institution engages in ongoing, comprehensive, and integrated research-based planning and evaluation processes that (a) focus on institutional quality and effectiveness, (b) academic program planning and review, and (c) incorporate a systematic review of institutional goals and outcomes consistent with its mission including Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion and student retention and completion.
  • The Director is responsible for facilitating the completion of external data and survey requests and the preparation of specialized reports in compliance with state, federal, or other regulatory agencies such as SACSCOC, NCES/IPEDS, NC-SARA, and others. Works closely with the institutional accreditation liaison to the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC).
  • Provides information, expertise, and support for major institutional initiatives such as the Strategic plan, new reporting mandates, grant work (both data collection and evaluation plans), and Quality Enhancement Plans.
  • Maintains a central repository of research data that collects, analyzes, and publishes statistical data and creates and maintains internal and external dashboards for various initiatives.
  • Assists in the adoption and implementation of business intelligence software and technologies related to institutional research needs. Helps manage relationship with external partner – managing a robust set of dashboards and data visualizations that monitor key performance indicators and informs stakeholders via creative and informative presentations.
  • Develops and maintains Institutional Research and Effectiveness webpage.
  • Oversees design, development/acquisition, and implementation of internal and external surveys.
  • Develops protocols to manage and prioritize data requests.
  • Provide supervision for part-time Data Analyst and Data Analyst Student Workers.

Position Requirements & Minimum Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree in applied analytics, information management, information sciences, educational research, statistical analysis, social science research, or related field.
  • Five years of experience working in institutional research, effectiveness, or a related field.
  • Proficient in quantitative and qualitative research design and analysis.
  • Strong commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.
  • Exceptional organizational skills, multi-project management, writing and research skills, advanced skills in statistical software (e.g., Excel and SPSS), and a collaborative leadership style.
  • Excellent writing and analytical skills with the ability to compile and analyze data and prepare reports in relation to policy questions, research purpose and strategic planning efforts. This includes but is not limited to assessments in areas related to student success, student data analysis (such as enrollment, retention, graduation, and time to degree), and academic data analysis (such as productivity and cost of instruction).
  • Demonstrated ability to translate findings into actionable recommendations and to communicate with a variety of stakeholders.
  • Ability to work collaboratively on team-based projects.
  • A demonstrated understanding and familiarity of the role and impact of Hispanic-Serving Institutions on student and organizational success.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience with SQL and Jenzabar
  • PhD in information management, information sciences, educational research, statistical analysis, social science research, or related field.

Texas Lutheran University is affiliated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. In accordance with its affiliation, TLU, a Hispanic Serving Institution, seeks applicants who are eager to join a culturally diverse community of learning. Our student body, reflective of the diversity of the State of Texas, is over 40% Hispanic, with a strong Black presence as well. The University is located in Seguin, Texas, approximately 35 miles east of San Antonio. TLU has been recognized consistently as a “Great College to Work For” by the Chronicle of Higher Education and has been featured in U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Colleges” rankings in various categories. The University is an equal opportunity employer (EOE) and also is subject to the provisions of the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986 (IRCA). TLU is committed to enhancing diversity and inclusion across all levels of the university. Salary is competitive with excellent benefits. For more information, visit

How To Apply

Interested candidates should submit a TLU application available on our website, a cover letter demonstrating appropriate qualifications and experience to fulfill the responsibilities outlined, along with a resume or curriculum vita, and contact information for three professional references (names, addresses, email addresses, and phone numbers). Materials should be submitted electronically to:

Human Resources
Texas Lutheran University
1000 W. Court Street
Seguin, Texas 78155
Fax: (830) 372-6409
Email: [email protected]

The review of applications will begin on June 11 and continue until the position is filled.



First and foremost, Texas Lutheran University faculty and staff work with students to ensure they receive an exceptional education embedded with new challenges and personal connections that prepare them to go out and serve the world with meaning and purpose. When we hear from our alumni, they tell us over and over again how much of a difference a professor made in their lives and gave them confidence at critical times during their college experience. This is what we mean by Learn Boldly and Live to Inspire.

What is Important to us:

We are inclusive. Our diversity is our strength

We serve a diverse student body – 40% Hispanic, 10% African-American, and nearly 40% first-generation college students – with a wide range of political and social views. Our diverse and inclusive campus is the perfect environment to prepare students for the world they will work in.

We are deeply committed to serving our community

We partner and connect students with local organizations and employers so we can develop ongoing and meaningful interactions that allow us to serve and be served by our community in the fullest sense.

We prepare students for roles they haven’t yet envisioned

We know today’s students will change jobs, even careers, many times throughout their lives and many of the jobs they will hold do not yet exist. For this reason, we teach our students to be adaptable and make sure they understand how to transfer and apply what they learn in their math class to their psychology or history class as well.

We offer a holistic education of mind, body, and spirit

As a community of learning and faith, we instill in our students a sense of what it means to be part of a diverse, faith-based university. Our Lutheran heritage connects us to tenets of academic freedom, critical inquiry, inclusivity, joy, and a holistic education of mind, body, and spirit.

We believe all students should be able to afford a small, private college experience.

Generous academic and need-based aid coupled with a high value experience are vital components of an education that is worth the investment and is therefore affordable for students and families. We reward students for their academic achievements through The TLU Promise and also support students who have financial need through millions of dollars awarded in institutional grants each year.

The TLU Academic Experience

We offer 27 majors, 37 minors, more than 60 specializations, four graduate programs, and 12 pre-professional programs. Our most popular majors are Business, Accounting (5-year master’s program), Education, Kinesiology, Athletic Training (5-year master’s program), Biology, Physics and Applied Physics (Pre-Engineering), Chemistry, Biochemistry, Nursing, Psychology, Sociology, Math, Computer Science, Music, and Dramatic Media (Theatre & Film).

We have a proven track record in preparing students for health-related graduate programs and careers. Our health-related pre-professional programs include Medicine, Pharmacy, Nursing, Physician Assistant, Dentistry, Optometry, Veterinary Science, Physical Therapy, and Occupational Therapy.

With classes averaging 19 students, our professors challenge, mentor, and form personal connections with their students.

Undergraduate research opportunities are readily available for students – even as early as freshman year – who want to pursue research with a professor and present at professional conferences or our annual Student Academic Symposium in the spring.

Our general education curriculum, Compass, provides an important foundation for students to explore different disciplines and majors. At TLU, students apply what they’ve learned in the classroom to outside activities while also focusing on competencies that employers look for in college graduates – Creative Thinking, Effective Communication, Engaged Citizenship and Ethics.

Serving our community is a core value for us. We place special emphasis on service learning and civic engagement, and the Jon and Sandra Moline Center for Servant Leadership coordinates a wide variety of activities to allow students to serve the larger community.

TLU Facts and Accolades

  • Private, four-year, liberal arts and sciences university
  • Located in the heart of South Central Texas just 35 miles from San Antonio and 50 miles from Austin
  • 27 majors, 37 minors, 4 graduate programs, and 12 pre-professional programs
  • Approximately 1,400 students
  • Hispanic-Serving Institution with a Latinx student population of nearly 40%
  • 14:1 student-to-faculty ratio with average class size of 19
  • Over 90% of full-time faculty have a Ph.D. or terminal degree
  • Over 95% of students receive financial aid
  • Over 40% of freshmen are first generation
  • One-third of students participate in athletics
  • 18 men’s and women’s Division III sports teams
  • 2020 U.S. News & World Report ranking as No. 2 “Best Value” for Colleges in the Western region
  • The Princeton Review: 2019 Best Western College
  • Great Colleges to Work For® by The Chronicle of Higher Education every year since

As a Lutheran institution of higher learning which serves a diverse community, our heritage grounds us in a belief that all people are beloved and fallible, that our lives are for the common good, and that we are called to be part of the unfolding justice and mercy of God. We are Committed To:

  • Equality - We promote a culture of mutual respect and strive to create opportunities for all.
  • Inclusion - We are committed to fostering a welcoming atmosphere that respects and celebrates contributions made by our diverse community members and their cultures.
  • Social Justice - We are called to work alongside people on the margins to empower them and to improve their quality of life.
  • Freedom - We value dialogue, difference, and debate in pursuit of knowledge and understanding that encourages growth and discovery.
  • Leadership Through Service - We value opportunities for growth as global citizens and leaders through service learning and civic engagement.

President’s Action Plan for Racial Justice

The President’s Cabinet is committed to initiating and leading meaningful change and tangible actions to address racial justice on our campus. Like the national movement taking place before our very eyes, TLU’s Action Plan for Racial Justice requires ongoing commitment and attention, beginning immediately. It will be revised and expanded as needed. It will intersect with TLU’s Strategic Plan for 2020-25 and the TLU Diversity Committee’s Strategic Plan for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. Driven by a moral rather than political imperative, our work will be organized in three main categories:

  1. Community Engagement and Conversation
  2. Changes in Institutional Structure and Leadership
  3. Focused Education and Programming
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