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Director of Institutional Research, Planning & Assessment

Allegheny College
Meadville, Pennsylvania

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Allegheny College, a small selective national liberal arts college, invites applications for the position of Director of Institutional Research, Planning & Assessment.  The position is a full-time, exempt position reporting to the Chief of Staff in the Office of the President.

The new Director will be joining Allegheny College at a time of enormous opportunity and potential impact, as the campus engages in a transformative and data-informed strategic effort to improve student graduation and retention rates, increase research productivity and enhance relationships with the local community.  The selected candidate will play a significant role in achieving the College’s strategic goals, rethinking and transforming the way the institution conceives, interprets, communicates and delivers data and subsequent decisions.

Job Summary

Manages the development, generation and assessment of data for use in campus-wide decision-making and resource allocation.

Responsible for the ongoing collection, analysis, presentation and dissemination of data and qualitative information documenting and moving forward institutional effectiveness student success.

Manages the support team in the production of institutional dashboards showcasing key performance indicators used by a range of stakeholders to track the college’s effectiveness and success and to inform strategic planning and decision making.

Consults with and assists staff College-wide in the development and analysis of survey instruments, questionnaires and other studies related to unfolding institutional initiatives.

Required Qualifications and Experience

A master’s degree from an accredited college or university and a minimum of three years experience in institutional research and assessment or a related field.

A documented and progressively responsible management experience.

A strong understanding of qualitative and quantitative research design and analysis, predictive modeling, analytics, statistics and information knowledge.

Knowledge of best practices in higher education planning, assessment, institutional research, decision-making support, data analysis and information communication.

Demonstrated commitment to serving a diverse community, fostering an inclusive environment where everyone is respected and valued, and working effectively.

Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with administrators, faculty, staff and external constituencies.

Excellent leadership, communication and interpersonal skills.

Demonstrated knowledge and experience with budgeting, resource management and planning.

Proficiency in one or more statistical packages (SAS, SPSS, STATA, R)

Preferred Qualifications

Doctoral degree preferred /or five years combined progressive / increasing responsibility in institutional research and assessment or a related field.

Demonstrated success in working with external constituencies to listen, build relationships and develop support and funding.

Knowledge of regional accreditation requirements in support of institutional compliance and related to planning and assessment.

Demonstrated ability to work effectively with college executive teams.

Demonstrated experience with staff development and improvement.

Experience with reporting and data visualization tools, such as Tableau.

As one of the nation’s oldest liberal arts colleges, Allegheny College celebrated its bicentennial in 2015. A selective residential college in Meadville, Pennsylvania, north of Pittsburgh near Lake Erie, Allegheny is one of 40 colleges featured in Loren Pope’s “Colleges That Change Lives.” Allegheny also is one of the few colleges in the country that requires students to choose both a major and a minor, helping to cultivate intellectual growth and the creative, big-picture thinking desired by employers and graduate schools. In its 2020 rankings, U.S. News & World Report recognized Allegheny in the top 20 among all national liberal arts colleges for best undergraduate teaching.


The Chronicle of Higher Education ranks Allegheny as one of the best colleges in the nation to work for, specifically in the areas of compensation and benefits.  Allegheny has a total undergraduate enrollment of approximately 1,800 with students from 47 states (plus AE, DC, PR, and VI) and 70 countries. The College’s picturesque location is ideal for outdoor recreation, with eight freshwater lakes, ski areas and recreational opportunities all within easy reach. 


Please submit a cover letter, resume, and provide contact information for three references to the Office of Human Resources, Allegheny College, 520 N. Main Street, Meadville, PA  16335 or by e-mail to [email protected]  Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. An offer of employment is contingent upon the successful completion of a background check.


Allegheny College is an Equal Opportunity Employer with a strong commitment to diversity, inclusion, and equity. Women, veterans, individuals with disabilities, and members of other underrepresented groups are highly encouraged to apply. Allegheny does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, age, or national origin.


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Working at  Allegheny College

Our Mission

Allegheny’s undergraduate residential education prepares young adults for successful, meaningful lives by promoting students’ intellectual, moral, and social development and encouraging personal and civic responsibility. Allegheny’s faculty and staff combine high academic standards and a commitment to the exchange of knowledge with a supportive approach to learning. Graduates are equipped to think critically and creatively, write clearly, speak persuasively, and meet challenges in a diverse, interconnected world. 

Statement of Community

Allegheny students and employees are committed to creating an inclusive, respectful and safe residential learning community that will actively confront and challenge racism, sexism, heterosexism, religious bigotry, and other forms of harassment and discrimination. We encourage individual growth by promoting a free exchange of ideas in a setting that values diversity, trust and equality. So that the right of all to participate in a shared learning experience is upheld, Allegheny affirms its commitment to the principles of freedom of speech and inquiry, while at the same time fostering responsibility and accountability in the exercise of these freedoms. This statement does not replace existing personnel policies and codes of conduct.

History - 200 Years

Founded in 1815, Allegheny College ranks among the oldest 1% of colleges and universities and is the 32nd oldest college in the United States. Perhaps as many as 100 colleges were established and failed before the Civil War. Allegheny is one of the hardy survivors that testify daily to the determination and vision of those early pioneers of higher education in America.

Allegheny is situated in Meadville, Pa., which was established in 1788 in the French Creek Valley, astride the route traversed by George Washington on his journey to Fort LeBoeuf a generation earlier. In 1815, Meadville was still a raw frontier town of about 400 settlers, of whom an unusually large number had come from Massachusetts and Connecticut. They dreamed of a college that might bring the educational opportunities of New England to the frontier. The Rev. Timothy Alden was recruited to take on the task, and two months after his arrival in April 1815, Allegheny was established-with Alden as its first president. 

Within half a dozen years, Alden succeeded in attracting sufficient funds to begin building a campus, having traveled throughout the eastern states seeking support for a planned library and classroom building. The need of a building to house a library led to the construction, in the 1820s, of Bentley Hall, today a leading example of early American architecture. Designed by Alden, this handsome structure still crowns the hill on which the campus is located. It is named in honor of Dr. William Bentley, who donated his outstanding private library to the College.

Each year, as part of the Commencement ceremony, seniors march through the doors of historic Bentley Hall toward the adventures that await them. In 2015, Allegheny will celebrate its 200-year history and the extraordinary futures of the graduating Bicentennial Class of 2015.

[Contains excerpts from "Through All the Years: A History of Allegheny College"
by Jonathan E. Helmreich, Emeritus Professor of History and College Historian]

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