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Director, Institutional Research and Reporting #499661

Lamar University
Beaumont, TX
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Director, Institutional Research and Reporting #499661



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Management Information & Analysis Dept

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About This Role
The Lamar University Office of Accreditation and Assessment is accepting applications for the position of Director of Institutional Research and Reporting (IRR). Reporting to the Assistant Provost for Accreditation and Assessment and leading a staff of three full-time analysts, the successful candidate will possess the experience and ability to excel as the leader of IRR and data integrity/accuracy. IRR is tasked with providing data and visualizations in support of executive decision-making and is responsible for supporting the university’s institutional reporting needs. We are looking for a motivated person with a demonstrated aptitude for data analysis, a customer service mentality, and the willingness and ability to learn new skills and standards.
What You’ll Do – Position Duties

As a member of our team, you will have an impact on our clients through accomplishment of the following responsibilities:

  • Responds to requests for information from administrative offices, university committees, and other university units regarding demographics of the student body and University personnel, physical facilities, institutional research expenditures, and other information concerning University operations.
  • Responsible for preparation and timely delivery of key institutional, system, state, regional accreditation, and federal reports.
  • Represents IRR on university committees as an ex-officio member, including the Data Governance Committee, and provides data for reports needed for the committee’s work.
  • Designs research methodology and prepares analytical studies and presents information to support decisions and planning.
  • Plans and implements a schedule for collecting, analyzing, reporting, and disseminating data according to institutional need.
  • Assures that the IRR office provides such support as needed for internal processes such as Outcomes Assessment and Academic Program Reviews.
  • Ensures that federal (e.g., IPEDS) and state (e.g., THECB) reports, and external surveys are provided accurately and on deadline.
  • Coordinate and respond to internal, time-critical, ad-hoc needs for data and information.
  • Create and disseminate data in user-friendly, accessible reports, dashboards, and presentations.
  • Hire, supervise, and evaluate department staff.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Who We Are:

Lamar University is a diverse and accessible global university for life-long learners with a passion for broad-based community engagement. As a vital contributor to the socioeconomic wellbeing and resilience of the Gulf Coast region, our expertise is recognized locally and beyond. Lamar University is home to more than 17,000 students and is among the fastest growing Texas colleges and universities. LU is a member of The Texas State University System, which is the first higher education system of Texas and maintains the lowest average tuition and fees of any university system in Texas. With more than 100 degree options and a community that cares, Lamar students are always proud to be Cardinals.

Lamar University is committed to fostering a culture of diversity where students, faculty and staff of all backgrounds can learn, work, and serve.

Benefits – Job Perks:

At Lamar University one of the ways we show value to our team members is by offering the following perks:

Our Comprehensive Benefits Package

· Health, dental & vision insurance

· Life insurance

· State of Texas Retirement plans

· Tuition reimbursement for employees, spouses and/or eligible dependent

· Paid time off – vacation, sick, and holidays.

Minimum Qualifications:

What You’ll Need to Succeed – Minimum Qualifications

To be successful in this role and a great addition to our team we need you to come with the following:

  • Master’s Degree in a related field with 5 years of related work experience.
  • Minimum 2 years of supervisory/management experience required.
  • Broad and thorough knowledge of institutional research and assessment processes, state and federal policy, compliance processes, campus/system interactions and enterprise software systems.
  • Skill in the design and execution of research methodologies and activities.
  • Experience in the analysis of large datasets.
  • Excellent verbal, written, and interpersonal communication skills with a demonstrated ability to present data in a manner which is accessible to a variety of audiences.
  • Must be able to establish and maintain effective working relationships with administration, staff, and faculty employees.
  • Possess a high level of skill in the use of Excel, visualization software, data reporting software, and statistical software.
  • Excellent problem-solving skills.

EEO Statement:

Lamar University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability or protected veteran status.

Veteran's Preference Statement:

Lamar University is proud to provide employment preference to veteran applicants in accordance with Texas SB 805, Section 657.003.

Preferred Qualifications:

Preferred Qualifications:

In addition to the amazing qualifications and experiences listed above, if we had our say, we would also look for:

  • Earned doctorate
  • Coursework in statistics, research methods, and statistical data management
  • Experience with State of Texas reporting.
  • Experience with Tableau, Argos, and Ellucian.

Security Sensitive Statement:

This position is security-sensitive and thereby subject to the provisions of the Texas Education Code §51.215, which authorizes the employer to obtain criminal history record information.


$77,796 - $91,021

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Texas Roots. Infinite Possibilities.

Lamar University students enjoy small classes where they can build lasting friendships with professors and peers. The 270-acre campus is in Beaumont, Texas, located about 90 miles east of Houston and 25 miles west of the Louisiana border. A comprehensive public university, Lamar gives students a chance to explore a variety of interests to prepare them to succeed in whatever fields they choose.


A member of the Texas State University System, Lamar University offers 63 undergraduate, 47 master's and nine doctoral degree programs. The university has more than 13,000 students enrolled in five academic colleges - Arts and Sciences, Business, Education and Human Development, Engineering, Fine Arts and Communication. Lamar also offers the College of Graduate Studies and academic programs such as the Center for General Studies.

Students have access to numerous opportunities for scholarships, undergraduate research and study abroad programs. Lamar University students have: 

  • Performed research for NASA and flown experiments on NASA reduced-gravity flights.
  • Presented original research at academic conferences as undergraduates in fields including mathematics, business and sociology.
  • Enjoyed a 73 percent acceptance rate to medical and dental schools in recent years, compared to a 39 percent acceptance rate statewide.
  • Gone on to lead major companies and make a name for themselves in fields from art and music to nursing and engineering.


Students can participate in or cheer on their peers in more than a dozen NCAA Division I sports. Last year, the Cardinals were Southland Conference champions in men's golf, cross country and women's tennis. The volleyball and men's basketball teams were regular season co-champs and the women's basketball team was Southland Conference East Division champion. The LU baseball program has produced several major leaguers. The women's soccer program is entering its second season. The golf team has topped national rankings in recent years.

LU is beginning to rebuild a football program. A coach was hired in 2008. The stadium and athletic complex are being renovated, and the Cardinals plan to return to the gridiron in 2010.

Campus Life

A building boom at Lamar University in the past decade has given students access to state-of-the art facilities for learning, playing, dining and living.

Residents of Cardinal Village, the modern residence halls, have private bedrooms, high-speed Internet and amenities including an outdoor pool, basketball courts and community centers. The new dining hall offers a bistro ambience with international and American cuisine.

Working out in the Sheila Umphrey Recreational Sports Center is like a trip to an exclusive gym where students have an automatic membership. Features include a 43-foot climbing wall, an elevated jogging track, new cardiovascular and weighttraining equipment, and courts for sports such as basketball, racquetball and indoor soccer. Competitive types can participate in intramural sports ranging from basketball and flag football to dodgeball, cricket and pool.

Making friends and building a social network is easy at Lamar with more than 100 clubs and organizations registered on campus. Through campus organizations, students can:

  • Join a fraternity or sorority
  • Get involved in community service
  • Delve into a cause
  • Nurture spiritual beliefs
  • Start networking in future professions
  • Do all of the above.

LU is a short drive from many outdoor adventures: a day at the beach, canoeing or fishing on area rivers and bayous, hiking in the Big Thicket National Preserve. Shopping and entertainment options also are nearby including theaters, museums and live music venues large and small.


Lamar University was founded in 1923 as South Park Junior College a few blocks from the current location. The name changed to Lamar College in 1932 to honor Mirabeau B. Lamar, second president of the Republic of Texas and the "Father of Education" in Texas. In 1951, the school became Lamar State College of Technology, a state-supported four-year institution, the first junior college in Texas to make such a transition. The name changed to Lamar University in 1971. The university joined the Texas State University System in 1995.


Visit campus to learn more about all Lamar University has to offer. Guided campus tours normally are scheduled at 10 a.m. or 2 p.m. Monday through Friday.

To arrange a campus visit, call (409) 880-8316 or e-mail [email protected]

To apply for admission, financial aid and scholarships, go to


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