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Assistant Director of Institutional Research

Working Title:

Assistant Director of Institutional Research

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Appointment Type:

Full Time

Sensitive Position:


Sensitive Position Statement:

A sensitive position requires a fingerprint-based criminal history check. This is NOT a sensitive position.

Campus Security Authority:


Campus Security Authority Statement:

A Campus Security Authority (or CSA) is defined as an “official of the institution with significant responsibility for student and campus activities.” A CSA is required to immediately report any crime that is reported to them to the University Police who will then review, evaluate, and investigate the reported crime. Annual training is required by the Department of Education for all personnel who have been designated as a Campus Security Authority. This position is NOT designated as a Campus Security Authority.

Designated Personnel:


Designated Personnel Statement:

A “designated position” means this position could potentially be required to work (depending on the event) during an emergency closing. This is NOT a “designated position.”

Statement of Economic Interest:


Statement of Economic Interest Statement:

This position does NOT require a Statement of Personal Economic Interest.

Restricted Position:


Restricted Position Statement:

A restricted position would be subject to availability of funding. This is NOT a restricted position.

Chief Objective of Position:

CNU’s Assistant Director of Institutional Research will serve as a contributor to the University’s culture of data informed decision-making by performing activities related to data collection, statistical analysis, and reporting in support of strategic planning, management, and evaluation. The Assistant Director will collaborate closely with administrative, faculty and staff colleagues.

Work Tasks:

  • Conduct analysis of institutional data, as needed for planning, evaluation, and assessment. Collaborate with colleagues from across the University in the collection, analysis, and reporting of institutional data. Identify and collect University-wide facts and figures for archiving.
  • Assist in the maintenance and enhancement of institutional datasets. Work to enhance University data storage, retrieval, and accessibility. Coordinate and contribute to matters of data quality, ensuring that institutional data is consistent, accurate, and complete.
  • Support academic planning and program evaluation efforts of the University. Coordinate and contribute to data analysis and the dissemination of associated information. Analytically support the University’s ongoing program review process and college accreditation reporting needs.
  • Coordinate and assist in the collection, verification, and analysis of institutional, instructional, and student data supporting routine reporting, non-routine requests for information, state and federally mandated reporting, external surveys, as well as supporting compliance with other governing and accrediting agencies. Ensure institutional compliance and timely submissions.
  • Assist in the maintenance and design of the office web page.
  • This position is designated as a “responsible employee” who has the authority to redress sexual violence, who has the duty to report incidents of sexual violence or other student misconduct, or who a student could reasonably believe has this authority or duty.
  • Develops and maintains very positive and professional customer service and/or relations within the office/department and with all constituencies to include students, faculty, staff, guests, and employees. Demonstrates a positive and professional attitude and treats everyone with dignity and respect. Fully supports the “Student’s First” value at CNU and routinely goes the extra mile in providing service.
  • Follow workplace safety regulations and adhere to applicable standards, processes, and programs established for your position.
    • Report unsafe work conditions to your supervisor.
    • Immediately report work-related incidents to your supervisor and participate in accident investigation requests.
  • Promote a safe and healthy work environment by ensuring the implementation of safety regulations and applicable standards, processes, and programs established for employees under your supervision.
    • Ensure employees under your supervision are trained in safety standards and procedures for their positions.
    • Report work-related incidents within 24 hours according to the procedures established by the university, state and federal guidelines.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities (KSA's) required:

  • Detail-oriented with strong problem-solving skills.
  • Strong quantitative and analytical skills.
  • Strong information management and retrieval skills.
  • Proficiency in computer technologies, to include the use of word-processing, spreadsheet, reporting, and/or statistical software applications.
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Excellent organizational skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to exercise discretion when working with sensitive and confidential information.
  • Demonstrated ability to multitask a wide variety of unrelated projects while under firm deadlines.

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities (KSA's) preferred:

  • College level statistical proficiency.
  • Working knowledge of a student information system, preferably Ellucian Banner.

Required Education:

Master’s Degree, or a Bachelor’s Degree with work experience that equates to a level which equates to an advanced degree.

Preferred Education:

Master’s Degree, including coursework and/or prior direct experience with statistical analysis or information management; or a Bachelor’s Degree with work experience in statistical analysis or information management at a level which equates to an advanced degree.

Experience Required:

  • Experience analyzing data from a variety of sources.
  • Experience interpreting and applying policies and guidelines.
  • Experience in the use of office, statistical and/or reporting software.

Experience Preferred:

  • Experience working in/with Institutional Research in a college/university setting.
  • Functional experience in admission, financial aid, student records, enrollment management, or related area at the college/university level.
  • Experience in data extraction or report writing from a large-scale relational database such as Banner.
  • Experience in the use of SAS, SPSS; TOAD, SQL, Crystal Reports; Ellucian Banner; MS Office Suite.
  • Supervisory experience.

CNU Information:

Selected by The Princeton Review to be included in The 388 Best Colleges: 2023 Edition, Christopher Newport University is a public school offering a private school experience – great teaching, small classes, and a safe, vibrant campus. The University is located in Newport News, Virginia, enrolls approximately 5,000 students, and is dedicated to the ideals of scholarship, leadership, and service. Academic programs at Christopher Newport University encompass more than 90 areas of study, from biology to business administration and political science to the performing arts. The University is ranked by U.S. News & World Report’s America’s Best Colleges guide as 2nd among public regional universities in the South and 5th overall, and has recently completed more than $1 billion in capital construction on its 260-acre campus.

Christopher Newport University is committed to ensuring that all people are welcomed, honored, and fully engaged in the life of our academic community. We recruit exceptional and diverse faculty and encourage applications from individuals who are underrepresented in their profession. For further details and information about Christopher Newport, visit

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Application Instructions:

Interested parties are requested to submit a cover letter; current resume; and the names, addresses, and telephone numbers of at least three professional references at the time of application.

Review of applications will begin at 11:59PM EST on April 10, 2023.Applications received after 11:59PM EST on April 10, 2023, will be accepted but considered only if needed.Search finalists are required to complete a CNU sponsored background check.
Christopher Newport University (CNU) will make a reasonable effort to accommodate persons with disabilities in the application and/or interview process. Persons with disabilities who require accommodation should contact the CNU Human Resources Office by calling (757) 594-7145.

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Christopher Newport University, an EO Employer, is fully Committed to Access and Opportunity.
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