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Vice President Institutional Research

Collin College
Collin Higher Education Center

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Primary Location:

3452 Spur 399, McKinney, Texas, 75069

We are searching for candidates that meet the required qualifications and experience and are able to perform the essential duties and responsibilities.

Job Summary:

Since first offering classes at area high schools in 1985, Collin College has expanded to eleven locations comprised of seven campuses and four centers in addition to our virtual campus, iCollin. The college serves more than 58,000 credit and continuing education students annually. As the only public college based in the county, the college offers more than 200 degrees, certificates, and transfer programs in a wide range of disciplines, including a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN), a Bachelor of Applied Technology (BAT) in Cybersecurity, a Bachelor of Applied Science (BAS) in Construction Management, and a Bachelor of Applied Science (BAS) in Clinical Operations Management.

Collin College is a student and community-centered institution committed to developing valuable skills, strengthening character, and challenging the intellect demonstrated by our core values of Learning, Service and Involvement, Creativity and Innovation, Academic Excellence, Dignity and Respect, and Integrity. The college has a vision of delivering a brighter future for our students and communities.

About the area
One of the fastest-growing counties in Texas, Collin County is located north of downtown Dallas and includes notable cities like Allen, Frisco, McKinney, and Plano. Collin is a thoroughly modern county welcoming an ever-expanding list of corporations like Raytheon, Texas Instruments, and Toyota while maintaining a friendly, small-town feel through a rich combination of family-fun events, a vibrant arts scene, parks and open spaces, a historic past, and a vibrant future. City events and programs present a broad spectrum of cultural and recreational opportunities that enrich the quality of life for residents and visitors.

Position Summary
The Vice President of Institutional Research (VPIR) is responsible for leading and overseeing all aspects of institutional research activities to support data-informed decision-making, strategic planning, and institutional effectiveness. Reporting to the Executive Vice President, this position requires a combination of strong analytical, leadership, and communication skills to collaborate with various stakeholders and provide accurate, timely, and relevant information. The position directs an effective and wide-ranging program of quantitative and qualitative research that supports decision-making at all levels of the district and includes activities such as student outcomes and follow-up research, needs assessment, feasibility studies, cost-benefit analysis, policy analysis, survey research, focus groups, and more. Additionally, the VPIR ensures that research and evaluation methods are applied appropriately and that data and reports released from the Institutional Research Office (IRO) are accurate.

Required Qualifications:

Position Responsibilities

  • Support planning efforts throughout the district with particular emphasis on the strategic and master planning processes, including development, measurement, analysis, and reporting as requested.
  • Supervise, develop, and evaluate a systematic and effective environmental scanning program that identifies and monitors important trends, events, and emerging issues having potential impact on the district. Disseminate data, analysis, and reports based on environmental scanning to support planning and decision-making throughout the district.
  • Support the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) compliance certification and quality enhancement plan (QEP). Ensure districtwide compliance with SACSCOC standards, reporting, and deadlines.
  • Work to ensure districtwide compliance with state and federal laws and standards. Oversee and support the preparation and dissemination of reports required by federal and state governments.
  • Serve as the district's Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) Keyholder for federal IPEDS reporting and as the district's State Reporting Official to the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board.
  • Execute special studies for clients within the district as the need arises and communicate research findings for use in decision-making.
  • Represent the district, as required, by participating in national, state, and local councils, committees, boards, and organizations. Stay abreast of current knowledge, methods, and best practices related to institutional research, planning, evaluation, and data management.
  • Attend various workshops, seminars, committee meetings, and organizations; travel to various locations; some overnight stays may be required.
  • Work closely with Collin College's administration, campuses, divisions, programs, and departments to ensure that all Institutional Research Office (IRO) staff members have appropriate access to data, hardware, software, programming, technical support, and other resources requisite to the department's effective and efficient accomplishment of its mission.
  • Stay abreast of changes in policies and procedures; maintain knowledge of current trends, events, and emerging issues; and identify information, programs, and resources useful to the IRO and the district.
  • Recruit, orient, train, supervise, and evaluate an effective, efficient, and responsive IRO staff.

Supplemental Functions

  • Perform other duties as assigned.
  • Perform all duties to maintain all standards in accordance with college policies, procedures and Core Values.

Opportunities and Challenges

Building strong collaborative relationships with various departments and stakeholders fosters a culture of transparency and communication, ensuring that data is effectively utilized to meet institutional goals and contributes to continuous improvement initiatives by identifying areas for enhancement, assessing outcomes, and recommending evidence-based interventions. The institutional accreditation is upcoming in 2024; familiarization, engagement and participation is a vital element.

This position must establish well-thought-out processes for the strategic management of data and information in order to plan and coordinate work and reimagine how data, relationships, and priorities are managed and implemented in order to exceed accreditation standards and national benchmarks. Continuing implementation of Workday for uninterrupted flow of data and reporting is a crucial initiative for completion.

This role has the opportunity to contribute to advancements in research design and methodologies, improving the overall quality of research conducted at the College and in higher education. Ensuring the accuracy and integrity of institutional data and maintaining data quality is crucial for reliable decision- making. Keeping abreast of changing regulatory landscape and ensuring compliance are critical for this position.

Desired Qualifications

  • Five (5) or more years’ experience at the vice president level or higher in a comprehensive community college.
  • Experience in a complex environment with both centralized and decentralized decision-making, especially a multi-campus and/or multi-college system.
  • Significant report writing techniques with solid recommendations.
  • Demonstrated articulate written and verbal skills.
  • Proven experience in interpreting, organizing, presenting, and applying basic and complex research techniques to obtain data from a variety of sources and activities.
  • Proven dedication to participatory/shared governance and the cultivation of a collaborative culture among a diverse campus community, with a focus on consensus building, conflict resolution, and effective problem-solving.
  • Demonstrated expertise in utilizing common IT tools typically used in an IR office (including but not limited to Adobe Creative Suite, Banner, data visualization software platforms, NVivo, SPSS or R, Microsoft Office Suite, SQL, Snap Surveys or Qualtrics, Workday, web browsers, and search engines).
  • Possess visionary, authentic leadership skills, ability to mentor, support, and develop talent, hold people accountable, and achieve results.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Earned Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) from a regionally accredited institution in research/analytics or related field.
  • Three (3) years directly related experience in higher education at the vice president or equivalent level.
  • Demonstrated ability to interpret, organize, present, and apply basic and complex research techniques to obtain data from a variety of sources and activities.
  • Demonstrated understanding and implementation of survey design and analysis techniques.


The position is open until filled. Materials received by February 11, 2024 will receive priority consideration. (email applications are strongly encouraged) ATTN: Sheila Lehker, President
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Application materials include:
• A letter of interest that aligns experience and skills with the position requirements (not to exceed 5 pages)
• A resume (chronological preferred)
• Contact information, including email and direct telephone number, for a range of at least 6 professional references

Collin County Community College District are EEO/AA employers and support an inclusive and diverse workforce. Collin County Community College District will not discriminate, nor tolerate discrimination in employment or education, against any applicant, employee, or student because of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, citizenship status (including document abuse), age, disability, veteran status or genetic information.

Physical Demands, Working Conditions and Physical Effort
Sedentary Work - Exerting up to 10 pounds of force occasionally, a negligible amount of force frequently, and/or constantly having to lift, carry, push, pull or otherwise move objects, including the human body. Sedentary work involves sitting most of the time. Jobs are sedentary if walking and standing are required only occasionally and all other sedentary criteria are met. Positions in this class typically require talking, hearing, seeing, grasping, standing, walking and repetitive motions. Relatively free from unpleasant environmental conditions or hazards. Office environment. Little physical effort required.

Required & Preferred Qualifications (if applicable):

The intent of this job description is to provide a representative summary of the types of duties and responsibilities that will be required of the positions given this title and shall not be construed as a declaration of the specific duties and responsibilities of any particular position. Employees may be requested to perform job-related tasks other than those specifically presented in this description. Fair Labor Standards Act (exempt/non-exempt) is designated by position. The employer actively supports Americans with Disabilities Act and will consider reasonable accommodations.

***This is a Security Sensitive position. Therefore candidates will be subject to a criminal background check.***

Compensation Type:


Employment Type:

Full time

Compensation Range:



For any employment questions, please contact HR at (972) 985-3783 or send an email to:

Collin College is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of any characteristic protected by applicable law.


Dear Job Seekers, 


Thank you for your interest in a position at Collin College! 


For the third year in a row, Collin College was named one of the nation’s best colleges to work for, based on survey results from the Great Colleges to Work For® program. Over the years, Collin College has been recognized as an Honor Roll Institution with high ratings across 10 categories: collaborative governance; professional/career development programs; teaching environment; compensation and benefits; facilities, workspace and security; job satisfaction; work/life balance; confidence in senior leadership; supervisor/department chair relationships; and respect and appreciation.


When the college last participated, Collin was recognized by the National Association for Business Resources (NABR) as one of Dallas Fort Worth’s Best and Brightest Companies to Work For® for the fourth year in a row. The Best and Brightest Companies to Work For® competition identifies and honors organizations that display a commitment to excellence in their human resource practices and employee enrichment. Organizations are assessed based on communication, work-life balance, employee education, diversity, recognition, retention and more.


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3452 Spur 399, Room 339

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