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Assistant Director of Institutional Research

Amherst College
Amherst, MA 01002
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Amherst College

Amherst Campus
Amherst Staff
Full time

Amherst has taken a leadership role among highly selective liberal arts colleges and universities in successfully diversifying the racial, socio-economic, and geographic profile of its student body. The College is similarly committed to enriching its educational experience and its culture through the diversity of its faculty, administration and staff.

Job Description:

Amherst College invites applications for the Assistant Director of Institutional Research. The Assistant Director of Institutional Research is a full-time, year-round position, job group and level PT-2. Given Amherst's distinction as one of the most diverse liberal arts colleges in the country, the successful candidate will demonstrate the w ays in which they bring value to and will work towards supporting a broadly diverse community.

Working collaboratively with the Office of Institutional Research & Registrar Services team, the assistant director provides analytic support to a diverse set of College leadership, faculty, and staff in order to facilitate the effective and strategic use of data in planning and decision-making activities. Working with the director and associate director, the assistant director plays an important role in completing high-stakes, external surveys and provides support to the governance committees of the college. The assistant director will coordinate verification of the accuracy and timely submission of reputational surveys, including the AAUP faculty salary survey.

Summary of Duties and Responsibilities:
  • Synthesize raw data into insightful summaries to meet a range of needs. This work may entail identifying and collecting appropriate data, data cleaning, mining, management, and appropriate statistical analyses of data; constructing effective data displays to communicate key points; and presenting data, both orally and in writing, to diverse campus audiences.
  • Serve as project manager for multiple data collection and analysis projects, and produce annual and ad-hoc reports and analyses, including benchmark information about peer institutions.
  • Coordinate the completion of critical reputational surveys, such as the American Association of University Professors (AAUP) faculty compensation survey, and manage the intake and completion of external surveys from partners in Admissions and Communication
  • Administer a coordinated program of survey research, including the COFHE Suite of Surveys and other ad hoc survey projects.
  • Support the Director of Institutional Research & Registrar Services in representing the office on various campus committees and by providing analytical support to other offices as required.
  • Provide consultative services for assessment, survey design, and evaluation efforts on campus.

  • Bachelor's degree in a social science, quantitative, or a related field with course work in statistics and research methods
  • 3-5 years of experience in higher education research
  • Excellent quantitative, and verbal and written communication skills, including the ability to communicate technical information verbally, and in written and graphic form to individuals with varying backgrounds.
  • Keep updated on new tools and techniques, and willingness to travel for training, meetings and selected professional conferences.
  • Proven ability to work independently
  • A commitment to contributing to an intentionally inclusive work environment that supports a diverse student body, staff and faculty
  • Strong organizational skills and the capacity to manage multiple and changing priorities; the ability to meet deadlines; diligent concern for accuracy and attention to detail; a customer service orientation and the ability to work well with others in a collegial environment.
  • Knowledge of applied quantitative or mixed methods research skills on projects related to education and student learning. Working knowledge of inferential statistics. Knowledge of measurement theory, including the ability to conduct validity and reliability studies.
  • Proficiency in an analytical software package (SPSS, R), and experience with data visualization tools, such as Tableau.

  • Master's Degree in related fields above
  • 5 years of experience in institutional research
  • Advanced experience with statistical software packaged, Microsoft Excel, and Qualtrics
  • Experience with qualitative research methodologies

Amherst College requires all employees to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 (medical and religious exemptions may apply).

Amherst College is pleased to provide a comprehensive, highly competitive benefits package that meets the needs of staff and faculty and their families. Benefits are an important part of our overall compensation, so it is critical that you review all of the options to ensure it meets your total compensation requirements. Click here for Benefits Information .

Interested candidates are asked to submit a resume and cover letter online at https://amherst.wd5.myworkdayjobs.com/Amherst_Jobs . Please be sure to upload all requested documents prior to clicking Submit. Applications cannot be revised once submitted. Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.
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Posted: 2021-06-11 Expires: 2021-07-13

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