Director of Institutional Research and Assessment

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, NY

Posted: 6/19/19
Deadline: 8/17/19

About This Organization

Under the leadership of President Shirley Ann Jackson, Ph.D., Rensselaer offers degrees from five schools: Engineering; Science; Architecture; Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences; and, the Lally School of Management, as well as an interdisciplinary degree in Information Technology. Institute programs serve undergraduates, graduate students and working professionals around the world. Rensselaer offers more than 145 programs at the bachelor’s, masters and doctoral levels. The Institute provides rigorous, engaging, interactive learning environments and campus-wide opportunities for leadership, collaboration and creativity.

Job Duties

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, the nation’s oldest and among the top-ranked private, technological research universities, seeks an accomplished leader to serve as the Director of Institutional Research and Assessment.

About the Position

The Director of Institutional Research and Assessment reports to the Provost and provides leadership and development of a comprehensive institutional research and assessment program to support the Institute’s mission and goals. The Director partners with academic and administrative portfolios to develop and manage comprehensive institutional research, assessment programs, and strategic planning efforts that support the curricular, analytical, informational, reporting, and regional accreditation needs of the Institute. The Director is responsible for collecting, analyzing and disseminating a wide range of data related to Rensselaer’s academic and business operations.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

• Knowledge of the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPDES) and National Center for Education Statistics (NECS) reporting and survey tools and requirements
• Knowledge of Middle States and other accreditation organizations’ expectations concerning student learning assessment requirements
• Through understanding of sophisticated analytical methods and techniques and concepts
• Ability to develop a good rapport with other administrative staff both within and outside the data management and manipulation arena
• Data retrieval capabilities to facilitate report and feedback needs
• Excellent organization skills and excellent people skills
• Ability to deal with often conflicting priorities and to participate is a dynamic and fast-paced office
• Ability to use MS Office Suite, including Outlook, Word, Excel and Power-point

Required Qualifications

The Successful Candidate

The successful candidate will have experience working with data dictionaries and in the use of computer applications to extract and manipulate data to produce statistical reports and analysis. Experience and knowledge in survey design, administration, and analysis in reporting the institutional data. Understanding of dimensional modeling and experience in supporting broad user base in Business Intelligence environment is highly desirable including data visualization. Experience with statistical analysis software such as SAS or SPSS is preferred.

A Master’s degree in an analytical discipline such as mathematics, computer information systems or related field with an emphasis on quantitative research methods and statistics is required. The candidate is required to have a minimum of seven years of working experience as a data and research analysist or comparable position. Previous experience in higher education, related to institutional research is required.

Other Info

How to Apply

Interested candidates should send a letter of application and resume that relates the applicant’s skills, abilities, knowledge, and professional experiences to the stated qualifications for the position and notable achievements. The application materials should be sent electronically to The subject line in the email should be RPIDIRA. Confidential inquiries may be made by contacting Bill Spelman at or (585) 787 9742.

All applications are considered confidential and neither references nor will personal or professional contacts be contacted without prior knowledge or approval of the candidate. Materials will be received as submitted and will be considered until the position is filled.

Rensselaer has a strong institutional commitment to diversity and is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. As such, the Institute welcomes applicants who will bring a diverse intellectual, geographical, gender, and ethnic perspectives to the Rensselaer community.