Director of Institutional Research and Effectiveness  

Summary and Scope of Position: 

The Director of Institutional Research and Effectiveness is responsible for leading and coordinating a comprehensive program of institutional research and for supporting related planning, accreditation, and assessment activities.  The Director prepares institutional data reports for the college, state and national surveys, and college guidebooks.  The Director coordinates all institution-wide surveys and studies related to institutional assessment.  The Director stewards key institutional data. 


  • Maintains key institutional data, including production of annual key indicators
  • Coordinates the institutional response to external surveys (e.g., IPEDS, US News, AICUP)
  • Coordinates the administration and utilization of external assessment surveys (e.g. NSSE)
  • Advises the President and senior staff on data needs for planning and evaluation purposes
  • Provides research to support planning by the College
  • Develops and oversees college assessment
  • Coordinates assessment planning and implementation with administrative departments
  • Represents the college in consortial research activities
  • Reports to senior staff on developments in the external environment that have a bearing on the institution’s mission, goals, and initiatives
  • Conducts special studies as needed for the President and senior staff
  • Makes appropriate data and assessment tools available to internal and external constituencies as appropriate


  • Master’s degree required, Ph.D preferred
  • Understanding of the mission and objectives of private higher education and institutional needs of small colleges
  • Minimum of 5 years of successful experience in higher education institutional research and assessment
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail
  • Initiative in framing and completing projects
  • Advanced computer expertise
  • Commitment to service and support 


Interested candidates should send cover letter, vita and a list of three references to the Office of the Dean of the College via email to Cover letter should be specific in describing experience and abilities as listed in the above job description.  Review of applicants begins October 6, 2014 and continues until the position is filled. 

Ursinus College is a highly selective, independent, co-educational, residential liberal arts college of approximately 1700 students located about 25 miles northwest of center city Philadelphia. Ursinus College is committed to recruiting, supporting, and fostering a diverse community of outstanding faculty, staff, and students. As such, Ursinus College is an AA/OE Employer does not discriminate on the basis of gender, marital status, pregnancy, race, color, ethnicity, national origin, age disability, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, veteran status, or other legally protected characteristic in the administration of any of its educational programs or activities or with respect to employment.