Director of Institutional Research - Air Force Institute of Technology in Dayton Ohio

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Air Force Institute of Technology

Dayton, Ohio 45433-7765

United States

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The Air Force Institute of Technology’s (AFIT) Graduate School of Engineering and Management is pleased to announce the position of Director of Institutional Research and invites applications and nominations.

 The Director of Institutional Research provides the leadership and has management responsibility for all institutional research efforts and functions for AFIT’s Graduate School of Engineering and Management.  Additionally, the Director is responsible for administrative leadership of the Graduate School’s assessment activities.  The Director plans, coordinates, and implements a comprehensive institutional research program and assessment initiatives that inform the academic decision making and strategic planning supporting the Graduate School’s mission and strategic initiatives.  Through effective coordination with all administrative, business, instructional, and academic support services, the Director executes effective institutional research, planning, and assessment activities to support the Graduate School’s executive-level management team.  The Director is responsible for data collection, analysis, and reporting, and s/he provides analyses of institutional effectiveness data, tracks institutional performance relative to strategic goals, and provides assessment data and analysis to a variety of constituents to facilitate informed planning and decision making. AFIT uses Colleague by Ellucian as its student information system. The Director’s major duties include:

  • Planning and performing institutional research studies and reports that support AFIT’s academic programs and institutional decision making.
  • Reporting official institutional data to federal agencies, professional organizations, and accrediting bodies.
  • Analyzing data and reporting analyses to support senior administrators in Graduate School strategic planning.
  • Providing analytical and technical support to departments, committees, faculty, staff, and administrators for institutional data and responding to requests for institutional data from external constituencies.
  • Preparing, developing, and publishing internal and external reports and surveys.
  • Providing the administrative leadership for assessment of institutional effectiveness and student learning outcomes including and faculty and staff development in assessment practice.
  • Serving as a resource for various assessment and effectiveness initiatives.
  • Reporting research results pertaining to outcomes assessment and institutional effectiveness.
  • Working with academic and administrative departments to develop tools to facilitate reporting needed for assessment and regional and specialized accreditation.
  • Participating in professional forums and keeping abreast of trends and issues pertaining to assessment and institutional research, and incorporating best practices into Graduate School initiatives.
  • Providing support for program reviews, accreditation visits, Board of Visitor meetings, and other Air Force/DoD needs.

Qualifications: The minimum qualifications required for consideration include:  U. S. citizenship; a master’s degree from a regionally accredited institution in a quantitative oriented discipline appropriate for the duties of the position; three years professional experience in higher education research, data analysis, planning, and institutional effectiveness (to include experience in both assessment and institutional research); two years of experience with databases, statistical software, and other high level computer skills, knowledge of statistical techniques, research methodology, data organization, and analysis; ability to work independently, as well as collaboratively and to initiate research studies and reports utilizing quantitative and qualitative methodologies; ability to communicate clearly and expertly (in English) in both verbal and written forms concerning academic, administrative, and technical subject matters.

The preferred qualifications include:  a doctorate degree from a regionally accredited university in a quantitative oriented discipline appropriate for the duties of the position; five years or more of experience in a university/college Institutional Research office with increasing levels of responsibility, including at least three years experience at an Assistant Director or higher; extensive experience working with data warehouse and reporting systems; proficiency in the use of a range of information technology software such as SAS, SPSS, Oracle, Crystal Reports, Microsoft Office products; and experience managing and supervising personnel and budgets.

The selected candidate will be subject to a security investigation leading to successful completion of a background investigation with a favorable adjudication.  The selectee's failure to meet this requirement will be grounds for termination of any offer. Official transcripts will be required upon hiring.

How to Apply: Complete applications should be received no later than May 24, 2013 for full consideration. Salary is commensurate with experience and qualifications. The application package must include a letter of application addressing the qualifications and responsibilities of the position, a resume or curriculum vitae (must include a detailed exposition of professional experience), copies of college transcripts, names of three current references (to include complete mailing address, e-mail address, and telephone number), and if applicable, veterans’ preference documents (i.e. DD214, SF15, VA Letter). 

Email submissions with attachments are preferred.  Application packages may be sent electronically to  Nominations and applications can also be mailed to:

Dr. Randall Paschall, Chairman Hiring Committee

Air Force Institute of Technology

AFIT/ENWF  Bldg 640  Rm 217C

2950 Hobson Way

Wright-Patterson AFB, OH  45433-7765

Confidential requests for information can be directed to Dr. Randall Paschall, Hiring Committee Chair,, 937-255-3636 ext 4554.   Additional information about this position and benefits can also be found at

The Air Force Institute of Technology offers 26 research-based masters and 14 PhD degree programs in engineering, applied sciences and mathematics, and select areas of management through its Graduate School of Engineering and Management.  Recognized for its defense-focused research-based academic programs, the Graduate School has 140 full-time faculty serving over 700 full-time graduate students across 6 academic departments, 8 research centers.  AFIT is the only Department of Defense academic institution recognized as a “Doctoral/Research University” by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.  AFIT’s defense-focused degree programs serve the U.S. Air Force, the Department of Defense, and Government agencies involved in national defense. Located near Dayton, Ohio, the campus resides on Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, adjacent to world-class research facilities of the Air Force Research Laboratory. Dayton offers a wealth of social and cultural activities and is within easy driving distance of other major metropolitan areas to include Columbus and Cincinnati.

The Air Force Institute of Technology is an Equal Opportunity Employer and Drug Free Workplace. Enrollment in Direct Deposit/Electronic Funds Transfer is required as a condition of employment.

AFIT is an NSF ADVANCE Program sponsored consortium member.

Keyword Phrases

  • Institutional Research
  • Assessment
  • Institutional Effectiveness
  • Database
  • Program Review
  • Graduate Education
  • Academic Affairs
  • Defense
  • Strategic Planning
  • Analysis
Employment Type:Administrative Staff
Degree Required: Masters
Experience: At least 3 years
Level of Job: Director
Salary: Commensurate with Experience
Type of School:Research University
Application Requirements: CV/Resume
Cover Letter
Best if Apply By 5/24/2013