Director of Research, Planning and Institutional Effectiveness - West Valley-Mission Community College District in Santa Clara California

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West Valley-Mission Community College District

Santa Clara, California

United States

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Detailed Job Description

Mission College is seeking a talented individual to fill the position of Director of Research, Planning and Institutional Effectiveness. Located in the heart of Silicon Valley, our staff and faculty are among the most qualified in the state and our students appreciate the college for its friendly staff and supportive atmosphere.

The Director of Research, Planning and Institutional Effectiveness will plan, develop, organize, conduct, coordinate, direct and evaluate institutional research and planning for all College functions, programs, services and activities through the continuous assessment and analysis of student needs. This position is responsible for (1) collecting, analyzing, and reporting data and conducting a wide variety of research studies; (2) developing and coordinating a systematic and integrated institutional planning process that is aligned with accreditation, program review, the College’s educational master plan, the District’s strategic plan and other College/District planning processes, requirements and elements; (3) supporting and assisting with the development, implementation, assessment, evaluation and continuous improvement of student learning outcomes and other measures of student success; (4) establishing, assessing, evaluating and reporting on measures of institutional effectiveness; (5) organizing and supporting accreditation activities. This leadership position requires the ability to work independently in a complex, fast-paced environment with a high level of accuracy, reliability, and collaboration.

Applicants who possess the knowledge, skills, and life experiences to address the cultural and educational needs of a culturally diverse student population are encouraged to apply.


100% of full time, 40 hours per week, 12 months per year, with anticipated start date of June 18, 2014. Schedule may change to include some evening or weekend hours, as needed. This position is an Educational Administrator and part of the Administrative employee unit.

Work Location: Mission College, Santa Clara, CA.

Minimum Qualifications

1. Education – Master’s degree or the equivalent from an accredited college or university with major coursework in educational research, policy research, education, mathematics, statistics, social sciences, business, public administration, other research oriented specialization or closely related field;


2. Experience – Three years of increasingly responsible experience in the collection, analysis and presentation of research data and organizational planning;


3. Demonstrated ability to effectively work with persons of diverse socioeconomic, cultural, disability, and ethnic backgrounds.

Desired Qualifications

  • Experience with any combination of Datatel, Microsoft SQL programming, Cognos, and/or Java is strongly preferred.
Knowledge and Abilities

Knowledge of:

  • The educational process, instruction, role of faculty,curriculum, student services, student learning outcomes, and accreditation.
  • Advanced principles, practices, procedures, theories, models, and techniques involved in the research, collection, analysis, interpretation and reporting of
    statistical data.
  • Quantitative analysis, such as descriptive statistics, inferential statistics, multivariate analysis, etc.
  • Qualitative analysis, such as policy analysis, focus group, research, project/organizational evaluation studies,protocol development for qualitative interviewing, and case study analysis, etc.
  • Data warehouse structures and techniques; data collection information systems and statistical software.
  • Planning principles, especially in relation to higher education.
  • Operation of microcomputer equipment and a variety of software including word processing and advanced spreadsheet, statistical analysis (e.g., SPSS) and database management applications.
  • Data analysis tools, techniques and terminology.
  • Project management.
  • External data reporting, such as IPEDS.
  • Applicable laws, codes, regulations, policies and procedures.

Ability to:

  • Demonstrate and exercise leadership in the areas of research, planning and institutional effectiveness.
  • Plan, coordinate and conduct research, analytical studies and surveys related to the assessment, planning and evaluation of College and District programs.
  • Analyze current and historical statistical data and develop sound, logical conclusions and recommendations.
  • Communicate effectively in oral, written and graphic form; make presentations to large and small groups.
  • Operate modern microcomputer equipment and current software used in data analysis.
  • Interpret, apply and explain rules, regulations, policies and procedures.
  • Provide information and analyses to District
    administrators and personnel.
  • Develop and maintain a research and planning web site.
  • Coordinate and support College and District planning processes.
  • Evaluate program and institutional effectiveness objectively.
  • Access mainframe data and utilize query tools.
  • Prepare analytical reports and recommendations.
  • Establish and maintain effective and cooperative working relationships with others; work effectively within a participatory governance environment.
  • Relate effectively to people of varied academic, cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds using tact, diplomacy
    and courtesy.
  • Meet schedules and timelines.
  • Plan and organize time and work effectively.
  • Work independently with minimum supervision.
  • Remain current in the field.
  • Train others in the tools and techniques of research and the use of data.
  • Work effectively with other administrators to achieve common goals.
  • Train, supervise and evaluate the performance of assigned personnel.
  • Prepare and administer complex budgets for assigned program area(s).
  • Establish and maintain effective and cooperative working relationships with others.
  • Communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.

Salary and Benefits

  • Anticipated Hiring Range: $8,620–$9,132 (monthly) with a maximum earnable monthly salary of $10,412.
  • Additional compensation: $1,500 for doctorate added to base salary annually, to be prorated on a monthly basis.
  • Employer-contributed medical, dental and vision for employee and dependents, to include domestic partner.
  • Employer-paid long term disability for employee.
  • Voluntary life insurance.
  • 13 paid holidays, plus 1 floating holiday annually; paid non-workdays between Christmas and New Year.
  • 22 days vacation leave accrued annually (25 days after 5 years).
  • 12 days sick leave accrued annually.
  • Personal necessity leave and personal business leave.
  • Professional development and renewal leave.
  • $500 longevity award annually after 10 years of service and $1,000 longevity award annually after 15 years of service.
  • CalSTRS retirement.

Application Information


  • Interested applicants must submit online all materials requested, including:
    (1) A completed online West Valley-Mission Community College District application; (2) Resume; (3) Transcripts – (unofficial or official copies) for stated degrees having the degree confer/award dates circled. Official transcripts will be required prior to employment start date should the position be offered. (4) Cover letter and/or reference list, if requested; and (5) Any requested licenses or certificates, if applicable.
  • All sections of the online application, including Education and Educational Work History, must be completed thoroughly.
  • Supervisor(s) name(s) and telephone numbers must be included in the application.
  • Incomplete applications will not be considered.
  • Do NOT send unrequested materials. Unrequested materials will not be used for consideration of employment.
  • The employment application and supporting documents represent you; it is to your advantage to fill out the application form carefully and completely.


  • If a minimum requirement is possession of a degree, then a copy of transcripts is required to be included with your application to verify the degree being awarded. If no transcripts are included, the application may be screened as not meeting minimum requirements.
  • Degrees must have been awarded by a college or university accredited by an accrediting body recognized by the U.S. Council on Post-Secondary Accreditation and/or the U.S. Department of Education.
  • Candidates with degrees earned outside of the United States must provide official certification of equivalency to U. S. degrees by a certified U. S. credential review service, must have a U.S. evaluation (course by course of the transcripts) and must be submitted with this online application.
  • If you do not have an electronic version of the transcript, you can get it scanned at an office supply or copy store; then attach the electronic version of your transcript to this online application.
  • Copies of diplomas, grade reports, graduation petitions, transcript evaluations requests, or similar documents WILL NOT be accepted in lieu of transcripts.

For assistance, contact:
Office of Human Resources, Attn: Recruitment
14000 Fruitvale Ave, Saratoga, CA 95070
Phone: (408) 741-2174 Fax: (408) 867-9059

West Valley-Mission Community College District is an Equal Opportunity Employer

Keyword Phrases

  • 2 Silicon Valley locations
  • student-centered learning environment
  • empowering diverse human capital
  • Academic Administration
  • Institutional Research and Planning
Employment Type:Administrative Staff
Degree Required: See Job Description
Experience: See Job Description
Level of Job: Director
Salary: See Job Description
Type of School:2 - Year Institution / Technical
Application Requirements: CV/Resume