Senior Director for Institutional Research

California State University, Northridge in California

Deadline Open until filled
Date Posted February 10, 2017
Type Administrative
Salary Not specified
Employment Type Full-time

Posting Title: Senior Director for Institutional Research

Job Opening ID: 6029
Job Title: Admin III
Job Type: Standard
Position Number: 99738527
Job Code: 3306
Business Unit: NRCMP
Grade: 1
Dept ID / Dept Name: 10045 // Academic Res and Planning
Full/Part Time: Full Time
Job Family (BU): EXMGT (M80)
Regular/Temporary: Regular

CSUN's Commitment to You

CSUN is strongly committed to achieving excellence through teaching, scholarship, active learning and diversity. Our values include a respect for all people, building alliances with the community and the encouragement of innovation, experimentation and creativity. CSUN actively encourages qualified candidates to apply who demonstrate a commitment to serving a diverse student population as well as a commitment to maintaining a respectful and inclusive work environment.

About the University

Serving approximately 40,000 students each year, CSUN is one of the largest universities in the United States, and it has an impact to match its size. Money Magazine recently named CSUN one of the top ten values in all of higher education, and the Social Mobility Index ranked CSUN fifth in the nation for elevating its students' economic and social well-being. CSUN ranks 10th in the country in awarding bachelor's degrees to underrepresented minority students, fifth nationally in awarding master's degrees to Hispanic students and enrolls the largest number of deaf and hard-of-hearing students of any U.S. state university. CSUN's 171 academic programs and engaged centers enjoy international recognition for excellence. CSUN currently partners with more than 100 institutions of higher education in 22 countries around the globe and attracts the largest international student population of any U.S. master's level institution. Situated on a 356-acre park-like setting in the heart of Los Angeles' San Fernando Valley, the campus features modern educational buildings and world-class LEED Gold-certified performing arts and recreational facilities recognized as among the best in the country. CSUN is designated as a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) and an Asian American, Native American, Pacific Islander Serving Institution (AANAPISI) and we value the diversity of all of our students and the campus community. CSUN is a welcoming university that champions accessibility, academic excellence and student success.


The Senior Director of Institutional Research reports to the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs and is responsible for organizing and directing the functions of the Office of Institutional Research. The Office responds to internal and external requests for information, assists campus constituents with data needs, and assists with and coordinates campus survey activities. The incumbent serves as the primary custodian of institutional data and performs or leads analyses to support institutional decision-making; is involved in the development and dissemination of institutional research and analytical studies pertaining to academic programs, enrollment management, student success initiatives, administrative organization and staffing, and facilities; leads campus analytic studies and implements business intelligence and data visualization software to position the institution to meet its goals; builds collaborative relationships across campus, particularly with the Division of Information Technology; and performs other duties as assigned.


Required: Terminal degree. Equivalent to five years of extensive and progressively-responsible administrative experience, with direct experience in administrative analysis and research skills. Experience in utilization of computer systems in a variety of administrative and research applications, including research design, statistical analysis, system design, and database management. Thorough knowledge of the principles and techniques of institutional research, organization and management of a large institution; and of statistical theory and methods, and systems analysis techniques and principles. Demonstrated ability to manage data warehouses and databases, including a strong working knowledge of relevant quantitative software. Demonstrated ability to present technical material clearly and effectively for a variety of audiences and to speak and write effectively. Significant experience working with a diverse community of students, faculty, staff, and administrators. Preferred: Doctorate in Statistics, Social Science, Education, Assessment, or closely related field. Strong familiarity with current issues in higher education. Attention to detail and a commitment to producing accurate work with tight deadlines. Extensive supervisory experience and ability to organize and direct the functions of the Office of Institutional Research; analyze administrative problems and make appropriate recommendations; analyze situations accurately and take effective action; supervise and train employees; and work cooperatively with others. Experience implementing and using dashboard software (e.g., Tableau) in an institutional research setting.

Pay, Benefits, & Work Schedule

Salary is commensurate with knowledge, skills, and experience. The University offers excellent fringe benefits.

General Information

This position is a "designated position" in the California State University's Conflict of Interest Code. The successful candidate accepting this position is required to file Conflict of Interest forms subject to the regulations of the Fair Political Practices Commission.

This position is a sensitive position as designated by the CSU.

A background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily before any candidate can be offered a position with the CSU. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the application status of applicants or continued employment of current CSU employees who apply for the position.

Additionally, the person holding this position is considered a 'mandated reporter' under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment.

How to Apply

Candidates should apply by completing the CSUN on-line application utilizing link and must attach a cover letter that addresses the qualifications above and a current resume, including names of three professional references. NOTE: Internal candidates should apply through the portal by accessing the View Job Openings/Apply link on the Human Resources/Employee pagelet.

Applications received prior to (15 business days from posting date) will be considered in the initial screening and will continue until the position is filled.

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Equal Employment Opportunity

California State University, Northridge is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. We consider applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, age, gender, gender identity/expression, sexual orientation, genetic information, medical condition, marital status, veteran status, or disability. Reasonable accommodations will be provided for applicants with disabilities who self-disclose by contacting Recruitment Services.

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