Executive Director, Institutional Research

Executive Director, Institutional Research

Purdue University Northwest invites nominations and applications for the inaugural role of Executive Director of Institutional Research. The university seeks individuals who are committed to collaboration and innovation. The Executive Director reports to the Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs - Institutional Effectiveness and will be charged with bringing a strategic lens to institutional research.

Purdue Northwest (PNW) is an academically comprehensive, student-centered university located in northwest Indiana, just southeast of Chicago. PNW was formed in 2016 by the unification of the former Purdue Calumet and Purdue North Central. Academic programs are offered within five colleges, plus an Honors College, with operations on two campuses located 35 miles apart in Hammond and Westville.  As an independent university within the Purdue University system, PNW fosters a vibrant academic community for its more than 10,000 students through high quality and engaging undergraduate and graduate education. Offering nearly 70 academic programs at the bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral levels, PNW’s colleges, schools, and centers are distinguished through prestigious accreditations, national recognitions, and competitive rankings.

Institutional Research (IR) is responsible for data management and reporting used to support university-level accountability, decision-making, planning, and policy development for Purdue Northwest. The division conducts data-gathering and analysis activities related to the development and implementation of institutional effectiveness measures which inform institutional agendas.

The Executive Director for Institutional Research is an inaugural position within the Office of Institutional Research. The Executive Director will report to the Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs - Institutional Effectiveness and will directly supervise five staff members. The responsibilities for the Executive Director include, but are not limited to: Establishing, administering, and coordinating institutional research activities, including collecting, analyzing, interpreting, and reporting information for use in decision-making; selecting the issues and identifying the challenges of greatest import to the organization and designing research to provide related insights to university leaders; selecting the most appropriate method to address each question or need; driving collection of new data and the refinement of existing data sources; applying and using algorithms or other advanced techniques to accomplish this; recommending ways to apply insights generated from analysis; and assuring that reliable and consistent data are maintained and available for both ad hoc and longitudinal inquiries.

Given that this is an inaugural position, PNW seeks a strategic leader with strong experience in institutional research at the university level. The Executive Director will be charged with priorities such as leading with best practices in institutional research and management; educating the campus on data engagement; collaborating internally and externally; and expanding the focus of Institutional Research at PNW. For the full position profile, please visit: https://www.storbeckpimentel.com/active-searches/

Review of candidates will begin immediately. To be considered for this role, please send a résumé and letter of interest to the email address listed below. For best consideration, please send all confidential nominations, inquiries, and expressions of interest by December 3, 2018 to:

Ms. Julie E. Tea, Partner

Ms. Lindsay Allison, Associate

Storbeck/Pimentel & Associates, LP


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