Executive Director of Institutional Research, Effectiveness, and Planning

  • Massachusetts College of Art and Design
Full Time Executive Strategy OTHER

Job Description

Founded in 1873, MassArt is the only free-standing public college of art and design in the United States. The College excels in the education of professional artists, designers, and art educators and is an integral contributor to the cultural and intellectual life and creative economy of the Greater Boston region, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, and beyond. Located in Boston’s hub of arts and culture along the Avenue of the Arts, MassArt enrolls nearly 2,000 students and offers a comprehensive range of baccalaureate and graduate degrees in 19 disciplines, as well as continuing education and youth programs.

Reporting to the President, the Executive Director of Institutional Research, Effectiveness, and Planning is responsible for leading a team that develops and sustains an institutional culture of evidence-based decision-making and improvement that aligns strategic planning, budgeting, assessment, and analytics with institutional goals. The Executive Director leads MassArt in the collection, analysis, and interpretation of data. This position communicates findings, both internally and externally, to drive institutional decision-making and effectiveness. The Executive Director is charged with developing and overseeing an institutional data and analytics infrastructure, college dashboards, reporting, and benchmarking. The Executive Director coordinates internal and external requests for institutional data, including federal, state, and all other accrediting and reporting agencies. The Executive Director collaborates with the Office of Academic Affairs and other administrative divisions to ensure that institutional effectiveness is evaluated for all administrative and academic areas and works with College leadership to create a culture of continuous improvement for learning outcomes, assessment, and program evaluation.

Specific Duties:

The Executive Director is accountable to ensure that all actions within Institutional Research, Effectiveness, and Planning align with the Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity/Diversity Plan and with the MassArt Plan for a More Diverse, Inclusive, and Socially-Just University. Specifically, the Executive Director:

● 30% – leads the development, implementation, and monitoring of a system of integrated planning, assessment, and evaluation across the institution to include research and analysis, environmental scanning, peer comparisons, benchmarking, trend analysis, KPIs, and reporting progress on initiatives; develops statistical models and/or customized analyses to support enrollment and retention goals for the College

● 20% – collaborates with Information Technology and other College offices to develop and implement an integrated plan to ensure integrity of data from all sources, both internal and external; provides expertise in systems of data management and analysis; and coordinates reporting efforts to eliminate redundancy and increase effectiveness

● 20% – provides guidance to the President and senior leadership in planning, policy, strategic initiatives, and institutional improvement

● 15% – consults with academic departments, student support services, and administrative areas in developing appropriate goals, plans, and assessments; interprets and uses data and research findings to stimulate organizational learning

● 15% – communicates effectively to internal and external constituents of the College; compiles and internally publishes longitudinal and comparative data about the College; coordinates the submission of data to government and accrediting agencies and to external consortia

● Other duties as assigned.

The Executive Director will promote the College’s commitment to collegiality by:
• Building effective partnerships with co-workers throughout the College by freely sharing appropriate information and providing assistance when needed.
• Ensuring optimum service to all internal and external partners in response to all requests for service and information.
• Maintaining an environment that is welcoming and inclusive to persons of all backgrounds, nationalities, and roles.

Other duties as assigned.


● Bachelor’s degree with seven or more years’ experience at a senior level in business intelligence/data analysis, institutional strategic planning, data-driven decision-making, quality improvement, institutional research, or related fields in higher education or not-for-profit organizations

● professional and/or theoretical experience in experimental design, building sophisticated statistical models via multivariate and/or path analysis, regression, segmentation, decision trees, and/or time series

● superior proficiency demonstrated in computer applications, including spreadsheet, word-processing, and database software; functional knowledge of computer statistical applications for data acquisition and analysis (e.g., SPSS, SAS, Qualtrics)

● demonstrated experience in the identification of appropriate assessment methods and process, surveys, and direct the analysis of assessment data documentation of processes and results

● exceptional organizational skills and ability to manage and prioritize multiple tasks and projects simultaneously; design, organize, and manage complex projects

● strong writing and oral communication skills, as well as the ability to present complex data in a clear and concise manner

● knowledge of state and federal agencies and regulations pertaining to data collection and research in higher education or not-for-profit organizations

● capacity for collaborative management and motivation of a team to reach established goals

● expertise in working effectively and collegially with diverse constituents on-campus and in the community, maintaining an approach and a working environment that is welcoming to persons of all backgrounds
● creativity, flexibility, tenacity, optimism, high energy level, and sense of humor


● Master’s or Doctoral Degree
● Proficiency in Ellucian/Colleague, Rapid Insight (Veera and Predictive Analysis), SQL
● Familiarity with Datatel/Colleague or other enterprise systems
● Higher education experience

Review of applications will begin on Thursday, July 20, 2017 and will continue until filled.


Executive Assistant


$85,000 to $90,000

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