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13 Mar 2023

Full-Time Executive Director, Institutional Research and Decision Support

BridgewaterSU – Posted by BridgewaterSU Bridgewater, Massachusetts, United States

Job Description

Executive Director, Institutional Research and Decision Support

Department Summary:

Bridgewater State University is an inclusive community dedicated to the lifelong success of all students, focused on the continuous improvement of its people, and responsible for leading innovation that benefits Southeastern Massachusetts, the commonwealth, and the world. Bridgewater’s accessible environment of teaching and learning stimulates critical thinking, pursuit of new knowledge, and deeper understanding, the cultivation of meaningful and diverse interpersonal relationships, and fostering an appreciation for global engagement, all aimed at transforming lives and improving the human condition.

Our commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion is reflected in our, which ensure that all students are supported and succeed.

Bridgewater State University is equal employment opportunity/affirmative action employer. Members of underrepresented groups, and those committed to working in a diverse cultural environment, are strongly encouraged to apply.

Position Summary:

The Executive Director will provide leadership, vision, and direction to enhance a culture of data-informed decision making and data literacy across the institution. Under the direction of the Chief Data Officer, the Executive Director will lead and oversee data efforts related to the University Data Stream and Tableau initiatives, equity, student success, strategic metrics, predictive analytics, and other key strategic areas identified by the University. The Executive Director will support the effective use of administrative data for reporting, analysis, and actionable insight and will lead the identification of institutional information needs: collecting, analyzing, interpreting and reporting data and information. The Executive Director will lead information management efforts and promote ongoing development of Institutional Research capability and maturity. The Executive Director will serve as the key contact for the office with other University departments and lead meetings as the senior department leader; enhance and extend the office’s influence by providing strategic management of partnerships and data trainings; represent the office at local and national conferences and on committees; supervise, coach, and develop a team of analysts and data experts; provide leadership to ensure BSU’s delivery of accurate and timely reports to the Massachusetts Department of Higher Education and the Federal Government and to key data exchange organizations; present the work of the office to senior leadership and to external audiences; and in general, develop and implement creative new ways to support and advance BSU’s data efforts.

Position Type: APA Professional

Essential Duties:

● Enhance efforts for institutional data sharing, data-informed decision-making, and data literacy● Provide leadership in identifying data to inform institutional decision-making and monitor institutional effectiveness and viability● Provide leadership in the development and execution of quantitative and qualitative data analysis in support of student learning, student success, equity, academic planning, program review, and enrollment management initiatives● Oversee University Data Stream and Tableau work plans, including enhanced tracking of key institutional metrics● Oversee federal and state reporting● Oversee survey administration, analysis, and results dissemination● Oversee institutional reporting, including standard internal and external reports● Ensure ongoing review and shaping of the office’s policies and practices to reflect the changing needs of the department’s core functions, and provide leadership for the office’s projects, programs, and reporting methodologies that support key stakeholders.

Required Qualifications:

• Master’s degree

• Minimum of five years of experience in institutional research/analytics or related area with progressive job and leadership responsibilities required.

• Demonstrated expertise in quantitative and qualitative research methods

• Experience with building predictive analytics models

• Demonstrated proficiency with SPSS software

• Proficiency with data visualization and reporting software

• Demonstrated leadership and effective decision-making skills

• Superior written and verbal communication skills and excellent interpersonal skills with ability to effectively interact with diverse internal and external constituents.

• Excellent presentation skills

• Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively and sensitively with diverse students, staff, faculty, parents/guardians, and other stakeholders.

• Possess a high level of organizational skills demonstrating ability to manage and prioritize multiple work streams, meet deadlines, respond rapidly to competing demands ensuring attention to detail while exercising adaptability

• Demonstrated data-driven and creative problem-solving, process redesign, and innovative skill sets.

• Ability to maintain confidentiality and use discretion in managing information

• Demonstrated ability to exercise good judgment in evaluating situations and making assessments for decisions

• Ability to work independently

• Advanced computer application skills, utilizing word processing, spreadsheet, and database management software (Microsoft Office applications i.e., Word, PowerPoint, and Excel)

• Ability to maintain sensitivity, understanding, and respect for a diverse academic environment, inclusive of students, faculty, and staff of varying social, economic, cultural, ideological, and ethnic backgrounds

Preferred Qualifications:

• Ph.D. or Doctoral Degree

• Experience in higher education

• Proficiency in Tableau

• Understanding of unionized work environment

Work Environment:

Bridgewater State University complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) to provide reasonable accommodation to qualified applicants and employee with disabilities. To request a reasonable accommodation for the application process, please complete and submit this electronic form:

Special Conditions for Eligibility:

Please be aware that employment at Bridgewater State University is contingent upon completion of a successful background check.

This position is not eligible for H-1B sponsorship.

COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement This position must comply with the University Covid-19 Attestation requirement. All employees must be fully vaccinated and complete the Covid-19 Attestation upon hire.Medical or Religious ExemptionsAn employee may request an exemption to the vaccination requirement based on the existence of medical contraindication to vaccination. In addition, an employee may request an exemption to the vaccination requirement based on a sincere religious belief. In both cases, an employee will be required to submit documentation to support the request for an exemption. Employees who secure an exemption may be required to take additional precautions in the workplace and are strongly encouraged to test weekly through the university’s Wellness Center. We are committed to creating a community that fosters equity of experience and opportunity, and ensures that students, faculty, and staff of all backgrounds feel safe, welcome, and included.

Salary Range: $105,000-$115,000

Posting Number: S00900P

Open Date: 12/20/2022

Close Date: 3/19/2023

Open Until Filled: No

Special Instructions to Applicants:

Please note the following information is required to complete your application for this position:

a minimum of one (1) employment history entry.

a minimum of three (3) professional reference entries.

To apply, visit

Bridgewater State University (BSU) is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer which actively seeks to increase the diversity of its workforce. We are dedicated to providing educational, working and living environments that value the diverse backgrounds of all people.

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