Executive Director, Institutional Effectiveness

Posting Date: September 27, 2018

Closing Date: Open until filled

The Executive Director of Institutional Effectiveness (IE) provides strategic leadership and direction to key constituents in the collection, management, interpretation, and use of institutional data for assessment, planning, and decision-making.  The incumbent is expected to play an integral role as a university administrator in strategic planning to foster growth in all areas of the University.   The position monitors key institutional indicators, ensuring the integrity of data/information released in reports or studies, and provides data analysis, reporting, and research as needed to support institutional objectives and reaccreditation. The Executive Director oversees data analysis and reporting regarding institutional effectiveness of academic and non-academic outcomes and develops metrics and research that support the University’s strategic initiatives. S/he is also expected to be well informed about best practices in institutional data management procedures and implement changes in procedures to foster the growth of the department.  The Executive Director reports to the Associate Provost for Academic Affairs and manages IE staff.


Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Analyzes measures of institutional outcomes and effectiveness and provides information to managers and academic units in support of program review and planning.
  • Leads university data users and stewards in establishing data governance practices.
  • Oversees the systematic collection and evaluation of longitudinal data to support institutional assessment, re-accreditation and strategic planning.
  • Ensures accurate and timely university data is available for internal decision making and reporting as well as external reporting.
  • Works closely with and serves on planning committees to provide institutional data reports and analysis in support of the charge of the committees and institutional needs for administrative and academic units.
  • Guides implementation of a cycle of student and faculty surveys and reports as part of student and faculty data collection activities, including NSSE, FSSE, CSRDE, others.
  • Oversees the Common Data Set and external publications such as the Fact Book; maintains updated reports on the web.
  • Facilitates the University’s assessment and accreditation efforts by developing, administering and analyzing surveys for specific offices and departmental programs.
  • Provides official institutional data for mandatory federal and state reporting requirements (i.e IPEDS, SURE Institutional Profile Report, the NJ Parent and Student Consumer Affairs Report.
  • Oversees the institution’s response to the Annual Institutional Update (AIU) for Middle States accreditation as well as other requirements of Middle States accreditation. 
  • Maintains current knowledge of techniques, federal and state reporting changes, and standards of best practices in Institutional Research data management and reporting procedures.



  • Master’s degree, doctorate preferred,  in Higher Education Administration, the social sciences, or relevant  discipline  from an accredited institution of higher education.
  • A minimum of eight years professional experience that must include three years of supervisory experience as well as experience in applied research and demonstrated leadership in institutional research (IR) or institutional effectiveness (IE).  Capabilities in assessment, strategic planning and market research preferred. 
  • Training, experience, and/or detailed knowledge of statistics, quantitative methods, data analysis and predictive analytics.
  • Strong base knowledge of software applications commonly used in today’s higher education institutional data analysis.
  • Demonstrated organizational and communication skills.
  • Experience directing and supervising staff. 
  • Ability to lead diverse groups in a collaborative, strategy-driven environment.
  • Ability to organize and manage multiple, complex functions with varying deadlines and constituencies.


Invitation to apply:     

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Interested candidates will be prompted to:

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Submit a cover letter and resume

Provide names/contacts of three professional references


       Submission of all documents listed above is required for consideration.

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William Paterson University is an equal opportunity employer that actively values and supports diversity among faculty, staff and students. Women, minorities, and members of under-represented groups are encouraged to apply.