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Executive Director of Research and Institutional Effectiveness
State Center Community College District

  • Jan. 9, 2017
  • Executive Director of Research and Institutional Effectiveness
  • N/A
  • State Center Community College District
    Fresno, CA
    United States
  • 2/22/2017
  • Available immediately
  • Director/Manager
  • Administration - Executive
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Executive Director of Research and Institutional Effectiveness

State Center Community College District

Closing Date: 2/22/2017 at 11:55 PM

Campus Location: District Office

Start Date: 04/05/2017

Essential Functions:

Reporting to the Vice Chancellor of Educational Services, the Executive Director of Research and Institutional Effectiveness is responsible for providing leadership for institutional research, strategic planning and accreditation throughout the District. The Executive Director will plan, organize, design, coordinate and implement comprehensive districtwide research and planning projects. He/she will support and coordinate the development and maintenance of the district strategic planning process; plan, design and conduct research to meet compliance with state, federal, district and college requirements and accreditation standards; and ensure accuracy of state and federal reports on student outcomes. The Executive Director will establish an effective working liaison with all District and College departments and divisions, providing assistance which will enable the District to improve its effectiveness in meeting the educational needs of its students.

The role of the Executive Director of Research and Institutional Effectiveness is to support informed decision-making with thorough and accurate data and information. The Executive Director must be able to provide visionary and effective leadership and provide reliable, complete and understandable data and information to inform decision-makers.

The Executive Director develops and maintains institutional databases to support District and College decision-making, budgeting, assessment and evaluations, program review, enrollment management, and trend analysis. The Executive Director must work with individuals and Districtwide work groups/committees to create and implement efficient and effective strategies that provide students the means to obtain their educational goals.


  • Plan, organize, design, coordinate and implement a comprehensive program of research projects for the District and Colleges.
  • Plan, design, and consult with others on a variety of projects relating to District planning, institutional accountability, effectiveness and decision-making.
  • Conduct matriculation research.
  • Integrate statistical and planning software, processes and models including data warehousing and client server database procedures.
  • Develop and maintain computerized databases; retrieve information from the District database; verify and interpret results from both internal and external sources for use in a variety of on-line and printed reports.
  • Oversee, maintain, and update the data warehouse system.
  • Promote creativity and innovation in the development of research projects and services within the Research and Institutional Effectiveness department and throughout the District.
  • Chair the District Research Work Group; serve as a resource to the Chancellor's Cabinet. Work closely with the College research departments to identify projects, establish District common research methodology, and other districtwide initiatives.
  • Represent the District in community, governmental and professional organizations as appropriate to research, strategic planning, and accreditation.
  • Provide research data and support as needed to expand fund-raising capacity of the State Center Community College Foundation and the Grants Office.
  • Maintain liaison with internal and external agencies dealing with technology, admissions and records, financial aid and other relevant agencies to ensure the integrity of student data.
  • Work closely with Vice Chancellor of Educational Services to develop, implement, and revise the District strategic plan.
  • Work closely with College Accreditation Liaison Officers in all districtwide aspects of accreditation.
  • Encourage and coordinate collaboration, teamwork, and positive working relationships among administrators, faculty, staff, and community leadership.
  • Supervise, assign work, evaluate, and provide development opportunities to assigned staff; establish standards of performance and methods of operation; interview and participate in selecting employees; counsel, discipline, and terminate personnel according to established policies and procedures.
  • Develop, maintain and be accountable for Research and Institutional Effectiveness budget.
  • Perform related duties and responsibilities as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications:

Include an earned masters degree from an accredited college or university AND one year of formal training, internship, or leadership experience reasonable related to the administrators administrative assignment; OR possession of a valid California Community College Supervisory Credential; AND sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, and ethnic backgrounds of community college students.

Desirable Qualifications:

  • Three years work experience, in an area related to educational research, and/or pedagogy.
  • Experience in research and planning methods and techniques to include both qualitative and quantitative processes. Appropriate understanding of software and models including current technical aspects of data mining, information management and other related web-based technologies.
  • Appropriate understanding of computer software associated with research, such as spreadsheet, statistical software, data warehousing, databases, inter/intranet, operating systems and networks, etc.
  • Experience in planning, designing, coordinating, supervising, and implementing comprehensive institutional research and planning projects to provide information about the District, its students and its programs.
  • Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing; establish and maintain cooperative and effective working relationships; develop, prepare and deliver oral/multi-media presentations.
  • Experience in coordinating, developing and supervising the preparation of assigned data reports; read, interpret and explain plans and research findings.
  • Operating of personal computer, interfacing with servers and related equipment.
  • Ability to oversee the operating of a variety of machines and equipment including a server, personal computer with spreadsheets, word processor, desktop publishing, presentation graphing, relational database management software, client-server software and other software packages. Experience in analyzing situations accurately and adopting an effective course of action.
  • Ability to work independently with little direction in a multi-project, fast-paced environment and meet concurrent deadlines.
  • Familiarity with community college accreditation, governance, curriculum, scheduling, staffing and budget procedures and practices desirable.
  • Have well-developed communication, technical, analytical and interpersonal skills; experience in presenting information/reports in publications or electronic formats such as research documents and fact books, and making multi-media presentations.
  • Understanding of contemporary issues faced by academic institutions related to outcome assessment, equity and student success.

Conditions of Employment:

224 duty days and 22 vacation days for a total of 246 days.

Salary and Benefits:

Salary is $107,094 $134,773 based on education and experience. A doctoral stipend of $2,021 is available. In addition, the District offers an attractive fringe benefit package including medical, dental, and vision coverage for the employee and dependents, and life insurance. Employees are also members of the California State Teachers Retirement System (CalSTRS).

Selection Procedure:

Applications will be screened to determine which applicants meet the minimum qualifications as stated in the job announcement.

From the applicants who submit all the required documents and who meet the qualifications, a selection advisory committee will determine the candidates who are best qualified based on the minimum and desirable qualifications. They will be invited to interview.

The selection advisory committee will rate responses to the interview questions. Based on this rating, a small number of applicants will be selected as the recommended candidates. These candidates will be forwarded to the Vice Chancellor of Educational Services for final interviews. A hiring recommendation will be made by the Vice Chancellor and forwarded to the Board of Trustees of State Center Community College District for final approval.

State Center Community College District is an equal opportunity employer. It is our pledge to treat all applicants fairly and equitably in the recruitment and selection process. We endeavor to be a service minded organization and respond, as best we can, to the needs of our applicants and the faculty and administrators we work with in the District.

For more information, contact the Human Resources Office, 1525 E. Weldon Avenue, Fresno, California, 93704, (559) 244-5900. For information on State Center Community College District, visit our website at Please refer to Position No. 1521.

Submission of application and related materials is the applicants responsibility and must be submitted through the districts online applicant portal. The District reserves the right to re-advertise or to delay indefinitely the filling of a position if it is deemed that the applicants for the position do not constitute an adequate applicant pool or if funding is not available. All application materials are subject to verification. False statements may be cause for disqualification or discharge from employment.

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