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Director of Institutional Data, Research and Planning

Apply now Posting Number: 492820
Type of Position: Full-time
Location: Poughkeepsie, NY
Categories: Administration

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Director of Institutional Data, Research and Planning


Office of Institutional Data, Research and Planning

Job Summary:

Marist College invites applications for the position of Director of Institutional Data, Research and Planning. The successful candidate will join a collaborative environment at one of the leading organizations in the historic Hudson River Valley, midway between New York City and Albany, situated on our beautiful 210-acre riverfront campus in Poughkeepsie, NY. Marist College is consistently ranked among the best regional and national institutions by major publications, is fiscally sound, and known especially for its technological innovation. 

Reporting to the Executive Vice President, the Director is a member of the President's Cabinet and Internal Operating Group and serves as an essential strategic partner in carrying out Marist College’s mission, vision, and future planning. The Director is responsible for institutional oversight for data and reporting across all operational areas of the College and coordinates research and analyses to inform decision-making processes, support long-range planning, and provide public accountability. Working with Cabinet-level colleagues, the Director will have responsibility for the management, coordination, and integration of data sets generated by academics, enrollment and retention, human resources, and accreditation necessary for strategic decision making at Marist College. They will provide critical support for assessment and planning issues, as well as leadership for the collection, analysis, interpretation, application, and reporting of information in support of the academic mission and administration of the College. The Director will ensure the College’s processes are implemented and maintained effectively, align with best practices, and are continuously improved over time.

Minimum Qualifications:

An advanced degree (e.g. Master’s or Ph.D.) and six to eight years of related experience in the use of data or business analytics required (at least 3 of these years should be in or closely connected to an institutional research office).

Essential Functions:

  • Lead the College in the identification of institutional planning issues and execution of timely, accurate, and relevant research. Translate research results into action planning in support of academic and administrative decision-making (e.g., course demand analysis; enrollment and retention forecasting; institutional benchmarking, etc.)
  • Conceptualize and carry out complex analytical and survey projects
  • Leverage technology to assist in the collection and analysis of data. Embrace innovation in data science methods including advanced modeling and the use of artificial intelligence/machine learning.
  • Demonstrate superior analytical skills and the ability to constantly reevaluate and improve analytical, reporting, and survey activities. 
  • Exhibit knowledge of statistics and their applied use, understanding of reporting, and a firm grasp of data science principles, practices, and techniques.
  • Create dashboards and data visualization tools to empower institutional decision-making processes.
  • Adapt and respond to new data reporting requirements based on emerging needs, including ad hoc requests suitable to the needs of various stakeholders.
  • Direct the design, implementation, and analysis of surveys. Demonstrate knowledge and experience in the formulation, implementation, dissemination, and technical support of data warehouses.
  • Ensure integrity and accuracy of all reports and deliverables.
  • Demonstrated leadership, including staff development. Well-developed skills in information technology, management reporting, presentations, project management, and interpersonal communications. Experience with higher education data and reporting, such as IPEDS, preferred.

Required Application Documents:

Cover Letter, Resume, & Three Professional References.

About Marist College:

Marist College is an independent and comprehensive Master’s granting institution grounded in the liberal arts located in New York's historic Hudson River Valley. It enrolls over 5,000 traditional undergraduate, over 900 full and part-time graduate, and over 300 continuing education students. The College also has a branch campus in Florence, Italy, site locations in Dublin, Paris, and other locations, and an Executive Center in New York City for corporate, graduate, working professional, and undergraduate education. Marist has been recognized for excellence by U.S. News & World Report, TIME Magazine, The Princeton Review's The Best 376 Colleges, and Barron's Best Buys in College Education and is noted for being a pioneer in the area of online degree programs. Marist is dedicated to helping students develop the intellect and character required for enlightened, ethical, and productive lives in the global community of the 21st Century. The College fulfills its mission by pursuing three ideals: excellence in education, the importance of community, and the principle of service. Please see for more information.

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8:30 AM – 5:00 PM, Monday - Friday

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Marist College main campus, Poughkeepsie, NY.

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Equal Employment Statement:

Marist College is committed to creating a diverse workforce on our campus by ensuring that barriers to equal employment opportunity and upward mobility do not exist here. To this end, the College will strive to achieve the full and fair participation of minorities, women, people with disabilities, and any other protected groups found to be under-represented.

Equal opportunity means employment, development, and promotion of individuals without consideration of race, color, disability, religion, age, sex, marital status, national origin, sexual orientation, or veteran status unless there is a bona fide occupational requirement which excludes persons in one of these protected groups. The College will review its employment policies and procedures to ensure that barriers which may unnecessarily exclude protected groups are identified and eliminated. The College will also explore alternative approaches if any policy or practice is found to have a negative impact on protected groups.

Marist's policy of non-discrimination includes not only employment practices but also extends to all services and programs provided by the College. It shall be considered a violation of College policy for any member of the community to discriminate against any individual or group with respect to employment or attendance at Marist College on the basis of race, color, disability, religion, age, sex, marital status, national origin, sexual orientation, veteran status, or any other condition established by law.




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