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Director of Institutional Research and Planning

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Staff Full-Time

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Job Summary:

The director of institutional research and planning will develop, analyze and interpret institutional data and provide summaries, recommendations and reports to support decision making and the university's strategic initiatives. The individual will develop and maintain a database of information on students, academic courses, human resources, university finances, peer institutions and national data sources. The role coordinates with the senior leadership of the university to support strategic planning, internal decision making, and external accountability. 

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Providing technical expertise and consultation regarding university planning, research, analysis, grand development and reporting procedures.
  • Identifying primary institutional source data and external local, stat and national demographic data to be used in research projects.
  • Gathering quantitative and qualitative data from various information sources; organizing, analyzing, and presenting information to key stakeholders in a clear and effective manner.
  • Providing critically important reporting, assessment, benchmarking, and public information services to support the needs of the university.
  • Coordinating the development of policies and procedures regarding the university's research function; interpreting state and federal regulations impacting research and program evaluation.
  • Developing and supervising the implementation of the annual University research report.
  • Preparing and studying university, community, state and national demographics, population projects, and staffing reports.
  • Supporting the senior leadership of the university in the process of program evaluation, resource allocation, budgeting, accountability, and the development of policy decisions through the propagation of researched information.
  • Providing direction and administrative management to the Office of Institutitioal Research and Planning.
  • Designing and implementing information surveys and work with focus groups to measure university effectiveness.

Special Instructions to Applicants

Required Documents: Resume, Cover Letter/Letter of Application, Official Transcript(s) (upload and mail official(s) to Employee Services), Current Letter of Recommendation (1), Current Letter of Recommendation (2), Current Letter of Recommendation (3)

Education & Experience

Position Qualifications:


  • Master's degree in social or behavioral sciences, education economics, statistics or other quantitative oriented discipline required.
  • Three years of progressively more responsible research experience, preferably in areas related to education, government, public policy, not-for-profit organizations, applied research, or financial analysis preferred.

Required Skills for Position:

  • Knowledge of research design, scientific sampling, statistical analysis, and the ability to interpret data.
  • Ability to write, revise and use programs to extract and compile data from the university's student information system.
  • Ability to develop accurate and functional reports, charts, and graphs through SPSS, Microsoft Excel or other statistical software.
  • Ability to develop and understand MySQL database system.
  • Ability to develop, implement and analyze national surveys. (CCSSE, SENCE, Noel-Levitz)
  • Ability and willingness to function as a team member in developing and implementing institutional research and institutional effectiveness projects.
  • Participation with the Association for Institutional Research.
  • Ability to clearly and accurately communicate orally, and in writing, complex and/or technical information to audiences of varying educational levels.

Langston University (LU) strives to provide a safe study, work, and living environment for its faculty, staff, volunteers and students. To support this environment and comply with applicable laws and regulations, LU conducts pre-employment background checks on final candidates. Offers of employment are contingent upon the successful completion of a background check.The type of background check conducted varies by position and can include, but is not limited to, criminal (felony and misdemeanor) history, sex offender registry, motor vehicle history, financial history, and/or education verification. Background checks will be conducted when required by law or contract and when, in the discretion of the university, it is reasonable and prudent to do so.