Posted Feb 13

Dean - Research, Analysis, and Planning

Niceville, FL, United States Full Time
Salary: $90,000.00

Under direction of the College President, the Dean of Research, Analysis, and Planning will plan, develop, organize, conduct, coordinate, direct and evaluate research and planning for College functions, programs, services and activities through the continuous assessment and analysis of student needs. This position is responsible for (1) collecting, analyzing and reporting data and conducting a wide variety of research studies; (2) developing and coordinating a systematic and integrated institutional planning process that is aligned with accreditation, program review, (3) supporting and assisting with the development, implementation, assessment, evaluation and continuous improvement of student learning outcomes and other measures of student success; (4) establishing, assessing, evaluating and reporting on measures of institutional effectiveness. This leadership position requires the ability to work independently in a complex, fast-paced environment with a high level of accuracy, reliability and collaboration.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Collect and analyze internal and external data; perform a wide range of statistical analyses, validation studies, reports and surveys, including student satisfaction, campus climate and community surveys and ad hoc reports as requested by the supervisor; prepare and distribute reports and recommendations as required; develop and implement appropriate data collection, analysis and presentation methodology for studies and projects.
  • Develop and maintain College databases related to enrollment, program effectiveness, student outcomes and other areas; assure the accuracy and integrity of College data.
  • Provide data and analysis for College, state and federal accountability measures; assure accuracy and integrity of all College data; submit reports as required.
  • Plan, coordinate and conduct studies, including but not limited to, College, regional, state, and national demographics, enrollment trends, retention rates, persistence rates, transfer rates, success rates and overall effectiveness of the institution as it relates to the recruitment, retention and success of students.
  • Maintain current knowledge of laws, codes, ordinances, regulations and pending legislation related to institutional assessment, research, planning and accreditation; modify projects, studies, functions and procedures to assure compliance with local, state and federal requirements as necessary and appropriate.
  • Support and assist in the development, implementation, assessment and evaluation of student learning outcomes, including basic skills and other student success initiatives; assist in the organization, implementation and evaluation of faculty and staff training related to student learning outcomes.
  • Prepare local and state matriculation reports; develop and maintain College matriculation databases; provide research support for all components of matriculation.
  • Provide data from both internal and external sources, and analysis to support recruitment, outreach and marketing activities.
  • Provide data and analysis to support resource development and grant applications, implementation and follow-up reports as necessary.
  • Operate a computer and peripheral equipment, including the technical aspects of current spreadsheet, statistical and database management software; utilize query programs to access mainframe data; download and transfer data as required.
  • Provide data and analysis to support workforce and economic development planning and strategies, such as gathering census and labor market information, compiling economic and workforce development resources, and environmental scans of industry job growth. Maintain current knowledge of community college education, college and community characteristics and trends, and keep the College and administration informed.
  • Develop and coordinate a broad-based, systematic and integrated institutional planning process that is aligned with accreditation and incorporates other planning-related elements including, but not limited to, fiscal management; enrollment management; instructional management information systems; personnel; matriculation; program review; educational and facilities master planning; basic skills; grant and resource development and support; compliance and accountability reporting; recruitment and marketing; emergency planning; monitoring of student and staff equity goals; learning outcomes; staff development; and other activities as necessary. Also, update the college plan as directed; assure accuracy of data used for planning and decision-making.
  • Support program review with internal and external data as necessary; assist in and provide support for the development, implementation and evaluation of the program review process.
  • Develop and implement tools to measure and communicate institutional effectiveness in relation to accreditation standards and best practices; provide training and assistance for faculty and staff in the development, implementation, assessment and evaluation of institutional effectiveness measures.
  • Anticipate and plan for College research and planning needs; prepare management reports that define and evaluate the problem and propose solutions.
  • Serve on College planning committees, including, but not limited to, planning, enrollment management, accreditation, educational and facilities master planning and other groups to assist in the review and interpretation of information that will lead to enhanced decision- making.
  • Develop college research and planning goals.
  • Develop, maintain and be accountable for the research and planning budget and other budgets as assigned.
  • Participate in preparation of state and federal grant applications.
  • Represent the College in District, community, government and professional organizations as appropriate to research, planning and institutional effectiveness; serve on college committees, task forces and other groups and provide assistance and technical data to college staff and faculty as needed; make presentations to large and small groups.
  • Work cooperatively as a member of the administrative team of the College toward the achievement of its goals and objectives.
  • Provide leadership consistent with the mission and function of the College.
  • Recommend and implement techniques to improve department policies and practices; increase efficiency; take advantage of opportunities and maintain state-of-the-art practices, keeping abreast of current trends and practices in the field.
  • Maintain effective public relations with the larger community.
  • Assure smooth operations within the areas of responsibility.
  • React to change productively and handle other essential tasks as assigned.
  • Perform related duties as assigned.

Demonstrated Knowledge of:

  • Education process, instruction, role of faculty, curriculum, student services, student learning outcomes and accreditation.
  • Advanced principles, practices, procedures, theories, models and techniques involved in the research, collection, analysis, interpretation and reporting of statistical data.
  • Planning principles, especially in relation to higher education.
  • Operation of microcomputer equipment and a variety of software including word processing and advanced spreadsheet, statistical analysis and database management applications.
  • Data analysis tools, techniques and terminology.
  • Project management.
  • External data reporting, such as IPEDS.
  • Applicable laws, codes, regulations, policies and procedures.

Demonstrated Ability to:

  • Exercise leadership in the areas of research, planning and institutional effectiveness.
  • Plan, coordinate and conduct research, analytical studies and surveys related to the assessment, planning and evaluation of College programs.
  • Analyze current and historical statistical data and develop sound, logical conclusions and recommendations.
  • Communicate effectively in oral, written and graphic form; make presentations to large and small groups.
  • Operate modern microcomputer equipment and current software used in data analysis.
  • Interpret, apply and explain rules, regulations, policies and procedures.
  • Develop and maintain a research and planning web site.
  • Coordinate and support College planning processes.
  • Evaluate program and institutional effectiveness objectively.
  • Access mainframe data and utilize query tools.
  • Prepare analytical reports and recommendations.
  • Establish and maintain effective and cooperative working relationships with others; work effectively within a participatory governance environment.
  • Relate effectively to people of varied academic, cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds using tact, diplomacy and courtesy.
  • Meet schedules and timelines.
  • Plan and organize time and work effectively.
  • Work independently with minimum supervision.
  • Remain current in the field.
  • Train others in the tools and techniques of research and the use of data.


  • Master’s degree in research, assessment, analysis, institutional effectiveness/continuous improvement, or related field required.
  • Doctorate in research, assessment, analysis, institutional effectiveness/continuous improvement, or related field strongly preferred.
  • Minimum of three years demonstrated successful leadership experience in research/planning/data analysis preferred.
  • Demonstrated expertise in data collection and reporting skills.
  • Proficiency working with management information systems, specifically Banner, is preferred.
  • Excellent oral and written communications skills.
  • Demonstrated interest in student success and the ability to relate to both students and faculty.
  • Proficiency with standard word processing and presentation software, familiarity with basic web and Internet functions.
  • Demonstrated cultural competency, sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability, and ethnic backgrounds of community college staff, faculty, and students.

All degrees must be from a regionally-accredited postsecondary institution.

Additional Application Instructions

Please provide a complete application package that includes all of the following: 1. NWF State College Application. 2. Resume. 3. A cover letter explaining why you consider yourself qualified for this position. 4. Copies of transcripts. Application Deadline: February 24, 2017.

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