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Director, Institutional Research and Planning

Education, General Management, Information Technology, Operations / Manufacturing, Sciences


Saint Mary\'s University

Halifax City, Nova Scotia

Position:                      Director, Institutional Research and Planning (APC)

Department:               Vice-President, Academic and Research (VPAR) Office

Annual Salary:            $78,740 - $101,478 (Group 8)


Founded in 1802, Saint Mary’s University is one of Canada’s oldest and leading institutions of higher learning and has evolved into a vibrant and engaged community of students, faculty, staff, and alumni from more than 100 countries around the world.  Saint Mary’s University is home to one of Canada’s leading business schools, a Science Faculty widely known for its cutting-edge research, a comprehensive and innovative Arts Faculty and a vibrant Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research.

Reporting to the Vice President Academic and Research, the Director, Institutional Research and Planning is responsible for facilitating analytic support to aid decision-making by senior management and departments in areas related to institutional management, policy formulation, government funding, program review processes, problem finding and problem solving, and planning with particular reference to core drivers of organizational strength such as student enrolment. The Director, Institutional Research and Planning leads an Office responsible for the design, development and implementation of processes and systems to improve the quality and accessibility of institutional data.

Duties as the Director, Institutional Research and Planning include, but are not limited to:

  • Providing contextual data for evidence-based University operations planning.
  • Acting as a resource for the Executive Management Group in the development of long-range strategies and operational plans for the development of the University.
  • Coordinating research and assessment related to practices to support resource allocation and decision making and collaborating with Financial Services in the development of costing and revenue models.
  • Identifying/supporting/ensuring environmental scanning to identify risks and opportunities with respect to revenues (e.g., new markets) and evaluating new market/program opportunities.
  • Supporting the University’s multi-year operating budget by providing detailed enrolment forecasts and other forecasts as appropriate.
  • Supervising two full-time staff and responsible for assigning tasks and/or delegating responsibility including assessing and monitoring operational workloads to meet internal payroll deadlines and third party requirements.
  • Monitoring employee performance and providing day-to-day and periodic formal performance feedback.
  • Working collaboratively with the Senior Management Group (SMG) to develop and implement assessment tools and plans to support evidence-based decision making.
  • Working collaboratively with the Executive Management Group (EMG) to develop tools to support strategic planning, implementation and sustainability.
  • Coordinating outcome assessment processes for programs to support student success (e.g. program evaluation for 1st year experience programs, student intervention and success programs).
  • Coordinating outcome assessments for administrative/academic projects funded through the budget process.
  • Overseeing a comprehensive program of institutional research including, initiations of studies, data collection, analysis, interpretation and reporting to inform evaluation and decision making.
  • Coordinating the University’s participation in national surveys, such as NSEE, CUSC and NGOS, and ensuring the results are analyzed and communicated appropriately.
  • Performing compliance reporting to government agencies, such as MPHEC PSIS reporting and the Government of Nova Scotia-Saint Mary’s University Outcomes Agreement.
  • Planning and establishing the development of models to better understand data relationships (e.g. predictive models of student success, revenue forecasting models).
  • Overseeing the production of reports, presentations and visualization tools to raise institutional (SMG, faculty, staff, students, stakeholders) awareness and knowledge of relevant institutional information.
  • Ensuring access to flexible reporting dashboards for decisions makers that are intuitive and informative.
  • Ensuring the establishment of data standards and a data dictionary for institutional reporting.
  • Supervising the technical aspects of database ownership, data collection and data analysis to ensure data integrity and effectiveness for reporting.
  • Maintaining a centralized repository of all assessment plans and reports for the University.

To be the successful Director, Institutional Research and Planning you will have a Master’s degree, or equivalent, in a program with required application or research methodology and statistical analysis and a minimum of five (5) to seven (7) years of directly related experience. This experience will include demonstrated use of quantitative analytical software tools for analysis and modelling such as Excel, Access, SPSS, SAS, R; writing reports from a relational database and knowledge of SQL; experience with qualitative research methods, including focus groups; and a proficiency in writing and presenting skills. Assets you will bring to this position are a familiarity with Nvivo; experience working with Banner/Oracle databases; and previous experience working in a university environment.

Apply for this opportunity online by visiting www.smu.ca/employment and use our online application system through CareerBeacon. Select the position you are interested in and apply by clicking the "Apply Online Now" button. Please include the names of three professional references. No telephone calls please.

The search committee will begin to consider applications on February 12, 2018

and continue until the position is filled.

Saint Mary’s University hires on the basis of merit and is committed to the principles of employment equity.  Saint Mary’s University encourages applications from qualified women, visible minorities, Aboriginal people, and people with disabilities. Preference will be given to Canadian citizens and permanent residents of Canada.

Saint Mary's University thanks all applicants for applying. Only those selected for interviews will be contacted.

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