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University of Toledo- Director of Institutional Research
Title:University of Toledo- Director of Institutional Research

Academic Career & Executive Search is pleased to assist the University of Toledo in their search for a Director of Institutional Research.

An ideal opportunity for a proven leader to bring their strong data analysis background and excellent data translational skills to lead change and innovation within the Office of Institutional Research.

The successful candidate is highly organized, strategic and an exceptional communicator who interacts and supports constituents from the president’s office to faculty and staff across campus. A natural leader, educator, and trainer the Director is a data ambassador who enjoys working with the campus community to develop programs to help them better understand and utilize data. The Director is skilled and adept in understanding and managing data across multiple systems.

The Director reports to the Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs and works closely with the Office of the President, Vice Provost’s, Deans and others across campus. This position supervises the staff and graduate assistants within the Office of Institutional Research.

The Director of Institutional Research serves a crucial function within the university as they:

  • Manage the reporting of academic and institutional data to state and federal agencies required for university compliance with state and federal laws, and for eligibility for Federal Title IV and State SSI funds. Accurate reporting of this data is linked to hundreds of millions of dollars in revenue annually.
  • Organize the gathering and analysis of institutional data necessary for nearly all institutional, administrative, and programmatic decision-making. Provides the foundation on which all data-driven decision-making rests.
  • Support numerous units across campus with data, analysis, self-service data tools and training.

The Director of Institutional Research is responsible for the administration and leadership of the Office of Institutional Research. The director’s primary responsibility is to provide professional and technical leadership to the Institutional Research staff. The primary task of OIR is to provide reports and data analysis in an accurate and timely fashion to external agencies, the University of Toledo central administration, and other constituencies according to priorities set by the Office of the Provost.

The director will maintain and enhance institutional reporting and analytical capabilities through the development of improved, centralized data management and data collection processes.

The Director is responsible for providing leadership and innovation in supporting the institution’s strategic planning and implementation process, accreditation and assessment, and in developing and sustaining a culture of evidence-based decision-making.

Responsibility includes providing data to external entities including state, regional, and national organizations and federal agencies. The Director will ensure university participation in internal and external surveys as designated by the Provost and President, and to provide analysis of survey data.

The Director will participate in university-level committees as needed to ensure data integrity and to provide expertise and information for date-driven decision processes.


  • Manage the Office of Institutional Research, which includes staff leadership and administration of the OIR’s resources and budget.
  • Lead and direct all efforts in preparation of data reports to state, federal, and other outside agencies, meeting all required deadlines.
  • Represent University of Toledo to ODHE as the Higher Education Information System (HEI) liaison.
  • Ensure and assist the university and colleges in meeting regional accreditation data requirements.
  • Lead the OIR team in providing data and analysis related to strategic planning and implementation, accreditation, assessment, retention, and other institutional initiatives.
  • Provide expert consultation, data analysis, and interpretation to university leadership.
  • Develop methods for gathering and analyzing data regarding learning outcomes, student and institutional characteristics, institutional demographics, community needs assessments, enrollment and retention, and institutional, programmatic, and pedagogical effectiveness. Many of these tasks will require coordination with the Office of Assessment, Accreditation, and Program Review.
  • Develop, coordinate, and publish the annual data fact book. Keep IR web pages and data tools up to date with IR reports.
  • Oversee the development of data access tools through Argos and other platforms to enable colleges, departments, and other constituents to access information they need. Establish and maintain systems for training end users on data access tools.
  • Manage, prioritize, and respond to ad hoc requests for data and reports under guidelines set by the Office of the Provost.

Required qualifications and experience:

  • Master’s degree or higher in an appropriate discipline such as education, social science, policy analysis, or information technology
  • Minimum of 3-5 years of experience related to institutional assessment and planning in a higher education environment.
  • Working knowledge of higher education ERP systems, particularly Banner
  • Background in the application of data warehouse technologies including the use of SQL and statistical analysis packages (SAS, SPSS, R, etc.)
  • Background in education data analysis and problem solving
  • Strong understanding of research methodologies and the ability to translate important institutional questions into accurate, relevant, and valid analysis.
  • Ability to multi-task among competing priorities and projects, track progress and details, and keep things from falling through the cracks
  • Ability to meet critical deadlines
  • Strong interpersonal and communications skills
  • Ability to work with multiple constituencies, including faculty, academic unit leadership, professional staff, and senior administration.
  • Ability to make administrative/procedural decisions and judgments
  • Ability to foster and maintain a cooperative work environment
  • Experience with regional accreditation processes and systems
  • Perform assigned responsibilities, duties, and tasks according to appropriate practices, procedures, techniques, and standards in a safe manner with minimal supervision.

University of Toledo

Founded in 1872, The University of Toledo (UT) ( is one of 14 public universities in Ohio. UT currently has an enrollment of approximately 20,600 students (16,200 undergraduate and 4,400 graduate). The University is comprised of 13 academic colleges and an academic medical center. UT's 255-acre main campus is adjacent to one of Toledo's finest residential neighborhoods, providing a suburban atmosphere while allowing access to cultural and entertainment venues in Toledo. The campus, featuring its iconic bell tower, is frequently recognized for its beauty. The University's professional health care programs and medical center are located at its Health Science Campus. Specialized programs and activities are located at the University's other four campuses: Scott Park Campus, Center for the Visual Arts at the Toledo Museum of Art, Lake Erie Center and Stranahan Arboretum.

With an institutional operating budget exceeding $730 million, UT's approximately 6,600 employees have a regional economic impact in excess of $1 billion. The University plays a central role in economic development in northwest Ohio. Its economic development arm, called Rocket Innovations, helps professors translate discoveries found in the lab into commercial products and businesses that create jobs. Across all campuses, UT has invested more than $300 million in capital projects to renovate, rebuild and revitalize university facilities. The University is currently finalizing a 10-year campus master facilities plan and developing a five-year strategic plan.

The mission of The University of Toledo is to improve the human condition; to advance knowledge through excellence in learning, discovery and engagement; and to serve as a diverse, student- centered public metropolitan research university. The University of Toledo aims to be a transformative force for the world. The University is proud to offer more than 120 undergraduate majors and more than 150 professional and graduate programs, offering students a wide array of career paths and specialization. Many of its programs are nationally ranked.

UT leadership is focused on strengthening the educational opportunities provided to students, helping ensure student success, and providing a wide array of research and career opportunities. The University's current strategic priorities aim to improve the national standing of the institution; increase enrollment, retention and student preparedness; grow externally funded research; boost philanthropy and fundraising; and ensure a UT education remains affordable by reducing administrative costs.

Living in Toledo, OH

This family-friendly, culturally and religiously diverse city offers a cost of living 23.3% lower than the U.S. average. Toledo boasts great restaurants, cultural events, one of the top ten art museums in the country, symphony, theater, children's science center, zoo, and an extensive Metropark system. Within an hour and a half are five major research institutions. Toledo is home to two professional sports teams, motor speedways, and golf courses and its proximity to Lake Erie provides many recreational opportunities. Detroit and Ann Arbor are within an hour drive and Pittsburgh, Indianapolis and Chicago less than four hours.

Equal Opportunity

The University of Toledo has declared a policy of providing equal opportunity in all policies and procedures affecting employment and education. In conjunction with the objectives of the policy and in accordance with the various local, state, and Federal laws, rules and regulations, the University is committed to providing employment and educational opportunities without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, veteran status and/or the presence of a disability.

Application Instructions:

Applications will be reviewed as they are received and should include a cover letter and CV. 

Inquiries, referrals and nominations are treated confidentially and can be sent to Jennifer Muller, Academic Career & Executive Search at or call 860-740-2600.



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