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Iowa State University-Executive Director Institutional Research
Title:Iowa State University-Executive Director Institutional Research

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


Iowa State University, one of the nation’s leading public research universities, seeks a highly motivated, forward-thinking change agent to provide strategic leadership, effective management, and expertise related to institutional research, analysis, data infrastructure, data governance, compliance, and reporting.


This is a rare opportunity for an Executive Director of Institutional Research to define, build and lead the office as it transitions to serve the University into the next decades. The ideal candidate will utilize their vision incorporating the latest trends and techniques to redefine the institutional research office into one that closely and collaboratively works with the entire campus community.


This position reports to the Office of the Senior Vice President and Provost and offers a generous salary and benefits package.


The Executive Director will serve as the University’s Chief Institutional Research Officer (CIRO) and as a university-wide leader and advocate for issues related to data analysis, standards, and data governance. With the implementation of a new Enterprise Resource Planning System across the university, the use of data on campus will change in fundamental ways. The new  Executive Director will have a leadership role in building culture among administrators, faculty, and staff in data use and analysis to improve the quality of institutional decision making.


The Executive Director manages staff who provide data analysis, interpretation of analysis, and preparation of reports for both internal and external audiences. The new Executive Director will work closely with the Office of the Senior Vice President and Provost and other university leaders to develop and implement a vision for the Office of Institutional Research.


The university seeks an experienced professional with a commitment to and understanding of the academic mission who will bring:

  • strategic analysis skills and proven leadership abilities to the positions
  • the ability to clearly communicate timely and relevant information and analysis to administrators and other stakeholders to facilitate decision making
  • technical expertise in data-gathering and reporting tools, and analytical capabilities in statistics and survey research
  • the ability to develop a long-term vision for the Office of Institutional Research.
  • strong skills in relationship-building and change management.


Minimum Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree and 8 years of related experience
  • Or a Master’s degree and 6 years of related experience
  • Or a Ph.D. or other professional degree and 5 years of related experience unless otherwise specified under supplemental required education and experience


Preferred Education and Experience

  • Degree in an analytical discipline, such as computer science, educational research, social science research, information systems, or a related field
  • Doctoral degree
  • Progressively responsible experience in institutional research conducting analytical and policy studies in higher education
  • Expertise in analytical/statistical software applications (SPSS, STATA, etc.)
  • Experience with the Workday ERP environment
  • Experience using national-level datasets such as Association of American Universities Data Exchange, IPEDS, Academic Analytics, National Student Clearinghouse
  • Familiarity with accreditation requirements such as the Higher Learning Commission
  • Experience creating predictive dashboards
  • Demonstrated success in presenting data and analyses clearly and accurately in both verbal and written formats
  • Prior supervisory experience


About Iowa State University

Iowa State University is a public land-grant university classified as a Carnegie Foundation Doctoral/Research University-Extensive (R1), a member of the Association of American Universities (AAU), and ranked by U.S. News and World Report as one of the top public universities in the nation. It is the largest Regents university in the state of Iowa and the third largest university in the Big 12 athletic conference. More than 36,000 students are enrolled and are served by over 6,200 faculty and staff.


Seven academic colleges offer over 100 bachelor's degree programs, 112 master's degree programs, and 83 programs at the Ph.D. level, plus a professional degree program in Veterinary Medicine.


Iowa State University is a global and culturally diverse university committed to providing an inclusive, equitable, and diverse environment for both learning and employment. At Iowa State, they translate these values into action by seeking individuals who have experience working with diverse students, colleagues, and constituents. The university has an expectation that all employees will demonstrate a contribution to diversity and inclusion as embodied in Iowa State University’s Principles of Community.


About the Area

Thanks to a highly engaged community of 60,000 and a nationally recognized research university, Ames enjoys a well-deserved position among the top one-third of the country’s best places to live. Money Magazine ranked Ames as one of the top 50 places to live in the nation. Sperlings Best credits an extremely low unemployment rate (3.2%), cost of living 6.6% below the national average, lower than average commute time, low taxes, and median home price of $177,000 to the desirability for the area. The city was also ranked as one of the “Best Places to Live” and “Best Cities for Singles" by Livability.


Downtown Ames offers unique restaurants, shops, microbreweries and restaurants. Outdoor enthusiasts enjoy the city’s 35 wooded parks, 30 miles of bike and pedestrian trails, five golf courses, an aquatics center, an ice rink shared with ISU and fishing and boating options. The Ames Main Street Farmers Market is another popular attraction with local artists, crafters, food vendors, live music and cooking contests. The state capital of Des Moines is an easy 30-minute drive for even more entertainment options.


Iowa State University is an equal opportunity employer committed to excellence through diversity and strongly encourages applications from all qualified applicants, including women, underrepresented populations, and veterans. ISU is responsive to the needs of dual career couples, is dedicated to work-life balance through an array of policies and is an NSF ADVANCE institution.

All employees are expected to exhibit and convey good citizenship within the program, the department, college, university activities, collegial interactions, and maintain the highest standards of integrity and ethical behavior.


Pre-Employment Screening

All offers of employment, oral and written, are contingent upon the university’s verification of credentials and other information required by federal and state law, ISU policies/procedures, and may include the completion of a background check and/or a consumer credit check.


EO Statement

Iowa State University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, age, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, marital status, disability, or protected veteran status and will not be discriminated against. Inquiries can be directed to the Office of Equal Opportunity, 3410 Beardshear Hall, 515 Morrill Road, 515 294-7612, email


This position serves at the pleasure of university administration and is exempt from certain P&S policies.


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

Please apply through the application link. Do not email applications.    


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