Under the oversight of the Office of the President, the Director of Institutional Research and Effectiveness oversees the creation, development, collection, organization, interpretation, distribution, and evaluation of data, information, and reports useful for effective institutional assessment, policy, and planning formulation, and decision making.


  • Excellent communication skills, written and verbal, in individual and group settings, including the ability to deal tactfully with different audiences.
  • Ability to analyze and organize data and present these findings in a manner understandable for
  • different audiences.
  • Excellent ability to convey complex information in written reports and oral presentations.
  • Strong quantitative and qualitative analytical skills.
  • Ability to work independently and manage tasks in a collaborative, transparent, and engaging manner.
  • Demonstrated ability to design, plan, implement, and evaluate research projects.
  • Familiarity with the structure and best practices of data warehouses.
  • Experience using databases and applying principles of data mining.
  • Commitment to confidentiality with the ability to exercise judgment and discretion.
  • Demonstrated leadership and academic project management, including success in implementing new methods or processes with a strong understanding of change management.
  • Experience with Office software such as Microsoft Word, Excel, SPSS, Access, and other database management systems. Familiarity with Anthology preferred.
  • Commitment to and enthusiasm for the pursuit of excellence at the rate of change needed to build consensus.
  • Commitment to the mission of Dallas Theological Seminary

Education and Experience

  • Master’s degree required (preferably in education, social or educational research, or related field) or an equivalent combination of education and senior-level experience may be substituted for the degree requirement. Doctoral degree preferred.
  • Minimum five years of progressively responsible experience in higher education institutional research, data collection, analysis, and reporting.
  • Experience working with the expectations and processes of an academic institution and the demands for data analytics and applications.

Physical Requirements

  • Prolonged periods of sitting at a desk and working on a computer.
  • Must be able to lift up to 25 pounds at times.
  • Frequent movement around campus and walking between buildings.


  • Anticipate questions and help stakeholders refine existing research questions by correlating data, research trends, and institutional goals and policies.
  • Collect, analyze, interpret and report information (especially from the IE process) for decision-making using data collection and applied research methods.
  • Serve as stewards of data and information by ensuring that data is compliant, accessible, and understandable across the entire institution.
  • Educate and motivate information producers, users, and consumers on the seminary-wide institutional effectiveness process and the means to analyze and use data to inform decision making.
  • Develop and maintain strategic data plan and institutional data book.
  • Maintain, assess, and/or refine institutional effectiveness program and governmental reporting responsibilities (e.g., IPEDS).
  • Assist Office of Academic Affairs in assessing academic departments and programs and collecting and analyzing data for institutional self-studies and accreditation reports.
  • Guide the data and procedural needs of the Institutional Effectiveness Committee.
  • Lead IRE office staff in fulfilling the department’s mission. Ensure confidentiality of data.
  • Fulfill other research needs as requested by the supervisor.

Additional Information

Institutional Research and Effectiveness
June 21, 2021
Full Time