Analysis and Planning Consultant 5 (Associate Director of Institutional Research)

Penn State University

University Park Campus
Campus City:
University Park, PA
Date Announced:
Date Closing:
open until filled
Job Number:
Level/Salary Band:
05 – L – Exempt
Work Unit:
Office of the President
Office of Planning and Assessment
Full/Part Time:


The Pennsylvania State University is committed to ensuring that diversity, equity, and inclusion are central to the success of a world-class research institution. The Office of Planning and Assessment at Penn State supports this commitment throughout its four essential university functions: learning outcomes assessment, accreditation, strategic planning, and institutional research. Penn State is a research extensive, land-grant institution offering degrees at all levels. Penn State has 24 campus locations across the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and a growing online World Campus. The University is home to approximately 97,000 students and 39,000 faculty and staff members. As the Commonwealth`s only land-grant institution, Penn State takes pride in its mission of teaching, research, service, and focus on the future. The University supports more than 160 baccalaureate degree programs, over 90 associate degree programs, and more than 190 doctorate and professional programs including programs at two law schools and a medical school. Penn State is a member of the prestigious American Association of Universities, one of 62 universities recognized for their especially strong research and academic programs. This position is physically located in the University Park campus location, but connection to the campuses around the Commonwealth is essential for this role. The uniqueness of Penn State as an organization allows a person in this role to use and apply institutional research in a variety of institutional contexts and sizes, all under the Penn State University name. The Associate Director for Institutional Research in the Office of Planning and Assessment (OPA) will identify and lead the exploration of applied research questions that are fundamental to higher education, informed through relationships with a wide array of University leaders across 24 campus locations, and considering strategic priorities and University values. The Associate Director will be responsible for designing, conducting, and communicating in both oral and written formats applied research that contributes to an understanding of institutional effectiveness and provides decision support for the University. The successful candidate will have extensive experience in developing meaningful research questions related to issues in higher education and subsequently designing and implementing institutional research studies. The candidate will have a working knowledge of quantitative and qualitative research methods, intermediate/advanced inferential statistics skills, and knowledge of higher education organization and current issues. The Associate Director will utilize University and external data systems to develop in-depth statistical analyses on topics related to institutional effectiveness including, but not limited to, access and success of student populations, faculty tenure and promotion, campus climate, and post-graduation outcomes. Typically requires a Master's degree or higher plus five years of related experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience. Master’s degree preferred in a relevant area (e.g., Higher Education, Educational Leadership, Theory and Policy), PhD desired. The candidate will have demonstrated experience in sourcing, cleaning, and analyzing complex datasets that link data from a variety of sources. Extensive knowledge and experience with database management tools are required. Demonstrated application of data analytics, including predictive modeling, is required. Experience using statistical analysis software, such as R, STATA, or SPSS, is required. The Associate Director will lead, supervise, and mentor a team of skilled institutional researchers and will report to and collaborate with the Assistant Vice Provost for Institutional Research to ensure that the office’s research agenda is targeted, meaningful, and in direct support of University goals. Experience supervising and mentoring staff is required. Excellent organizational judgment and strong abilities to negotiate, seek consensus, and achieve cooperation are crucial traits. The capability to work independently on complex assignments, manage projects, collaborate with others, and make judgments about priorities and quality in order to produce high quality products is essential. A demonstrated ability to present complex ideas, techniques, and analytic findings concisely, clearly, and effectively, both orally and in writing, to senior decision makers at the University is required.

These salary bands have been established to provide salary guidelines for staff positions.

Salary Band Minimum Midpoint Maximum
A $16,584 $24,456 $32,328
B $18,240 $26,904 $35,556
C $19,728 $29,592 $39,456
D $21,708 $32,568 $43,416
E $24,312 $36,468 $48,612
F $27,228 $40,848 $54,456
G $30,012 $45,744 $61,500
H $34,188 $52,140 $70,080
I $38,988 $59,424 $79,908
J $43,716 $67,740 $91,812
K $50,712 $78,600 $106,488
L $58,836 $91,176 $123,528
M $68,232 $105,756 $143,292
N $80,508 $124,788 $169,068
O $93,492 $147,252 $201,024
P $110,340 $173,760 $237,192
Q $126,396 $199,056 $271,728
R $151,668 $238,872 $326,088