Analysis and Planning Consultant 5 (Director of Applied 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
The Office of Planning, Assessment, and Institutional Research
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, Assessment, and Institutional Research at Penn State supports this commitment throughout its four essential university functions: learning outcomes assessment, accreditation, planning, and institutional research. The Director for Applied Institutional Research will lead the development and exploration of applied research questions that are fundamental to higher education and informed through relationships with a wide array of University leaders across 24 campus locations. The Director will be responsible for designing, conducting, and leading institutional research studies, including studies that incorporate predictive and prescriptive modeling. The 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 students, faculty tenure and promotion, campus climate, and post-graduation outcomes. The Director will lead, supervise, and mentor a team of institutional research analysts and will report to 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. The successful candidate will have extensive experience in developing meaningful research questions related to issues in higher education, as well as experience in designing and implementing institutional research studies. The candidate will have working knowledge of quantitative and qualitative research methods, as well as experience with intermediate to advanced inferential statistical techniques to include predictive and prescriptive modeling. The candidate will have demonstrated experience in sourcing, cleaning, and analyzing complex datasets that link data from a variety of sources. 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. Typically requires a Master's degree or higher plus five years of related experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience. A Master’s degree in a relevant area (e.g., higher education, policy analysis, public administration, social science, or applied statistics) is required, PhD preferred. Demonstrated application of data analytics, including predictive and prescriptive modeling, is required. Experience using analytics software, such as R, SAS, STATA, or SPSS, is required. Supervisory experience 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. Demonstrated ability to communicate insights gleaned from statistical analyses is essential. Data sensemaking to multiple types of audiences is critical for the person in this role. The ability to not only wrangle and analyze data, but to contextualize the results, translate data, and interpret results is required. As a data translator, the person is this position will be able to shape research questions and align data with the questions. The capacity to help others understand what results mean in the context of higher education decision-making is essential.

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