Associate Director for Institutional Research

California, United States
09 Nov 2018
End of advertisement period
09 Jan 2019
Contract Type
Full Time

Job Code: 4748
Level: J 

Stanford Graduate School of Business

Residing in Silicon Valley, the heart of innovation, Stanford GSB has built a global reputation based on its immersive and innovative management programs. We provide students a transformative leadership experience, push the boundaries of knowledge with faculty research, and offer a portfolio of entrepreneurial and non-degree programs that deliver global impact like no other. We strive to change lives, change organizations, and change the world.

The Graduate School of Business is looking for an individual with a track record of analytical leadership and excellence in communicating information using written, verbal, and visual modalities. The successful candidate must have a strong command of the current field of Institutional Research and a record of successfully working with multiple units.

The Associate Director for Institutional Research will lead the GSB effort to interpret, monitor, and analyze information yielding actionable information to guide school decisions in wide-ranging areas. The AD will provide leadership in a decentralized university context and collaborate closely with partners and stakeholders across campus. The AD will be proactive in defining projects and suggesting areas of investigation, and will be able to prioritize and work on projects in collaboration with the various stakeholders in the school. The IR office will be housed under Academic Administration, and the AD will report to the Assistant Dean for Academic Administration

The ideal candidate will have a proven track record of project management and ability to drive programs that support the organization's workforce. The candidate should possess strong analytical skills and ability to translate metrics, research, and trends into strategy. In addition to an ability to build and maintain positive relationships internally and externally, he/she must be a team player with excellent written and verbal communications skills, capable of working on challenging as well as routine assignments with minimal supervision. The AD will be a thoughtful leader who is capable of both high-level strategic thinking as well as comfortable serving as an advocate, educator, and internal consultant, and working with people at all levels of the organization.

Your primary responsibilities include:

  • Support the Assistant Dean and Senior Associate Deans with development and implementation of a robust data environment which includes developing reports, dashboards based on institutional data, in addition to various data-related projects specific to each Senior Associate Deans’ portfolio. The IR Director will analyze problems, question existing processes, gather information and solutions, and propose best course of action.
  • Develop research methodology, gathering data and/or using appropriate statistical techniques on available data.
  • Pull, interpret, monitor and analyze data yielding actionable information. Mine and report on data in key areas; curriculum, faculty, lecturers and coaches as well as alumni to provide insights for new program development and dissemination of key findings.
  • Work with different offices at the GSB (e.g., the MBA Program, MSx Program, Executive Education, External Relations, human Resources) on developing metrics for data-driven strategies.
  • Analyze and forecast trends in research funding.
  • Develop metrics for measuring the effectiveness of a wide range of institutional initiatives, e.g., GSB diversity initiatives and other issues of interest, as defined by the Dean’s Office.
  • Will interact with GSB senior leadership on a regular basis, and will collaborate with other organizations (on and off campus) to gather relevant data for assigned projects.
  • Communicate, convey, and visualize informed conclusions and recommendations across an organization’s leadership structure in a manner to “tell the story” behind the data and influence how organization approaches the challenge.
  • Other duties may also be assigned.

To be successful in this position, you will bring: 

  • Bachelor’s degree in a relevant technical field and four years extensive experience, or combination of education and relevant technical field experience (quantitative discipline such as economics, finance, statistics, or engineering) solving analytical problems using quantitative approaches. Advanced degree is preferred.
  • Proficiency in manipulating and analyzing complex, high-volume, high-dimensionality data from varying sources.
  • Extensive experience in and strong passion for empirical research and answering hard questions with data.
  • Interpersonal and communication skills to positively convey findings and influence senior leadership & faculty.
  • Demonstrated experience querying, processing, analyzing, and reporting on large data sets.
  • Ability to use data retrieval and manipulation tools such as SQL, Brio Query, Business Objects, conjunction with visual data tools to present data clearly to non-technical audiences.
  • Familiarity and experience with intermediate statistical methods; advanced proficiency with statistical tools such as SPSS, SAS, R or similar tools.
  • Ability to tell stories with data using data visualization software such as Tableau, Excel, SPSS, or similar software in conjunction with strong verbal ability.
  • Ability to use visual data tools to present data clearly to non-technical audiences.
  • Flexible analytical approach allowing for results at varying levels of precision.
  • Familiarity with strategic planning concepts.
  • Excellent project management skills.

*Consistent with its obligations under the law, the University will provide reasonable accommodation to any employee with a disability who requires accommodation to perform the essential functions of the job.

Why Stanford is for You

Stanford’s dedicated 16,000 staff come from diverse educational and career backgrounds. We are a collaborative environment that thrives on innovation and continuous improvement. At Stanford, we seek talent committed to excellence, driven to impact the future of our legacy, and improve lives on a global sphere. We provide competitive salaries, excellent health care and retirement plans, and a generous vacation policy, including additional time off during our winter closure. Our generous perks align with what matters to you:

  • Freedom to grow. Take advantage of career development programs, tuition reimbursement, or audit a course. Join a Ted Talk, film screening, or listen to a renowned author or leader discuss global issues.
  • A caring culture. We understand the importance of your personal and family time and provide you access to wellness programs, child-care resources, parent education and consultation, elder care and caregiving support.
  • A healthier you. We make wellness a priority by providing access to world-class exercise facilities. Climb our rock wall, or participate in one of hundreds of health or fitness classes.
  • Discovery and fun. Visit campus gardens, trails, and museums.
  • Enviable resources. We offer free commuter programs and ridesharing incentives. Enjoy discounts for computers, cell phones, recreation, travel, entertainment, and more!

We pride ourselves in being a culture that encourages and empowers you.

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