The Institutional Researcher is responsible for planning, developing, directing, assessing, and conducting institutional research. The primary duties of this position will be to conduct institutional research activities, including activities designed to support program review and assess and improve institutional outcomes. The Institutional Researcher will collaborate with administration, faculty, and staff to develop and implement projects including enrollment management, the efficacy of student aid benefits, outcomes assessment, student experience and success, and planning.
Additionally, the Institutional Researcher will:
Coordinate and supervise all aspects of institutional research and planning associated with program review, admissions and financial aid, accreditation, and student learning outcomes.
Provide, in collaboration with the senior leadership group, support and leadership for the creation of an environment in which assessment activities are understood and practiced for ongoing improvement.
Monitor information such as outcomes and assessment data, demographic data, and enrollment data in order to contribute to the design and implementation of an ongoing institutional research agenda.
Participate in institutional strategic planning and help monitor progress toward strategic goals.
Collaborate with faculty, staff, and administrators on research projects and initiatives that have as their goal the improvement of educational and institutional effectiveness.
Serve as lead author for technical reports, publications, and proposals.
Support the dissemination, synthesis, and use of findings and data among stakeholders through written reports and briefings, facilitating strategic conversations among stakeholders.
Keep faculty and administrators aware of key findings and trends.
Design surveys and conduct quantitative and qualitative studies, collect and summarize data, and provide analysis and interpretation for planning, review, and decision-making.
Apply knowledge of modern research methods, including web scraping and programming in statistical software systems, creating and managing large database systems, extracting and programming data from student and other information systems.
Work closely with the Digital Learning Officer to design processes and data management systems to capture relevant and timely data.
Develop and monitor budgets and expenditures for institutional research.
Engage in professional development to stay abreast of assessment theories, pedagogical and technological developments, current trends and developments in order to exercise informed judgment and advise on new directions.
Perform other duties as assigned within the scope of the position.
The ideal candidate will demonstrate the following:
Strong project management skills and experience with leading a project from beginning to the presentation of data.
Ability to work independently, one-on-one, and collaboratively with administrators, faculty, staff, and students in organizing and implementing research studies for the institution.
Excellent communication skills for a wide variety of audiences, both oral and written.
Advanced degree or equivalent experience in an appropriate academic discipline with an emphasis on both program evaluation/assessment and quantitative and qualitative research methods.
Strong statistical, analytical, presentation, problem-solving and predictive modeling skills.
Demonstrated proficiency in research, survey design, and analysis.
At least three years of experience in a similar role.
About Buckingham Browne & Nichols
BB&N, a coeducational day school in Cambridge, MA, was established in 1974 by the merger of two independent schools, the Buckingham School and the Browne & Nichols School, founded respectively in 1889 and 1883. Located on multiple campuses, we work as one School in pursuit of excellence. We celebrate the diversity of our community, which enriches our daily experience. At BB&N we foster intellectual curiosity, critical thinking, and a deep concern and respect for others.
BB&N’s mission is to promote scholarship, integrity, and kindness in diverse, curious, and motivated students. The School prepares students for lives of principled engagement in their communities and the world. We value a diverse and inclusive community that fosters respect for the identities and perspectives of all.