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Director of Institutional Research & Effectiveness

Great Basin College
Job Location:
Elko, 89801
Institutional Research and Planning

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Job Description

The Director of Institutional Research & Effectiveness is responsible for providing institutional and administrative support by collecting, analyzing, reporting, presenting, and archiving all relevant information for the ongoing efficient and effective functioning of Great Basin College (GBC).

The Director will coordinate institutional data collection and reporting as needed by GBC faculty, departments, programs, and administrators. Reporting is also required by the Nevada System of Higher Education (NSHE) and other State, Federal, and external entities as needed. The Director is responsible for managing the academic assessment activities of the campus and supports all accreditation (institutional and programmatic) efforts college-wide, and serves as the campus Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU) Liaison officer. This position will work closely with the Academic Affairs office, Academic Deans, Department Chairs, and Campus Directors to ensure the College meets its mission, goals, and institutional learning outcomes and remains in good accreditation standing. The Director will have a primary responsibility in the compilation of GBC assessment documentation for internal use and accreditation purposes. Self-direction, communication, and collaborative skills are important in this position.

The position may be based at the main GBC Campus in Elko or any of its center locations in Ely, Pahrump, or Winnemucca. Consists of occasional travel, with or without accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is required primarily within the state, primarily via automobile for meetings with occasional overnight stays.

This position reports to the Vice President for Student and Academic Affairs (VPSAA). The Institutional Research Department consists for the director and one part-time analyst. The director works closely with all data stakeholders, particularly with GBC Student Information Systems Office (SISOPS) and Admissions and Records Office. The director also works closely with Student Services units and Academic Affairs faculty to coordinate assessment reporting.

GBC serves the students and communities of Nevada. This position must demonstrate a strong work ethic and a high standard of professional behavior. Due to the relatively small size of the College, the job requires performing duties at a wide range of skill and responsibility levels.


  • A Master's degree appropriate to the needs of the position is required.

  • At least three years of experience in institutional research in higher education is required.

  • Experience with data acquisition, management and analysis (including use of Access, SPSS or SQL) is required. Must be able to interpret data and communicate its meaning at the user's level.

  • Must be familiar with: The requirements of IPEDS, Perkins, and other national-level reporting; Ability to use available databases such as National Student Clearinghouse, IPEDS, Census data, and similar; Accreditation processes and reporting at both the program and institutional levels; Processes of planning and assessment, and the documentation of these.

Required skills:

  • Technical/analytical knowledge and skills required for data collection, compilation, storage, retrieval, and analysis (e.g., knowledge of definitions, formulae, data structures, skills in research design, statistics, computer software (including SPSS and Microsoft Office products), web utilization, oral and written communication, etc.).

  • Knowledge of substantive management issues such as enrollment management and patterns, budgeting formulas, resource allocation, assessment, and strategic planning.

  • Contextual knowledge of higher education in general and community colleges specifically (e.g., knowledge of organizational history and culture, roles and responsibilities, and the larger external environment).

Preferred skills:

  • Familiarity with Peoplesoft, Oracle EPM, and/or OBIEE, or similar platforms with the ability to easily adapt to these.


The primary responsibility is to provide data, analysis, and reports to responsible parties in a timely manner for data-based decision making, using a battery of standardized and ad hoc studies and data collection measures. The information will be used in working with GBC faculty and administration in planning and assessment in domains such as academic programs, admissions and enrollment, persistence and retention, alumni and graduate follow-up, budget and finance, workload, facilities need and utilization, and external stakeholders.

Specific responsibilities will include, but not be limited to:

  • Compile accurate reporting information, on schedule, for reports due at the national and regional level, including such reporting as IPEDS, Perkins, WICHE, SARA, etc.

  • Compile accurate reporting information, on schedule, for reports due for NSHE, including regular reports relating to such topics as NSHE data warehouse, enrollment, remediation, and workload, and irregularly requested reports and analysis on a wide range of topics.

  • Compile accurate reporting information, on schedule, for reports and analysis requested by GBC administration and faculty (as approved by the VPSAA), including information and reports needed for program reviews, surveys, program and institutional accreditation, grants, and other studies.

  • Oversee various surveys and compile the results as needed.

  • Annually compile a GBC Fact Book displaying descriptive data of GBC, including ongoing metrics.

  • Work closely with administration and faculty in the area of institutional strategic planning, assessment, and accreditation.

  • Oversee the distribution, collection, and data compilation for student course ratings and the monitoring of syllabus content.

  • Work with groups external to GBC - such as NSHE institutions, school districts, or businesses - to collaboratively collect data and generate reports.

  • Lead data advisory group to coordinate business process needs with reporting needs. Collaborate with departments and divisions to report and implement operational assessments. Enter information into various databases and reporting tools.

  • Directs assessment activities and documentation for all educational programs and courses, administrative support services, academic and student support services, and community/public services.

  • Implements a system for institutional strategic planning and assists in coordinating the annual implementation, assessment, monitoring, and reporting on the achievement of goals.

  • Provides assessment assistance to faculty and staff through training, consultation, and professional development activities.

  • Collaborates with deans to achieve assessment goals and ensure continual improvement in institutional effectiveness.

  • Oversee reporting of course student learning outcomes. Summarize data and information for College-wide Assessment Committee.

  • Serves as the college's NWCCU liaison to include managing college's efforts for successful NWCCU reaccreditation.

  • Participate in college-wide activities and committees as appropriate.

  • Other duties as assigned.


The position may require driving to other GBC campuses, with or without reasonable accommodation as per the Americans with Disabilities Act, with possible overnight stays to coordinate students and programs throughout the service area. There must be a commitment to the GBC mission to serve rural Nevada. The successful candidate will participate in several state-wide or national meetings each year that require overnight travel.

Compensation Grade

Administrative Faculty - D

The budgeted salary range for this position is $75,600 - $102,000.

Salary is based on relatable education and experience, internal equity and budgets.

Remarkable Retirement

Our retirement plan is beyond compare. Your 17.50% contribution is generously matched by the University. With the faculty retirement plan, you are 100% vested your first day. Sit back and watch your retirement dollars grow! All permanent employees on an annual "A" or "B" contract who are employed at least 50% full-time are eligible to participate in the NSHE retirement program unless they are members of PERS of Nevada.

Perks of Working at Great Basin College

  • Health insurance options including medical, dental and vision

  • Generous annual and sick leave and life insurance

  • No state income tax!

  • Free Parking

Grants-in-aid for Faculty Employees

Great Basin College is proud to provide a reduced-rate tuition benefit to faculty and qualified dependents. Faculty can take up to six credits per semester at a reduced rate. Dependents of faculty have unlimited credits, but in order to be eligible children must be unmarried and under the age of 24 and must receive at least 50% of their financial support from the employee and/or employee's spouse or domestic partner.



Full-Time Equivalent


Required Attachment(s)

Please note, once you submit your application the only attachment/s viewable to you will be the attachment/s to the resume/CV section of the application. Any additional required attachment/s to the cover letter, references, additional documents sections of the application, will not be viewable to you after you submit your application. All uploaded attachment/s will be on the application for the committee to review.

The following must be attached to your application:

  • Resume/CV - List a detailed description of the major duties that you performed as part of each job. You must demonstrate that you qualify for the position and your education and experience must be clearly documented.

  • Cover Letter

  • Three Supervisory References - Please make a note if you do not want your present employer contacted unless necessary to determine your qualifications for the position.

Additional Information


Newly hired faculty must assure that their official transcripts are sent by the degree granting institution(s) to Great Basin College Human Resources Office within 30 days from the effective date of employment. Regionally accredited institutions must have awarded academic degrees.

If you are using education completed in foreign colleges or universities to meet qualification requirements, you must show that your education credentials have been evaluated by a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign education programs and such education has been deemed equivalent to that gained in an accredited U.S. education program; or full credit has been given for the courses at a U.S. accredited college or university. Any expense related to the evaluation will be the responsibility of the candidate.

Background Check

An online background check will be required of the selected applicant; a third-party administrator will perform this.


GBC is not able to support sponsorship for employment. Candidates must be eligible to work in the United States.

Open Until Filled

This posting will be posted for a minimum of 30 days from 04/05/2024 or until filled. Applications may be reviewed upon receipt. Recruitment will close without notice when a sufficient number of applications are received, or a hiring decision has been made.

Posting Close Date

Note to Applicant

A background check will be conducted on the candidate(s) selected for hire.

References will be contacted at the appropriate phase of the recruitment process.

As part of the hiring process, applicants for positions in the Nevada System of Higher Education may be required to demonstrate the ability to perform job-related tasks.

All document(s) must be received on or before the closing date of the job announcements.

Schedules are subject to change based on organizational needs.

HR will attempt to verify academic credentials upon receipt of hiring documents.

NSHE is committed to providing a place of work and learning free of discrimination on the basis of a person's age (40 or older), disability, whether actual or perceived by others (including service-connected disabilities), gender (including pregnancy related conditions), military status or military obligations, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information, national origin, race (including hair texture and protected hairstyles such as natural hairstyles, afros, bantu knots, curls, braids, locks and twists), color, or religion (protected classes).

About Great Basin College

Located in the high desert of rural Nevada, Great Basin College is a Carnegie classified baccalaureate and associates degree granting institution embracing a comprehensive hybrid mission to deliver a full four-year liberal arts and sciences, community college and applied technical learning curricula. With its main campus in Elko, a beautiful site with residential housing and state-of-the-art learning technologies, GBC serves the largest geographic area of Nevada's colleges. Great Basin College serves the citizens residing in ten of Nevada's most rural counties, covering 86,514 square miles and bordering five states. This service area includes centers in Battle Mountain, Ely, Pahrump and Winnemucca. Additionally, satellite locations can be found in twenty other frontier communities.

Our vast geography is known for its spectacular mountain ranges and picturesque valleys, providing a myriad of outdoor recreational opportunities. In addition, Elko is home to several well-known western museums and the world renown, National Cowboy Poetry Gathering, begun 35 years ago to honor and share the traditions of Western storytelling, nurturing the expressive culture of the American West.

GBC provides a "private college" experience with public college affordable access to postsecondary education in an environment that embraces and respects all cultures. It stands among the most innovative colleges in America, integrating many disciplines into single courses and programs, helping students to develop critical thinking and self-directed learning skills. Graduates of Great Basin College are fully prepared to enter their chosen careers with the knowledge and confidence to succeed in the global marketplace.

For more information visit GBC or the Area website.

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