Columbia University: Director of Analysis and Reporting

Lead research and assessment through strategic analytics to support Columbia College, provide leadership and technical guidance to manage research needs around design, analysis, benchmarking and reporting.

Columbia University Company: Columbia University
Location: New York, NY

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Reporting to the Executive Director, the Director identifies, facilitates, and leads research and assessment through strategic analytics to support Columbia College and its units, which supports students in multiple schools including Columbia College and Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science. The Director provides leadership, and technical guidance to manage the School's research needs around design, analysis, benchmarking and reporting on all relevant projects. She/he leads relevant research projects and planning in support of strategic analytics and operational efficiency. The Director works closely with the Executive Director and Director of Data Group to coordinate and prioritize research needs and manage various projects. She/he will work closely with the Executive Director and Director of Data Group to meet larger goals and objectives around analytics and data.


A. Oversee all research needs for Columbia College. This includes providing guidance on and participating in research, survey analysis, and assessment and identifying topics for analysis that drive decision making for all units within Columbia College. Designs, conducts, and reports on research findings and presents the results of these studies to the Executive Director, and other relevant senior managers for use in strategic planning and policy development/implementation.

B. Work closely with the Executive Director in developing and implementing research strategy plan for Columbia College and develop strategic initiatives around research design, analysis and reporting. The incumbent is an integral member of a team that focuses on data mining, reporting, analysis, research design, implementation and analysis.

C. Work with the Executive Director and Associate Dean of Columbia College to leverage data, research analysis and reporting in support of strategic planning and operational efficiency. Also work with senior partners throughout Columbia College to determine on-going and future research projects to achieve efficiencies and enhancements to workflow and departmental goals, including analysis of: student life; retention; curricular and academic planning; tuition; enrollment; alumni; admissions; financial aid; learning outcomes, climate studies, benchmarking and satisfaction studies.

D. Oversee research, assessment, reporting, modeling projects, focus groups and all surveys and other research tools for Columbia College. Locate available source data, evaluate source quality, transform and combine data sources, and make recommendations regarding fitness for use. Extract, clean, and manipulate large datasets. Produce polished research reports and/or presentations of findings for senior leadership with recommendations for senior management decisions around policies and best business practices.

E. Keep current with trends in the higher education and practices and on the latest big data trends, especially at peer schools, to determine the impact of these trends for the purpose of strategic planning to impact divisional goals and objectives.

F. Work on special projects as deemed relevant and perform other related duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications:
  • Bachelor's degree required.
  • Minimum of four years' experience in research in qualitative and quantitative methods, assessment design and analysis skills required or the equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Superb research in qualitative and quantitative methods, survey design and analysis, planning skills required.
  • Specific software skills must include statistical analysis software, spreadsheets, word processing, graphics and desktop publishing are required.
  • Ability to analyze and interpret complex data sets and make findings relevant using sound statistical methodology.
  • Knowledge of statistics required.
  • Ability to prioritize and manage multiple tasks under short and changing deadlines required.
  • Excellent analytical, communication, organizational, interpersonal, and presentation skills required.
  • Experience with designing, implementing and maintaining assessment required.
  • Experience and knowledge of database solutions desirable.
  • The successful candidate must be a strong writer; have solid research & conceptual skills, including, but not limited to, processing, organizing and summarizing data, and reporting results using a variety of word processing, spreadsheet or statistical software applications, and preparation of project-related reports.

As a member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and the Council of Ivy Group Presidents (Ivy League), it is imperative that members of the Columbia University community, in all matters related to the intercollegiate athletics program, exhibit the highest professional standards and ethical behavior with regard to adherence to NCAA, Conference, University, and Department of Intercollegiate Athletics and Physical Education rules and regulations.

Columbia University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer --Race/Gender/Disability/Veteran.