Ridgewater College — Director of Institutional Effectiveness

Position: Director of Institutional Effectiveness
Classification: MnSCU Excluded Administrator – Range 5
Location: Willmar Campus
The employer will determine the Permanent Work Location as Willmar or Hutchinson in conjunction with the accepted Job Offer
PCN#: 00484100
Salary Range: $73,382 – $108,230
Effective Date: September 1, 2020


The individual in this position must be a champion for improvement and innovation, student-centered teaching and learning, and data-informed strategic planning. The position provides leadership of an integrated approach to research, planning, assessment and technology functions in the college, with a focus on improving institutional effectiveness and fostering innovation. The position involves college-wide engagement to ensure integration of planning efforts and maximization of data and technology resources in the daily operations of the college. The position ensures that meaningful data, analysis, evaluation, and supporting documentation are available to inform decision-making related to continuous improvement, student success, academic programming, program evaluation, and enrollment activities in the college. It provides leadership and management of information technology (IT) resources and services to support the efficient functioning of operational units in the college, with an emphasis on innovative academic and classroom technology applications. The position also plays a key role in accreditation and compliance reports and assists work units and teams with development and assessment of annual work plans. 


  • Baccalaureate degree in a relevant discipline. 
  • 3 years of relevant work experience 
  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion 
  • Knowledge of budgeting practices 
  • Proven staff management and supervisory skills and experience 
  • Strong verbal, written and communication skills 
  • Project management skills and experience 
  • Strong work ethic with a commitment to a team-based work environment and transparent communication and decision-making
  • Ability to travel and must have a valid driver’s license 


  • Graduate degree in a relevant discipline 
  • 5 years of relevant work experience, preferably to include higher education and ideally with a public 2-year college 
  • Experience with instructional technology and distance education, and familiarity with technology applications in both physical and virtual learning environments 
  • Proficiency with quantitative research methods and data analysis, including experience with predictive analytics, business analytics, forecasting/modeling, and propensity score matching 
  • Experience with student learning assessment strategies, trends, and outcomes at a college level. 
  • Proficiency with statistics and data analysis software packages(s) such as SPSS, STAT, or R 
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Excel, Assess, BI software, and data visualization tools (Tableau) 
  • Familiarity with the ITIL framework for IT service delivery 
  • Experience leading college-level accreditation efforts and assessment programs 
  • Experience developing and using data-driven evidence and proven practices to analyze problems/issues and identify solutions 


MISSION: Ridgewater College empowers diverse learners to reach their full potential and enrich their lives through personalized and relevant education in an accessible, supportive, and inclusive environment. 

VISION: Ridgewater College is a student-centered educational leader focused on innovation, excellence and affordability. 


  • Enterprising – We are future-focused, and change-oriented, developing creative solutions to challenges that maximize our institutional, system and local resources. 
  • Empowerment – We develop and empower employees to make decisions to best serve students and stakeholders. 
  • Excellence – We strive to exceed expectations in all that we do. 
  • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion – We seek to understand and appreciate the needs and experiences of every individual and actively work to provide genuine opportunities for everyone to
    succeed and participate in college activities and processes. 
  • Trust and Respect – We are committed to developing a culture based in processes and behavior that create trust and respect among all stakeholders. 
  • Collaboration – We connect and work together to achieve common goals while respecting needs and interests of stakeholders. 
  • Curiosity and Creativity – We constantly strive to understand, learn, change, and improve. 
  • Accountability – As individuals and groups, we willingly accept and take ownership of our
    successes and failures. 

Application Procedure: 

  • Please apply online at www.ridgewater.edu/jobs 
  • Click on administrative positions 
  • Select vacancy you are applying for 

Applicants must include:

  • Online Employment Application 
  • Vitae/Resume 
  • Letter of Interest addressing the position qualifications 
  • Copy of College Transcripts (official copy may be required upon hire) 
  • A list of three professional references with contact information 

Applications received by midnight Wednesday, July 15th will receive prior review

For further information please contact Jane Bohlsen jane.Bohlsen@ridgewater.edu or 320-222-6075.

NOTICE: In accordance with the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities (MnSCU) Vehicle Fleet Safety Program, employees driving on college/university business, who use a rental or state vehicle shall be required to conform to MnSCU’s vehicle use criteria and consent to a Motor Vehicle Records check.

It is the policy of Ridgewater College to ensure that the selection process is accessible to all candidates. Please contact the Human Resource Office at (320) 222-6075 to obtain materials in an alternative media and/or to request a reasonable accommodation during the selection process.

Ridgewater College is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer
A Member of HERC Higher Education Recruitment Consortium www.uppermidwestherc.org