Cleveland Institute of Art — Director of Institutional Research and Assessment

Cleveland Institute of Art (CIA) enthusiastically invites applications for the newly created position of Director of Institutional Research and Assessment. Reporting to the Chief Academic Officer + VP of Academic Affairs, this role will serve as a leader, educator on information, and collaborator with offices across CIA in support of student success, systemic equity, and institutional effectiveness.

As a higher education institution, we greatly value learning not only through our academic programs, but through our institutional processes, and you will play a transformational role in our effectiveness, planning, and continuous improvement efforts. We are looking for a dynamic IR and assessment professional that will inspire a vibrant culture of assessment and continuous improvement at CIA and be a leader in strengthening these functions at CIA. We are especially interested in candidates that bring diverse ideas and backgrounds, self-starter leadership, and a sense of humor.

This position will be housed in the Office of Academic Affairs, with close collaboration with the Office of the President, Information Technology, Student Affairs, Registrar, Enrollment and Marketing, Institutional Advancement, Facilities, and Faculty. The incumbent will also work closely with the President’s Cabinet, advising on institutional strategy, planning, and implementation.


  • Provide research and data analysis to inform CIA decision-making, policy development, campus planning, accreditation, and strategic initiatives. Analyses and metrics may include, but are not limited to, institutional-wide demographic data (students, faculty, staff); curricular and co-curricular assessment; academic operations and business analytics; enrollment, retention, and student success metrics; career/alumni outcomes, and other key performance indicators.
  • Create, coordinate and manage an institution-wide data governance strategy and resources, with a focus on student success.
  • Support quality improvement by working with CIA stakeholders to enhance the understanding, collection, and use of qualitative and quantitative data. Facilitate data literacy and training across other CIA departments to expand IR capacity through professional development of data skills.
  • In collaboration with the Assessment Steering Committee (Office of Academic Affairs, Faculty Senate), refine infrastructure for student learning outcome assessment and program review.
  • Coordinate with faculty on data-informed research and practices to support teaching and learning, and pedagogical development
  • Oversee the college’s external reporting for federal compliance and accreditation, including the coordination of national surveys (IPEDS, NSSE, NASAD, etc.).


  • Must be able to satisfactorily perform each essential duty listed above. Additional qualifications include:
  • Demonstrated acumen in research methodology, research design and data analysis
  • Demonstrated understanding of curricular (student/program) and co-curricular assessment
  • Proven proficiency in statistical or assessment software (such as SPSS, Tableau, advanced Excel, Anthology/Course Eval). Understanding of SQL language and Microsoft Power B1 also a plus.
  • Excellent data visualization, report creation, and presentation skills
  • Ability to synthesize data to make and recommend informed business decisions
  • Excellent project management skills
  • Experience in survey design and analysis
  • Strong communication and writing skills
  • Ability to collaborate effectively with multiple departments and constituents
  • Ability to lead development of strategic plan metrics
  • Demonstrated knowledge of and experience with higher education accreditation (regional and/or program specific) and ability to align IR and assessment processes in support of federal compliance and accreditation standards
  • Familiarity with national best practices in institutional research, assessment in learning and higher education
  • Appreciation for the arts, design, and creative practice


Minimum of an earned Master’s degree from an accreditation institution in a relevant discipline such as statistics, social/decision science, higher education administration, information systems, data science, or other related area.
At least three years of institutional research and assessment experience in higher education


Position is open until filled with priority consideration given for applications received by November 15, 2021.

Cleveland Institute of Art (CIA)is committed to increasing diversity in our community and actively pursues individuals from all backgrounds. Additionally, CIA complies with all applicable federal, state and local laws and provides equal opportunity in all educational programs and activities, admission of students and conditions of employment for all qualified individuals regardless of race, color, sex, religion, age, disability, sexual orientation, protected veteran status, gender identity, or national origin.

The Cleveland Institute of Art is one of the nation’s leading accredited independent colleges of art and design. Since 1882, the college has been an educational cornerstone in Cleveland, Ohio, producing graduates competitive as studio artists, designers, photographers, contemporary craftspeople, and educators.

With approximately 600 students, CIA offers a personal educational experience with the benefits of a larger institution. Students choose from 15 majors and live and work in Cleveland’s University Circle, one of the country’s most unique cultural centers – recently named by USA Today as the “Best Arts District” in the country.

The mission of CIA is to cultivate creative leaders who inspire people, strengthen communities, and contribute to a thriving and sustainable economy through an innovative education in art and design. Visit our website at: