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Classification:Administrative Management 4
Grade:Grade 83
Work type:Staff Full-time
Administrative Unit:University of Alaska Fairbanks
School/Business unit:UAF Provost Office Operations
Location: Fairbanks
Categories: Other

Position Summary:

The University of Alaska Fairbanks is seeking a Director for the Planning, Analysis, and Institutional Research Department. If you enjoy collecting, managing, and presenting data, then apply today!


20Communication: Presents findings verbally and in writing to various internal and external entities, including the UAF’s Chancellor's core cabinet, University of Alaska Statewide offices, University of Alaska Board of Regents, State of Alaska Office of Management and Budget, State legislature, and the university community and its several stakeholders. Provide technical advice to university public relations officers regarding appropriate interpretation and dissemination of data. Advise university administration regarding policy changes and alternatives, including the potential impact of new policies. Communicate system wide university standards for administrative data definitions, accuracy and reporting.Essential
20Research and Development: Consults with administration and reviews project proposals to determine goals, time frames, funding limitations, procedures for accomplishing project, staffing projections, and allotment of resources. Formulates research questions, analyses and recommends directions and alternatives based on broad strategic problems or issues defined by executive management. Implement data collection, processing, and analysis procedures (e.g., data mining, predictive analysis, visualization, automated data reporting) within the areas of university operations, finance, recruiting, and retention. Assess and recommend action regarding institutional data constructs. Improve and maintain the accuracy and accessibility of administrative data.Essential
30Administration: Develops institutional research (IR) policies, plans, and procedures to support data-driven decision making. Establishes goals and objectives. Ensures the optimal utilization of organizational resources.Essential
30Management: Implements institutional research policies. Supervises Institutional Research (IR) staff, including assigning duties and responsibilities to project personnel and specifying how the work should be done. Manages staff development activities and performance management of exempt and non-exempt staff. Directs staff to develop materials demonstrating UAF planning, performance, and accountability. Ensures security and ethical considerations in program and project management.Essential

The Director for Analysis and Planning supports the University's leadership by providing objective, accurate, and timely information, analysis, and advice to inform planning, decision-making and resource allocation processes. The Director collaborates with the campus community to identify information needs; leads institutional research staff in collecting, managing, and presenting data; provides analysis; develops predictive models; and disseminates clear and accurate findings that guide effective action based on end user. The position:

  • Reports directly to the Provost.
  • Leads UAF Planning, Analysis and Institutional Research (PAIR) and supervises its staff.
  • Oversees externally mandated accountability reporting.
  • With PAIR staff, further develop (or select for purchase) automated data reporting and presentation tools, to reduce staff effort in producing routine reports and to provide ready access for data users.
  • Is a member of Provost’s Council and Chancellor’s Cabinet.
  • Collaborates with senior administrators to identify data and information needs.
  • Collaborates with the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs, Associate Vice Chancellor of Enrollment Management and Director of Admissions, Vice Chancellor for Rural, Community and Native Education, and Deans to develop and use data analytics to inform student recruiting.
  • Collaborates with the Vice Provost and Dean of General Studies, Vice Chancellor for Rural, Community and Native Education, and Deans to develop and use data analytics to inform student retention and completion programs.
  • Collaborates with the Vice Chancellor for Research to develop and use data analytics to inform strategies to increase external support of research.
  • With assistance of PAIR staff, monitors external data resources and uses available data for benchmarking, predictive modeling, and other applications. Acquires (if PAIR budget permits) or recommends the acquisition of needed proprietary data.
  • Participates in all major planning efforts, such as UAF Strategic Planning and Strategic Enrollment Management Planning. Identifies and provides information, and analysis to inform planning; advises on goals and strategies; identifies (in consultation with other leaders), implements, and reports on measures of performance.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Experience in organizational administration and management
  • Strong interpersonal, leadership, and problem solving skills
  • Advanced training and practice in research design and quantitative analysis of big data
  • Expert knowledge in database design, data manipulations, and evaluation
  • Experience communicating complex data and information to diverse audiences
  • Knowledge of university operations, finance, institutional research's role in recruiting, and retention processes
  • Knowledge of external factors impacting universities, such as demographics, economic factors, exceptional oral and written communication skills, and interpersonal skills to navigate complex environments
  • Knowledge of SIS systems (e.g., Banner)

Required Experience:

  • Minimum three years experience in IR for a research university or equivalent organization.
  • Minimum two years managerial or administrative experience.

Typical Education or Training:

Master's degree or equivalent in a field related to data analysis, planning or management, or equivalent experience.


To Apply:

Please attach a resume, cover letter, and names and contact information (email and phone number) for three (3) professional references.


Review Date:

Applications must be received prior to 11:55 PM Alaska time on February 8, 2019, to be considered. Applications received after this time and date may not be considered for this position. This recruitment will be open until filled.



Background Check:

The successful applicant is required to complete a background check. Any offer of employment is contingent on the background check.


Pursuant to University Regulation 04.07.020, new employees of the University are employed in an at-will probationary status for the first six months of employment. During the probationary period, employment may be terminated for no reason or any reason. Promoted employees also serve a probationary period with limited rights of retreat.

Training Policy:

It is the policy of the University of Alaska Fairbanks that all employees are required to attend training to meet the requirements of the positions they hold, and to complete the required training within a specified period of time to remain employed at UAF. The policy can be located at:

Tobacco-Free Campus:

UAF Campus is a tobacco free campus. For more information, please go to:

Notice of Nondiscrimination:

The University of Alaska is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer and educational institution. The University of Alaska does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, citizenship, age, sex, physical or mental disability, status as a protected veteran, marital status, changes in marital status, pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions, parenthood, sexual orientation, gender identity, political affiliation or belief, genetic information, or other legally protected status. The University’s commitment to nondiscrimination, including against sex discrimination, applies to students, employees, and applicants for admission and employment. Contact information, applicable laws, and complaint procedures are included on UA’s statement of nondiscrimination available at

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