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Assistant Director, Institutional Research
Lake Washington Institute of Technology in Kirkland, Virginia
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Date Posted 08/28/2019
Admin-Institutional Research and Planning
Employment Type fulltime
Application Deadline Open until filled
SALARY: $6,250.00 Monthly
OPENING DATE: 08/16/19
CLOSING DATE: Continuous


This position will be open until filled, priority review date of Friday, September 6.

Lake Washington Institute of Technology (LWTech), located 15 miles northeast of Seattle, is the only public institute of technology in Washington state and has provided high quality education since 1949. 
We offer 8 applied bachelor's degrees, 43 associate degrees and 91 professional certificates in 42 areas of study, including STEM-focused programs in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. LWTech is located within the city of Kirkland, which is home to companies such as GoDaddy, Google, Astronics and EvergreenHealth, and the college is within minutes from Microsoft and Nintendo. LWTech was recognized by the Aspen Institute as one of the top 150 two-year colleges in the nation in 2018 and is proud to be a Military Friendly School.

LWTech is committed to increasing its cultural diversity with an emphasis on equity and inclusion among its staff and faculty. We serve a student population of 6,500 that come from a variety of backgrounds. We strongly value diversity and are working to improve access and successful educational outcomes for all students. We are actively seeking applicants that will help to balance our employee workforce to align with our students and community. Questions regarding the College's commitment to diversity and our campus culture may be directed to Human Resources.   Visit our  Equity, Diversity, Inclusion Council page to see more on our EDI work.

The assistant director – institutional research develops, implements, and manages college data collection and analysis that supports data-driven decision making for the college community. This includes routine data requests as well as data for institutional effectiveness, governance, and strategic planning. This position works closely with technical staff to centralize data while also training faculty and staff to access, acquire, and understand campus data. The assistant director works under minimal supervision and must be able to work independently or as part of a team serving a diverse community of users. This is an exempt, administrative position that reports to the director – research and grant development.


  • Respond to routine and complex data requests on campus; respond to information requests for information and analysis appropriately including through the use of complex databases
  • Maintain current campus dashboard system for college decision-making processes and expand as needed to meet campus need; work with IT services to develop, implement, and test database applications and ensure data accuracy, security, and integrity
  • Provide leadership in all areas of research, data management, and data dissemination while conducting independent research projects. Clarify research questions and specific information needs; ensure methods follow federal guidelines; use appropriate research methods; identify data sources; determine appropriate level of detail and interpret results; summarize findings and implications; respond to questions and requests for information
  • Apply research and evaluation methods to support institutional effectiveness and accountability, retention, marketing, strategic planning or decision-support projects to college needs
  • Independently lead variety of institutional research projects, including but not limited to survey research, data report development, reporting of data, performance indicator documentation, business intelligence systems management; as well as design, collection, data entry, statistical analysis, and interpretation
  • Plan, design, administer, and analyze institutional surveys, including the CCSSE and SENSE surveys; both as a stand-alone institution and in coordination with partner organizations
  • Provide research, data, narrative, and budget information for federal and local grant (e.g. National Science Foundation) applications as well as data for subsequent reporting
  • Work with college employees to design, implement, and analyze research studies to support student and college performance assessments and academic decision-making; work with IT services to develop, implement, and test database applications and ensure data integrity
  • Coordinate documentation and analysis needed for performance and accountability as a part of accreditation activities; take part in special studies, papers, need assessments, opinion studies, etc., to help the college and its partners develop and support new directions and initiatives
  • Inform college staff on department matters, including departmental goals and evaluation methodology and data collection instruments; identify potential problem areas and make appropriate recommendations clearly communicate results of research to internal and external audiences; design and present research findings and information in various formats, using written, visual, and oral methods
  • Prepare and supervise the preparation of reports and online data queries for internal and external sources using various information systems, such as IPEDS; ensure validity of reports, troubleshoot anomalies, and ensure all state and federal reporting and other data requests are completed and submitted in a timely manner; maintain institutional data on the college website
  • Represent the college at professional and community organizations, including the State Board for Community and Technical Colleges (SBCTC) Research and Planning Commission (RPC); participate in college committees, self-improvement and in-service activities, and college system professional activities; keep current on technology related to institutional research
  • Provide regularly-scheduled reports to the college board of trustees in collaboration with department director
  • Supervise, train, and evaluate assigned staff; develop and monitor in conjunction with staff annual growth/professional development plans; back up other college staff as necessary
  • Assist supervisor and other college administrators as necessary; assume and effectively discharge other duties as assigned


  • Bachelor's degree in statistics, economics, social science or related field required; Master's or doctoral degree preferred
  • Minimum three years recent research experience, including independently leading research projects, with focus on research design, data collection, data analysis and interpretation required; graduate research experience may substitute for professional experience
  • Knowledge of research and evaluation, statistics, policy analysis, and other research-oriented disciplines; ability to read and interpret policies, regulations, and laws as they relate to the above functions
  • Highly proficient with computers, database management, and Microsoft Office applications; experience generating data and reports from large scale, relational database systems
  • Specialized training in statistical analysis, database programs, and related software packages that include statistical techniques preferred; experience using Tableau or other BI tools preferred
  • Ability to handle multiple tasks with a strong attention to detail; ability to prioritize time and duties efficiently
  • Knowledge of and commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion; proven ability to work with a diverse population of individuals and stakeholders
  • Excellent written and verbal and customer service skills; ability to work cooperatively and establish and maintain effective working relationships with employees, students, external agencies and the public
  • Demonstrated ability to use tact and discretion and maintain confidentiality of information
  • Previous experience in a community or technical college environment preferred
  • Previous experience working on grant-funded projects preferred.


Salary is $6,250 per month. This is a full-time, 40 hours per week position. Typically, work hours are Monday-Friday from 7:30 am to 4:30 pm. Occasional evening and weekend hours may be required. Medical, dental and insurance benefits are provided as currently administered under Public Employees Benefits Board; State Retirement Plan;  25 days of vacation per year, 4 days of personal leave per year, and sick leave accrues at 1 day per month effective upon employment. 

Required Online Application Materials:
Online application
Current resume
Cover letter addressing Essential Functions and Qualifications
Responses to the supplemental questions included in the online application process

Conditions of Employment:
Official transcripts/certifications will be required upon employment
Job offers are contingent upon successful completion of background/reference checks

Physical/Mental Requirements: The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
  • Mobility: ability to sit, walk or stand for extended periods of time
  • Dexterity: fine manipulation sufficient to operate a computer keyboard, handle individual papers, write and take notes and/or prepare materials or equipment
  • Lifting: frequently lift, carry, push, pull, or otherwise move objects up to 50 pounds Hearing/Talking: ability to hear normal speech, speak and hear on the telephone, and speak  in person
  • Emotional/Psychological Factors: ability to make decisions and concentrate, frequent contact with co-workers, as well as the public
  • Visual Requirements: close vision sufficient to read files, documents, and computer screens and do close-up work; ability to adjust focus frequently

 Environmental/Work Conditions:
  • Frequent use of office equipment
  • Exposure to weather; corridors between building are located outdoors 

Eligibility Verification:
 If you are hired, you will need proof of identity, and documentation of U.S. citizenship or legal authorization to work

Affirmative Action Statement
Lake Washington Institute of Technology is an equal opportunity employer. Women and minority  groups are strongly encouraged to apply. Lake Washington Institute of Technology does not  discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, creed, disabled veteran status, marital status or Vietnam-era veteran status in is programs and activities. Questions regarding the College's Affirmative Action Policy may be directed to the Meena Park, Executive Director of Human Resources, Affirmative Action Office/Title IX Coordinator, (425) 739-8212.


You must submit an online application, including resume and letter, at http://www.lwtech.edu. We do not accept hardcopy, faxed, or emailed application materials. 

All application materials become the property of Lake Washington Institute of Technology. 

11605 132nd Ave NE 
Kirkland, WA 98034 
Position #20E004 
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