Institutional Researcher/Assessment (Remote) Operations: Institutional Effectiveness Vice President/Chief Operations Officer Exempt No  June 10, 2022 The Institutional Researcher serves the mission of the College by overseeing the creation, development, collection, organization, interpretation, distribution and evaluation of data, information and reports useful for effective assessment of student learning outcomes, policy and planning formulation and decision making. The incumbent is responsible for designing, implementing, and collaborating on data driven, culturally relevant assessment strategies and institutional research.


• Collaborate with Students, Faculty, Academic Affairs, and Student Affairs to develop College assessment practices that meet the institutional needs of our student population

• Serve as internal consultant in the design, access, implementation, analysis and interpretation of studies and assessment of student learning outcomes that contribute toward strengthening the College.

• Assist academic units with information and assessment needs for accreditation visits, program evaluation and in conducting follow-up studies.

• Work closely with other units such as Enrollment Services, Budget, Academic Affairs and Student Affairs to support their information and assessment needs.

• Develop mechanisms to ensure that all assessment information is clear, accurate and accessible.

• Develop systems and procedures that ensure key information, both current and historical, is easily accessible.

• Direct or participate in institution-wide assessment of student learning outcomes and institutional research activities.

• Contribute to the college-wide integration of meaningful assessment processes and practices in support of student learning and institutional effectiveness, with a focus on the needs of tribal colleges and students

• Coordinate the administration and utilization of all institution-wide surveys and studies related to institutional assessment

• Serve as the institution’s source for most official statistics and information.

• Establish, administer, and coordinate the college’s institutional research activities including collecting, analyzing, interpreting, and reporting information on the characteristics of the college for use in decision making

• Prepare program review statements for changes in programs.

• Serve as the IPEDS keyholder and manage process to provide data to other government agencies as required by law

• Work with various campus constituents to facilitate usage of institutional data for goal setting, assessment, and strategic planning, with a focus on continual improvement

• Update and produce the annual statistical and assessment report that summarizes pertinent information about courses, programs, and the College.

• Monitor the overall integrity of data, complying with state and federal requirements and taking appropriate steps to correct data discrepancies when noted

• Assist in the preparation, follow-up, and reporting for the college’s accreditation agency and in the college’s efforts to secure grants

• Submit regular reports (weekly, monthly, quarterly, annually)

• Maintain files and records, developing organizational structure and ensuring compliance with all federal and state standards

• Plan and provide high-level, complex administrative support and perform technical office duties

• Maintain a positive, upbeat manner; promoting and exemplifying College values and representing college objectives and interests to staff, students, faculty, and potential students

• Ensure compliance with the College’s standards, policies, and procedures

• Other duties as assigned


Long-term employment is contingent upon successful completion a 90-day probationary period. To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Education and/or Experience

• Master’s Degree in a related field required

• Three years of related research and/or analysis experience, working with assessment, data preparation, and reporting in a higher education setting.

Required Technical / Other Skills and Abilities

• Strong quantitative and qualitative analytical skills.

• Demonstrated ability to design, plan, implement and evaluate research projects.

• Familiarity with the structure and best practices of data warehouses.

• Excellent interpersonal, written, presentation, and oral communication skills, delivered in a manner appropriate to the audience

• Proficiency with Microsoft Office programs, especially Excel

• Experience using statistical programs

• Ability to establish priorities, organize, schedule, and complete tasks independently.

• Positive attitude

• An entrepreneurial approach in supporting the growth of the College

• Innovative in problem solving

• Sensitive to the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, and ethnic backgrounds of tribal and community colleges


• Experience with tribal communities and tribal education

• Familiarity with innovative assessment approaches that serve indigenous students, like those discussed by Wall, Evans, and Swentzell.

• Qualified Native American applicants strongly encouraged to apply


The physical demands described on the attached “Physical Demands of Position” chart 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. See attached “Physical Demands of the Position”.


This position has access to confidential information.


This position does not require travel.


We are an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer; the College maintains a policy which prohibits the discrimination and harassment on any basis including, but not limited to, race, age, color, religion, sex, gender, pregnancy, marital status, national origin, tribal affiliation and non-tribal affiliation, physical or mental disability, medical condition, veteran status, sexual orientation, ancestry, and any other protected characteristics. If you need special accommodation for the application process, please contact Human Resources.

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About California Indian Nations College (CINC)

California Indian Nations College is an exciting opportunity! We are an emerging tribal college, chartered by the Twenty-Nine Palms Band of Mission Indians, with a curriculum that incorporates Native culture, language, and values. The College is currently pursuing institutional accreditation and, once completed, will be the only accredited tribal college in the State of California. With the support of local Tribes, the College of the Desert, the University of California, Riverside, and Native American educators and community members, we are growing faster than we could imagine!

We aim to continue this momentum with the inclusion of highly-skilled, experienced, and motivated individuals who can help us do a nearly impossible task: build the College from the ground up. CINC needs creative individuals with the ability to excel at their positions and engage with students from a wide range of academic skills and backgrounds.

CINC is currently located in Palm Desert, California, in the heart of Southern California Indian Country. Multiple reservation communities are nestled in the Coachella Valley among the backdrop of the Santa Rosa and San Jacinto mountains in central Riverside County.

California Indian Nations College is looking for highly qualified individuals. Only those who meet the minimum qualifications will be considered for the positions below. Please submit your CV and/or resume along with your cover letter and a Diversity Letter to hr@CINCollege.org.