The Pennsylvania Commission for Community Colleges is seeking a Director of Data Collection and Analysis

DIRECTOR OF DATA COLLECTION AND ANALYSIS

The Pennsylvania Commission for Community Colleges is a nonprofit, volunteer membership association and the primary advocate for Pennsylvania’s 15 community colleges. Based in Harrisburg, PA, its members include the college presidents, members of the colleges’ boards of trustees and key college administrators. The Commission provides leadership on issues affecting the colleges and represents the collective needs, vision and values of the colleges to state and federal policymakers.

The Commission also assists the colleges in developing positions on their areas of concern, acts as a liaison and facilitator to share information, and coordinates data collection on a statewide level to support the colleges’ advocacy efforts.

Job Description

The Commission is seeking a full-time Director of Data Collection and Analysis to plan, organize and conduct data collections for the use in understanding of community college institutional needs; for planning and decision making; for determining the impact of public policy decisions on the community colleges; and for preparing data for both internal and external audiences.

The ideal candidate must have a bachelor’s degree and a minimum of three years of professional experience in data collection, analysis and presentation in an educational institution, government agency, nonprofit agency, or similar entity. The candidate must be able to read, understand and interpret a wide variety of data and information including financial data, basic economic data, and data from national databases such as IPEDS.

The candidate should possess interpersonal skills necessary to effectively interact with community college leadership, elected and appointed governmental officials, and other key stakeholders and must possess the ability to manage multiple priorities and deadlines. 

This position has the potential for up to 40 percent remote work with in-office and in-person meetings as required. The printable job description in PDF format, is available here.

The Commission’s employee benefits include health, dental and vision coverage, life insurance, an employer matched retirement plan and a generous leave policy. To be considered, please submit a cover letter, resume, and salary requirements to pcccsearch@gmail.com by October 30, 2022.

The Pennsylvania Commission for Community Colleges is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not unlawfully discriminate on the basis of race, national or ethnic origin, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, age, disability, citizenship, or veteran status.

Minimum Qualifications & Experience

Bachelor’s Degree required; Master’s preferred in higher education, government, public policy, business, statistics, data analytics or a related field with relevant coursework or demonstrated proficiency in research methods. 

A minimum of 3 years of professional experience in collecting, analyzing and maintaining data and information in an educational institution, government agency, nonprofit agency, or similar entity.   

Proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite (Outlook, Word and PowerPoint) with extensive experience using Microsoft Excel or Access to extract, manipulate, and interpret data. Must be proficient in calculations and graphing tools.  

Ability to read, understand and use:

  • financial data, including financial reports and statements
  • basic economic data (CPI) and labor market information
  • data from the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS)
  • data from the National Student Clearinghouse
  • data from the Voluntary Framework of Accountability (VFA)

Superior organizational skills.

Excellent written and verbal communication skills to effectively interact with community college leadership, elected and appointed governmental officials, and other key stakeholders.

Ability to work both independently with minimal supervision and in a group setting.

Ability to work under changing priorities and manage multiple tasks and deadlines.

Ability to work unpredictable hours when necessary.

Working Conditions

The Commission is a small office-based organization with flexible working options. The Commission has four full-time employees and part-time contracted positions. Dress is business casual to professional depending upon occasion. The noise level in the work environment is usually quiet to moderate. This position will require occasional travel within Pennsylvania.

Physical Requirements

The physical demands are typical of an office setting. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the functions.

Application Process

Please send resume along with salary requirements and a short cover letter expressing your interest in the position.
Email to pcccsearch@gmail.com by October 30, 2022.

For a printable job description in PDF format, please click here.

For more information about the Pennsylvania Commission for Community Colleges, visit www.pacommunitycolleges.org.