Afghanistan: Director of Institutional Research and Risk Management

By American University of Afghanistan Organization: American University of Afghanistan
Country: Afghanistan
Closing date: 24 Oct 2018

Reports to: President

AUAF, which is located in Kabul and funded in substantial part by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), is entering a new phase of its development with a rapidly increasing enrollment. We offer both a challenging and rewarding environment for faculty and staff. Current enrollment figures are approximately 1,000 students. The Office of Student Affairs is an integral part of the university’s plans to provide student support services equivalent to those found in American colleges and universities but reflecting the special needs and circumstances of a unique Afghan student body.

Position Summary

The Director of Institutional Research coordinates and implements institutional research, assessment and risk management oversight for the American University of Afghanistan (AUAF). S/he will build an institutional research infrastructure that will support all dimensions of AUAF’s planning, budgeting, reporting, and accreditation processes. S/he will also work as a key player on multiple committees, working with stakeholders from across the university. S/he will work closely with all members of AUAF’s senior leadership team.

Key outcomes include:

§ Standard internal and external reporting (standard annual and periodic reports, standard surveys, course evaluations, etc).

§ Planning and special projects (may include decision support studies, benchmarking, enrollment projections, and revenue projections).

§ Oversee decision processes and record keeping relevant to risk management.

§ Act as a key team member in university activities relevant to educational and institutional effectiveness.

Duties and Responsibilities:

The responsibilities of this position include but are not restricted to the following:

§ Establishes and oversees policies and processes for the university’s institutional research and risk management.

§ Educates faculty and staff on a fact-based and data-driven decision-making culture.

§ Collects, maintains, and analyzes institutional data, which are necessary for effective management and academic decision-making and risk management.

§ Assists in the development of quality assurance and risk management processes.

§ Provides institutional data for the national, disciplinary and (eventually) US accreditation processes.

§ Tracks and provides data for donor community.

§ Assists in document preparation and preparation of summaries and other materials as requested, in particular contributes to the regular reports, for instance reports for accreditation, the Ministry of Higher Education, and Board of Trustees meetings.

§ Produces and interprets data for senior administration in support of operation, evaluation, and planning.

§ Participates in the development and monitoring of the new strategic plan.

§ Creates and maintains an archive of risk management processes and decision making.

§ Assists in the refinement and analysis of student course evaluations and evaluations of staff, departments, and programs.

§ Fulfills other duties as assigned by the direct supervisor.

Required Qualification and Experience:

§ A minimum of five (5) years’ experience in institutional research or information systems are required, preferably in a higher education setting.

§ BA required, MA preferred.

§ Ability to analyze large data sets and to interpret and clearly present the results to a diverse audience.

§ Ability to work on an institutional level as well as in cooperation with individual departments.

§ Excellent knowledge of statistical software for data analyses such as SPSS, SAS, R or related statistical software

§ Experience with student information systems and risk management protocols desirable.

§ Work experience in a multicultural environment.


§ Computer skills, including word-processing, spreadsheet, and database and data analysis applications

§ Strong research skills including design, implementation, and reporting.

§ Highly developed organizational skills including time-management, leadership, project management, and decision-making.

§ Excellent interpersonal, communication, and writing skills.

How to apply:

Application Process:

Any interested persons must apply by sending the following information. Any applications that do not contain all 3 items listed will not be considered for the position:

1) Cover Letter

2) Resume

3) List of 3 Professional References (this list must contain the names, job titles, phone numbers and email addresses as well as how you know each person).

Applications will be screened as soon as they are received. We are aggressively looking to fill these very important positions as soon as we find the appropriate candidates.

*Only qualified applicants will be contacted to set up formal interviews.

The complete application packet should be submitted in MS Word or PFD format to: no later than October 24, 2018. Please include “Director of Institutional Research” in the subject line of the email.