Director of Research and Planning – Seattle Colleges District – Seattle Promise – Seattle, WA

Seattle Promise is Hiring a Director of Research and Planning

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We are a district of three distinct colleges—North Seattle College, Seattle Central College, and South Seattle College—and five specialty training centers. Which makes us the largest and most diverse community college district in the state of Washington, we are leaders in change and innovation.

As a Seattle Colleges employee, you will have the opportunity to contribute to the passionate work of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion as we work against systemic racism. Additionally, you will gain the rewarding experience of contributing to the success of an open-access learning institution that prepares students for life and work, fostering a diverse, engaged and dynamic community.

Seattle Colleges staff and faculty also enjoy a competitive benefits package, professional development opportunities and enrichment experiences in areas of their choice including, committee, workgroup, and affinity group opportunities.

Position Overview

This is a full-time, exempt position at the Seattle Colleges that is funded by the Families, Education, Preschool and Promise (FEPP) Levy. This position is responsible for data management and analysis, research, planning and evaluation for the highly successful Seattle Promise program at Seattle Colleges. This position offers the unique opportunity to collaborate with Seattle Colleges Institutional Research leadership, program leadership and student-facing staff, college leadership at all three Seattle Colleges, City of Seattle Data Teams, and Seattle Public Schools Data Analysts on a regular basis. Seattle Promise has a goal to close race-based educational achievement gaps, and this position will inform how we make that vision a reality by conducting detailed analysis of student progress and outcomes.

If you’re passionate about making a difference in higher education, we invite you to consider joining the Seattle Promise team where you’ll contribute to the success of young adults in the program as well as inform larger systems change.

Closing Date: Monday, October 11, 2021

Salary: $76,688 – $95,000 (DOE)

Application Requirements:

  • Attached current Resume
  • Attached cover letter addressing how your background intersects with the job

Required application materials must be completed and submitted online.

Notice to Applicants:
Please note that Seattle Colleges has moved to remote operations, pending public health guidance. Per CDC and WA Public Health directions, at this time we will be practicing social distancing and holding interviews virtually using video conference or teleconference options. As such, if you are selected for interview, please be prepared to hold your interview virtually.

Per Governor Inslee’s Proclamation 21-14.1, employees of higher education and healthcare institutions must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 no later than October 18, 2021, unless a medical or religious exemption is approved. Being fully vaccinated means that an individual is at least two weeks past their final dose of an authorized COVID-19 vaccine regimen. As a condition of employment, newly hired employees will be required to provide proof of their COVID-19 vaccination. Updated information about how to provide proof of vaccination or request a medical or religious accommodation will be posted as soon as it is known.

What you will be working on:

  • You’ll provide oversight and leadership of the assessment process for Seattle Promise in collaboration with internal and external stakeholders, including working with Seattle Colleges senior leadership and City of Seattle and Seattle Public Schools partners.
  • You’ll monitor progress by conducting detailed analysis on student outcomes to ensure we are making progress towards our goals.
  • You’ll lead efforts to advance equitable student success by authoring quarterly and annual reports to inform continuous program improvement.
  • You’ll develop interactive dashboards for internal and public use to visualize student progress and program effectiveness.
  • You’ll engage in the annual Seattle Promise contract process and will work closely with program, college, and City leadership to manage the quarterly data deliverables outlined in the contract.
  • You’ll manage the multiple Seattle Promise data sharing agreements with external organizations.
  • You’ll work with the district Institutional Research team to align unit-level planning with college-wide strategic planning
  • You’ll design and conduct qualitative data collection to measure the success of individual program components.

What you bring as a candidate:

  • Master’s Degree in Data Science, Analytics, Business, or related field or equivalent experience (bachelor’s degree plus at least 3 years’ experience in a related field).
  • Demonstrated experience in an administrative role in higher education or related setting.
  • Demonstrated experience with quantitative and qualitative research methods.
  • Demonstrated experience with using data and information technology to inform planning and practice in a higher education or related setting.
  • Demonstrated competence with statistical software, spreadsheets, pivot tables, and database querying software.
  • Experience in the following areas:
  • Complex relational databases, data warehousing, and data management;
  • Use of SQL to extract and merge complex data sets;
  • Development of queries to extract data from multiple, complex sets;
  • Development of data dashboards using Tableau;
  • Development and implementation of quality control measures to ensure accuracy of deliverables;
  • Presenting complex information to non-technical audiences;
  • Responding to end user data needs;
  • Prioritizing multiple tasks and projects to meet ongoing and sometimes competing deadlines;
  • Analyzing problems and making appropriate decisions or judgements related to complex research projects;
  • Working effectively in a team.

Physical Requirements:

Ability to perform range of physical motions, exerting up to 25 pounds; lifting and carrying up to 25 pounds; standing, walking, sitting for long periods of time, kneeling, squatting, and stooping; and traversing up and down stairs.

Disability Accommodation

Seattle Colleges follows the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and provides the following information as a guideline for applicants:

  • Ability to operate office equipment
  • Ability to read and verify data and prepare various materials
  • Ability to exchange information on the phone or in person

Notice of Non-discrimination Statement

Seattle Colleges is committed to the concept and practice of equal opportunity for all its students, employees, and applicants in education, employment, services and contracts, and does not discriminate on the basis of race or ethnicity, color, age, national origin, religion, creed, marital status, sex, pregnancy, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, status as an honorably discharged veteran or disabled veteran or military status, political affiliation or belief, citizenship/status as a lawfully admitted immigrant authorized to work in the United States, or presence of any physical, sensory, or mental disability. In addition, reasonable accommodations will be made for known physical or mental limitations for all otherwise qualified persons with disabilities. Further, the Seattle Colleges is committed to ensure that all employees and students work and learn in an environment that fosters mutual respect and professionalism, free from all forms of “bullying” behaviors, including “cyber bullying”.

Inquiries regarding compliance and/or grievance procedures may be directed to the college’s Director of Legal Compliance:

1500 Harvard Avenue Seattle, WA 98122-3803

(206) 934-3873

Seattle Colleges is committed to recruiting dedicated faculty and employees who together create a welcoming academic climate that reflects the diverse backgrounds of our community, including ethnicity, national origin, religion, race, gender, gender identity, age, status as a veteran or disabled veteran, disability, political status, and sexual orientation.

Job Type: Full-time

Pay: $76,688.00 – $95,000.00 per year


  • Monday to Friday

Work Location:

  • Multiple locations

Work Remotely:

Work Location: Multiple Locations

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