2022 Adult Education Awards and Ceremony, Live Tonight
Sauk Valley Community College Human Resources

Job Descriptions

Campus Job Descriptions


Job Description Listing


Director of Research and Planning



Research and Planning




Full-time Administrator




Responsible for conducting and coordinating the activities related to institutional research and planning, federal and state reporting, grant development, and faculty/staff professional development. Develop and maintain systems to communicate information related to above responsibilities to College employees, students, community members, accrediting agencies, state boards, and federal agencies.


  1. Provide overall direction to the College’s research and planning functions and collaborate with other SVCC departments to ensure full integration of research and planning activities.
  2. Facilitate the collection and analysis of institutional data and serve as a campus data steward to support effective decision-making and policy recommendations.
  3. Assist in the development or selection of and the administration and analysis of appropriate institutional measurement tools (e.g., surveys, SSI, and ETS Proficiency Profile), and make results available as appropriate.
  4. Coordinate the College’s program review process in accordance with ICCB requirements.
  5. Serve as Chair of the Organizational Planning and Improvement Committee (OPIC) and of the Institutional Research Board (IRB).
  6. Assist the College in the development and maintenance of strategic initiatives.
  7. Assist the Faculty Assessment Leader in implementing assessment at the institution and in utilizing assessment data.
  8. Coordinate institutional strategic and operational planning as it relates to the College mission and vision, ensuring that all College departments participate.
  9. Coordinate, author, and submit major institutional reports to state, federal, and accrediting agencies and make appropriate reports available on the SVCC website.
  10. Serve as the College’s liaison officer for HLC accreditation and ICCB recognition.
  11. Coordinate the College’s committee system with the CAO.
  12. Represent the College in local, state, and regional organizations and maintain contacts with outside agencies as appropriate.
  13. Serve as a member of the College’s administrative team.
  14. Help develop, schedule, and coordinate on-campus professional development activities of faculty and staff, including for Fall and Spring Kickoff events and all workshop days; investigate and recommend off-campus professional development opportunities (e.g., conferences, graduate classes, trainings) for faculty and staff.
  15. Work with administration to assist in finding and obtaining appropriate grants that support the college and its programs and serve as a grant writer when necessary.
  16. Prepare an annual budget request; manage and maintain the institutional research and planning budget.
  17. Assume all other reasonable professional duties and responsibilities as assigned by the President.


  1. Must understand and support the mission of the community college.
  2. Must have strong communication (written and oral), interpersonal, and analytical skills.
  3. Must be excellent at time management and prioritization.
  4. Must be able to work effectively in a team environment.
  5. Must be able to work with Microsoft Office products (including Word, Excel, and Visio). Knowing how to operate SPSS is strongly recommended.
  6. Must be able to work some evenings and weekends.


Frequent contact is made with all levels of College personnel, students, the general public and outside organizations in relation to routine departmental services and duties and in providing appropriate assistance and information as requested.




A relevant master’s degree is required. Strong interpersonal, organizational, analytical, and public speaking skills required. Knowledge of Illinois State and Higher Learning Commission reporting requirements is helpful.




Coordinates the College Risk Management Program in a capacity appropriate to this position. This includes, but is not limited to, monitoring conditions, events and circumstances present through daily College operations, and communicating observations to the appropriate supervisor or taking necessary actions to correct, prevent or limit safety problems. May serve as a member of a committee that supports the health, safety and/or legal rights of visitors, students and staff. Such committees may include the AA/EEO, Sexual Harassment, and Safety/Loss Control committees. (Risk Management Categories I, III, IV. See Tort file.)

This description is intended to indicate the kinds and levels of work difficulty that will be required of the position that will be given the title and shall not be construed as declaring what specific duties and responsibilities of any particular position shall be. It is not intended to limit or in any way modify the right of the supervisor to assign, direct, and control the work of employees under supervision. The use of a particular expression or illustration describing duties shall not be held to exclude other duties not mentioned that are of a similar kind or level of difficulty.