Sauk Valley Community College Human Resources

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Director of Research and Planning




Research and Planning








Responsible for conducting and coordinating the activities related to institutional research and planning, emergency preparedness planning, federal and state reporting, and faculty and 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.


Serve as the Chief Institutional Research Officer. Provide overall direction to the College’s research function and collaborate with other SVCC departments to ensure full integration of research and activities. Facilitate the collection and analysis of institutional data and serve as a campus data steward to support effective decision-making and policy recommendations. Assist in the development or selection and the administration and analysis of appropriate institutional measurement tools (e.g., surveys, SSI, and ETS Proficiency Profile), and make results available as appropriate. Coordinate the College’s program review process in accordance with ICCB requirements. Serve as Chair of the Institutional Research Board (IRB). Coordinate, author, and submit major institutional reports to state, federal, and accrediting agencies and make appropriate reports available on the SVCC website. Assist the Faculty Assessment Leader in implementing assessment at the institution and in utilizing assessment data. Prepare an annual budget request; manage and maintain the institutional research budget. Serve as the Chief Institutional Planning Officer. Provide overall direction to the College’s planning functions and collaborate with other SVCC departments to ensure full integration of planning activities. Serve as Chair of the Organizational Planning and Improvement Committee (OPIC). Assist the College in the development, implementation, and maintenance of strategic initiatives. Coordinate institutional strategic and operational planning as it relates to the College mission and vision, ensuring that all College departments participate. Serve as the College’s liaison officer for HLC accreditation and ICCB recognition. Work with the Title IX Coordinator (who is responsible for coordinating the institutional compliance with Title IX and other related discrimination laws) by developing and delivering culturally responsive educational programs for students, faculty, and staff including disseminating educational materials and conducting outreach and training. (3%*) Serve as the institution’s Clery Coordinator (i.e., maintain campus crime statistics and prepare the Annual Security Report. (3%*) Serve as Chair of the Emergency Preparedness Committee. (2%*) Collaborate with the Director of Facilities and Vice President of Business Services to maintain the College’s Risk Management Plan. (1%*) Lead the institution’s emergency management planning efforts, oversee the planning section of the emergency report, and maintain the Emergency Operations Plan. (18%*) Chair the Violence and Crime Prevention Committee and maintain the Violence Prevention Plan. (2%*) Administer the annual compliance training program for employees. (2%*) Coordinate the College’s committee system with the CAO. Prepare an annual budget request; manage and maintain the institutional planning budget. Represent the College in local, state, and regional organizations and maintain contacts with outside agencies as appropriate. 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, training) for faculty and staff. Assist in finding and obtaining appropriate grants that support the college and its programs and serve as a grant writer when necessary. Serve as a member of the College’s administrative team, including service on the President’s Cabinet and Leadership Council. Serve as night administrator on a rotating basis. (3%*) 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, 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.
  6. Knowing how to operate SPSS is strongly recommended.
  7. 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.


Administrative and functional supervision is exercised over the Administrative Assistant to Institutional Research and Planning.


A relevant master’s degree with four to five years of relevant experience is required. Strong interpersonal, organizational, analytical, and public speaking skills required. Knowledge of Illinois State and Higher Learning Commission reporting requirements is preferred.




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.