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Senior Director, Research and Analytics

Senior Director, Research and Analytics

Association of Research Libraries Job Location: Washington, D.C. Apply By: Open until filled Date Created: 07-15-2019

Senior Director, Research and Analytics, Washington D.C.

ARL is an institutional membership organization of 124 libraries and archives in major public and private universities, federal government agencies, and large public institutions in Canada and the United States. We advocate on research libraries' behalf, advance the research and learning mission with our research and higher education partners, share intelligence on current issues, and develop the next generation of diverse library leaders. The Association and its members actively engage nationally and internationally to advance an equitable and enduring research information environment. 

Research libraries are evolving quickly in the context of dramatic digital adoption in research and learning, constant flux in higher education, and policy developments in Canada, the United States, and beyond. As an association of leaders, ARL adopted the 2019-2021 Action Plan outlining its priorities for the next three years, and the contributions it intends to make as a collaborative partner in a complex ecosystem. This position will take the lead in advancing research library analytics and assessment to better understand and communicate outcomes and impact on research and learning.

Job Title
Senior Director, Research and Analytics


Reports to
Executive Director 

Date of last review
June 3, 2019.

Job Summary/Objective
This position leads the Association's research and analytics program in support of its members, and more broadly, research libraries in contributing to the research and learning mission.  It is responsible for designing, developing, implementing, and evaluating ARL's research practices, tools, and infrastructures. ARL seeks a leader intent on advancing the field of research library analytics and assessment, particularly as it moves to understand and communicate outcomes and impact. 

Essential Functions
Leads all functions related to the collection, analysis, and reporting of institutional data from member institutions, as well as the reporting of the collective impact of ARL members and more broadly, research libraries, on higher education and society.

Lead and manage the program, including: 
  • Achievement and evolution of the Association's assessment vision with strategic initiatives and programs
  • Evaluation of current practices, and implementation and stewardship of the adoption of effective, sustainable, and practical assessment methodologies
  • Implementation and evolution of ARL's Research Library Impact Framework
  • Establishment of standards and procedures that ensure data integrity, privacy, and security.
  • Balance input and recommendations from multiple sources, including but not limited to the ARL Board of Directors, the executive director and staff, and the Research and Analytics Committee
  • Development and management of the annual research and analytics budget, including revenue generation, and track departmental spending.  Development and leadership on grant proposals as appropriate.
  • Supervision and leadership of the research and analytics staff.
  • Management of vendor relationships as needed.
Works with ARL member institutions:
  • Communication of the program's research and analytics agenda and results with members and, as appropriate to the broader research and learning community, policy makers, and the public.
  • Development and advancement of a community of members engaged in library analytics and assessment
  • Support ARL members in evaluating, interpreting, and communicating data and findings.
  • Works with the broader research library and research and learning community:
  • Collaboration with other leaders in research library analytics and assessment to advance the  standards and metrics by which research libraries are measured
  • Co-leader of the Library Assessment Conference
  • Representation of ARL with partner organizations in higher education and other analytics communities, including standards setting bodies.
Supervisory responsibilities
The position has two FTE and coordinates research and analytics needs across the Association. 

Work environment
This is an office work environment at the ARL office in Washington, DC.

Physical demands
There are day-to-day physical demands associated with office work. 

Position Type & Expected hours of work
Exempt, full time position. Typical work hours are 9 a.m.--5 p.m. Monday through Friday, with some work outside these hours expected. 

Travel within the United States and Canada is required mostly in the spring and fall.

Required education and experience
  • Master's degree or higher in a relevant field with substantial experience in the current research and analytics landscape. 
  • A minimum of 5 years leadership experience developing assessment tools and/or research programs utilizing a wide range of qualitative and quantitative methods.
  • A minimum of 5 years leadership experience with statistics research and analysis as applied in the scholarly research environment.
  • Demonstrated ability to present complex information to audiences who possess different levels of library and assessment knowledge.
  • Knowledge of and experience with programs and applications sufficient to lead the development of highly technical projects.
  • Excellent oral, written, and public speaking skills.
  • Passionate, forward-thinking, and detail-oriented leader who is collaborative and motivational.
  • Team player who creates trust, exudes credibility, and can elevate enthusiasm across the organization.
  • Work experience with nonprofit organizations.
  • Demonstrated ability to collaborate with senior executives and other staff to achieve goals.
  • Proven demonstration of awareness and sensitivity to the needs and concerns of individuals from diverse cultures, backgrounds, and orientations.
Preferred education and experience
  • Preferred experience working in higher education, government, or research libraries. 
ARL is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity in the professional workplace. We are firmly committed to providing opportunity for outstanding persons of every race/ethnicity, gender, creed, and background. We encourage candidates to apply who thrive in an environment that embraces diversity and inclusivity.

Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience. ARL offers standard benefits including sick leave, 22 days of vacation, TIAA. Screening of applications will begin immediately.

How to apply:
ARL has retained the services of Insight Executive Search. For more information or to apply for the position, please contact:

Aaron Schmidt
Insight Executive Search
(949) 281-7525


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