Employment Opportunities

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​The Council of Independent Colleges, located in Washington DC, is the major national service organization for all small and mid-sized independent, liberal arts colleges and universities in the United States.

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Director of Research Projects


CIC seeks a full-time Director of Research Projects to oversee CIC’s research and data activities. CIC is the major national service organization for all small and mid-sized independent liberal arts colleges and universities in the U.S. Currently, nearly 680 colleges and universities and 85 organizations are members. CIC’s 25-person staff, based in Washington, DC, serves its member institutions through conferences, externally funded projects and programs, research and advocacy, and other activities designed to assist institutions in improving leadership expertise, educational programs, administrative and financial performance, and institutional visibility.

The Director of Research Projects is responsible for the operations of CIC’s research and data activities. The Director of Research Projects reports to the Senior Vice President and works closely with other senior staff on a variety of projects. Research projects planned for the near future include an updated report on the characteristics of chief academic officers, an analysis of athletic programs at independent colleges, a comparative analysis of alumni outcomes using the Baccalaureate and Beyond (B&B:08/12) dataset, and a comparative analysis of success of underrepresented students in STEM fields.


  • Conduct research using national and proprietary datasets and writing research briefs and
  • reports;
  • Develop and manage research projects conducted by leading higher education experts;
  • Conduct ad hoc research to support requests from trade and national media outlets and
  • other CIC projects and activities;
  • Work with a consultant to produce two annual benchmarking reports for presidents of
  • member colleges and universities: the Key Indicators Tool (KIT) and the Financial
  • Indicators Tool (FIT);
  • Oversee the production of CIC’s Digest of Recent Research three times annually;
  • Develop and update comparative data for CIC’s Making the Case website;
  • Update annually the “CIC Fact Sheet” that provides summary institutional characteristics
  • of the CIC membership;
  • Conduct and analyze periodic member surveys and event evaluations; and
  • Represent CIC at various meetings and seminars.


Master’s degree and two years’ work experience in higher education or a related association required; doctoral degree preferred. Desired skills include: familiarity with the U.S. Department of Education datasets (especially IPEDS) and other major sources of education data; knowledge of quantitative research methodology and design; ability to synthesize and summarize research findings in a clear manner in narrative and graphic form for diverse audiences; proficiency in statistical analysis (SPSS/SAS, Access, and Excel) and experience with large datasets; excellent written and oral communication skills; strong organizational skills, including attention to detail with the ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously; and ability to thrive in a fast-paced, team-oriented work environment.

This position includes occasional overnight and out-of-area travel. While performing the duties of this job, the Director of Research Projects is regularly required to talk or hear. The director must have ability to sit in a normal seated position for extended periods of time, use hands to finger, handle or feel, and be able to lift and/or move up to 20 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus.

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