Kentucky: Council on Postsecondary Education

Director of Research and Policy Analysis

Title of Position: Director of Research and Policy Analysis

Period: Full time state government non-merit position

Starting Date: Director of Research and Policy Analysis

Compensation: Competitive salary and state benefits

The Council on Postsecondary Education coordinates change and improvement in Kentucky’s postsecondary education system as directed by the Kentucky Postsecondary Education Improvement Act of 1997. The Council is a statewide coordinating agency.

The Director of Research and Policy Analysis will work with CPE and institutional staff to measure and report on progress toward strategic goals, conduct applied research and data analysis in support of the Council’s Stronger by Degrees strategic agenda, evaluate program effectiveness, and recommend policy and research initiatives to facilitate statewide postsecondary education improvement.

Duties and Responsibilities
  • Perform research and analysis on issues related to postsecondary and adult education reform and helps ensure policy alignment with Kentucky’s strategic agenda (finance, academic quality, research and economic development, equal opportunity, adult education, technology, P-20, and other policy initiatives in support of reform goals).
  • Coordinate and manages research studies, statistical abstracts, and related publications performed by outside contractors/researchers.
  • Assist in the coordination, development and periodic update of the statewide strategic agenda and the process for aligning institutional plans and initiatives with that agenda.
  • Coordinate the development of a comprehensive accountability system for monitoring statewide and institutional progress toward reform goals and the public agenda.
  • Work with the Education Delivery Institute and CPE staff on completions and closing achievement gaps, including coordination of Kentucky’s Delivery Network.
  • Coordinate the development of periodic status and accountability report.
  • Work with CPE senior staff to develop and prioritize the agency’s policy research agenda in support of agency-wide policy development and effectiveness.
  • Establish working relationships with institutional staff, as well as staff in the executive and legislative branches, partner agencies, and various national organizations as necessary.
  • Develop and coordinate surveys and questionnaires as required.
  • Manage the primary analysis of student and institutional-level data contained in the Kentucky Postsecondary Education Data System (KPEDS) and other data sources.
  • Conduct literature reviews and policy scans to identify the most effective and strategically advantageous policies and practices for achieving the Council’s policy objectives, and provide written summaries of findings.
  • Prioritize and manage the assignments of the Senior Associate, Research and Policy Analysis.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

The position requires a graduate degree in sociology, higher education policy, public administration, or related field, and higher education policy and/or administrative experience in a complex university or governmental setting. Preferred qualifications include an earned doctorate or terminal degree in sociology, higher education policy, public administration, finance or related field. Successful candidates will demonstrate the ability to lead thoughtfully, think strategically, develop and analyze policy, build consensus among varied stakeholders, promote participation and teamwork, and communicate effectively with a broad and diverse constituency. They also will have a clear understanding and appreciation for the diversity and unique characteristics of the institutions in Kentucky’s postsecondary education system.

Contact Information

Interested applicants should send a letter of application specifically addressing the responsibilities and qualifications of the position; a curriculum vita or resume; and, the names, titles, and contact information for at least three professional references to:

Rebecca Bowman, Human Resources
Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education
1024 Capital Center Dr., Ste. 320
Frankfort, KY 40601

The Council on Postsecondary Education is an equal opportunity employer.


Last Updated 8/29/2013