Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education

Associate Director of Research

Position: Full-time state government non-merit position
Starting Date: Open until filled
Location: In-person position in Frankfort, KY, with option for limited remote work with approval of supervisor
Compensation: TBD

The Council on Postsecondary Education is responsible for the coordination of a multi-sector, statewide higher education enterprise comprising Kentucky’s public universities and community and technical colleges serving nearly 250,000 students. In addition, the CPE licenses private for-profit and nonprofit colleges and universities operating in the state.


As an integral member of the Council’s Data, Research and Advanced Analytics team, the Associate Director of Research will work with CPE staff, board members, and external stakeholders to measure and communicate progress on the goals of the 2022-30 Kentucky Strategic Agenda for Postsecondary Education (Higher Education Matters). The position is charged with implementing the CPE research agenda by conducting policy and data analysis, writing research proposals and literature reviews, and delivering final research and analysis for use by CPE staff, state and campus leaders, and policy makers. The Associate Director will serve as a key liaison to KYSTATS, aligning CPE’s research agenda with analytics and research conducted through the statewide longitudinal data system (SLDS). This position reports to the Executive Director of Data and Advanced Analytics.

Duties and Responsibilities

Conduct research and analysis using data from the Kentucky Postsecondary Data System (KPEDS), the State Longitudinal Data System (SLDS), The Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS), and other national data sources.


Contact Information

Interested applicants should send a letter of application, a resume, and the names, titles, and contact information for at least three professional references to:

Rae Smith, Human Resources
Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education
100 Airport Road, Second Floor
Frankfort, KY 40601

The Council on Postsecondary Education is committed to a diverse workforce, equal opportunity and nondiscrimination. CPE prohibits discrimination because of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity or expressions, ancestry, age, pregnancy or related medical condition, marital or familial status, disability, veteran status, political affiliation, or genetic information.

Last Updated: 7/8/2022