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The Office of Institutional Research and Assessment (OIRA) is offering an exciting career opportunity as an Institutional Assessment Coordinator. This is a 12-month, full-time, benefit-eligible position. This position is supervised by the Director of Institutional Assessment.

This position supports and facilitates institutional surveys, including those associated with course evaluation surveys, faculty and student surveys (NSSE/FSSE, senior surveys, etc.), and college ranking surveys. The coordinator will create reports that summarize survey data research in support of SDSTATE’s mission and vision. The coordinator will also support the Director of Institutional Assessment in managing the Assessment Management System (AMS). In addition, the coordinator will help facilitate the use of assessment data across campus programs and units to support the institution’s culture of data-informed decisions and continuous improvement.

Must be authorized to work in the U.S. Sponsorship is not available for this position.

SDSU is especially interested in candidates that can contribute to and/or coordinate course offerings that address the experiences of underrepresented minorities in organizations. Women, minorities, veterans, and people with disabilities are especially encouraged to apply.


Master’s Degree completed by date of application;
At least one year of demonstrated experience in survey design and analysis experience, as well as utilized survey tools (SurveyMonkey, Qualtrics, etc.);
Demonstrated expertise with statistical programming, data management, and research tools such as SPSS, R, Stata, SAS, Tableau, and/or others;
Expertise in Microsoft Office products (Excel, Word, etc.);
Strong quantitative and analytic skills to ensure accuracy and integrity of data;
Experience in working with large data sets and merging data from multiple sources;
Demonstrated ability to work independently and collaboratively in a team environment with college departments across the University and cross-functional teams;
Ability to communicate effectively with diverse audiences;
Excellent oral and written communication skills;
Demonstrated organizational and time management skills;
Strong interpersonal skills;
Valid driver’s license, or ability to obtain one within 30 days of hire, and willingness to travel.


Master’s degree in a social science field, education, and/or statistics;
Three plus years of demonstrated experience in survey design and analysis experience, as well as utilized survey tools (SurveyMonkey, Qualtrics, etc.);
Demonstrated ability to effectively prioritize a wide variety of unrelated projects while under firm deadlines;
Ability to troubleshoot and problem solve;
Exceptional communication skills;
Utilize feedback to continuously improve processes;
Demonstrated evidence and understanding of the concepts of diversity and multiculturalism and their application in the workplace;
Knowledge of and commitment to the mission of South Dakota State University


Commensurate with experience and qualifications.


South Dakota State University offers a wide range of benefits including medical, dental, and flexible benefits, retirement plans, compensation packages, paid holidays, and vacation leave.  Employees also have access to internal and state-sponsored training as well as reduced tuition for state-supported courses at all State of South Dakota academic institutions.


Ranked as the No. 2 best place to work in South Dakota by Forbes, South Dakota State University is the state’s largest, most comprehensive university with more than 200 programs and an enrollment of approximately 12,000 students.

SDSU offers a rich academic experience in an environment of inclusion and access through inspired, student-centered education, creative activities and research, innovation and engagement that improve the quality of life in South Dakota, the region, the nation, and the world. Its employees embrace the university’s core values of being people-centered, expanding knowledge through creativity, embracing organizational and personal integrity, commitment to diversity, and excellence through continuous improvement.

Office of Institutional Research & Assessment (OIRA)

Mission: The Office of Institutional Research and Assessment (OIRA) advances the University’s mission by facilitating an integrated approach to institutional research, assessment, continuous improvement, and data-informed decisions in support of institutional effectiveness, teaching and learning.

Vision: To exemplify a commitment to excellence by supporting a culture of evidence-based decision-making and promoting institutional improvement through collaboration and engagement.

Brookings, SD

Brookings is home to approximately 24,000 residents and is located 60 miles north of Sioux Falls and 200 miles west of Minneapolis. rates Brookings as an ideal community for families, students, young professionals, and retirees. It considers Brookings among the safest and most vibrant cities in South Dakota.

The Brookings Public School District educates approximately 3,300 K-12 students and ranks among the state’s highest academic achieving school districts. The district includes three elementary schools, an intermediate school for fourth and fifth grade, one middle school and a high school.

The city also boasts an abundance of attractions and activities, including the Children’s Museum of South Dakota, Dakota Nature Park, South Dakota Art Museum, McCrory Gardens, South Dakota Agricultural Heritage Museum, Outdoor Adventure Center, and the Brookings Summer Arts Festival.


Position is open until filled with full consideration given to applications received by January 15, 2021.


SDSU accepts applications through an on-line employment site.  To apply, visit:, search by the position title, view the job announcement, and click on “apply for this job.”  This system will guide you through the electronic application form. This employment site will also require the attachment of a cover letter, which should specifically address how the candidate meets the qualifications as outlined in the advertisement, resume, and a reference page with the contact information for three professional references.  Email applications will not be accepted.  Please contact SDSU Human Resources at (605) 688-4128 if you require assistance with this process. 

Any offer of employment is contingent on the university’s verification of credentials and other information required by law and/or university policies, including but not limited to, successful completion of a criminal background check.  

South Dakota State University is a tobacco free environment.  

It is the policy of the University to maintain a drug-free environment and to thereby establish, promote, and maintain a safe and healthy working and learning environment for employees and students.  This position is subject to South Dakota State University’s Drug and Alcohol Testing Policy 4:14. 

For questions on the position, contact Kevin Sackreiter at (605) 688-6413 or (

South Dakota State University is committed to affirmative action, equal opportunity and the diversity of its faculty, staff, and students.  Women, minorities, veterans, and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply.  Arrangements for accommodations required by disabilities can be made by emailing SDSU prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, citizenship, ancestry, gender, marital status, pregnancy, sexual orientation, age, disability, veteran’s status, or any other protected class in the offering of all educational programs and employment opportunities.  Individuals with concerns regarding discrimination should contact:  Equal Opportunity Officer/Title IX Coordinator, Human Resources, Morrill Hall 100, SDSU, Brookings, SD  57007.  Phone:  (605) 688-4128.

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