Position Overview & Responsibilities

Reporting to the AVP of Institutional Effectiveness and Planning, the Data Coordinator will have responsibility for maintaining and organizing the quantitative data used in the Office of Institutional Effectiveness. The Data Coordinator will support the College’s and Office’s efforts to collect, manage, and share data with both internal and external audiences. The position must be able to work independently under the administrative direction on multiple data, research, and reporting projects. The position will be part of an active team in the Office and will work closely with academic affairs personnel in the Office of the Provost. Specific duties will include maintaining critical data files and reports, data integrity, data cleaning, and working with other data users on campus.

Responsibilities include:

  • Maintain, clean, validate, and organize institutional data.
  • Help ensure data integrity.
  • Assist the AVP through data support in developing critical internal reports.
  • Assist the AVP through data support in developing critical external reports including the common data set, IPEDS, and accreditation reporting.
  • Develop, organize, and synthesize data from multiple sources to create working datasets for further analysis.
  • Adapt and respond to new data reporting requirements based on emerging needs, including ad hoc requests suitable to the needs of various stakeholders in the Office and across the College.
  • Ensure integrity and accuracy of all deliverables.
  • Work and collaborate with other personnel in the Office of Institutional Effectiveness.


  • Bachelor’s degree.
  • At least 3 years of experience in a higher education setting.
  • 3-5 years as a business/data/financial analyst in higher education.
  • 3 years of experience working in teams.
  • Demonstrated problem-solving and data project management skills.
  • Fluency with basic software used in institutional research (eg., Excel, ERPs) and research platforms (eg., IPEDS).
  • Able to work independently and in small teams, and understand shared accountability and tight deadlines.
  • Track record of proficient understanding and use of data and the ability to build datasets for use in a higher education context.
  • Basic understanding of how colleges/universities ‘work.’
  • Proven ability to mine, combine and analyze data from both internal student information systems and budget databases and external sources (eg., IPEDS).
  • Demonstrated ability to prioritize and manage a variety of projects.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills and ability to work effectively at all levels.
  • Basic knowledge and understanding of higher education federal and/or state reports and reporting procedures.
  • Customer-service mindset.

Statement on Our Mission

Merrimack College is a Catholic Augustinian institution of higher education committed to building a culturally and racially diverse community. Our mission is to enlighten minds, engage hearts and empower lives and is inspired by our Catholic faith and the Augustinian tradition of seeking truth through inquiry and dialogue.

Merrimack College seeks candidates who understand, respect, and can contribute to Merrimack’s Augustinian mission and values and advance our work in the area of diversity, equity and inclusion. We strongly encourage applications from members of underrepresented groups. All candidates should describe in their application previous experience related to equity, diversity, and inclusion, as well as how they will engage in fostering a culture that supports our Augustinian mission, our Catholic faith, and our values of diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Required Vaccinations:

Merrimack College currently has a COVID-19 Vaccination Policy. Students, faculty, and staff are required to be vaccinated for COVID-19.

About Merrimack College

The only Catholic, Augustinian institution of higher education in New England, Merrimack College is a private, independent, coeducational institution with more than 5,000 undergraduates and graduate students from 32 states and 37 countries, and comprises schools of liberal arts, science and engineering, health sciences, education and social policy, and business. The college’s 260- acre campus is approximately 25 miles north of Boston in North Andover and Andover, Massachusetts. Merrimack is a Master’s Colleges & Universities/Medium Programs institution in the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education. Merrimack is one of the fastest growing educational institutions in the country and has steadily climbed up U.S. News & World Report’s ranking of Best Colleges, coming in 46th out of 170 schools ranked in the Regional Universities North category in 2020. Merrimack is also listed as one of the top 10 most innovative schools and placed 35th for best undergraduate teaching programs among schools in the U.S. News category.

Merrimack College is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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Posted: 7/19/22

Position Code: 852