ICI Seeks Director of Policy and Research


Independent Colleges of Indiana, Inc. seeks applications from motivated individuals who are interested in using their skills to help further the work of Indiana’s private, non-profit colleges and universities. As one of America’s premier consortia of private, nonprofit colleges and universities, ICI supports its 29 member institutions through a comprehensive array of professional services including: public policy advocacy, media and public relations, research, collaborative partnerships, and resource enhancement. ICI acts state-wide from offices located in downtown Indianapolis. Employees enjoy some workplace flexibility but the majority of staff time is spent in the office.


The Director of Policy and Research is responsible for the gathering, organizing and reporting of student and institutional data from our member colleges to the state of Indiana and for collaborative work using this data. This work is completed through various annual, semi-annual, and quarterly data collections and reports. These include Commission for Higher Education Data Submission System (CHEDSS) reporting, annual fall census enrollment reporting, foreign gift reporting, and admissions data reporting. The person filling this role will also serve as IPEDS Coordinator for ICI member institutions. The successful applicant for this role will develop and maintain relationships with key stakeholders, including state and institutional leaders and national agencies, to achieve desired impact and outcomes for independent higher education. Relationships with our member colleges and universities along with the Indiana Commission for Higher Education are of particular importance. The work of collecting and understanding data is done in conjunction with our member offices of the registrar, financial aid and institutional research. Understanding of these university functions will be very helpful.

The Director must have a strong knowledge of state and federal higher education policies and programs that have an impact on students and institutions. This member of our team serves as the chief steward for all data about our institutions and therefore designs policies, procedures and strategies for release of such information to key target audiences. Also, this member of the ICI team will work in partnership with other ICI staff to advocate for state financial aid programs. Our most effective advocacy is achieved by collecting and analyzing relevant data and information to inform staff at ICI, member institutions, legislators, state education officials, and other stakeholders.

Strategic management of time, resources and tasks will be necessary to be successful in this role. Attention to detail must be a top priority, not only in data management and interpretation, but also in written communication and meeting due dates and deadlines. This team member must be driven and intrinsically motivated to independently complete work, meeting organizational, state, and federal deadlines. This person must be exceedingly well-organized, flexible and enjoy the challenges of working on a variety of projects simultaneously. A high level of professionalism and confidentiality is crucial to this role.

ICI offers a competitive salary, generous and comprehensive benefits package, and an enviable work environment located in the heart of Indianapolis’ vibrant downtown with direct connection to the Indiana State Capitol.


  • Bachelor’s degree, master’s degree preferred, and preferably with coursework demonstrating expertise in datasets and data analysis.

  • Demonstrated experience in working with datasets and data analysis (particularly if lacking formal coursework in such areas).

  • Working knowledge of state and federal student aid programs.

  • Excellent written and oral communication skills

  • Minimum of 5 years of relevant experience.

Please email, in confidence, a letter of interest that details the nexus between your qualifications and the position announcement, resume and a list of at least three references (references will not be contacted without first seeking permission from the applicant.) to Kelly Smith, Executive Assistant, at ksmith@icindiana.org.

Incomplete applications will not be considered. Review of materials will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.

ICI is an equal opportunity employer.