DATE: January 28, 2020

TITLE: Specialist I – Office of Planning and Institutional Effectiveness (OPIE)

CAMPUS: Ammerman Campus in Selden



RANK: Faculty


Announcement is hereby made for a full-time, 12-month, Specialist I position in the Office of Planning and Institutional Effectiveness located on the Ammerman Campus in Selden.   Suffolk County Community College is an open admissions institution committed to serving a diverse student population in a variety of degree and career programs.


The Specialist supports institutional efforts to maintain and enhance a data-driven environment. The person in this position must be capable of writing queries to extract data from data repositories, manipulating and analyzing data, and supporting a wide variety of requests for information. This includes effectively using current technologies and tools employed by the College and investigating other available technologies that might enhance and facilitate reporting solutions.


The incumbent will play a key role in developing datasets to support the institutional research function at the College, and is expected to provide technical support of associated reporting tools and resources. The person in this position will work with a variety of applications to produce reliable, accurate, and dependable information. The Specialist will collaborate with Institutional Research (IR) and its clients to gather report requirements, evaluate data needs and address those needs, and support the daily operations of IR.


In addition to dataset development, the Specialist will be expected to produce code to extract data, either on an ad hoc basis or as fully-developed end user reports or dashboards. Additional requirements include: analysis of reporting requirements; development and maintenance of external datasets; data forensic/integrity analysis; assistance in developing report specifications; extracting data for state and federal reports, including IPEDS, Voluntary Framework for Accountability, National Community College Benchmarking Project, and SUNY reports, among others; and other duties related to Institutional Research.


Required Skills:

  • Effective planning, organizing, communication, problem solving, and interpersonal skills including use of initiative, tact, and discretion as well as the ability to meet deadlines.
  • Ability to attend to detail and maintain accuracy in working with complex statistical information and to understand the policy implications of that information.
  • Extensive knowledge of institutional systems and resources and ability to establish and maintain effective, efficient, personable, and collegial working relationships.
  • Ability to present data in a clear and concise manner for non-technical staff and faculty as well as to higher level administrators to support data-informed decision-making, strategic planning, enrollment management, target marketing, resource development, and college-wide process improvement.
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality of work related information and materials.
  • Ability to compile and organize data and materials.
  • Ability to work effectively with a diverse and multi-cultural student body and staff.




  • Master's Degree in statistics, mathematics, computer applications, business, education, social sciences or related field requiring coursework in quantitative analysis.
  • Five years of progressively responsible professional experience in information processing, reporting and/or business application development.
  • Ability to work collaboratively and independently while managing multiple short-term and long-term projects to meet deadlines.
  • Ability to perform all tasks undertaken by the Office, including prioritization of data and report requests and assignment of tasks.
  • Demonstrated effective verbal, written and graphical communication skills.
  • Experience with writing code and with MS Office products.
  • Experience with college or large business enterprise system.


  • Experience in an institutional research office at a post-secondary institution.
  • Three years of experience in institutional research, and applied statistics.
  • Sophisticated knowledge of enterprise system component architecture (data tables, fields).
  • Evidence of an awareness and understanding of institutional effectiveness and learning outcomes assessment in higher education.
  • Experience and proficiency with statistics, quantitative data analysis including multivariate techniques, and forecasting methods, such as those used in enrollment projection modeling.
  • Proven competency in the technical aspects of general and survey research, including research purpose and design, statistical and research methods, data collection and/or extraction, and data analysis and evaluation.



This is a Unit III position covered under the Faculty Association of Suffolk County Community College collective bargaining agreement with the College.

The exact salary will be determined by prior experience and placement on the salary scale negotiated by the Faculty Association of Suffolk County Community College

The New York State Retirement and Social Security Law requires retirees of a public pension plan within the State or City of New York to disclose prior public employment and pension plan history for the purpose of establishing a retiree’s eligibility for employment.

Suffolk County Community College does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, creed, sex, age, marital status, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, familial status, pregnancy, predisposing genetic characteristics, equal pay compensation-sex, national origin, military or veteran status, domestic violence victim status, criminal conviction or disability in its admissions, programs and activities, or employment. This applies to all employees, students, applicants or other members of the College community (including, but not limited to, vendors and visitors). Grievance procedures are available to interested persons by contacting either of the Civil Rights Compliance Officers/Coordinators listed below. Retaliation against a person who files a complaint, serves as a witness, or assists or participates in the investigation of a complaint in any manner is strictly prohibited.

The following persons have been designated to handle inquiries regarding the College's non-discrimination polices:

Civil Rights Compliance Officers
Christina Vargas
Chief Diversity Officer/Title IX Coordinator
Ammerman Campus, NFL Bldg., Suite 230
533 College Road, Selden, New York 11784-2899
(631) 451-4950


Dionne Walker-Belgrave
Affirmative Action Officer/Deputy Title IX Coordinator
Ammerman Campus, NFL Bldg., Suite 230
533 College Road, Selden, New York 11784-2899
(631) 451-4051

In an emergency, contact Public Safety to make a report 24 hours a day/7 days a week by calling (631) 451-4242 or dialing 311 from any College phone.

Inquiries or complaints concerning alleged civil rights violations in the College’s education admissions, programs and activities may also be directed to:

Office for Civil Rights (OCR) – Enforcement Office
U.S. Department of Education
32 Old Slip, 26th Floor
New York, NY 10005-2500
Telephone: (646) 428-3800
Fax: (646) 428-3843
TDD: (877) 521-2172
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Inquiries or complaints concerning discrimination in employment practices may also be directed to:

NYS Division of Human Rights
Long Island (Suffolk)
New York State Office Building
250 Veterans Memorial Highway, Suite 2B-49
Hauppauge, NY 11788
Telephone: (631) 952-6434
TDD: (718) 741-8300
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U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC)
New York District Office
33 Whitehall Street, 5th Floor
New York, NY 10004
Telephone: (800) 669-4000
Fax: (212) 336-3790
TTY: (800) 669-6820
ASL Video Phone: (844) 234-5122
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Suffolk County Community College is committed to fostering a diverse community of outstanding faculty, staff, and students, as well as ensuring equal opportunity and non-discrimination in employment, education, access to services, programs, and activities, including career and technical education opportunities.

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