West Virginia University is seeking an accomplished leader of institutional research and analysis to serve as the inaugural Associate Vice President of Institutional Data and Analytics. Reporting to the Provost, the successful candidate will develop and lead the University in the adoption of comprehensive and advanced data-driven decision-making. The ideal candidate is will be a change agent with strong communication skills, a strong understanding of the latest practices in data analysis and the ability to build teams within a complex, decentralized research institution.
The AVP will act as the university's Chief Data Officer and in coordination with data providers and consumers across campus, develop and implement an appropriate data governance structure that manages and aggregates data across campus. He/she will create in collaboration with others a shared vision for institutional analytics and will be responsible for communicating and implementing that vision. The AVP will act as a leader to help develop new processes and policies that ensure data integrity, transparency, access and preservation.
The new AVP-IDA will manage and direct the Office of Institutional Data and Analytics. The Office is the clearing house for all university-wide reporting and institutional analysis. Responsibilities include organizing and coordinating personnel and resources with other administrative units for maximum benefit and efficiency. The AVP will oversee the creation of data dashboards, visualization and analysis tools for the benefit of the larger university community. The AVP-IDA will work to maintain high quality institutional reporting while transforming the unit to take on new challenges related to data analysis. He/she will grow the staff and will provide opportunities for professional development to keep staff up to date in techniques for contemporary academic data analytics.
Packets received by February 9, 2020 will receive a full review; position remains open until filled.
Candidates should possess:
Experience with the development and implementation of processes to improve data collection, data integrity and manage data stewardship in a decentralized model
Strong understanding of higher education policies and practices
Operational knowledge of distributed systems for data collection and integration
Excellent leadership and management skills with the capacity to work with multiple stakeholders to address complex data and analysis needs.
Demonstrated ability to lead, initiate, or facilitate change in both supervisory and collaborative setting
Ability to manage, mentor and motivate staff
Strong problem-solving skills; high quality standards and attention to detail.
Demonstrated ability to work in a fast paced, team based, deadline oriented environment; the ability to effectively manage complex tasks and prioritize multiple projects and competing priorities.
Outstanding written, verbal and interpersonal communication skills:
Strong diplomacy skills
A customer service orientation.
Possess a MA/MS in social science , statistics, research methodology, higher education, or a related discipline. Advanced degree preferred.
Will accept a Bachelor's in related fields with equivalent education and experience.
Candidates should have:
Minimum of seven (7) years of progressively responsible experience in higher education institutional research and assessment, with experience in statistical modeling, evidence-based decision support, analytics, data curation, and/or related consulting experience.
West Virginia University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and the recipient of an NSF ADVANCE award for gender equity. The University values diversity among its faculty, staff and students, and invites applications from all qualified individuals, including minorities, females, individuals with disabilities and veterans.
Job Posting: Jan 13, 2020
Posting Classification: Non-Classified
Exemption Status: Exempt
Benefits Eligible: Yes
Internal Number: 194704
About West Virginia University
West Virginia University, founded in 1867, has a long and rich history as a public, land-grant institution. WVU encourages scholarship and offers high-quality academic programs while serving the state of West Virginia and the nation. WVU statewide includes campuses in Beckley, Charleston, Keyser, Martinsburg and Morgantown – which has been ranked as a #1 Small City in America. WVU is an R1 Doctoral Research University (Highest Research Activity), one of only 115 nationwide. WVU offers 212 degrees throughout the 14 colleges and schools. Areas of specialty include STEM education, healthcare in Appalachia, shale gas utilization, radio astronomy and forensics. WVU researchers have helped confirm the existence of gravitational waves and uncovered diesel vehicle emissions discrepancies. Statewide, there are over 31,000 graduate and undergraduate students along with 190,000 alumni worldwide. WVU is reinventing West Virginia’s future by strengthening education, healthcare and broad-based prosperity.