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Assistant Provost

Application Procedure:

Qualified applicants must electronically submit online application, cover letter, resume/curriculum vitae to Apply to posting AP0190099. Applicant screening will continue until the position is filled. Virginia Tech is committed to building a culturally diverse faculty and strongly encourages applications from women and minorities.

Virginia Tech is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer.

If you are an individual with a disability and desire an accommodation please contact the hiring department with any questions.

Job Duties

Reporting to the Associate Vice Provost for Academic Decision Support, the Assistant Provost for Strategic Analysis leads a growing and a talented group of analysts in fulfilling the emerging and strategic decision support needs of Virginia Tech. This person provides leadership in fulfilling the state and federally mandated reporting requirements, while focusing on long-term strategic needs and interests of the university and data-based decision-making processes. The position interacts with senior leadership at all levels while communicating the data, analytics and visualization needs for decision support to data scientists in Decision Support Systems group in Academic Decision Support.

Provide leadership in using the data and analytics infrastructure in Academic Decision Support to develop strategic insights on emerging issues as well as in transforming the reporting infrastructure in the institutional research area.

Lead and direct the preparation of research studies, reports, analyses, and surveys related to academic affairs operations, dealing with enrollment trends and projections, online learning, new program development, faculty load and productivity, peer analysis, and academic and budget plan metrics.  Using strategic analysis to provide insights into the university's long-term goals and strategic objectives.

Ensure that data standards, quality, and integrity in VT Data Lake, University Data Commons, budget model, and other institutional information systems and databases conform to well-established state and federal guidelines, external reporting requirements, and emerging analytical needs.

Ensure the appropriateness of data and information requests to institutional research and advise the end users and offices in the appropriate use of the data and analytics for decision support. Stay at the forefront of emerging issues in higher education research and administration by actively representing the university at conferences or meetings.

Job Qualifications

• Master’s degree in a quantitative disciple, such as Educational Research or Administration, Public Policy, Data Analytics, Business Administration or a related area.
• Extensive experience in progressively leadership roles and capacity in data analytics and decision support.
• Experience in using SPSS or SAS statistical analysis programs for decision support.
• Knowledge of higher education reporting practices such as IPEDS, NSF, ASEE, ABET, SACSCOC, etc.
• A thorough understanding of national and global higher education rankings and data protocols.
• Capacity for independent and creative thinking and writing on research and statistical problems.
• Ability to work with data from multiple sources.
• Excellent analytical and quantitative skills.
• Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written.

Preferred Qualifications:
• Ph.D. in a related discipline.
• General knowledge of cloud-based analytics platforms.
• Knowledge of data visualization and analytics tools employed in big data platforms, such as Python, R.

Institution Description

Virginia Tech is a public land-grant university, committed to teaching and learning, research, and outreach to the Commonwealth of Virginia, the nation, and the world. Building on its motto of Ut Prosim (that I may serve), Virginia Tech is dedicated to InclusiveVT—serving in the spirit of community, diversity, and excellence. We seek candidates who adopt and practice the Principles of Community, which are fundamental to our on-going efforts to increase access and inclusion, and to create a community that nurtures learning and growth for all of its members. Virginia Tech actively seeks a broad spectrum of candidates to join our community in preparing leaders for the world.


Application Due Date: 2019-04-30
Job Start Date: 2019-07-01
Salary: Dependent on qualifications and experience.
City: Blacksburg
State/Province/Region: VA
Institution: Virginia Tech
Reports To: Associate Vice Provost for Academic Decision Support
Staff # Reporting to Position: 6
Reports In Office: Academic Decision Support

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