The Senior Partnering Consultant is part of the Office for Planning and Institutional Effectiveness (PIE) at Vanderbilt University and is a key contributor, working in partnership with their designated academic areas or support units, to ensuring that Vanderbilt makes decisions and plans on the basis of high-quality and relevant data, information, and analysis. Reporting directly to the Assistant Provost and Executive Director for Planning and Institutional Effectiveness, the Senior Partnering Consultant will also have a strong dotted-line reporting relationship with the designated leaders in their partner area(s).
The Senior Partnering Consultant is a generalist role providing professional support around data, information, and analysis to leaders in their designated partner area(s). The Senior Partnering Consultant is a matrix role, with integration into both the designated partner area(s) and also the broader PIE Team. They will build strong relationships in those area(s) to provide targeted and nuanced support, helping the area(s) to interpret and use information for decision-making and planning. They will draw on relationships within the PIE Team to provide specialist support as required, and to feedback to PIE about priorities and preferences among users to ensure that PIE outputs are focused on institutional and local need.
The Office for Planning and Institutional Effectiveness (PIE) is a new Office, bringing together the former Vanderbilt Institutional Research Group and the Office of Assessment. The Office partners with leaders in Academic Affairs and beyond to support decision-making, planning, and actions based on high-quality and relevant data, information, and analysis. The Office comprises four teams: Partnering; Institutional Research and Analysis; Assessment; and Data Governance and Solutions.
The Senior Partnering Consultant is a matrix role, with integration into both the designated partner area(s) and also the broader PIE Team. The specific structure may vary depending on the size, resources, and needs of the partner area(s).
- A bachelor’s degree is necessary.
- A master’s or doctoral degree is preferred.
- At least three years’ experience working in a professional setting is necessary.
- Experience of working with quantitative information and data is necessary; this may be demonstrated by academic or professional experience.
- Ability to manipulate and present data in Excel is necessary.
- Ability to work with Tableau or a similar data visualization tool is strongly preferred.
- Ability to do descriptive statistical analysis (e.g., compute means, variances, change over time) is necessary.
- Training in and experience of more advanced statistical techniques is preferred.
- Experience working in higher education is necessary, with a demonstrated understanding of how a higher educational institution works. This includes an understanding of the strategic challenges, knowledge of the formal structures, and an appreciation of the internal and external political context and how that influences appropriate behavior.
- Ability to understand and translate quantitative data for a wide variety of audiences is necessary.
- Excellent interpersonal skills are necessary. The Senior Partnering Consultant needs to be able develop a rapport with a wide range of individuals. They must be able to effectively challenge pre-conceived notions and deliver messages which may be unwelcome.
- Excellent communication skills are necessary. This includes both written and verbal skills.
- Ability to present and do training to targeted audiences is necessary.
- Excellent problem-solving skills are necessary. The Senior Partnering Consultant needs to be able to define a problem, place it into a broader context, and work collaboratively to explore the issue and develop solutions. This requires the intellectual agility to move from theoretical to practical and back again, drawing together a variety of different inputs to come to a conclusion.
- Demonstrated experience managing projects through to completion is preferred.
- Strong time-management skills are necessary, as this post will be working in a matrix environment so will need to prioritize their own workload much of the time.