Job Board


Senior Partnering Consultant

Application Procedure:

Job Duties

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).

Job Qualifications

  • 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.

Institution Description

Vanderbilt University, located in Nashville, Tennessee, is a top-15 private research university offering a full range of undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees. Vanderbilt is situated on a 330-acre campus near the thriving city center, serving more than 12,000 students and employing almost 7,000 faculty and staff. The university’s students, staff, and faculty frequently cite Nashville and the surrounding area as one of the many perks of being a part of the Vanderbilt community. Vanderbilt University is a place where your expertise will be valued, your knowledge expanded, and your abilities challenged. It is a place where your diversity is sought and celebrated. Vanderbilt was recently named as one of “America’s Best Large Employers” and the top employer in Tennessee and the Nashville metropolitan area in 2019 (Forbes).


In addition to offering a lively community that encourages learning and celebrates diversity, Vanderbilt University offers a competitive, flexible benefits package including health, dental, vision, life, accidental death & dismemberment, disability insurance, paid time off, and a 403(b) retirement plan with employer match. Vanderbilt offers tuition assistance to employees, spouses and dependent children. Also, after five years of service, Vanderbilt will pay up to 55% of the tuition for up to three dependent children to earn a bachelor's degree. Learn more about Vanderbilt's benefits at VU Benefits Overview.
Application Due Date: 2019-09-18
Job Start Date: 2019-11-04
Salary: Dependent on qualifications and experience.
City: Nashville
State/Province/Region: TN
Institution: Vanderbilt University
Reports To: Assistant Provost and Executive Director, Planning and Institutional Effectiveness
Staff # Reporting to Position: 0
Reports In Office: Planning and Institutional Effectiveness

Search for openings in IR, effectiveness, assessment, planning, and related fields at higher education institutions in the U.S. and abroad. 

View All Jobs by Posting Date   Post a Job