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Senior Partnering Consultant-Libraries

Application Procedure:

Apply on our website. The application deadline and the job start date are flexible.

Job Duties

  • Engage with library leadership in strategic conversations to influence the alignment of operations, policies, programs, and resources with the mission of the Library and the University.
    • Work with library leadership to identify KPIs and prepare reports and narratives that demonstrate progress towards the goals.
    • Research University, Library, and industry trends and gather benchmark data to make Library leadership aware of opportunities to innovate and to enhance services levels to stakeholders.
    • Participate in quarterly library directors’ meetings to discuss strategy and plans.
    • Contribute to the development and communication of the Libraries’ value proposition to stakeholders.
  • Make data and analytical information accessible, relevant, and usable to leaders and stakeholders in the Libraries. 
    • Understand the key strategic and operational issues facing the Libraries, place them into a broader context, and work collaboratively to explore how data, information, and analysis can best address the issues.
    • With an understanding of the goals and constraints of the Libraries, integrate disparate sources of information, including quantitative and qualitative data, to provide evidence-based, actionable analyses and recommendations.
    • Share and explain data, analysis, assessment findings, and similar information to leadership in the Libraries.
    • Advise on options, risks, and action plans for improving the Libraries’ effectiveness.
    • Train on data usage, data literacy, data tools, and assessment, and serve as a source of data expertise.
  • Collect data and enhance data resources, especially those specific to the management of the Libraries.
    • Identify ways to improve existing data resources and advise and lead on how to collect and curate data to be more effective.
    • Serve as Data Steward for identified data resources within the Libraries, ensuring adequate data quality for known uses, documenting the data sources and definitions, overseeing data retention, managing data access, and ensuring data privacy standards are maintained.
    • Work with the Libraries and DSA to develop and implement assessment instruments for data collection, which might include surveys, focus groups, interviews, etc.
  • Support accreditation, compliance, and benchmarking processes.
    • Abide by professional codes of ethics for librarians such as the American Library Association Code of Ethics and the IFLA Code of Ethics for Librarians and other Information Workers.
    • Work with local and institutional leadership to support regional accreditation processes (SACSCOC).
    • Work with library leadership to support regional and disciplinary accreditation compliance requirements, particularly around data requirements specific to the library.
    • Draw on knowledge of national datasets and benchmarking efforts, influential library assessment methods, and relevant library standards to advise the Libraries about engaging in initiatives and how to use the data that comes out of institutional and national datasets.
  • Serve as an intermediary between DSA and the Libraries. 
    • Identify projects (e.g., assessment, surveys, analysis, reporting) which may require input from the broader DSA team and broker and facilitate those conversations.
    • Contribute to or lead Library or DSA projects and support the development of institutional data capability (e.g., a more self-service data retrieval approach).
  • Cover for colleagues in the Academic Partnering team and collaborate as required inside and outside DSA.

Job Qualifications

  • A master’s degree is necessary, and an ALA-accredited MLS degree is preferred. 
  • At least five years’ experience working in a professional setting is necessary, including experience working with senior leaders, understanding of how they best receive and consume data and analysis. 
  • Experience working in higher education is necessary, with a demonstrated understanding of how a higher educational institution works. This includes awareness of strategic challenges, knowledge of the formal structures, and an appreciation of the internal and external political context and how that influences appropriate behavior. 
  • Experience of working in an academic library setting is strongly preferred. 
  • Experience of working with quantitative information and data is necessary; this may be demonstrated by academic or professional experience. 
  • Ability to understand and translate quantitative data for a wide variety of audiences is necessary. 
  • Excellent people skills are necessary because the Partnering Consultant needs to be able develop a rapport with a wide range of individuals, including senior leaders. 
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills are necessary, including the ability to shape the opinions of others based on an understanding of their reservations and motivations. 
  • Ability to manipulate and present data in Excel is necessary. 
  • Experience 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. 
  • Ability to present to and train targeted audiences is necessary. 
  • Ability to learn quickly and independently and to identify one’s own learning needs is necessary. 
  • Strong time-management skills are necessary to effectively prioritize and complete campus area and institutional projects. 
  • Excellent problem solving and critical thinking skills are necessary, with the intellectual agility to move from theoretical to practical and back again and drawing together a variety of different inputs to draw a conclusion. 
  • Training in and experience of more advanced statistical techniques is preferred. 
  • Candidates are encouraged to highlight in their applications additional skills that might contribute to team goals. These may include: bibliometrics and analysis of scholarly outputs; qualitative analysis; survey implementation and analysis; data governance; coding.

Institution Description

About Vanderbilt University

Vanderbilt University is entering a time of ambitious change. With a dynamic new Chancellor and Provost, the campus is engaged in significant, positive transformation. We are intentional about and assume accountability for fostering advancement and respect for equity, diversity, and inclusion for all students, faculty, and staff. Our commitment to diversity makes us who we are.  We have created a community that celebrates differences and lets individuality thrive. Our work - regardless of title or role - is in service to an important and noble mission in which every member of our community serves in advancing knowledge and transforming lives on a daily basis. Located in Nashville, Tennessee, on a 330+ acre campus and arboretum dating back to 1873, Vanderbilt is proud to have been named as one of “America’s Best Large Employers” as well as a top employer in Tennessee and the Nashville metropolitan area by Forbes for several years running.

About Office of Data and Strategic Analytics 

The Office of Data and Strategic Analytics is based in the Chancellor’s Office and works collaboratively with decision-makers and stakeholders across the university to support the strategic use of data. The DSA team has expanded and now comprises four teams (Academic Partnering; Administrative Partnering; Institutional Research and Assessment; and Data Governance and Solutions). DSA works closely with data leads in other parts of the university and with Information Technology (VUIT). The SPC-L will be able to shape and support this exciting period of strategic development for Vanderbilt and the Libraries.


In addition to offering an energetic community that encourages learning and celebrates diversity, Vanderbilt University provides its faculty and staff with a benefits package that is comprehensive and flexible.
Application Due Date: 2022-11-30
Job Start Date: 2022-11-01
Salary: Dependent on qualifications and experience.
City: Nashville
State/Province/Region: TN
Institution: Vanderbilt University
Reports To: Director of Academic Partnering
Staff # Reporting to Position: 0
Reports In Office: Chancellor's Office of Data and Strategic Analytics

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