The Vice Provost for Institutional Research and Effectiveness (VPIRE) plays an essential leadership role in the execution and implementation of Winthrop’s strategic plan. The VPIRE provides leadership in defining, developing, and integrating the data needed to guide internal decision-making and complete external accountability and accreditation reports. Reporting directly to the Provost, the VPIRE will work with all academic leaders and members of Senior Leadership across campus to develop and assess objectives and metrics for the university’s academic, financial, and operating strategies. The VPIRE provides strategic direction to the Offices of Assessment, Business Intelligence and Data Management, and Decision Support. The VPIRE also serves as the University’s Accreditation Liaison to the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges. Winthrop University prioritizes inclusive excellence and encourages candidates to apply who can sustain the gains we have made using data to inform our retention and student success initiatives.
Provide leadership to the Offices of Assessment, Business Intelligence and Data Management, and Decision Support.
Envision and lead the procurement and maintenance of data analytics, reporting, and visualization capabilities campus-wide.
Ensure that the university meets its statutory and voluntary reporting requirements in an accurate and timely manner.
Work with other members of the President’s and Provost’s leadership team to shape the University’s approach to integrating and using data from all major units involved in database generation and management, including Admissions, Budget Office, Assessment, Information Technology, and the Registrar’s Office.
Pair analysis with decision-making throughout the institution to identify information needed for decisions that are consistent with the university’s mission and strategic direction and to ensure that decision-makers have access to that information.
Ensure that the necessary data is provided to drive the university’s efforts to increase the diversity of its faculty, staff, and students.
Update data standards/management to identify data quality issues and recommend institution-wide remedies to ensure that high quality data is gathered and used for decision-making.
Utilize data to support the development of innovative programs or services to identify emerging trends and recommend new initiatives to help the institution advance.
Serve as SACSCOC Liaison.
Work with other units on campus to guide, design, and conduct research to support academic planning, decision-making, enrollment management, accreditation, and program assessment in support of increasing academic excellence and improving student learning outcomes.
Maintain professional development supports for all direct reports to ensure that staff remain abreast of current trends and best practices.
Terminal degree in appropriate field. PhD preferred.
Five years of progressive leadership experience in higher education.
Evidence of advanced experience in data management, data translation, statistical analyses, and predictive modeling.
Proven ability to present detailed and complex data in different formats and to different audiences.
Demonstrated ability to analyze short- and long-term trends critical to strategic planning, financial decision-making, and reporting to internal and external constituencies.
Effective interpersonal and communication skills.
Advanced proficiency in relevant components of Microsoft Office, including Access and Excel.
Advanced experience with assessment and accreditation planning, compliance, and support.
Demonstrated commitment to advancing institutional commitments to inclusive excellence.
This position is a 12-month, full-time, administrative appointment. Salary is commensurate with experience. Preferred start date is January 2, 2020.
Timeline: Review of materials will begin November 25th with screening interviews and campus visits in November and December.
Materials to submit:
Cover letter detailing interest, experience, and evidence of required qualifications.
A statement that articulates your philosophy of cultivating institutional effectiveness (~1000 words).
Three letters of reference.
Winthrop is committed to providing a safe campus community. Winthrop conducts background investigations for applicants being considered for employment. Background investigations include reference checks, a criminal history record check, and when appropriate, a financial (credit) report or driving history check.
Equal Employment Opportunity Statement
Winthrop University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer and does not discriminate against any individual or group of individuals on the basis of age, color, disability, gender, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, or veteran status. Women, minorities, and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.
Winthrop is a public, comprehensive university that is committed to be among the very best institutions of its kind in the nation. Through an educational experience that blends liberal arts, professional programs, global awareness and civic engagement, Winthrop helps students develop the knowledge, skills, and values that enrich their lives and prepare them for all the future holds.
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