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Associate Provost for Institutional Research

Harvard University
Massachusetts, United States
Salary Not specified
Posted date
Jun 25, 2021

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Administrative, Academic Affairs, Chief Academic Officers & Vice Presidents, Institutional Research & Planning
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Associate Provost for Institutional Research

Harvard University

Cambridge, Massachusetts


The Search

Harvard University (Harvard) seeks applications and nominations for the position of Associate Provost for Institutional Research (Associate Provost). Reporting to the Deputy Provost, the Associate Provost leads a team of senior statisticians and analysts who will provide both external and internal reporting expertise for the University.  

As leader of Harvard’s Office of Institutional Research (OIR), the Associate Provost will serve as the central internal liaison for the office with other Harvard departments, provide evidence to the Office of the President and Provost (OPP) in support of strategic priorities, and provide analysis capacity to the broader Harvard University community on behalf of OPP. The Associate Provost will ensure ongoing review and shaping of the office’s policies and practices to reflect the changing needs of the department's core functions, and provide leadership for the office’s projects, programs, and reporting methodologies that support key stakeholders. Additionally, the Associate Provost will be the University’s key contact for and coordinator of the University’s accreditation process.

The Associate Provost will focus attention on critical research and policy issues by setting the strategic direction and content for the office's projects, data governance policies, and communications; serving as the key contact for the office with other Harvard departments and leading meetings as the senior department leader; enhancing and extending the office's influence by providing strategic management of partnerships, research convenings, and events; representing the office at local and national conferences and on committees; supervising, coaching, and developing a team of analysts and interns; providing leadership to ensure Harvard’s delivery of accurate and timely reports to the Federal Government and to key data exchange organizations; presenting the work of the office to senior leadership and others within Harvard and to external peers; and in general, developing and implementing creative new ways to support and advance the office’s mission and functions to ensure that OIR’s work moves forward and is integrated into the larger priorities of the University.

Since its founding in 1636, Harvard has been devoted to excellence in teaching, learning, and research, creating knowledge and developing leaders across a breadth of disciplines that make a difference globally. The University has twelve degree-granting schools in addition to the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, offering a truly global education. The University enrolls over 20,000 degree seeking candidates, including undergraduate, graduate, and professional students, and counts more than 360,000 alumni around the world. In 2018, Harvard inaugurated its 29th President, Dr. Lawrence S. Bacow.

The ideal candidate will bring strong analytical skills and a sophisticated understanding of effective, rigorous institutional research in the current higher education context as well as a collaborative leadership style and the capacity to work and communicate productively with multiple stakeholders across diverse perspectives. The Associate Provost must be flexible, intellectually curious, and possess a strong commitment to customer service, while leading, managing, and developing both staff and processes to best meet the needs of a complex organization.

Harvard University has retained the national executive search firm Isaacson, Miller to assist in this search. All inquiries, nominations, and applications should be sent in confidence to:


Dan Rodas, Partner

Gregg Glover, Senior Associate

Keith Mason, Senior Associate

Isaacson, Miller

Boston, Massachusetts


Harvard University is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, gender identity, sexual orientation, pregnancy and pregnancy-related conditions, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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