This is an exciting moment for institutional research at Williams.
We have just completed our first strategic planning exercise, which
has elevated the importance of using data to track and help meet
our most important commitments in areas such as student support,
teaching effectiveness, financial aid, and diversity, equity, and
inclusion. To support the implementation of our strategic plan, we
are now inviting applications for the position of Associate Provost
for Analytics and Institutional Research (Associate Provost).
Reporting to the Provost, the Associate Provost is a strategic
partner in institutional planning and decision-making across key
areas of the college. The Associate Provost identifies important
research questions, gathers and analyzes critical data, and
communicates results to college leadership, including senior staff,
the president, and the board of trustees. The Associate Provost
sets the vision and strategic direction of the Office of
Institutional Research and manages its day-to-day activities. The
Associate Provost serves on important college committees, including
the Committee on Admission and Financial Aid and the Diversity
Advisory Research Team, and co-leads the college’s efforts around
data governance. The Associate Provost also serves as a liaison to
external organizations such as COFHE and ensures that we provide
consistent and accurate information to internal and external
The Associate Provost will play an important role in supporting the
strategic priorities of the college. This includes informing and
advising senior staff, the president, and the board of trustees
about opportunities, progress, and challenges in both setting and
meeting ambitious college-wide goals. The Associate Provost will
also partner with leaders across the college to deepen data
analytical capacity in individual departments and areas. The
college has recently authorized the hiring of a senior data analyst
in institutional research. The Associate Provost will have the
opportunity to hire and mentor into that position and ensure that
the position supports the priorities of the office.
Williams is deeply committed to diversity, equity, inclusion, and
accessibility, and the Office of Institutional Research is a
crucial partner in this work. The Associate Provost will share a
commitment to these priorities and provide institutional leadership
in the use of data construction and analysis around issues of
diversity, equity, inclusion, accessibility. The successful
candidate will excel at working in a community that is broadly
diverse with regard to race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status,
gender, nationality, sexual orientation, and religion. Applicants
should highlight relevant experience with building, working with,
and supporting a broadly diverse community.
- Lead the college’s efforts to collect and analyze
institutionally important data that inform institutional
- Provide data and analysis to describe the college to internal
and external audiences and ensure compliance with mandatory data
reporting and data exchanges with peers.
- Partner with college leaders to expand our capacity to make
data-informed decisions in academic departments and other areas of
- Work with staff in institutional research to support teaching
assessment through course evaluations and other internal and
- Provide academic units with critical information for
self-studies and department reviews.
- Build up consistent and repeatable data analyses for units
- Serve as a key partner in the transition from PeopleSoft to a
- Coordinate and co-lead the college’s accreditation process with
the support of the President’s office.
- Co-lead the data governance program.
- Manage the budget and operations of the Institutional Research
office. Supervise the staff, consisting of an associate director
and an institutional research analyst.
- Demonstrated success using strong analytical, communication,
and leadership skills to develop and implement research strategies
in higher education.
- Previous implementation of quantitative and qualitative
research methods to understand and address issues of diversity,
equity and inclusion.
- Master’s degree or equivalent in a related discipline strongly
- A minimum of 5 years’ relevant experience, preferably in
institutional research, with an emphasis on data handling and
analysis, including at least 3 years of progressive management and
Application review will begin on August 4, 2021, and will
continue until the position is filled. This is a full-time, year
round position. Pay range is from $125-150k, commensurate with
experience. Job band 2-A.
Conditions of Employment
Employment at Williams is contingent on the verification of
background information submitted by the applicant, including the
completion of a criminal record check, and education when
Equal Employment Opportunity
Beyond meeting fully its legal obligations for non-discrimination,
Williams College is committed to building a diverse and inclusive
community where members from all backgrounds can live, learn and
thrive. As part of this commitment, we will ensure that persons
with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodations. If
reasonable accommodation is needed to participate in the job
application or interview process please feel free to contact us via
phone at (413) 597-2681 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.