Associate Provost for Analytics and Institutional Research

Williams College
Massachusetts, United States
Salary Not Specified
Closing date
Sep 24, 2021

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Position Type
Administrative, Academic Affairs, Academic Administration, Institutional Research & Planning
Employment Type
Full Time

Job Details

Opening Details

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 audiences.

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 priorities.
  • 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 the college.
  • Work with staff in institutional research to support teaching assessment through course evaluations and other internal and external surveys.
  • Provide academic units with critical information for self-studies and department reviews.
  • Build up consistent and repeatable data analyses for units across campus.
  • Serve as a key partner in the transition from PeopleSoft to a new ERP.
  • 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 preferred.
  • 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 leadership experience.

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 applicable.

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

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