University of Idaho
Executive Director for Institutional Effectiveness
Provost/Exec VP Area
Commensurate with experience
The Executive Director will provide vision, leadership, and
direction of institutional effectiveness endeavors at UI to equip
colleagues with the data, analyses, and information needed to
achieve key institutional goals. Goal areas include enrollment;
student success; curricular efficiency; budgeting; assessment and
accreditation; federal, state, and other reporting; and other
university priorities. To help the institution define key metrics,
develop strategies, and gauge progress, the Executive Director will
provide strategic leadership, high-caliber collaboration,
problem-solving, and creativity. Further, the Executive Director
will guide collaborations with a broad range of colleagues,
including disciplinary faculty, academic administrators, assessment
and accreditation professionals, research support units, human
resources professionals, and others. The person in this newly
defined role will supervise the creation of intuitive,
user-friendly interactive dashboards and other resources for
sharing data broadly throughout and beyond the campus community
while maintaining requisite protections.
Further, the Executive Director will promote a UI culture of
data-informed decision-making by leveraging relevant experience in
designing and executing a broad range of quantitative analyses,
building a data-literate culture, implementing data
democratization, and working with qualitative and mixed-methods
studies. For example, the Executive Director will design and
implement trainings to effectively engage colleagues at all levels
of data literacy in using institutional data in decision-making and
program improvement. The person in this position will draw on prior
leadership experience to nurture a collaborative, responsive
culture in units supervised, with an emphasis on completing routine
but essential tasks while also designing analyses, tools, and
approaches needed to achieve university goals in key areas.
To fulfill this charge, the Executive Director will supervise UI's
Institutional Research (IR) and Assessment and Accreditation (AA)
offices and will report to the Office of the Provost and Executive
Vice President through the Vice Provost for Academic Initiatives
(VPAI). A key focus for this new role will involve building out the
IR team and establishing effective collaboration between the IR and
AA teams. Working closely with the VPAI and other colleagues, the
Executive Director will help UI build cultural norms of using
evidence-based practices in education, operations, and resource
allocation; assessing these practices' impact; and iteratively
- Master’s degree or higher in statistics, educational
measurement, assessment, cognitive science, database management,
machine learning or other relevant discipline.
- Five years experience in the following:
- Creating a culture of data literacy, data democratization, and
data-informed decision-making as demonstrated in application
- Strategic leadership to forward key institutional goals and
effectively balance multiple competing priorities by providing
needed data, analyses, and solutions.
- Leadership in designing processes for maximum efficiency in
routine reporting as demonstrated in application materials.
- Leading the development of intuitive, accessible, interactive
dashboards and other tools that broaden data access and promote
effective data use institution wide.
- Designing and executing quantitative studies, as well as
knowledge of qualitative and mixed methods study design.
- Creativity and flexibility in meeting stakeholder needs while
sustaining integrity of data definitions and other unit priorities
as shown in application materials.
Physical Requirements & Working Conditions:
Required Licensures, Certifications or other
- Ph.D. in statistics, educational measurement, assessment,
cognitive science, database management, machine learning, or other
- Demonstrated experience collaborating effectively with
assessment, accreditation, research support, and other colleagues,
including disciplinary faculty and academic administrators;
building, leading, and contributing to effective cross-unit working
groups; and tailoring effective communications in formal and
- Experience establishing, communicating, and leading others to
implement a vision for promoting effective data use across an
organization, including a demonstrated ability to effectively
engage hesitant, skeptical, and/or inexperienced colleagues in
developing data literacy and the capacity to use data effectively
to inform decision-making.
- Experience establishing unit priorities; motivating direct
reports and staff to achieve priorities; and building
collaborative, responsive, high-performing teams.
- Demonstrated experience engaging faculty, staff, and students
in using data effectively to improve academic, curricular
efficiency, operational, budgetary, and other outcomes. Such
experience will ideally include designing and implementing
trainings, professional development materials and workshops, and
- Strong experience in sophisticated analytical projects, e.g.,
diagnostic and prescriptive analyses designed to help identify
students who could succeed with particular interventions and/or to
measure the effectiveness of such interventions.
- Experience leading or co-leading the development of data
governance policies; structures and demonstrated knowledge of data
definitions, storage, and management; and experience designing,
implementing, or applying data ethics policies.
- Evidence of strong initiative, creativity, and problem-solving
- Knowledge of federal, state, and other reporting required for
institutions of higher education.
Open Until Filled:
This position is open until filled, however, applications received
on or before December 6, 2023 will receive priority
In addition to the online application, applicants must submit a
resume, names and contact information for three professional
references, and a letter of qualification addressing each of the
required and preferred qualifications as well as the applicants
experience related to the job responsibility areas.
1. Resume/CV2. Contact
information and names for 3 professional references3. Letter of
Applicants who are selected as final
possible candidates must be able to pass a criminal background
To apply, please visit: jobs.uidaho.edu
University of Idaho is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative