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Executive Director for Institutional Effectiveness

University of Idaho
Idaho, United States
Salary Not specified
Start date
Oct 11, 2023

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

University of Idaho

Executive Director for Institutional Effectiveness

Location: Moscow

Division/College: Provost/Exec VP Area

Employee Category: Exempt

Pay Range: Commensurate with experience

FTE: 1

Full/Part Time: Full Time

Position Summary:
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 improving outcomes.

Minimum Qualifications:
  • 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 materials.
    • 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.

Preferred Qualifications:
  • Ph.D. in statistics, educational measurement, assessment, cognitive science, database management, machine learning, or other relevant discipline.
  • 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 informal settings.
  • 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 the like.
  • 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 skills.
  • Knowledge of federal, state, and other reporting required for institutions of higher education.

Physical Requirements & Working Conditions:

Required Licensures, Certifications or other

Posting Number: SP004151P

Posting Date: 10/10/2023

Closing Date:

Open Until Filled: Yes

Special Instructions:
This position is open until filled, however, applications received on or before December 6, 2023 will receive priority consideration.
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.
Upload documents: 1. Resume/CV2. Contact information and names for 3 professional references3. Letter of qualification

Background Check: Applicants who are selected as final possible candidates must be able to pass a criminal background check.

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EEO Statement
University of Idaho is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action/Veterans/Disability Employer.


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