Assistant Vice President - Institutional Effectiveness and Planning

Oberlin College & Conservatory
Ohio, United States
Salary Commensurate with experience
Posted Date
May 12, 2022

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Faculty Positions, Business & Management, Business Administration, Management
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Full Time
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The Assistant Vice President for Institutional Effectiveness & Planning (AVPIEP) is a key member of the College’s leadership team and contributes directly to the overall College strategy and analysis and assessment of operations.  Reporting to and working collaboratively with the Vice President for Finance & Administration, the AVPIEP advises other members of the President’s Senior Leadership Team and peers in various offices of the College in the development of aligned, integrated, data-informed, and action-oriented plans and recommendations to promote institutional strength. The AVPIEP will have three direct reports including an Assistant Director of Institutional Research and will recruit two new positions including an Assistant Director of Enrollment & Student Success Data Management and Business Analyst for Operational Excellence.  

The AVPIEP will develop, lead, and oversee an expanded and reimagined organization with three key functions:  institutional research; management of enrollment and student success data; and operational effectiveness. The new strategic and proactive leader will be responsible for further development of the operational vision, build the team and pursue the broadened scope of the former Institutional Research Office. They will ensure the data and analyses of these three functions are accessible and fully leveraged to support strategy development; identify and resolve key issues; develop effective policies and plans; and meet compliance requirements. This mission- centric leader will serve on and lead a variety of internal committees and is the institutional representative and coordinates reporting to the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and Consortium on Financing Higher Education (COFHE).

Examples of Duties & Essential Functions
  • Build the Office of Institutional Effectiveness & Planning to include the addition of an Enrollment & Student Success Data Management function to focus on data and analyses that promote and enhance success for all our students; and establish an Operational Effectiveness function to support effective, efficient, and high performing administrative functions as well as integrated planning.
  • Establish a data-informed culture through mentoring as well as the development of communities of practice to support analysts and program managers campus-wide.
  • Coordinate analyses from disparate sources to provide new insights, support integrated assessment and planning and develop clear, actionable insights.
  • Integrate analyses from disparate sources to provide new actionable insights, develop synthesized plans. 
    • Serve as member of the Assessment Committee and supply expertise and leadership in assessment activities, including the development of recommendations of effective practices and support for self-study processes that maintain compliance with the Higher Learning Commission.
  • Direct, coordinate and oversee institution-wide assessment efforts and promote alignment with Oberlin’s mission, vision, and strategic priorities. 
  • Develop and maintain an institution-wide performance dashboard of key metrics and support the     development of similar dashboards and metrics for divisional strategic plans.
  • Provide data and analysis to describe Oberlin and its position in the higher education marketplace to internal and external audiences, and support market research.
  • Work with administrative units to improve access to and integrity of institutional data, including leadership of data governance in collaboration with the Center of Information Technology.

    Minimum Qualifications & Core Competencies
  • Bachelor’s degree and ten years of leadership experience in data analytics and strategy in higher education 
  • Commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion in scope of research agenda and methodologies employed.
  • Advanced knowledge of research process, applied statistics, including predictive analytics using industry standard tools to support qualitative and quantitative research.
  • Understand and communicate the complex business of higher education, including academic, student services and administrative functions, work systems and processes that enables self-initiated pursuit and advancement of College strategic initiatives.
  • Knowledge of higher education assessment processes and modes to effectively track, organize, and manage assessment data.
  • Demonstrated ability to recruit, develop, and retain a creative, results-driven high performing team with experience in project management and analytical capacity.
  • Exceptional ability to communicate effectively in all forms of communication. 
  • Proven ability to develop strong, diverse and cross-functional relationships and collaborations with executive leadership, peers, direct reports, and all those served by the College. 

    Preferred Qualifications
    • Master’s Degree in a relevant field (research, higher education administration, education, economics, business, social science or statistics).
    • Demonstrated personal flexibility, inquisitiveness and deep interest in learning.
    • Familiarity with process assessment and improvement frameworks or methodologies.
    • Experience with the capabilities and general data structures of higher education ERP and learning management systems.

    Application Process Oberlin College & Conservatory will be assisted by Mary Beth Baker, Next Generation, and Phil Goldstein. Initial screening of applicants will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Please submit a cover letter and resume to by June 20th to ensure full consideration of your candidacy. Please send any questions or nominations to:


    Oberlin College is committed to the creation and nurturing of a diverse community of individuals through inclusive excellence.  Diversity involves recognizing the value of differences and the inclusion of all members of the community including those that experience discrimination or under representation.  This is a core value of the organization as we strive for a culturally diverse student body, faculty and staff that reflect the multicultural nature of the nation and our world and bring unique strengths and abilities, which contribute, to our institution.

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