Associate Provost, Institutional Assessment/Studies - University of Virginia in Charlottesville Virginia

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University of Virginia

Charlottesville, Virginia 22903

United States

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Associate Provost for Institutional Assessment and Studies

The University of Virginia's Office of Institutional Assessment and Studies (IAS) seeks an experienced, strategic Associate Provost for Institutional Assessment and Studies to lead institutional data efforts that will help shape planning, policy formation, and decision-making in support of University goals.

The University of Virginia's Office of Institutional Assessment and Studies is led by the Associate Provost who reports to the Office of the Provost. The Associate Provost directs and oversees institutional research, regulatory compliance, and institutional academic analytics to support the mission, goals, and strategic plan of the University. IAS conducts, supports, and coordinates assessment to maintain and improve academic programs and student services. The Assessment team implements and supports useful and feasible assessment approaches in order to foster the University's unique learning and research environment. Using analytic approaches to better understand complex data, the Director is responsible for providing senior leadership with strategic information that can be used to shape institutional planning, policy formation, and decision-making in support of the University's goals.

Specifically, the Associate Provost for IAS oversees and coordinates the office responsible for internal and external reporting and analysis in support of the University's mission, planning, and strategic decision-making. The Associate Provost supervises the IAS staff which serves as the official source of aggregate data and academic analysis as well as the office responsible for university assessment programs.

Job Responsibilities Include:

  • Provides direction and oversight of the Office of Institutional Assessment and Studies.

-The IAS staff oversee the reporting of institutional data required by the U.S. Department of Education, the Commonwealth of Virginia and the State Council on Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV), accrediting agencies, or data requested by national, state, local agencies, or private sector firms, other educational institutions, and/or other external collectors of University data; ensure that reports meet stated requirements and are consistent with current best practices; respond to requests for aggregate data from internal and external constituents; provide data and information to support strategic and institutional planning efforts and decision making at multiple levels of the institution's organizational structure.

-IAS conducts, supports, and coordinates assessment to maintain and improve academic programs and student services. Including:

  • Providing relevant training and feedback and by designing practical methods of measurement and evaluation.
  • Administering the University's general education and core competency assessments in an efficient manner to help faculty and administrators improve student learning and development.
  • Supporting the development and implementation of school and program assessment plans that define, measure, and evaluate student learning goals and outcomes.

-IAS contributes to SACSCOC accreditation procedures and reports; assist campus constituents in using and interpreting institutional data; assist with data visualization; assist in the creation and evaluation of key performance indicators of institution-wide effectiveness. Designs, develops and maintains a website to publish institutional data for the general public and for internal campus communities.

  • Collaborates, leads, and supports institutional research and institutional effectiveness engagements across the University, working closely and collegially with other offices and divisions to maximize the efficient use of resources in furthering the mission and work of the institution.
  • Provides presentations and reports as needed for the Provost, other officers, and the Board of Visitors.


The ideal candidate will have expert level knowledge of institutional research, large data base management, and academic analysis. He/she will have the appropriate education (Master's degree with five years of professional experience in corporate research in higher education, industry or government, a PhD is preferred.).The individual will have extensive successful background related experience in:

  • Statistical analysis, predictive modeling, longitudinal analysis, business intelligence tools, and data security.
  • Institutional effectiveness, accreditation, assessment, and compliance preferred.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

The ideal candidate will possess the following:

  • Knowledge and experience with institutional research and institutional effectiveness practices that are appropriate to a public university system.
  • Skill with high-level quantitative and qualitative analytics, focused on critical academic metrics relevant to the higher education community.
  • Demonstrated ability to effectively lead, direct, and develop professional staff, and experience with staff supervision.
  • Proven leadership ability in working collaboratively and effectively across an institution, as well as with external constituents.
  • Excellent oral, written and interpersonal communication ability as well as graphic presentation skills with a demonstrated commitment to accuracy, details and deadlines.
  • Knowledge and skill with a variety of information and communication technologies, including appropriate software tools for complex quantitative and qualitative data analysis.
  • Ability to effectively interpret, explain, and present information and respond to questions from a variety of audiences, including external constituents as well as faculty, deans, administrators, and the Board of Visitors.
  • Knowledge of research issues, best practices, and trends in higher education, especially related to Research 1 universities.

The University:

The University of Virginia is distinctive among institutions of higher education. Founded by Thomas Jefferson in 1819, the University sustains the ideal of developing leaders who are prepared to shape the future of the nation. The University is public, while nourished by the strong support of its alumni. The students who attend have been chosen because they show exceptional promise. The University remains the No. 2 best public university in the 2013 edition of the U.S. News and World Report rankings. Since U.S. News began ranking public universities as a separate category, UVA has ranked either No. 1 or No. 2.

To Apply:

To express interest in this opportunity, please prepare and upload a cover letter stating your interest in the position, along with a CV to and search posting number 0617928.
If nominating an individual for this opportunity, please include the nominee's contact information and send electronically to Melissa Hurst, Search Consultant, Executive Search Group at This search will be carried out with full confidentiality.

The University of Virginia is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. Women, minorities, veterans, and person with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

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Keyword Phrases

  • Assessment
  • Office of Assessment and Studies
  • Assessment, Accreditation & Compliance
Employment Type:Administrative Staff
Degree Required: Masters
Experience: See Job Description
Level of Job: Vice President
Salary: Not Specified
Type of School:4 - Year / Masters Institution
Application Requirements: Cover Letter