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Position Title Associate Vice President for Data, Analytics, and Decision Support
FLSA status Exempt
Hiring Salary Commensurate with education and experience.
Department Strategic Enrollment and Innovation
Educational and Experience Requirement
Master’s degree in a related field. Seven years of progressively responsible experience in analytics, data science or business intelligence. Five (5) years in management and higher education preferred. Experience working with cross-functional teams is highly valued. Additional education may be considered in lieu of experience.
Nature & Purpose of Position
Provides leadership, planning, and direction in expanding the University’s ability to assess data and improve performance through enhanced predictive analytic capabilities and by developing and implementing data-informed, decision-making ideas designed to monitor success in SHSU’s mission and related goals.
Acts as the Chief Data Strategist for the University and oversees the governance and policy infrastructure necessary to facilitate the use of data for decision support. Fosters collaboration and works in partnership with academic and administrative leaders across the University bringing expertise in the form of data-informed resolution of key questions to guide institutional planning. Works closely with the cross-divisional data council (Academic Affairs, Enrollment Success, Finance and Operations, Student Affairs) in addition to Information Technology professionals responsible for the data warehouse, ETL and SaaS tools and reporting toolsets to build and sustain an enterprise data approach that can help the University achieve its goals. Serves as key player in establishing and sustaining a campus-wide governance structure that fosters a culture of trust and shared responsibility for the ethical use of data for institutional planning purposes to include the campus strategic enrollment management plan. Ensures meaningful, appropriate, and accurate data is available to inform University planning efforts. Supports University decision making by being the connection between strategic questions, the technological solutions, and the data resources. Provides collaborative leadership in identifying metrics and benchmarks to evaluate university initiatives and operations. Works with Information Technology (IT) to identify tools, technologies, and services that can further enhance the analytic capabilities of the university to improve student success. Works closely in collaboration with University partners to establish enterprise data road map and data management processes that enable information sharing, compliance, and security in support of the overall University planning. Plans, develops, and works with IT to implement applications of data analytic tools as appropriate to University operations, with a focus on developing dashboard monitoring of key performance indicators. Identifies and standardizes the use and governance of data and analytics and ensures that standardized data governance tools are used across the organization by all relevant stakeholders in support of the University’s focus. Collaborates with IT to ensure appropriate data structures, reporting tools, and analytical tools are readily available for the use of offices and departments across the University. Regularly reviews and analyzes significant trends, issues, and initiatives within higher education and provides an assessment of their impact and applicability. The department of Institutional Research directly reports to this position to include report writing and state and federal report submission, responding to national surveys, and regulatory reporting. Sustains current data practices while planning new directions to meet challenges and opportunities. Coordinates access to data across the institution to assure faculty and staff have access to the data needed to make informed decisions. Performs other related duties as assigned.
Strong leadership and organization skills. Proven ability to manage time and priorities, ability to manage complex projects and tasks with attention to detail. Demonstrated ability to effectively lead cross-functional teams. Broad experience in multiple competency areas of data, analytics, and decision support. Examples are business intelligence, data governance, data classification, data architecture, quality management, data security in working with IT, regulatory compliance, working with enterprise data architects, and managing and/or building forecasting models. Strong oral and written communication skills. Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively with colleagues within different areas and levels of technical expertise. Broad understanding of the structure/operations of the University to the student experience and the complexities of their interdependencies. Ability to partner with others across campus and externally to develop strategies and plans to exchange information, collaborate on projects, and share resources as it relates to data. Ability to translate University priorities and focused ideas into intentional and operational plans and policies for decision support area.
This position may be designated as a Campus Security Authority (CSA).
To apply please visit https://shsu.peopleadmin.com/postings/31020
Sam Houston State University is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and Smoke/Drug-Free Workplace. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, creed, ancestry, marital status, citizenship, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, veteran status, disability status, sexual orientation, pregnancy, or gender identity or expression. Sam Houston State University is an “at will” employer. Employees with a contract will have additional terms and conditions. Security sensitive positions at SHSU require background checks in accordance with Education Code § 51.215.
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