Associate Vice President of Institutional Research, Analytics, and Decision Support

Muncie, IN

Posted: 12/22/20
Deadline: 2/2/21

About This Organization

Founded in 1918, Ball State University (BSU) is recognized for embracing beneficence and the enduring values of excellence, innovation, courage, integrity, inclusiveness, social responsibility, and gratitude. Located in Muncie, Indiana, with satellite campuses in Fishers and Indianapolis, BSU is committed to providing an innovative, learner-centered learning experience in a welcoming, collaborative culture that inspires passion and purpose for a fulfilling career and a meaningful life. Ball State University currently enrolls over 22,500 students engaged in undergraduate, graduate, certificate, and specialist programs, and BSU prides itself on maintaining a welcoming environment for a diverse population of students of all ethnicities, genders, identities, faiths, and backgrounds. As a public research institution, BSU offers 120 undergraduate majors and 94 graduate disciplines, and boasts a 16:1 student-faculty ratio. Ball State is ranked #1 in the country in College Magazine‘s “Top 10 Campuses for Students with Physical Disabilities,” and, for the fifth year in a row, has earned the “Higher Education Excellence in Diversity Award” from Insight into Diversity.

Job Duties

Reporting to the chief strategy officer in the President’s office, the associate vice president (AVP) for institutional research, analytics, and decision support is the senior university executive responsible for leading the effective use of administrative data for reporting, analysis, and actionable insight, while providing strategic leadership for and overall management of the Office of Institutional Research and Decision Support. Working across the campus, the AVP collaborates in leading data governance and information management efforts and promoting ongoing development of institutional analytics capability and maturity. This individual will ensure that enterprise data is collected accurately, analyzed rigorously, used appropriately, and shared with key stakeholders to make data-informed or evidence-based decisions.

The associate vice president will lead institutional research studies and assessment efforts to meet changing needs in dynamic regional and national higher education markets. The incumbent will manage institutional data for a wide range of uses: budgeting and financial planning; student enrollment; scorecards for productivity analyses; student retention and success; federal and state reporting; community engagement; salary analyses; inclusive excellence; and other projects. As co-chair of the Management Information and Data Analytics Strategy (MIDAS), the incumbent will shape the use of data as a key influencer of University planning and decision support. The associate vice president will manage an operation that must meet new institutional challenges for analytics and fulfill the institutional reporting requirements of regulatory bodies.

Required Qualifications

The successful candidate will possess more than five years of progressively responsible senior level experience in institutional research and/or decision support in an institution of higher education, with demonstrated managerial expertise to collaboratively devise solutions to meet multiple needs, and demonstrated experience with data analysis and governance. An earned graduate degree and advanced expertise with large-scale multi-source databases, visual analytics, and project management is preferred. Additional requirements include strong oral and written communication skills; the ability to prioritize and manage multiple, simultaneous projects with attention to detail and adherence to deadlines; a direct and comprehensive focus on diversity, equity, and inclusion throughout the university environment; demonstrated ability to form collaborative relationships with other University offices; and an ability to communicate complex data, information, and analytical results to a broad range of audiences of varying technical expertise.

Other Info

Review of applications will begin February 2, 2021, and continue until the position is filled. Spelman Johnson is handling this posting and receiving applications. The link to their posting can be found at: Nominations for this position may also be emailed to Anne-Marie Kenney at Applicants needing reasonable accommodation to participate in the application process should contact Spelman Johnson at 413-529-2895.

We are sensitive to how the COVID-19 pandemic is impacting work and personal lives, and will offer the utmost flexibility throughout the interview process. The search committee expects to conduct initial interviews virtually for the safety and well-being of all involved.
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Ball State University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer that is strongly and actively committed to diversity within its community. Women, minorities, individuals with disabilities, and protected veterans are strongly encouraged to apply. All qualified applicants will receive equal consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, protected veteran status, or any other legally protected status.