Associate Director for Faculty Analytics

Northampton, Massachusetts
Jun 23, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Associate Director for Faculty Analytics

Office of the Provost/Dean of the Faculty

Smith College

Smith College is accepting applications for an Associate Director for Faculty Analytics.  Reporting to the Executive Director of Institutional Research, the Associate Director designs, develops, and sustains the analytic infrastructure for decision-making about faculty compensation; stewards faculty and instructional staff data in the service of academic business intelligence; designs, develops, and oversees the budget, reporting, and analytic processes that sustain Smith’s success in hiring, retention, and support of faculty and instructional staff throughout the lifecycle; and advises academic leadership on the strategic use of institutional resources in achieving Smith’s academic mission.


Faculty Salary Budget Management and Analytics: Design, develop, and maintain information systems that enable the provost and associate dean to model, forecast, analyze, and manage the faculty salary and course support budgets that enable the delivery of Smith’s curriculum. Collaborate with the provost’s office in developing and communicating about faculty budgets to key internal and external constituencies. Collaborate closely with Smith’s budget office, HR, and data warehouse team to ensure that relevant information is secure, accurate, and consistent across systems. Lead and Partner with these teams to continuously improve the analytic processes underlying budget analytics.

Faculty Lifecycle Management: Provide analytic leadership in supporting decision-making about the size, shape, and lifecycle of Smith’s faculty and instructional staff. Design and develop analyses and visualizations that inform leadership’s resource allocation and planning efforts with accurate, timely, and relevant data. These analyses span a wide range of subjects including budget, demographics, productivity, compensation, equity, curriculum, and other issues that may arise. Design and implement systems to respond to external data requests including AAUP, CDS, IPEDS, COFHE, and peer salary analyses.

Faculty Data Steward: Design, manage, and lead the ongoing development of data structures supporting budget and lifecycle management efforts. Provide leadership for interdisciplinary teams to oversee the operational and analytic data structures that facilitate effective decision-making, accurate recordkeeping, and business processes related to faculty data. Design and oversee data governance for faculty data including developing and implementing a clear and effective system for appropriate access to data that includes legally, ethically, and institutionally sensitive information. Lead data migrations and integration when new enterprise and departmental platforms are adopted. Collaborate effectively with data stewards in related areas such as registrar, budget, HR, and ITS. Develop and maintain systems to safeguard the security of faculty and instructional staff data.

Faculty Compensation: Implement budgetary decisions through allocating compensation based on directives from the associate provost and provost. Design and implement systems to produce accurate documentation, including HR correspondences, for instructional employees. Coordinate with budget and HR analysts to ensure that actions related to instructional employees are accurately reflected in core systems to support payroll, budget, and benefit processes. Prepare data for existing budget planning system. Design and build data systems, including data warehouse reports that support responses to internal queries and external reporting requirements, including AAUP and IPEDS.


Education/Experience: Bachelor’s degree and at minimum of 7 years of experience in research and/or data warehousing and higher education business intelligence, preferably working with faculty data or an equivalent combination of education/experience. Master’s degree or Bachelor’s degree plus other certification preferred. Experience with faculty data systems and analytic tools is required; specific experience in Banner, Cognos, and Tableau are preferred. Experience working with executives in an analytic capacity.

Skills: Experience providing data-driven strategic advice to academic leaders. Ability to analyze systems and to collaborate across silos to improve and replace processes. Strong technical, statistical, analytic, and data management skills, as well as a track record of developing analytics that are useful to non-technical managers. Experience working successfully with confidential information and maintaining security over PII, preferably with specific experience designing and managing processes for security and data governance. Successful track record in collaborating with a range of constituencies including the president’s cabinet, HR, FIN, IT, fellow analysts and data stewards, and technical colleagues.

Review of application will begin immediately.  To be considered for this position, apply on-line at

Smith College is an EO/AA/Vet/Disability Employer

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