Assistant Vice President, Strategy & Analysis

Salt Lake City, Utah
Dec 20, 2018
Institution Type
Community College

Job Summary
Salt Lake Community College strives to be a data-informed, strategy-oriented institution of higher education. As our organization moves forward with an ambitious strategic plan the assistant vice president for strategy and analysis will be a leader in SLCC’s efforts to be a model for inclusive and transformative education, strengthening the communities it serves through the success of our students.

Reporting to the Vice President of Institutional Effectiveness, the assistant vice president for strategy and analysis is first and foremost is a leader who enjoys developing both people and organizations. This position leads, mentors, and cares for an expanding team of analysts, researchers, and rock-star institutional effectiveness professionals. Beyond the work of leading the strategy & analysis team, this position guides organizational processes for strategic planning and data-informed decision-making. This requires working closely with senior leaders in continuing to design and develop a planning and decision-making process that advances organizational goals.

The work of the assistant vice president can be organized into five overlapping areas: (1) continue the work of designing and developing a strategic planning and decision-making process, (2) champion and improve the use of data and analytics across the institution to improve student learning and outcomes, (3) provide project management for large strategic college initiatives (e.g., pathways), (4) continue to advance our work in institutional performance analysis and accreditation, and (5) oversee the creation of a process improvement initiative. All this must be done with acute attention to culture building and the professional development of team members.

This position will work with the VP of Institutional Effectiveness to ensure compliance with NWCCU accreditation standards, including the drafting of the necessary reports. This is an at-will position.

Essential Responsibilities and Duties

  • Lead, mentor, and care for an expanding team of analysts, researchers, and rock-star institutional effectiveness professionals. Cultivate a learning-centered environment where people are safe to ask questions, explore their curiosities, and create amazing products for our college stakeholders. Establish the office’s goals and objectives aligning to the college’s strategic plan. Review office performance and vet information and reports for college-wide publication. Directly supervise and support the first-reports to ensure the overall team has the necessary resources to meet objectives.
  • Lead development, implementation and ongoing monitoring of a system of integrated planning across the institution. This includes overseeing research and analysis, environmental scanning, peer comparison, creation and monitoring of institutional metrics, and reporting on the progress of strategic initiatives to institutional constituencies. Keep current on external environmental issues affecting higher education, particularly changes in accreditation, accountability, and effectiveness, determine implications for the institution, disseminate this knowledge and apply it to institutional planning and decision making.
  • Champion and provide leadership to improve data-informed decision making through enhancing the institutional capacity for data analytics. Directly supervise the director for data science and analytics and support that office’s effort to integrate data sources, analyses and reporting to develop and maintain a coherent system of institutional knowledge and information. Partner with the Office of Information Technology and other relevant departments to assure appropriate data governance, delivery, and coordination. Consult with and support the senior leadership team on important institutional decisions and priorities. Advise them on trends, analyses, and key levers that will enhance institutional health, resolve problems and achieve goals.
  • Provide leadership for the college program review process and process improvement program. Formalize the program review process with an emphasis on process improvement. Organize and deliver formal and informal training to improve analytical and process improvement skills across the college. Communicate and facilitate implementation of accreditation processes. Coordinate collection of college-wide input for NWCCU accreditation reports, and oversee production of required reports. Other duties as assigned

Minimum Qualifications
Master’s Degree.
Five (5) years related experience.
Two (2) years management experience in higher education or two (2) experience in planning and strategy development in a complex organization.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

  • Demonstrated interest and ability to find the potential in people and processes and has shown the courage and ability to develop that potential.
  • Must be a creative and collaborative team player with the ability to interact with a diverse team and a proven history of accepting and giving constructive feedback. Ability to work with all groups in a diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural and ethnic background of community college students, faculty and staff, including those with disabilities
  • Effective communication skills and comfort working with different teams within the organization. Communicate effectively and persuasively with people from all areas of the college. Work well under pressure, be flexible, adaptable and establish rapport easily.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of process improvement theory and application within higher education. Including the ability to map current workflows and redesign business processes for optimization and improvement. Systems-thinking.
  • A working knowledge of institutional data and information systems.
  • Experience conducting statistical and business analyses and research for organizational decision-making.
  • Demonstrated writing ability and data visualization to communicate effectively. This includes the ability to write technical reports with content provided by multiple college departments
  • Produce professional documents and give professional and effective presentations.
  • Knowledgeable of NWCCU accreditation standards and able to explain and interpret NWCCU standards for college personnel.
  • Ability to communicate effectively with a broad range of diverse people, ability, culture, ethnic background, to maintain good working relationships across the College.
  • Ability to work with all groups in a diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural and ethnic background of community college students, faculty and staff, including those with disabilities.

Special Instructions
Please indicate on your resume if your work experience is full-time or part-time.

Job postings can only convey so much. If you would like to discuss this opportunity please reach out to the position liaison Anjali Pai, Director Staff Development. Anjali is not part of the search committee and can provide more information about the college and what it’s like to live and work in Utah. All conversations will be confidential and will not be part of the candidate evaluation process. Anjali may be contacted at: [email protected]

SLCC Information
Salt Lake Community College (SLCC) is fully committed to policies of equal employment and nondiscrimination. The College does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, disability, religion, protected veteran status, expression of political or personal beliefs outside of the workplace, or any other status protected under applicable federal, state, or local law.

SLCC is a participating employer with Utah Retirement Systems (“URS”).

This position may require the successful completion of a criminal background check.