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Virginia Tech is a public land-grant university, committed to teaching and learning, research, and outreach to the Commonwealth of Virginia, the nation, and the world. Building on its motto of Ut Prosim (that I may serve), Virginia Tech is dedicated to InclusiveVT—serving in the spirit of community, diversity, and excellence. We seek candidates who adopt and practice the Principles of Community, which are fundamental to our on-going efforts to increase access and inclusion, and to create a community that nurtures learning and growth for all of its members. Virginia Tech actively seeks a broad spectrum of candidates to join our community in preparing leaders for the world.
The Assistant Director for Academic Strategy and Policy will provide technical assistance, data analysis, and programmatic assistance to support the work led by the Assistant Provost for Academic Strategy and Policy. This position will contribute significantly to data-assisted decision-making that supports the strategic initiatives for Undergraduate Academic Affairs (UAA). The Assistant Director for Academic Strategy and Policy provides support to the Assistant Provost for Academic Strategy and Policy, who is responsible for serving as the liaison to the Academic Decision Support Office and working closely with others in the "data analytics ecosystem" to ensure the quality and accuracy of data related to Undergraduate Academic Affairs.
The following examples are intended as illustrations only of the various types of duties assigned
to this position:
1.Under the direction of the Assistant Provost for Academic Strategy and Policy, serve as an analyst responsible for providing analyses of relevant data from the EAB Student Success Collaborative to help identify and implement strategies to support student success.
2.Contribute towards the development of performance and success measures that support the strategic goals of UAA, including data collection, tracking, analyses, and reporting.
3.Serve as a strategic data expert in UAA, researching, analyzing, and making recommendations regarding complex issues using data and benchmarking activities.
4.Analyze and report data regularly that has been identified as vital to the UAA strategic goals to relevant stakeholders through a variety of methods, including written reports, oral presentations, and infographics.
5.Provide technical analytical advice, consultation, and analyses for UAA departments on data-related issues.
6.Develop and implement processes for monitoring data integrity.
7.Prepare statistical and technical reports on behalf of the Assistant Provost for Academic Strategy and Policy.
8.Prepare monthly updates for the Undergraduate Academic Affairs unit with relevant data, assessment activities, progress on strategic goals, and University initiatives related to the data-ecosystem, on behalf of the Assistant Provost for Academic Strategy and Policy.
9.Using predictive and trend analysis, make recommendations regarding multidimensional and complex issues having a significant impact on UAA and student success.
10.Assist in the development of an annual assessment and data analytics institute for UAA departments that covers goal setting, collecting, analyzing, and using assessment data.
11.Meet annually with appropriate leaders in UAA to assist with the design and collection of qualitative and quantitative data that will be used to support UAA strategic initiatives.
12.Provide assistance in development of annual report for UAA.
13.Attend meetings scheduled by the Academic Decision Support Office, an integrated home for all academic data at Virginia Tech, on behalf of the Assistant Provost for Academic Strategy and Policy as needed.
14.Provide research assistance to UAA by performing quantitative and qualitative data analysis in support of research projects, publications, and data supported award submissions as directed by the Assistant Provost for Academic Strategy and Policy.
15.Ensure that assigned projects and initiatives are completed successfully and in a timely, effective, and impactful manner.
16.Participate in professional development activities, such as workshops and seminars, to continue to improve knowledge and skills as related to data analysis and reporting.
17.Analyze data collected from UAA assessment activities.
18.Serve as chief support to the work led by the Assistant Provost for Academic Strategy and Policy, this may occasionally include assistance with the Office of Undergraduate Academic Integrity.
19.Other duties as assigned.
- Master's degree in mathematics, statistics, sociology, economics, business, public policy, decision analytics, operations research, or similar discipline requiring significant course work in research design, statistics, and data analysis. (Bachelor's degree holders with substantial experience in the related field will also be considered).
- Proficiency in SAS, STATA, R, or other statistical analysis software.
- Demonstrated experience and expertise in using quantitative methods (including multivariate techniques) to solve practical problems.
- Strong experience in developing and implementing predictive models using data mining and statistical techniques.
- Hands on experience in extracting, manipulating and analyzing data from different sources.
- Experience with proprietary and/or open source charting tools (D3 and any other).
- Demonstrated ability and experience with managing concurrent projects. Ability to establish and maintain effective and collegial working relationships with diverse students, faculty and staff. Strong communication skills.
- A master's degree in one of the required disciplines with significant relevant experience, including maintaining integrity of data, data mining and using predictive analysis and modeling to inform high-level decision-making in a higher education setting. OR, significant relevant experience in a higher education setting and a terminal degree in one of the required disciplines.
- Experience working with administrative and student learning assessment.
- Working knowledge of network theory, student retention theory and predictive models that enhance student success.
- Familiarity with (or strong willingness to learn) working with databases such as Oracle, Structured Query Language (SQL) or any other similar database and familiarity with Structured Query SQL scripting.
Employee Category: Administrative and Professional Faculty
Appointment Type: Regular
Tenure Status: Non-Tenure Track
Percent Employment: Full-time
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Review Date: 03/09/2017