510771 - Assistant/Associate Vice Chancellor for System Analytics and Business Intelligence

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Work type: Regular Full-time (Benefits eligible), UA System Office - Staff
Location: Alabama, Tuscaloosa
Categories: Director/Executive, Administrative / Professional

JOB SUMMARY: The Assistant/Associate Vice Chancellor for System Analytics and Business Intelligence has responsibility for advancing the System’s mission by developing and coordinating platforms and processes for the effective facilitation of institutional research, data analysis, business intelligence, and data governance, which support decision making for the UA System Chancellor, Board of Trustees, and other UA System leaders. Reporting to the Senior Vice Chancellor for Academic and Student Affairs, the AVC is expected to be a proactive leader who works collaboratively with the Office of the CFO and other System staff to increase access to accurate and high-quality data that provides: evidence of the System’s viability, effectiveness and productivity; support for strategic initiatives; assistance in short- and long-range planning; a roadmap for continuous program improvement; and opportunities to enhance the System’s overall transparency.

Along with serving in partnership with the Senior Vice Chancellor as it relates to the general duties and responsibilities of the Office of Academic and Student Affairs, the AVC will take the lead in providing an effective approach for the collection and accurate reporting of System-wide data as needed for the Board of Trustees, submission to state and national agencies to which the System is expected to report and in response to ad hoc requests that are directed to the Office.


  • Provide System-wide leadership and assistance in academic and research planning as well as the development and review of collaborative academic, institutional research and student life activities among institutions;
  • Be responsible for ensuring effective, efficient and accurate analysis of strategic planning and predictive analytics focused on faculty, staff , students, etc.;
  • Serve as the System point person in the overall development and management of data resources and platforms that facilitate System-wide data collection and decision support;
  • Work with the Senior Vice Chancellor in providing leadership to the UAS on educational activities of the System, including academic program array, diversity and inclusion planning, data and policy analysis, faculty and staff development, student affairs and instructional technology;
  • Represent the System Office, as appropriate, with State government and other agencies and maintain active relationships with national and international higher education leadership, institutional research and business intelligence organizations to stay abreast of important trends and best practices in these fields; and
  • Perform other duties and responsibilities as assigned by the Senior Vice Chancellor for Academic and Student Affairs.

RESPONSIBILITIES include but are not limited to the following:

  • Institutional Research Management and Coordination of Research:  Responsible for coordinating all System-wide institutional research activities and plans and implements, interprets and reports comprehensive institutional research, which can be used in System-wide decision making. Prepares and supervises the development of assigned data reports; responds to ad hoc requests for information from the Chancellor, UAS senior leadership and from agencies and organizations on enrollments, staffing, budgets and other System attributes; completes forms and official data requests according to established procedures. Facilitates, compiles and analyzes strategic planning and performance indicator reports. Validates official data that is to be submitted on behalf of the System.
  • Developing Data Resources/Information Management:  Directs the development, implementation and maintenance of System-level data and information resources and platforms that support executive data dashboards, business intelligence activities and data warehousing. Works with System and campus staff to collect, analyze and assemble information for annual and periodic reporting and/or publication of statistical data of the System; collects information from internal offices and external agencies and aggregates and analyzes information as needed. Serves as the System’s chief reporting official for IPEDs and other federal/state reports as required.
  • Planning, Benchmarking, Monitoring:  Proposes, plans and implements new System-wide initiatives that are appropriate to this role. Monitors and coordinates System academic program development, establishment and review in collaboration with the Senior Vice Chancellor for Academic and Student Affairs. Maintains a focus on academic program data, with an eye for determining ongoing viability, and assists the SVC in making recommendations to the Chancellor regarding the status and needs of programs.
  • Advice and Consultation:  Works with System leadership in the development and monitoring of System benchmarks and key performance indicators, offering data-informed analysis and consultation in short- and long-term planning. Provides professional data support as needed for other System offices to include: The Office of the Chancellor, Finance and Administration, General Counsel, the Secretary of the Board of Trustees, Internal Audit, Government Relations & Economic/Workforce Development, Risk & Compliance, System Communications and other units as identified.
  • Data Governance:  Works in collaboration with System and campus officials to coordinate the development of System-wide data and IR policies and ensure System-wide access to a UAS data cookbook, which effectively outlines how to access data, ensures consistency in data definitions, and provides data governance workflows, a data systems inventory, data quality rules and expectations, important reporting calendars, etc.


  • A Master’s degree;
  • 10 years of related experience;
  • In-depth familiarity with institutional research and business intelligence practices, policies and platforms, particularly within the higher education environment;
  • Direct knowledge of the objectives, structure and operations of major public universities, systems and state governmental entities;
  • Significant experience in institutional data collection and analysis, with demonstrated experience in high-level reporting to key institutional stakeholders;
  • Ability to direct, manage and influence others; ability to plan, organize and apply statistical methods to institutional research activities; ability to forecast areas of strategic concern or opportunity, based on data trends and available metrics;
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills; keen attention to detail and a commitment to accuracy and data integrity; the ability to work effectively with a wide range of constituencies in a diverse community; a self-motivated and deadline-oriented professional who can anticipate the needs of busy executives and support a System that seeks to be on the cutting edge of higher education performance and effectiveness.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Doctoral degree;
  • Direct related experience in Higher Education.

Note to applicant: The “Assistant” or “Associate” title designation will be determined based on professional credentials and prior experience. Applications must include a letter of interest, resume, and complete contact information for three professional references who will be contacted only with the candidate’s permission.

Background Investigation Statement: Prior to hiring, the final candidate(s) must successfully pass a pre-employment background investigation. A prior conviction reported as a result of the background investigation DOES NOT automatically disqualify a candidate from consideration for this position. A candidate with a prior conviction will receive an individualized review of the prior conviction before a hiring decision is made.

Equal Employment Opportunity: The University of Alabama System is an equal opportunity employer (EOE), including an EOE of protected vets and individuals with disabilities.

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