Assistant Vice Provost of Strategic Institutional Analytics

Drexel University

Deadline June 15, 2014
Date Posted May 22, 2014
Type Executive
Salary Commensurate with experience
Employment Type Full-time

Drexel is a comprehensive global research university ranked among the top 100 in the nation. With approximately 25,000 students, 200 degree programs and 14 colleges and schools, Drexel is one of Americas 15 largest private universities.

One of Philadelphias top 10 employers, Drexel is a major engine for economic development in the region. The Philadelphia Business Journal ranks Drexel as one of the healthiest employers of Greater Philadelphia. The University welcomes the richness diversity brings to the workplace and is committed to being the nations most civically engaged university, with community partnerships integrated into every aspect of service and academics.

The mission of the University is to fulfill our founder's vision of preparing each new generation of students for productive professional and civic lives while also focusing our collective expertise on solving society's greatest problems. Drexel is an academically comprehensive and globally engaged urban research university, dedicated to advancing knowledge and society and to providing every student with a valuable, rigorous, experiential, technology-infused education, enriched by the nation's premier co-operative education program.


Job Overview: Reporting to the Vice Provost of the Office of Institutional Research, Assessment, and Effectiveness, the AVP for Strategic Institutional Analytics supports the Office primarily in the area of advanced applied statistical analysis (e.g, multiple linear and logistic regression, outcome evaluation, causal analysis) in support of decision-making at the University. Demonstrated proficiency in communicating complex findings to audiences without a statistical background is essential. ¬


Analyses are based on project-specific datasets that must be constructed from data merged from multiple sources, including University transactional database tables (Banner), a University data warehouse (SQL Server) and self-report data from surveys. As such, this is not exclusively an analyst position -- expertise in data management, SQL-query writing, as well as effective oral and written communication of research findings are essential. In this capacity the position will also be a partner in ongoing development and refinement of the University data warehouse.




  • Deep knowledge of advanced quantitative statistical techniques
  • Experience conducting quantitative research in an applied setting (e.g., institutional research, program evaluation, survey research, market research, etc.) with a focus on actionable results
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills ? particularly in communicating complex research findings clearly to a variety of audiences that have limited statistical background
  • Skilled in developing compelling visual displays of research results
  • Experience working with relational databases, SQL
  • Three years' experience working with higher education data
  • Master's degree or higher, with extensive coursework in advanced and applied statistical analysis



  • Familiarity with institutional research reporting and data definitions (IPEDS, CDS, etc.)
  • Doctorate degree in a quantitative discipline
  • Knowledge of trends in the higher education industry
  • Experience with Banner database


Essential Functions:

The primary function of this position will be, under the direction of the Vice Provost for IRAE, to undertake applied research that can help guide decision-making and resource allocation. This will involve utilizing extant data sources and merging them to construct project-specific research datasets, conducting the statistical analysis appropriate to the research question and, perhaps most importantly, communicating the results clearly to non-technical audiences in a manner that can directly inform decision-making and resource allocation.


The position will also support other IRAE major office initiatives, as needed, including, (1) the ongoing development of the IRAE reporting data warehouse, (2) reports and research products based on institutional student self-report data, and, (3) institutional dashboards and benchmarking analyses.


Working with the Vice Provost, the position will also help form and lead a University-wide data analytics committee to coordinate and integrate analytic activities across the University's administrative units.


Supplementary Posting Information:

Drexel University's mission is to serve students and society through comprehensive integrated academic offerings enhanced by technology, co-operative education, and clinical practice in an urban setting, with global outreach embracing research, scholarly activities, and community initiatives.


Drexel University offers an attractive benefits package including tuition remission, a generous retirement package with matching funds (up to 11 percent) and an opportunity to join a talented team of professionals directly helping the University achieve its record growth and quality reputation.

Drexel University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer, welcomes individuals from diverse backgrounds and perspectives, and believes that an inclusive and respectful environment enriches the University community and the educational and employment experience of its members. The University prohibits discrimination against individuals on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, disability, age, status as a veteran or special disabled veteran, gender identity or expression, genetic information, pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions and any other prohibited characteristic.  Please visit our website to view all University Policies and Workplace Postings.


Background investigations are required for all new hires as a condition of employment, after the job offer is made. Employment will be contingent upon the University's acceptance of the results of the background investigation.


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