San Jose State University - Vice Provost for Institutional Effectiveness and Strategic Analytics

CA, San Jose

San José State University (SJSU) seeks an experienced, visionary and creative leader to serve as its inaugural vice provost for institutional effectiveness and strategic analytics (VPIESA). This is an exciting opportunity to integrate data-rich units into a cohesive team that supports the data analytic needs of the Division of Academic Affairs, the university’s key strategic priorities and other divisions on campus.

Founded in 1857, San José State University is the oldest public institution of higher education on the West Coast, serving over 36,000 students as the only public four-year university in California’s “Silicon Valley.” It is the 50th largest public university in the nation and is both a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) and Asian American and Native American Pacific-Islander Serving Institution (AANPISI). Additionally, SJSU is the largest international-student serving institution in the California State University (CSU) system. As a top 200 research university in the nation with record-breaking enrollment and an unwavering commitment to excellence in teaching, San José State University is poised to grow and innovate, strengthening its connection to the surrounding San José and Silicon Valley community. A new strategic plan—Transformation 2030—was released in the spring of 2019, laying the groundwork for the next 10 years of unparalleled growth. The VPIESA will play an instrumental role in supporting SJSU’s data analytic needs to help guide that growth.

Reporting to the provost, the VPIESA will develop a new unit within the provost’s office by integrating four current areas – institutional research, program assessment, accreditation, and comprehensive academic space management that includes strategic use of offices, labs and common spaces. The vice provost will be responsible for developing a vision and priorities for this new unit, ensuring that the area’s resources and expertise are focused on collecting, analyzing and disseminating data in the most effective and strategic manner to inform practices and initiatives that can enhance the experience and success of students, faculty and staff and advance SJSU’s academic programs. Additionally, the vice provost will build data and analytic capacity to support program planning, assessment and strategic investment opportunities. The vice provost will visualize and enact a strategy to build out the team needed to support these efforts and will serve as an exceptional communicator, supporting the campus community in telling the rich stories that underlie the data.

To close the equity gaps in student success rates at SJSU, the vice provost will provide the strategic analytic focus that will help the university address this critical need. In addition, the vice provost will provide leadership in areas central to the campus, including, but not limited to, creating a culture of data-informed decision-making, working with campus leaders to evaluate and assess program effectiveness, establishing strategies to better understand academic planning needs, and evaluating key performance indicators related to reporting to the system as well as other external partners.

The VPIESA will understand not only the complex reporting environment, in which higher education finds itself today, but will also have the ability to drive strategic decision-making through data-informed analysis. As such, the vice provost will have strength in traditional quantitative statistical methods, but also value mixed-methods approaches, including a range of qualitative methodologies.

Inquiries, nominations and applications are invited. For fullest consideration, applicant materials should be received by September 23, 2020. Candidates should provide a curriculum vitae and a letter of application that addresses the responsibilities and requirements described in the leadership profile. These materials should be sent via e-mail to the WittKieffer consultants supporting this search, Suzanne Teer and Jen Meyers Pickard, Ph.D., at Questions and nominations may also be directed to the consultants through the same email address.

SJSU commits to inclusive excellence by advancing equity and diversity in all that we do. We are an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer, and particularly encourage applications from members of historically underrepresented racial/ethnic groups, women, individuals with disabilities, veterans, LGBTQ community members, and others who demonstrate the ability to help us achieve our vision of a diverse and inclusive community.