Associate Vice Provost for Institutional Research and Decision Support

Associate Vice Provost for Institutional Research and Decision Support

Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) invites nominations for and applications from experienced and accomplished individuals interested in joining its team as Associate Vice Provost for Institutional Research and Decision Support (AVPIRDS). Reporting to the provost, the associate vice provost plays a critical role in organizational decision-making by leading the university’s institutional research and reporting efforts. The leader provides collaborative management of the Office of Institutional Research and Decision Support (IRDS), currently known as the Office of Planning and Decision Support, and maintains primary oversight of institutional data collection, analysis, maintenance, synthesis, and presentation. The leader performs both strategic and project management functions and actively participates in the development and implementation of advanced analytic processes such as predictive modeling. Specific functions include serving as the primary conduit for office project requests and ensuring prompt, accurate and insightful preparation of all reporting material.

Virginia Commonwealth University is a major, urban public research university with national and international rankings in sponsored research. VCU is designated as a Research University with Very High Research Activity by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education. The University is also recognized as a community engaged institution. Located in downtown Richmond, VCU enrolls more than 31,000 students in 217 degree and certificate programs in the arts, sciences and humanities. Thirty-eight (38) of the programs are unique in Virginia, many of them crossing the disciplines of VCU’s 12 schools and two colleges. Collectively, these academic programs offer 59 bachelor’s degrees, 69 master’s degrees, 42 doctoral degrees, three first-professional degrees and 44 certificate programs.

The VCU Health brand represents the health sciences schools of VCU, the VCU Massey Cancer Center and the VCU Health System, which comprises VCU Medical Center (the only academic medical center and Level I trauma center in the region), Community Memorial Hospital, Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU, MCV Physicians and Virginia Premier Health Plan.

The mission of the Office of Institutional Research and Decision Support is to compile, maintain and analyze institutional and other data to support the operation, decision-making, and planning functions at Virginia Commonwealth University.

The successful candidate will have experience in the following areas: leadership; working in and fostering a diverse faculty, staff and student environment; understanding institutional effectiveness; quantitative research and reporting; oral and written communication with emphasis on outstanding public speaking and presentation skills; relation-building and organizational skills; handling tight deadlines and leading several significant analytic projects simultaneously; structuring and executing multiple analyses; enterprise resource planning (ERP) environment (Banner preferred) and institutional operational data stores and data warehouses; and exercising professional and scientific judgment and assuming responsibility for decisions, consequences and results. 

Inquiries, nominations, and applications are invited. The search will be conducted with a commitment of confidentiality for candidates until finalists are selected. Greenwood/Asher & Associates, Inc. is assisting Virginia Commonwealth University in this search. Initial screening of applications will begin immediately and will continue until an appointment is made. Submission of materials as PDF attachments is strongly encouraged. Confidential inquiries, nominations, and application materials should be directed to Greenwood/Asher. For best consideration, applications and nominations should be provided by June 2, 2018. Basic personal and demographic information must also be submitted to VCU’s job site at


Applications and letters of nominations should be submitted to:

Jan Greenwood, Betty Turner Asher, Partners

Patricia Gibbs, Executive Search Consultant

Greenwood/Asher & Associates, Inc.

42 Business Centre Drive, Suite 206

Miramar Beach, Florida 32550

Phone: 850-650-2277 / Fax: 850-650-2272



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