Executive Director, Office of Institutional Effectiveness

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University of Richmond

Richmond, Virginia


The University of Richmond (“the University” or “Richmond”) seeks an intellectually curious, forward- thinking, and collaborative professional to serve as its next Executive Director of the Office of Institutional Effectiveness (“IFX” or “the Office”). The new Executive Director will join an institution on an impressive upward trajectory with a distinctive culture that is both data-literate and data-hungry and with the resources and will to make real impact as a result of sophisticated and high-functioning institutional research and analysis. With engaged and supportive senior leadership and an experienced and expanding team, the Executive Director will seize the opportunity to position IFX at Richmond as a true thought partner and leader on campus and in the field, contributing to major institutional initiatives beyond the necessary reporting and accreditation work.


Richmond has a unique profile in higher education; it combines one of the best liberal arts colleges in the nation with excellent professional schools and an impressive record of scholarship. Ranked 25th among liberal arts colleges by US News and World Report, the University is home to an intellectually rich and diverse community of 3,800 students, 1,300 staff, and 650 faculty. Organized into five schools and exceptionally well-resourced to meet its high ambitions, Richmond is nationally recognized for its beauty and for the stellar liberal arts experience it provides to its students.


Reporting to the Vice President for Planning and Policy, the Executive Director of IFX plays a critical role in leading, championing, and facilitating data-based decision-making at the University of Richmond. Leading a team of analysts and data architects who provide both external and internal reporting expertise for the University, the Executive Director facilitates a culture in which the Office is strategic, proactive, and analytical in serving the University’s mission and its constituencies. In addition to providing the data and analysis required to support institutional effectiveness, the Executive Director will be a thought partner in advising Richmond’s leadership on trends and key issues to advance the University’s strategic goals and initiatives. The Executive Director also provides leadership to ensure Richmond’s delivery of accurate and timely reports to the Federal Government and key data exchange organizations. Additionally, the Executive Director will be Richmond’s key contact for and coordinator of the University’s accreditation process.


The ideal candidate will bring strong analytical skills and a sophisticated understanding of effective, rigorous institutional research and decision-making support in the current higher education context. With exceptional interpersonal skills, they will exhibit a collaborative leadership style; the capacity to work and communicate productively with multiple stakeholders across diverse perspectives; and the ability to synthesize and present complex data in a clear, concise, and understandable manner. The Executive Director must be flexible, inquisitive, and possess a strong commitment to customer service while leading, managing, and developing both staff and processes to best meet the needs of a complex institution. The role demands a leader with excellent relational skills to work across the entire University, and the capacity to engender trust and inspire a team and campus.


The University of Richmond has retained Isaacson, Miller, a national executive search firm, to assist in conducting this important search and to help identify outstanding candidates. Confidential inquiries, nominations/referrals, and applications (including resumes and letters of interest responding to the opportunities and challenges outlined above) should be sent electronically to the Isaacson, Miller team via the link below.


Kate Barry, Partner

Elizabeth Dorr Weithman, Managing Associate

Mia Carpiniello, Senior Associate

Kaitlin Cruz, Senior Search Coordinator

Isaacson, Miller



The University of Richmond is committed to developing a diverse faculty, staff, and student body, and to modeling an inclusive campus community which values the expression of differences in ways that promote excellence in teaching, learning, personal development, and institutional success. In keeping with this commitment, our academic community strongly encourages applications from candidates from diverse backgrounds and candidates who support diversity.