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Associate Vice President - Institutional Effectiveness & Innovation

Illinois Central College
Job Location:
East Peoria, Illinois
Administrative Vice Presidents

Welcome to Illinois Central College

Founded in 1967, Illinois Central College (ICC) serves all or parts of a ten-county district in the heart of Illinois. The College resides in the Greater Peoria metropolitan area with approximately 380,000 residents. ICC has campuses in East Peoria, Peoria, and Pekin for in-person instruction, and also has a robust virtual online learning catalog.

The AVP of Institutional Effectiveness & Innovation is primarily responsible for assuring the college implements and is advanced by its strategic and operational plans, institutional effectiveness systems, Shared Governance system, Institutional Research (data-based decision structures) and Project and Change Management practices. The AVP provides leadership for the Grants department which provides a critical revenue stream as well as opportunities for innovation that support ICC’s student success agenda. The AVP will encourage and support innovation and facilitate the design and implementation of change management and project management systems to support the strategic plan and cultural change. The AVP also acts as the chief strategy advisor to the President. This position will provide institutional leadership for the Achieving the Dream (AtD) initiative. This position is responsible for the annual Institutional Accountability Report and overseeing the coordination of the college’s Title III grant and Institutional Operational Plan implementation. The AVP will manage projects of institutional significance as assigned by the President. The AVP supervises the following departments: Institutional Research, Grants, Title III, Project and Institutional Effectiveness Initiatives.

The anticipated starting salary range is $80,475.20 - $95,544.80 annually. Additional consideration may be given for candidates based upon experience and education.

This list is meant to be representative, not exhaustive. Some incumbents may not perform all the duties listed while in other cases related duties may also be assigned. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform he essential functions.
  1. Lead the 5-year community-based strategic planning process and annual Institutional Operational Plan Outcomes process for the College.
  2. Implement the strategic plan through a series of cross-functional innovation teams utilizing a four-phase innovation framework, IDID model, project management and change management models.
  3. Provide oversight to the operational teams who implement IOP objectives ensuring they have project management and change management support as required.
  4. Provide leadership for the Institutional Research department to ensure the availability and usability of data and that the college’s planning and institutional effectiveness processes are data based and aligned with accreditation and institutional improvement efforts.
  5. Provide oversight and support to the shared governance system including process management, charters, chair training, system documentation and strategic dialogue session processes.
  6. Create the project management office and provide leadership for the integration with project management, change management and innovation (IDID) processes including certification of experts and training.
  7. Design innovation team charters, consult on timelines, team management, outcomes, evaluation coordination and communications. 
  8. Design change management programs to ensure the adoption of a student-focused culture.
  9. Ensure implementation of AtD guiding principles in the college’s culture and team innovation.
  10. Develop systems to track organizational performance and produce the Annual Institutional Accountability Report and the Student Success Data reports.
  11. Select and ensure the effective use of comparative data and benchmark information to support operational and strategic decisions. 
  12. Set institutional priorities for institutional research projects that support strategic and operational goals by determining the sequence and scope of institutional research projects. 
  13. Reestablish the Grant office and provide leadership for grant submission decisions. Contribute to preparing/overseeing the grant application processes for federal, state, and private grants as requested, and manage the Title III grant including the supervision of the Title III Director.
  14. Establish what institutional data is available to the College through which devices (reports and dashboards) to build employees’ confidence in and utilization of institutional data to improve institutional effectiveness and a data-based culture of student success.
  15. Support team leaders and program managers in identifying appropriate program evaluation measures and determining methods for data collection. 
  16. Oversee the budget and operation of the Institutional Effectiveness division. 
  17. Perform related duties as required. 
The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skills and abilities required to satisfactorily perform the essential duties and responsibilities. 
  1. Master’s degree in a related field. 
  2. Three years of research experience including data warehousing methodology and tools. 
  3. Experience with change management and projects systems development and implementation.
  4. Experience with state and federal educational regulatory reporting. 
  5. Experience with and understanding of strategic planning methodologies and successful implementation. 
  6. Experience utilizing performance improvement methodologies. 
  7. Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite. 
  8. Strong influential and negotiation skills. 
  9. Strong analytical and decision-making skills.
  10. Excellent prioritization and organizational skills. 
  11. Excellent verbal and written communication skills. 
  12. Strong interpersonal skills including abilities to build, maintain, and establish cooperative and professional working relationships with diverse audiences in a union environment.
  1. Student success experience (AtD, Aspen, Pathways etc.) preferred.
  2. Research experience in the community college student success. 
  3. Experience developing research methods and data analysis and user-friendly interfaces. 
  4. Experience using descriptive and inferential data analysis. 
  5. Experience with Baldrige, HLC criteria, and Six Sigma. 
  6. Experience with data extraction from a client-server environment. 
  7. Experience with National Institute of Health and Protection of Human Subjects guidelines. 
  8. Experience with grant development, administration, and attainment. 
Life in Central Illinois

ICC’s district encompasses the urban region of Peoria (pop. 111,000), medium-sized towns like Pekin, Morton, and Washington, and small towns like Farmington, Minonk, and Hanna City. Formerly called the “Whiskey Capital of the World,” Peoria found a new identity after Prohibition decimated the distilleries. Healthcare is the largest employer in the Greater Peoria region, employing over 30,000 people. As the birthplace of Caterpillar, manufacturing has long been the bedrock of the Greater Peoria economy.

Peoria is the largest city on the Illinois River and offers a variety of recreational, cultural, and environmental activities. From festivals like Erin Feis and Oktoberfest, sporting events like the Steamboat Classic, and weekly farmer’s markets, the riverfront hosts many of Peoria’s special events. The Independence Day fireworks display over the Illinois River is the largest in the state. The Riverfront Museum is the only multidisciplinary museum of its kind in the country, and the Caterpillar Visitors Center allows visitors to enjoy interactive and virtual exhibits. The Spirit of Peoria makes its home on the banks of Peoria and is one of the nation’s only overnight paddle wheelers.

The Peoria Civic Center hosts events of all sizes with their arena, theater and convention center. Three major shopping centers (two in Peoria, one in East Peoria) provide local boutique shops and major brand stores.

Along with the urban environment of Peoria, the district offers a wide variety of rural recreation. Most small towns host their own annual festivals like the Tremont Turkey Festival and the Morton Pumpkin Festival.

For the outdoor enthusiast, the region has over 50 miles of hiking and biking trails, ten golf courses, and several nature reserves. The Peoria Zoo and Wildlife Prairie Park provide unique insights into animal life. Peoria has a strong history in sports, evident by the numerous youth tournaments and state championships, Peoria Rivermen hockey, and Peoria Chiefs baseball (Class A affiliate of the St. Louis Cardinals).

The dining options in the region are endless. Obed & Isaac’s Microbrewery and Eatery is located in a renovated church constructed in 1889, and Thyme Kitchen + Craft Beer features a unique gastropub experience. Learn more about the Greater Peoria area at

  • East Peoria: Located on 400 acres of wooded terrain at the “top of the hill,” the East Peoria campus is home to nine academic and administration buildings, performing arts center, campus housing, athletic fields, CougarPlex gymnasium and fitness center, disc golf course, horticulture gardens and hiking trails.
  • Peoria: Located on 62 acres of park-like land on the north side of the city. the Peoria campus has nine academic buildings including state-of-the-art health careers and culinary training facilities.
  • Pekin: Nestled in an industrial park, the Pekin campus has one building located in Pekin.
“Through learning, minds change. We believe by changing minds, we can change the world.”

Learning Changing the world by increasing knowledge and skills
Community Changing the world by building relationships
Integrity Changing the world by building trust
Responsibility Changing the world by being accountable for our actions
Excellence Changing the world by achieving more

Illinois Central College stands committed to diversity in all of its dimensions. The College embraces, values, and encourages diversity at all levels of its operation. The College stands for tolerance, non-discrimination, and cultural sensitivity. Inclusion is at the core of Illinois Central College’s educational and service strategies. Respect for diverse individuals will be evident in the College’s interactions with students, employees, and the communities it serves.

Board of Trustees: Seven locally elected members and one student trustee
Full-time Faculty: 170
Full-time Administration & Staff: 309
Educational Foundation: Board of Directors with eighteen members nominated and seated by their peers; two Board of Trustee members; and two college administrators

The Higher Learning Commission awarded ICC the highest possible rating of a ten-year full re-accreditation in 2020.
Associate in Arts: 42 programs of study
Associate in Science: 14 programs of study
Associate in Applied Science: 44 programs of study
Occupational Certificate: 52 certificates
Classes per semester: 1,500
Average class size: 16
Annual graduates: 1,756 (5-year average)

FY 2019 Enrollment: 12,366 unduplicated
Scholarships: 600+ totaling over $900,000
Financial Aid: $5,211 average received ** Source: College Navigator 2018-2019

Average Age: 23
57.8% Female • 42.1% Male
67.1% Part-time • 32.9% Full-time
74.9% White • 11.4% African American 4.8% Hispanic • 8.9% Mixed or Other

Women: basketball, softball, soccer, volleyball
Men: basketball, baseball, soccer, golf
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