AVP, Data Sciences & Analytics

Shift: Day
Schedule: Full - Time Regular

Ardent Health Services invests in people, technology, facilities and communities, producing high-quality care and extraordinary results. Based in Nashville, Tennessee, Ardent’s subsidiaries own and operate 30 hospitals in six states with more than 25,000 employees including 1,150 employed providers. Ardent facilities exceed national averages in Overall Hospital Quality Star Rating as ranked by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services; 89 percent of its hospitals received a three-star rating or above in comparison with 73 percent of all hospitals ranked. Twelve of the company's hospitals were recognized by Modern Healthcare as "Best Places to Work" in 2019 – the twelfth consecutive year an Ardent facility made this list. Ardent's corporate office was named "Top Work Places" for Nashville based companies in 2017, 2018 and 2019.

Ardent Health Services invests in quality healthcare.  AHS makes considerable investments in people, technology, facilities, and communities, producing high quality care and extraordinary results. Since 2001, those investments total more than $835 million. From newly constructed facilities and expanded services, to lifesaving technology and outstanding opportunities for employees, AHS is committed to providing its hospitals and clinics the tools needed to succeed. 

Ardent’s work environment is built upon Behavior Standards, which include five key pillars: Service, Quality, People, Financial and Growth. These pillars represent who we are, what we do and how we operate. Our corporate office in Nashville, TN was recently named Best Places to Work again in 2019 by The Tennessean and twelve of our hospitals were also named Best Places to Work by Modern Healthcare this year.

OUR MISSION: Ardent Health Services is a premier provider of health care services, delivered with compassion for patients and their families, with respect for employees, physicians, and other health professionals, with accountability for our fiscal and ethical performance, and with responsibility to the communities we serve.

OUR PHILOSOPHY: Every action we take at AHS is built on three key tenets:

  • Ardent recognizes that each hospital is as unique as the community it serves.
  • We believe in working with employees and physicians to improve the quality of care, patient safety and customer service and we measure all three continuously.
  • We reinvest in our facilities – helping our hospitals expand services, enhance technology and add new programs that fulfill their missions.

We believe it is this mix of corporate support and local autonomy that equips our facilities for success.

OUR POSITION: We have an exciting opportunity to join our team as a VP, Data Sciences and Analytics.

Position Summary

The Assistant Vice President (AVP), Data Sciences and Analytics will provide leadership and direction to Ardent’s Business Intelligence Reporting, Data Warehouse, Epic Reporting Suite, Data Governance, Production and Test Interface Engines, ETL Extract and Data Mapping and Conversion Groups.  The successful applicant will have a wide range of technical competencies including: statistics and machine learning, coding languages, databases, machine learning, and reporting technologies.

Strategic responsibilities will include reviewing and providing direction of Ardent’s current and future data models and its accompanying storage priority. Day to day responsibilities will include reviewing, quantifying and prioritizing incoming request across the many groups managed as well as a diverse user community looking to utilize these services.  This position will interface with Ardent’s executive, clinical, financial and operational leaders, the candidate’s ability to communicate at the strategic as well as the tactical levels of the organization.

In addition the AVP, Data Sciences and Analytics is responsible for developing system strategies in coordination with designated vendors, developing and managing the operating and strategic budgets for the application functions, managing resources to ensure appropriate staffing levels are attained to achieve defined objectives, and mitigating risk and issues between the business and application teams.  Must be an intelligent, articulate and persuasive leader who can serve as an effective member of the Ardent IT management team.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities

  • Quickly understands the business issues and data challenges of the organization  
  • Develops relationships with strategic stakeholders to ensure alignment and knowledge of data utilization and direction
  • Develops and executes structured problem solving processes and embeds them into team structures
  • Ensures appropriate documentation and controls of all aspects of the teams work product
  • Develops strategic plan on an annual basis in partnership with the business community to ensure data reporting and strategy are in alignment with overall company objectives
  • Coordinates with Corporate Application Leadership to ensure consistency and standardization of Ardent data structures and models is maintained
  • Participates as key stakeholder on all major project initiatives and communicates with business stakeholders on risk, issues and status
  • Enforces project deadlines and schedules and mitigates risk appropriately 
  • Consistently delivers high-quality services to business stakeholders
  • Conducts regular communications with teams to provide feedback and closed loop channel for continued improvement
  • Delivers informative, well-organized presentations
  • Understands how to communicate difficult/sensitive information tactfully
  • Exhibits confidence and an extensive knowledge of emerging industry practices when using data to solve business problems
  • Collaborates with business stakeholders to introduce innovative solutions
  • Responsible for employee and staff development plans
  • Challenges others to develop as leaders while serving as a role model
  • Focuses on team development and work life satisfaction
  • Develops and fosters relationships with business stakeholders
  • Continually seeks opportunities to increase customer satisfaction
  • Manages business stakeholder expectations effectively
  • Mentors those with less experience through formal and informal channels
  • Leads internal teams/task force
  • Ability to travel up to 35%



  • Bachelor’s Degree in data sciences, healthcare administration or IT.  Master’s degree is preferred.


  • At least 15 years of experience in managing data management teams in a healthcare or related industry
  • At least 10 years’ experience with financial forecast and budget responsibilities
  • Proven ability to understand business and clinical issues and objectives as well as the ability to translate them into reports, dashboards, and projections
  • Familiarity or practical use of the following tools Python, Hadoop, SQL, Apache Spark, machine learning and data visualization
  • At least 5 years directly managing direct reports and groups of 30 or more engineers and architects
  • Excellent communication, presentation and organization skills.
  • Subject matter expertise in programming, statistics, machine learning, linear algebra and calculus, data visualization, communication, data wrangling and software engineering