Executive Director, Institute for Digital InnovAtion (IDIA)
The George Mason University Research and Innovation Initiatives invites applications for an Executive Director, Institute for Digital InnovAtion. George Mason University has a strong institutional commitment to the achievement of excellence and diversity among its faculty and staff, and strongly encourages candidates to apply who will enrich Mason's academic and culturally inclusive environment.
About the Institute for Digital InnovAtion (IDIA):
The Institute for Digital InnovAtion at George Mason University, the Mason IDIA, is a multidisciplinary research initiative designed to position Mason as a global thought leader in our increasingly digital world. More than 200 IDIA faculty and their students, staff, and colleagues are engaged in cutting-edge research and scholarship that will shape the future of digital civil society, by:
Engaging in critical reflection that examines the implications of digital innovations to ensure that key stakeholders (including innovators, policy-makers and the public at large) are informed about related social, ethical, political and economic consequences;
Developing, deploying and evaluating computing systems in applications as diverse as finance, education, civil infrastructure, agriculture, healthcare, entertainment, security, and government;
Inventing new algorithms, techniques, and echnologies that well implemented promise equality, well being, security and prosperity for all.
The Mason IDIA is headquartered on Mason's Arlington campus on the bustling Rosslyn-Ballston (R-B) corridor, which is already home to 5 universities including Mason, Marymount University, George Washington University, the University of Virginia, and Virginia Tech, and 50+ corporate leaders in the digital economy. The Mason IDIA HQ is just 20 minutes from Capitol Hill and 10 minutes from the site of the new Amazon HQ2. In 2025, the Mason IDIA will move into a new mixed use facility currently being constructed on the university's Arlington campus. The new facility will be home to IDIA research and related education programs, as well as corporate innovation labs, incubator, accelerator and other programs for high growth ventures, and VCs and other investors. The new building will support the co-location of faculty and students from Mason's computing, business, education, public policy, law, engineering, social sciences, arts and other programs to create the multidisciplinary ecosystem essential to IDIA's success.
The IDIA university community includes faculty, staff, and students from all ten of Mason's colleges and schools, and currently includes two of the university's transdisciplinary research centers for advanced study, the Quantum Materials Center and the Center for Advancing Human-Machine Partnerships, as well as many additional unit-level centers such as, but by no means limited to, the Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media, the Innovation Law Clinic, the Mason DataLab, and the C4I and Cyber Center.
Purpose of the Position:
Reporting to the Associate Vice President for Research and Innovation, the Executive Director provides all strategic and operational leadership for IDIA. Working collaboratively with university leadership and the IDIA community, the Executive Director will shape IDIA to realize its full and multi-faceted potential.
The Executive Director will have a track record of building teams and partnerships both within an academic setting and in university-industry-community settings. They should have a demonstrated track record of successfully identifying and operationalizing partnerships and will be an outstanding collaborator, inspire colleagues, and have a high organizational EQ. The successful candidate must possess excellent interpersonal skills and high integrity, combined with a personal style that is characterized by strong communication skills, transparency, trust, active listening, authenticity, persuasiveness, self-awareness, and drive. They will possess a passion for research, education and innovation and the university's mission. Prior experience working with university communities in some capacity is important.
In terms of the performance and personal competencies required for the position, we highlight the following: proven, hands-on leader; ability to recognize the needs of corporate, public sector and community partners, translate needs and opportunities for academic partners, and customize relationships; ability to make connections and frame relationships while being a
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About George Mason University
George Mason University is Virginia's largest public university located in the suburbs of Washington, D.C. With strong undergraduate and graduate degree programs in engineering, information technology, public policy, economics, visual and performing arts, life sciences and biotechnology, Mason prepares its alumni to succeed in the workforce and meet the needs of the region and the world.