Cornell Tech is leading a program called Break Through Tech AI with the goal of fast-tracking undergraduate women into careers in Artificial Intelligence. Break Through Tech AI is an expansion of the Break Through Tech initiative which was launched at Cornell Tech in 2016 and is now operating in three cities around the country. In New York and in partnership with the City University of New York, the program has already served over 2000 undergraduate women; facilitating, encouraging and enabling a significant increase in the participation of women in higher education in fields related to technology.
Cornell Tech seeks a Director of Host Site Program , Break Through Tech AI who will have leadership responsibility and management oversight for launching and running this new program in New York. This individual will play a critical role in developing the growth strategy for and leading the execution of the program which will include a curriculum component, a project-based industry collaboration component and a coaching/mentoring component. The individual in this role will have management oversite for the recruitment and supervision of program staff members. The ideal candidate comes with experience leading programs with multiple corporate and academic partners. More specifically, we are looking for someone with a deep understanding of the culture of the tech industry and nature of tech jobs, is equally comfortable with the culture and nature of working in a higher education academic environment, has experience collaborating with both corporate and startup executives, and has demonstrated experience developing new program concepts that support the mission as well as operationalizing those concepts. This role also includes being a public spokesperson for the initiative.
The Director of Host Site Program must thrive in a dynamic and continuously evolving environment and be able to independently 'steer the ship' to stay on mission. The individual must have experience supervising other employees and growing as well as fostering a collaborative environment for student and professional volunteers. We are seeking a candidate with strong organizational skills and significant experience in both relationship management and program execution, with the ability to set priorities and coordinate ongoing activities in parallel, manage competing demands, and provide timely responses to urgent issues. The ideal candidate has a flexible, entrepreneurial spirit, has the ability to connect academic culture and curriculum to real-world digital culture, and excels in developing and managing both personal and corporate relationships.
This is a full-time, benefits-eligible 3.5-year term position with the possibility of renewal. This position requires occasional work on evenings and weekends, particularly during the academic year. The responsibilities may be completed primarily remotely during the initial employment period and would be expected to work on location on our Cornell Tech NYC campus when instruction resumes in person.
Key responsibilities include:
Develop and deliver a strategy for growthof the new program in the New York market. This includes outreach to undergraduate institutions in the area and partnering with academic leaders at those institutions in order to recruit students for the program and hiring of additional staff.
Lead the development and execution of all Break Through Tech AI programs including but not limited to: Summer Courses, Portfolio Creation programs, and Coaching/Mentoring Programs.
Public spokesperson for the initiative in the New York market representing the strategy, programs and opportunities for engagement with the initiative.
Develop and execute a strategy for recruiting graduate teaching assistants.
Plan and manage the work of program staff and volunteers.
Partner with Cornell Tech staff to develop and expand the program and to nurture relationships with both corporate and startup partners.
Director of Host Site Program has three high-level responsibilities:
Plan, lead and oversee the execution of Break Through Tech AI's initiatives in New York (60%)
Develop and maintain relationships with corporate and academic partners and volunteers (20%)
Strategic stakeholder management and reporting (20%)
Establish and/or maintain senior level relationships with current and potential initiative partners.
Oversee the data analysis of all programs in order to report results to the initiative's Program Office.
Master's degree and 3 to 5 years relevant experience or equivalent combination Significant experience working in leadership roles in program development and execution in the areas of education, training, talent development, internship and/or mentorship programs, and/or student services.
Must be able to be to take a leadership role in being a public spokesperson for the program.
Must have very strong organizational skills and significant experience in playing a leadership role in planning and executing large academic or corporate programs.
Must have a passion for developing mission-driven strategies for programmatic growth and the ability to communicate and 'sell in' those strategic plans to academic and corporate leaders.
Must be organized, data-driven and detail-driven with a program management orientation around 'getting the job done'.
Strong interpersonal skills and relationship building qualities are essential in order to expand corporate engagement.
Ability to communicate with, work effectively with, and maintain a positive rapport with students, professors and corporate leaders alike.
Proven ability to work in a team context. Highest standards of integrity in order to develop trust with current students, faculty, staff, and employers.
Bachelor's or master's degree in a technology or analytical domain
5-10 years of relevant leadership experience
Work experience leading large programs in an academic and/or corporate environment that have a technology orientation and a talent development/training focus.
Specific experience working with both faculty and corporate partners.
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