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Senior Director, Data Institute
University of San Francisco
Senior Director, Data Institute
Founded in 2016, the Data Institute serves as University of San Francisco's umbrella organization for data science education, activities, and programming. It houses interdisciplinary data science research, the Bachelor of Science in Data Science (BSDS) and Master of Science in Data Science (MSDS) programs, professional certificate programs, and the Center for Applied Data Ethics (CADE). Though its strong industrial-academic partnerships, it provides unparalleled experiential learning opportunities for its students, alumni, and the Bay Area data science community.
Faculty affiliated with the Data Institute, as well as researchers and post-doctoral fellows, explore the latest theoretical advances in, as well as applications related to, data science. Key research priorities include medicine, the environment, and data ethics.
The Data Institute offers corporate, non-profit, and civic organizations the opportunity to partner with it through memberships. These memberships facilitate engagement opportunities such as consultations with affiliated faculty, practicum placements, talent acquisition, and on-site training. Through the Data Institute's innovative and cutting-edge professional certificate programs, members can provide their employees or affiliates with professional development and data science education. Memberships can also include access to the Data Institute's industrial-academic post-doctoral fellows program.
Full Job Description:
The Senior Director of the Data Institute has primary responsibility for administering the Data Institute, its programs, and a single subsidiary center. The Vice Provost for Institutional Budget, Planning, and Analytics oversees the Senior Director on behalf of the Provost, and conducts an annual evaluation of the Senior Director in accordance with university policies and procedures. This appointment is scheduled to begin in spring 2021.
The Senior Director of the Data Institute is responsible for developing, and then advancing, a new strategic plan, as well as overseeing all areas of work within the scope of the Institute. In its foundational documents, the Data Institute is envisioned as an organization that will organize and enrich the University of San Francisco's various interdisciplinary commitments to the field of data science in four primary ways: bridge-building that results in strong and lasting industrial partnerships; the use of data science for community outreach and the common good; the enhancement of educational programming at the traditional undergraduate and graduate levels, as well as the development of executive and professional certificate programming; and the general scholarly advancement of data science.
These four objectives are intended to be framed by the University of San Francisco's mission, vision, and values. In particular, the Data Institute will buttress the University of San Francisco's goal to be an internationally recognized as a premier Jesuit Catholic, urban university with a global perspective that educates leaders who will fashion and more human and just world.
The Data Institute is organizationally situated within the Office of the Provost and physically located at the University of San Francisco's Downtown Campus. It maintains strong ties to the Bachelor of Science in Data Science (BSDS) and Master of Science in Data Science (MSDS) programs, which are housed in the College of Arts and Sciences. It also houses the Center for Applied Data Ethics (CADE), its director, and its fellows.
The Senior Director serves as a campus and community resource and spokesperson for teaching, learning, and scholarship related to data science, as well as best practices in data science industrial-academic partnerships and current issues in data ethics. The Senior Director works with the Institute's staff to maintain relationships with local community partners, including entrepreneurs, corporate s, elected officials, thought leaders, and government agencies.
Specific Duties and Responsibilities:
Strategic Planning. In light of recent staff turnover (at the Data Institute) and faculty turnover (at the Master of Science in Data Science program), as well as the movement of the Data Institute into the Office of the Provost, the new Senior Director will be charged with leading a strategic planning process. This process is expected to result in a new multi-year strategic plan for the Data Institute, greater clarity about the relationship between the Data Institute and other organizations, programs, and activities at the University of San Francisco, a restatement of the Data Institute's mission, and clearly-identified and measurable goals and outcomes. The Senior Director will lead this collaborative planning process, which will necessarily involve a diverse group of individuals across the university, including - most importantly - the faculty and staff affiliated with the Data Institute, the Master of Science in Data Science program, the Bachelor of Science in Data Science program, members of the Data Institute's advisory board, and representatives of the Office of the Provost.
Internal Operations. The Senior Director is responsible for the smooth functioning of the Data Institute. The Senior Director supervises Data Institute staff, including the Director of Data Science Partnerships, the Associate Director of the Data Institute, the Director of the Center for Applied Data Ethics, a program assistant, and various post-doctoral and/or data ethics fellows. The Senior Director will make recommendations related to staff structure and job responsibilities to the Vice Provost for Institutional Budget, Planning, and Analytics, as well as the Office of Human Resources. They will plan and facilitate staff meetings and retreats, support professional development, and conduct annual appraisals of Data Institute staff. With assistance from the Office of Planning and Budget, the Senior Director is expected to prudently manage the Data Institute's unrestricted operating budget, as well as any restricted budgets connected to gifts, to grants, or to the Data Institute's share of professional certificate programming revenues.
Fundraising. The Senior Director is expected to understand, develop, and execute fundraising strategies to support the Data Institute's programs, priorities, and operations. They will interface on a regular basis with an assigned major gift officer in the university's Office of Development. The Senior Director will identify and cultivate major donors with the capacity to enhance the long-term reach of, and to secure the long-term financial sustainability of, the Data Institute's mission and its programs. The Senior Director is expected to work with Data Institute staff and affiliated faculty members to identify, write, and oversee grant applications to government agencies, corporations, and foundations. The Senior Director will oversee successful efforts to communicate with granting agencies and to write final reports with the assistance of the Office of the Development and/or the Office of Contracts and Grants. The Senior Director will work with Data Institute staff to cultivate and to build long-term relationships with existing and prospective donors - through events, engagements, partnerships, and conversations. Working closely with the Director of Data Science Partnerships and the faculty director of the Master of Science in Data Science program, the Senior Director is expected to monetize the practicum experience that is integral to the Master of Science in Data Science program. This monetization will primarily occur through recruiting new corporate, non-profit, and civic members of the Data Institute, and will drive programming that benefits the Data Institute, the Master of Science in Data Science program, and the aforementioned members.
Certificate Programming. Working closely with the Associate Director of the Data Institute, the Senior Director is expected to grow and to sustain a profitable array of and professional certificate programs. In collaboration with the Director of Data Science Partnerships, the Senior Director is expected to grow the Data Institute's business-to-business professional certificate programming, i.e., blocks of professional certificate programming offered to employees at partner companies (i.e., members of the Data Institute). In collaboration with the Associate Director of the Data Institute, the Senior Director is expected to grow the Data Institute's business-to-consumer professional certificate programming. The Senior Director will work with the Vice Provost for Institutional Budget, Planning, and Analytics to set both annual and multi-year revenue objectives for both B2B and B2C professional certificate programming.
External Relations and Community Outreach. The Senior Director will work with Data Institute staff to cultivate and to manage an external advisory board, and to cultivate and to build long-term relationships with members of that board. The Senior Director will identify, cultivate, and recommend new advisory board members to the Vice Provost for Institutional Budget, Planning, and Analytics. They will also represent the Data Institute to on-campus administrative units, the university's four professional schools, its College of Arts and Sciences, and the Gleeson library. Working collaboratively with the Data Institute's affiliated faculty, the Senior Director will inform, advise, and promote the academic and scholarly work of the Data Institute. In general, the Senior Director is expected to grow the visibility of the Data Institute - both at the University of San Francisco, but also within the Bay Area (and beyond) data science community. To do so, the Senior Director will maintain a social media presence, respond to media requests, and participate in on- and off-campus events, forums, presentations and conversations that sustain and advance the mission of the Data Institute. Additionally, the Senior Director is expected to coordinate and to implement periodic conferences related to data science (in general) as well as data ethics. Finally, working with the Director of Data Science Partnerships, the Senior Director is responsible for generating and managing faculty/industry consulting and training agreements.
Coordinating Grant-Writing Efforts and Promoting a Culture of Scholarship. The Senior Director will work with faculty, affiliated researchers, and post-doctoral fellows to develop research collaborations and initiatives, and to coordinate the preparation of major research grant applications. The Senior Director will work to build communities of common scholarly interest across the university, and attract new research partners and activities to the university. The Senior Director will possess an earned doctorate in a field closely related to data science (e.g., statistics, computer science, etc.), and ideally (though not necessarily) will be able to be a fully-fledged co-author or participant research programs created by faculty affiliated with the Data Institute.
Center for Applied Data Ethics (CADE). One of the most distinctive - and most resonant with the university's mission, vision, and values - initiatives at the Data Institute is the Center for Applied Data Ethics. The Senior Director will oversee an interim director for this center, and execute a search for the center's new permanent director. Working with the Director of the Center for Applied Data Ethics, the Senior Director will oversee educational activities and programs related to, as well as ethics fellows working to address, issues such as the magnification of unjust bias, increased surveillance, the spread of disinformation, alarming uses of predictive policing, accountability for data science companies, etc.
Service. The Senior Director is expected to participate in service to the University of San Francisco and to the profession of data science. This service may involve active service in relevant professional associations, as well as on various university committees. The Senior Director may be asked to undertake service (e.g., interviewing of prospective applicants to the Master of Science in Data Science program) similar to the service undertaken by that program's faculty. For example, the Senior Director may advise and mentor students in the Master of Data Science program, as well as the Data Institute's post-doctoral fellows. From time to time, the Senior Director will perform other duties as assigned by the Vice Provost for Institutional Budget, Planning, and Analytics.
- An earned doctorate in computer science, mathematics, statistics, or a field closely related to data science.
- Demonstrated potential for a major administrative leadership role.
- Demonstrated potential for, or record of, coordinating scholarly initiatives among a bright and energetic faculty (e.g., through the writing of grants and the supervision of post-doctoral associates).
- Demonstrated potential for, or record of, successful fundraising and resource development.
- Demonstrated understanding of, and commitment to, constructing and sustaining industrial-academic data science partnerships.
- A commitment to, and demonstrated understanding of, the University of San Francisco's mission, vision, and values.
- Extensive managerial experience, with a supervisory style that exemplified a collaborative approach and an ability to work across units and functions at a complex university.
- Ability to manage complex budgets with multiple funding sources, including both grants and gifts.
- Ability to communicate effectively - both orally and in writing - with diverse populations and in ways that are both technical and non-technical.
- Exceptional analytical and critical thinking skills demonstrated by the ability to analyze information, set priorities, evaluate results, and resolve challenges.
- Skill at building consensus, respecting distributed expertise, and building a team among a number of stakeholders within the university and broader Bay Area data science community.
- Specific knowledge of data science: techniques, models, and methods; relevant applications; current industry trends; and issues in data ethics.
- Awareness of scholarship consistent with the mission and vision of, as well as strategic plans for, the Data Institute.
- A distinguished record of scholarship, including peer-reviewed journals, conference proceedings, public talks, and/or publicly-available repositories of software.
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