Job Requisition Number: 23844. The Berkeley Institute for Data Science (BIDS – http://bids.berkeley.edu) was founded in fall 2013 to build on existing campus strengths with a multidisciplinary emphasis that aims to facilitate and enhance the development and application of cutting-edge data science techniques in the natural sciences, social sciences, engineering, and humanities. The Institute aims to build on the many recent innovations in data science techniques so that they can be applied in effective ways to domain science challenges. The Institute brings together researchers across disciplines through a number of pathways including fellowships, postdocs, memberships, and staff appointments. We host a variety of activities (lectures, hackathons, bootcamps) to help train the next generation of data scientists, and support a growing portfolio of software development and research projects (http://bids.berkeley.edu/research). We have built a vibrant and friendly Data Science Environment that attracts and supports researchers from all fields, and we have a talented team working with the Executive Director that includes three full-time staff (Chief Research Officer, Communications/Program Manager, and Administrative/Office Manager), 10 full-time researchers, 28 half-time Data Science Fellows shared with departments all across campus, 48 Senior Fellows composed of faculty and senior researchers, as well as a wide array of partners and participants. Learn more about BIDS people at https://bids.berkeley.edu/people. BIDS collaborates closely with the new Division of Data Sciences (http://data.berkeley.edu) and the undergraduate Data Science Education Program.
The BIDS Executive Director is responsible for the administration and operations of the Institute’s signature activities and provides senior management oversight. Reporting to the BIDS Faculty Director, the Executive Director helps facilitate strategic planning processes, administer the budget and other related resources, and serve as a primary contact for external constituents. (See http://bids.berkeley.edu for further detail on the Institute and this opportunity).
•Works with the Faculty Director and the BIDS Executive Committee to develop strategic goals, objectives and directions of the Institute, to identify opportunities and recommend Institute resource allocations, and partner institution agreements; acts as a point of contact between the Institute sponsors (Moore and Sloan Foundations, government, industry, international), and Institute researchers and program organizers; communicates with partner institutions to coordinate joint programs and activities and implement best practices, as appropriate. •Working with the Faculty Director and the BIDS Executive Committee, continues to develop and execute the strategic plan for financing Institute activities and ensuring ongoing sustainability. Represents Institute to funding agencies and develops industrial and academic partnerships. •Manages major research program components in coordination with BIDS Faculty Director and BIDS staff, and oversees execution of additional BIDS programs once funded. Coordinates varied and competing requirements associated with managing an innovative university data science environment. Manages the Institute’s facilities and budgets, supervises the administrative, operational, and technical staff, and oversees the day-to-day operations of the Institute. •Participates in Institute budgeting and accounting processes to support its financial infrastructure. Manages HR resources. Working with Administrative/Office Manager, collaborates with Shared Services on all matters related to administration support services. •Develops ideas and options to achieve the Institute’s goals, and develops and implements research programs that reflect faculty interests. Participates in assessment of program effectiveness, and recommends changes to program content, policies and strategic goals accordingly. •Develops and maintains liaisons with external advisory board. Represents the BIDS program to governing boards, outside agencies, and the public. •Works with Communications/Program Manager to develop public relations and other materials for external audiences. •Serves on committees representing the Institute and participates in professional conferences, seminars and workshops.•Management and leadership experience in academic and/or government agencies and/or industry. •Expert ability to work with dynamic and diverse group of researchers (faculty, staff, students), sponsors and external collaborators. •Excellent understanding of and appreciation for data science approaches and innovations – as well as the needs, goals and deadline pressures on academic scientists across the disciplines. •Excellent oral and written communication and negotiation skills, including political acumen, social perceptiveness, and an understanding of different cultures and social norms. •Expertise in administrative, operational, budgetary, human resources, and financial principles and practices.
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