Columbia University's Data Science Institute is seeking to fill the position of Executive Director for its Northeast Big Data Innovation Hub, which recently received an additional $4 million in National Science Foundation funding. The incumbent will implement the decisions of the Hub's Steering Committee and oversee the development of the Hub's strategy and day-to-day operations. The Northeast Big Data Innovation Hub will enable networking on a broad, comprehensive scale by bringing together individuals from a variety of disciplines, work environments, and perspectives. In this role, the Executive Director will work with the organization's Faculty Scientific Director, the Hub's Steering Committee, External Advisory Board, affiliated faculty, and with its stakeholders across academia, industry, government, and non-profits to identify major general research directions in data science; provide overall leadership, vision, and direction for the Hub. The Executive Director will work proactively with key stakeholders across sectors and across the Northeast to enhance data science research programs and facilitate translational data science both regionally and abroad. To ensure the Hub's sustainability and financial independence, the incumbent will develop a financial sustainability strategy and execute avenues for funding including services, event fees, grant writing, government relations, cultivating and soliciting prospects, donors and industry engagement.
As part of these initiatives, the Executive Director will lead efforts to build cross-sector collaborations on pilot and larger projects and activities. Mechanisms to engage stakeholders may include one-on-one meetings, workshops, , virtual meetings, and web and social media channels. This may include facilitating the sharing of data, tools, infrastructure, techniques, and knowledge to address research and societal challenges using data. The Executive Director, in collaboration with the Faculty Scientific Director -PI, the Hub's Steering Committee, and its External Advisory Board will actively cultivate participation with the Hub's projects and focus areas. Current areas of focus include Health, Rural to Urban, Science, and Data Science in Education with Data Sharing, Privacy & Security, Responsible Data Science, and Data Science for All as cross-cutting areas. She/he will provide leadership to the Hub to facilitate the development, collection and organization of educational materials and learning opportunities for teachers in pre-K through high school, while building support for curriculum materials for community colleges, undergraduate and postgraduate education for the Northeast region. So that the general public can understand the role of big data in their daily lives, the incumbent will drive efforts to work with museum educators and curators to develop materials, exhibits, projects relevant to big data;leveraging and sharing work already being done across the region or in collaboration with the other Hubs - the West Big Data Hub, Midwest Big Data Hub, and South Big Data Hub. He/she will also work to establish a more robust National Coordination Entity to enable more seamless collaboration with the other Hubs in the interest of developing a more seamless national data science ecosystem. Finally, she/he will work to develop programs for government and the public service sector in general who need to understand the power of big data and the requirements to use it effectively. Stakeholders include industries in the focus areas, government entities that both facilitate and regulate access to big data, foundations, non-profits, academic researchers, and educators who must train the sorely needed cadre of data science practitioners.
Administrative Oversight: Implement the decisions of the PI & Hub's council and oversee day-to-day operations, to include but not limited to:
Lead, direct, publicize, and execute all strategy and program management activities for the Hub. This entails developing strategy for and establishing full project life-cycle for the day-to-day functions and activities of the Hub's leadership, projects, and other activities. Oversees program management and budgetary compliance of University and NSF protocols pertaining to the Hub's mission and goals. Responsible for all project documentation, communications, time-lines, and reporting requirements. Serve as the primary contact for the Hub and represent the Hub nationally, at the discretion of the Hub's Steering Committee.
Leads all business development/collaboration/alliance management activities for the Hub.
Oversight of event and logistical planning for all Hub events, to include but not limited to: securing funding, space, technical support, speaker/attendee invitations, event advertising and media, vendor/catering selection/invoicing, and event evaluation. Coordinate, channel, and execute activities - in-person and virtual monthly committee meetings, workshops, conferences, seminars, receptions, annual meetings, etc. for Hub's Advisor & Steering Committees, as well as for the Hub's spokes & connectors. Oversight of program conception and development of Hub-specific programming may involve multiple agencies; non-profit, government, and/or industry; across the entire Northeast region and abroad.
Revise bylaws and policy guides for the Hub, as needed, to establish organization & operational policies for the purpose of sustainability. This will include addressing Hub governance, as well as establishing best-practice for cross-cutting initiatives and regional engagement across the Unites States. Creation and oversight of a Hub sustainability plan, while maintaining a non-profit status to include the creation of an online presence. Oversee the maintenance of records of all Hub committee and NSF meeting agendas and minutes, and lead efforts to ensure action items are carried out.
Financial Management & Fundraising: For the purpose of financial independence and Hub sustainability, provide leadership and overall financial management and fundraising for the Hub in accordance with University and funding agency guidelines to include, but not limited to:
Administer, track, and monitor overall budget. Lead, direct, and execute grant outcome compliance and deliverables within the established budget and time-lines. Develop and implement systems, time-lines, templates and models, to gather progress data to include in required monthly reports, as well as a summary of accomplishments to outline Hub activity progress on a quarterly basis; develop and prepare annual budget/reports; oversee and track project milestones. Responsible for oversight and reporting of risk/audits both internal and external management; conflict of interests and effort reporting. Creation and oversight of a Hub membership fee.
Directs the development, review, submission and review of related grants, contracts and subcontract proposals. Coordinates and facilitates pre-award and post-award grant preparation and submission process in accordance with University and funding agency requirements. Ensure that appropriate stewardship is carried out in connection with gifts and selected grants. Develop funding opportunities to support increased opportunities for undergraduate and graduate student in pursuit of data science education.
Lead efforts to build prospects for financial sustainability and maintain effective interactions and engagement with internal and external agencies/partners critical to the Hub, which may include existing and cultivating new partnerships with industries, universities, private funding agencies, and governmental agencies. Respond to funding opportunities and invitations as they arise, while staying abreast of news on the data science landscape; writes letters of inquiry, funding proposals, case statements, acknowledgements and other correspondence, as required. Research, digests and disseminates information regarding funding opportunities; maintains data on funding sources and a library of agency policies, procedures, and documentation.
External Outreach: Designs and oversees an effective strategy for internal and external outreach for the Hub membership, communications, and financial sustainability to include but not limited to:
Lead the strategy and growth of the Hub through recruitment and retention of stakeholders, partners, universities, and institutions to ensure the Hub's sustainability. This will include building partnerships across institutions, including joint university-industry collaborations. Develop and implement a strategic plan that maximizes these relationships, resulting in increased support financial and otherwise that advances the mission of the Hub. Oversee the uration and maintenance of: accurate records and rosters of the Hub's stakeholders; related listservs, social media, website; all Hub events, activities, and meetings whether in-person or virtual should aim to have participation from members across the region, and abroad when appropriate.
Develop stakeholder, volunteer, and communications strategy to extend recognition and activities of the Hub, and its mission, to internal and external audiences. Oversee the development and execution of the Hub's communications plan which may consist of: public relations strategy; marketing and outreach efforts; and online and print media and communications materials. In collaboration with Data Science Institute's communications team, this includes overseeing: writing and editing for press releases; outreach to relevant media outlets; publishing releases and related media on the Hub's website, fielding incoming media requests, and coordination of public relations activities.
Lead the broader impact efforts by supporting the education, data literacy, and workforce development efforts to develop, collect and organize educational materials and learning opportunities for teachers, students and employees of all levels in the Northeast region. So that the general public can understand the role of big data in their daily lives, drive outreach efforts with the Hub's spokes and connectors and in particular, with the education connector.
Performs related duties & responsibilities as assigned/requested by PI, and/or the Executive/Steering Committees for the NSF Northeast Big Data Hub
A Bachelor's degree or equivalent is required, although an advanced degree in technology or business related area is preferred, in addition to a minimum of eight to ten years of related or equivalent experience either leading or as a senior staff member in a similar organization. The incumbent should have minimum 5 years' experience in managing complex projects following the full life cycle methodology from inception to transition to production, post-implementation and evaluation.
Moreover, the position requires successful research management and leadership experience in University, Governmental, Industrial, or equivalent settings with strong and experienced management skills. Experience with and understanding of university research will be important for this position. Experience in business strategy, business development, alliance management, entrepreneurship, and/or translational data or science will be highly beneficial for success in this position.
Detailed knowledge of project management methodologies.
In-depth understanding of the business & supporting strategies.
Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
Demonstrated ability to work in a fast-paced, deadline driven environment.
Demonstrated excellence in a variety of competencies including teamwork/collaboration, analytical thinking, communication and influencing skills, and technical expertise.
Ability to work with changing priorities and with multiple projects.
Ability to work with minimal supervision.
Weekend and off-hour work may be necessary on occasion
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