Associate Director of Pritzker Tech Talent Labs
Discovery Partners Institute
University of Illinois System – Chicago
The Discovery Partners Institute (DPI) empowers people to jumpstart their tech careers or companies in Chicago. Led by the University of Illinois System in partnership with some of the world’s top research institutions, DPI does three things centered around economic development: tech talent development for high-demand tech jobs; applied research and development; and building a stronger tech ecosystem. DPI prepares students and workers to step into high-demand tech jobs. It also builds research teams and matches them with new funding. With state investment and a new innovation district in development, DPI has the resources to attract, develop and leverage the most ambitious people and companies the region has to offer – and keep them here. DPI invites nominations and applications for the position of Associate Director of the Pritzker Tech Talent Labs. This position offers an extraordinary opportunity for an emerging leader to partner with our Director to accomplish a bold mission of changing the face of tech talent within the City of Chicago and State of Illinois. The successful candidate will help drive meaningful and measurable outcomes in undergraduate and graduate programs, and workforce education and training programs. The Associate Director will help manage the successful implementation of key initiatives as part of an integrated, wholistic approach to tech talent development. They will work closely with the Director, Pritzker Tech Talent Labs to create new options for education and remove friction points with the goal of preparing thousands of students and workers to step into high-demand tech jobs with a key emphasis on the systemic barriers that have prevented members of underrepresented and overlooked groups from achieve success in our technology-based economy.
The Associate Director will work cross-functionally and cross-organizationally to leverage the strengths of the academic programs and faculty from the University of Illinois campuses and DPI partner institutions to form and enhance educational collaborations across those institutions. By 2029, DPI will be training 7,000 students per year for tech jobs, 3,000 of whom will be from under-represented groups and will have upskilled 5,000 mid-career workers for jobs in data science, digital skills, business skills, entrepreneurship, and other types of skills including managing and analyzing data, software development, digital product/product management, and business building.
Additional responsibilities include:
• Provide intellectual, strategic, and visionary leadership for DPI’s talent enterprise which spans immersion, undergraduate/graduate programs, workforce development and lifelong learning.
• Responsible for supporting the oversight of all talent programs, conceptualization through delivery.
• Work closely with talent program leads to enhance DPI’s educational mission, build partnerships across DPI partner institutions to advance talent programs, and raise the visibility of DPI in Chicago and across the State.
• Interact with internal teams and implement program delivery for both individual student participants and external constituents.
• Manage and facilitate providing underrepresented talent with the skills and mentoring needed to ensure more people achieve success on their high-tech career pathway.
• Implement and drive plans for educational programs and guide faculty, external constituencies, and administrative staff and collaborates to achieve DPI’s 10-year goal to 7,000 participants in the suite of talent programs annually.
• Represent DPI talent capabilities on behalf of the Director, Pritzker Tech Talent Labs to partner with universities and industry partners and prospects and align faculty that cultivate and grow educational programming to respond to industry interests.
• Identify potential new programs to expand the program scope of whole talent enterprise to serve Chicago and Illinois economy.
• Own the measurement of programmatic effectiveness, ensuring desired outcomes are achieved from the talent enterprise through the collection and analysis of data.
• Support key business strategies to define how each talent program can scale and ensure the sustainability of each program. Manage resource allocation across programs and supporting activities
• Work closely with external organizations and its employer partners to evaluate, develop and deploy innovative digital workforce solutions.
• Maintain active knowledge of educational innovation to facilitate excellence in programmatic offerings.
• Act as a resource with internal and external stakeholders including deans, department heads, and budget offices as well as companies, providing knowledge and guidance on all talent related matters.
• Represent DPI on internal and external committees, and in state, national and international research forums and conferences, as appropriate. Represent the Director, Pritzker Tech Talent Labs and various committees and initiatives in Chicago.
Candidates must possess a Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field (business, engineering and/or education) required, master’s degree strongly preferred. Minimum of five years’ experience in managing executive-level, high performing talent and transformational impact initiatives, driving partnerships among high visible stakeholders, and managing outcome driven collaborations across large scale education organizations. Experience utilizing their leadership to drive meaningful change at the intersection of talent and opportunity with a goal to ultimately own a key initiative within Tech Talent Labs. In addition, the successful candidate will have a fundamental and foundational knowledge of how technology and education can be used to drive meaningful economic impact.
This is a full-time, 12-month Academic Professional position. For full consideration, candidates must apply and submit a letter of application, resume, and names/addresses/phone numbers of three professional references by April 22, 2021 at https://uajobs.hr.uillinois.edu/.
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