Cornell Tech is a new graduate campus of Cornell University and an integral and growing part of the rise of the tech sector in New York City. In today's digital world, with massively accelerated pace of new technology development, it is a very important time in the digital age and Cornell Tech is on a unique and urgent mission to redefine graduate education and research, more effectively connecting academia with the commercial world and society. It brings together faculty, business leaders, tech entrepreneurs, government and non-provide leaders, and students in a catalytic environment to produce visionary results grounded in significant needs that will reinvent the way we live in the digital age.
Cornell Tech first launched in 2012 with just 7 graduate students out of Google's New York City building. By fall of 2017, Cornell Tech grew to two-dozen world-class professors, 300 graduate students and over 100 staff, and officially moved its permanent campus to Roosevelt Island in New York City.
Today, the program empowers its 500 (and growing) students, faculty and entrepreneurs to conduct groundbreaking research, collaborate extensively with tech-oriented organizations, pursue their own startups, and tackle real world issues with nonprofit and government agencies around the globe. This work spans the computer science and engineering fields, but also business and law as it pertains to the digital tech industry.
Upon completion of the Roosevelt Island campus, Cornell Tech will be home to more than 2,000 graduate students and hundreds of faculty and staff, and its work will be carried out in two million square feet of state-of-the-art buildings across 12 acres.
Cornell Tech is expanding its impact and capabilities, and in doing so, is looking to bring on board a Chief Practice Officer to drive this development and growth. Partnering with the Dean and the leadership team, the Chief Practice Officer is responsible for establishing, leading, and advocating for management, personnel, programmatic, cultural and digital technology practices that bridge the gap between graduate education and the real world.
The Chief Practice Officer will be the premier practitioner on campus and will be looked to as the leader in bridging the gap between academics and the commercial world. He or she will serve as the primary faculty member at Cornell Tech dedicated to teaching contemporary, real-world practice and experimenting with ways to combine traditional graduate education and digital-age practice. He or she will lead the Cornell Tech Studio, a substantial, multidisciplinary curriculum focused on hands-on, action-oriented education—learning to apply technology expertise in an artful way to create new products and services that are valuable to real people.
As part of the senior management team, the Chief Practice Officer will oversee the personnel required to support the Studio and other related programs, including staff who manage relationships with hundreds of engaged practitioners and organizations, product developers who create educational software, and the lead of the Maker Lab who supports the construction of physical prototypes.
In addition to these leadership responsibilities, the Chief Practice Officer will also personally teach some part of the curriculum. Given the experimental nature of the curriculum, it is important the Chief Practice Officer engage students directly and serve as a role model for other practitioner teachers at Cornell Tech.
Experience & The Person
Significant experience as a leader of a substantial scale digital technology company and as a builder of digital products and services
He or she should have a multi-disciplinary mindset, an educational orientation (if not teaching experience), and a strong network of practitioners and organizations
Proven senior leadership in the tech industry, with a high likelihood of returning to non-academic pursuits
Excellent teaching potential or experience
Strong interpersonal skills and demonstrated ability to work with a team and influence peers and senior management
Strong analytical and problem-solving skills, especially as it relates to prioritization, project management, change management, planning and budgeting
Exceptional leadership skills; great people manager with a passion for developing the careers of others
The successful candidate will have a bachelor's or higher degree
This is a full-time, 12 month position for a term of 3 years with the possibility of renewal
The academic title is established as Visiting Scholar, but may be adjusted based on the qualifications and background of the successful candidate
Applicants must submit a cover letter, resume or curriculum vitae, and the contact information of 3-5 professional references.
Hire will be contingent on background check after offer is extended.
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