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The Digital Life Initiative at Cornell Tech, one of the campus' most significant multi-stakeholder multi-disciplinary initiatives, focuses on ethics, policy, politics, and quality of life in digital societies. It spans a range of issues and topics, such as privacy, justice, and accountability and it fully respects the contributions and methods of multiple disciplines, including computing and information sciences, humanities, and social sciences. It is dedicated to furthering knowledge and understanding as well as helping to shape technology, regulation, law, and human behavior toward more just institutions and human welfare. Its research and impact are critically important to the internal and public identity of the Cornell Tech campus. We seek to fill this position with someone who is as devoted to these ends as we are.
The DLI Associate Director will build the DLI alongside PI Nissenbaum and other key DLI personnel, focusing on strategy, development, organization-building, and research project management. Second to the faculty director, this individual will be the most senior administrator on the DLI team. Responsibilities and are expected to include the following and will change as the DLI evolves:
Create and maintain a strategic plan and organizational processes for the DLI
Refine, implement, and communicate the DLI's mission, vision, and goals
Help to develop a sustainable fundraising plan in collaboration with campus Development colleagues
Establish practices for organizational learning and improvement
Foster a supportive and inclusive culture that values collaboration and excellence
Create and manage the DLI's programmatic relationship with funders and partners, in collaboration with other Cornell Tech offices
Grow, develop, and deliver benefits for the DLI's Industry Affiliates Program
Conceptualize and organize events that connect DLI to its individual and institutional stakeholders
Collaborate with the PI and other DLI staff on grant and philanthropic gift development activities
Oversee the DLI's research activities and personnel
Working with cognizant DLI staff, manage and co-manage complex research projects across Cornell Tech, partner institutions, and industry collaborators, particularly, overseeing publications
Evaluate staffing needs and make staffing recommendations to the PI; manage and mentor team members and DLI fellows (graduate, postdoctoral, and visiting) to be effective contributors
Oversee external communications regarding the DLI's mission and accomplishments, in collaboration with researchers and the DLI's communications personnel
Represent PI Nissenbaum and the DLI in a variety of Cornell and external settings. Maintain relationships with other Cornell Tech and Cornell University offices, including HR, Finance, External Relations, Legal, Events, and other administrative areas
Where aligned with the candidate's interest and expertise, participate in research as a co-author, including research design and paper-writing. Because we are open to applicants with a range of disciplinary backgrounds, the specific nature of research contributions will vary.
This is a full-time benefits-eligible staff position with a one-year appointment with the potential for renewal. The work location is the Cornell Tech campus on Roosevelt Island in New York City.
Master's degree in cognizant field (philosophy, computer science, information science, economics, etc.), and interest in the areas of digital technology and society, including ethics and/or policy. (A Bachelors' degree may be acceptable with highly relevant, leadership experience.)
3 or more years of experience in leadership and management in academia or nonprofits, with demonstrated experience in strategy and organization-building
Demonstrated experience with the process of academic research and its management, including ability to work with and motivate research partners across levels of seniority, within academia, government, and industry.
Excellent communication skills in writing, meetings, and presentations; and in maintaining relationships with the DLI's industry partners and other stakeholders
Excellent organizational and time-management skills; proactive approach to work responsibilities; taking initiative to deliver results.
Proven ability to deftly navigate a large-scale research environment
Project management expertise including documentation of results
PhD, or equivalent degree, such as JD, or JSD, in a relevant field.
Excellent research, writing and editing skills including demonstrated experience in producing effective presentations and written reports. Familiarity with the research publication pipeline, including writing up and publishing research findings
Applicants should submit a cover letter along with their resume for full consideration.
Visa sponsorship is not available for this position.
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