Division/College: College of Computer and Information Science
FT/PT: Full Time
The Director of CS-San Francisco/Silicon Valley will provide the leadership for overseeing the growth of computer science programs offered at Northeastern's San Francisco and Silicon Valley campuses, specifically the ALIGN Master's in Computer Science.
The Director will teach two courses per year and will have the opportunity to recruit full and part-time faculty to enrich our courses at the San Francisco and Silicon Valley campuses, and ultimately throughout the network of campuses that comprise the College of Computer and Information Science (CCIS) Network. The ideal candidate demonstrates a commitment to broadening participation and increasing diversity in computer science and in higher education.
In addition, s/he is expected to collaborate with and learn from faculty and administration in all of the CCIS campuses (currently Boston, Seattle, Charlotte, and Silicon Valley) on curriculum development, student recruitment, student experience, corporate relationship development, and staffing. The director will act as a primary ambassador for CCIS in the geography, interfacing with industry, philanthropic supporters and strategic partners to build the program's brand and reach.
The San Francisco and Silicon Valley campuses present an opportunity to enroll a substantial number of high quality students and build relationships with major corporations located in San Francisco/Silicon Valley. The program director will be charged with building an innovative and dynamic academic atmosphere that contributes to the university’s mission of redefining graduate education. The position requires an entrepreneurial spirit and strategic vision to guide the Align MS in Computer Science program growth.
The Director must be a professional who has the ability to work with Northeastern faculty and staff to develop deep academic and employment relationships with regional industry, enjoys interacting with students, and has an entrepreneurial bent to grow something unique in higher education.
Candidates will be considered from all areas in Computer and Information Science. A PhD in Computer Science, Information Science or a related field is required and significant experience in teaching computer science is preferred.
The Director will have a PhD in CS or equivalent and have a distinguished career in the computing field that would qualify for the title of Professor of the Practice in Computer Science. The Director will also be expected to teach two courses per year.
About the Align Program: Align's mission is to close America's tech diversity gap. To do so, we are reinventing Computer Science post-graduate education by scaling an innovative Experiential Masters in Computer Science for Non-Computer Science Majors. Scaling Align is a primary initiative of Northeastern University’s College of Computer and Information Science.
The Challenge : Women represent more than 50% of all bachelor's degree recipients but only 18% of CS graduates. Similarly, underrepresented minorities represent 25% of all bachelor's degree recipients but just 10% of CS graduates. By closing these gaps, we will not only address a major economic issue, but also a profound issue of social equity and inclusion.
The Align MS in CS program differs from typical MS in CS programs in several key ways. It is:
-Designed for students who did not earn an undergraduate degree in CS -Coupled with Northeastern's famous co-op program to provide a paid 6-8 month work experience in one of the college's network of 500+ corporate partners -Taught at night year-round so students can keep up with other commitments and finish in 2.5 years -Offered locally at tech hubs across the country (Boston, Charlotte, Seattle, and Silicon Valley, and now San Francisco)
Our 5 year pilot to date has already demonstrated a graduation rate of 91%, with 100% employment and average salaries exceeding $100,000. Unlike code academies, our graduates are prepared for tech leadership career paths. Unlike undergraduate programs, the program takes only 2.5 years to complete. Most importantly, more than half of our graduates will be women and more than 25% will be underrepresented minorities. It is the ideal onramp for bringing a diversity of race, gender and thought to America's tech workforce. Across all campuses we currently have 560 students in the Align MS in CS. We currently have 89 Align and 52 traditional MS in CS students at the Silicon Valley campus. In January 2019 we will welcome our inaugural cohort of Align students to the San Francisco campus.
The Director will work closely with the academic directors in Seattle, Silicon Valley, Charlotte and Boston and faculty and staff across the Northeastern campuses. In particular the Director of CS will work closely with the Director of Data Science in SV/SF, with the Global Director of Align and with the Managing Director of Align, who oversees recruiting, employer relations and resource development for the program, along with the Dean of the College.
Please learn more about the Align program at https://align.ccis.northeastern.edu/
Northeastern University is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Educational Institution and Employer, Title IX University. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by the law. Northeastern University is an E-Verify Employer.
Requisition Number: FTFR001194
Internal Number: 58292
About Northeastern University
Founded in 1898, Northeastern University is a private research university located in the heart of Boston. Northeastern is a leader in worldwide experiential learning, urban engagement, and interdisciplinary research that meets global and societal needs. Our broad mix of experience-based education programs?our signature cooperative education program, as well as student research, service learning, and global learning?build the connections that enable students to transform their lives. The University offers a comprehensive range of undergraduate and graduate programs leading to degrees through the doctorate in nine colleges and schools.