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Executive Director - West Big Data Innovation Hub (0379U) - CDSS
University of California, Berkeley

Date Posted Sep. 16, 2021
Title Executive Director - West Big Data Innovation Hub (0379U) - CDSS
University University of California, Berkeley
Berkeley, CA, United States
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Director/Manager
  • Computing/Informational Services

Executive Director - West Big Data Innovation Hub (0379U) - CDSS

About Berkeley

At the University of California, Berkeley, we are committed to creating a community that fosters equity of experience and opportunity, and ensures that students, faculty, and staff of all backgrounds feel safe, welcome and included. Our culture of openness, freedom and belonging make it a special place for students, faculty and staff.

The University of California, Berkeley, is one of the world's leading institutions of higher education, distinguished by its combination of internationally recognized academic and research excellence; the transformative opportunity it provides to a large and diverse student body; its public mission and commitment to equity and social justice; and its roots in the California experience, animated by such values as innovation, questioning the status quo, and respect for the environment and nature. Since its founding in 1868, Berkeley has fueled a perpetual renaissance, generating unparalleled intellectual, economic and social value in California, the United States and the world.

We are looking for equity-minded applicants who represent the full diversity of California and who demonstrate a sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, and ethnic backgrounds present in our community. When you join the team at Berkeley, you can expect to be part of an inclusive, innovative and equity-focused community that approaches higher education as a matter of social justice that requires broad collaboration among faculty, staff, students and community partners. In deciding whether to apply for a position at Berkeley, you are strongly encouraged to consider whether your values align with our Guiding Values and Principles, our Principles of Community, and our Strategic Plan.

Departmental Overview

The Executive Director of the West Big Data Innovation Hub (West Hub) provides senior management and leadership of a multi-institution and multidisciplinary research effort. UC Berkeley serves as the home for the West Hub, one of a network of four regional efforts seeded by the National Science Foundation. Along with partner institutions The University of Washington eScience Institute and the San Diego Supercomputer Center at UC San Diego, UC Berkeley serves as the central organizational point for the West Hub, which brings together academia, industry, government, and non-profit organizations from across a 13 state region. Having the Hub centered at Berkeley provides a highly visible campus leadership position in Big Data and Data Science, and provides additional opportunities for researchers across the campus.

The purpose of the Data Innovation Hubs program is to help scale up the activities and partnerships established over the past years by the National Big Data R&D Initiative, as well as stimulate new regional and grassroots partnerships in this field. It accelerates Big Data solutions to societal challenges by convening stakeholders across sectors to partner in results-driven programs and projects; act as a matchmaker among the various academic, industry, and community stakeholders to help drive successful pilot programs; help share best practices; help accelerate technology transfer between universities, public and private research centers and laboratories, large enterprises, and small- and medium-sized businesses; facilitate engagement with opinion and thought leaders on the societal impact of Big Data technologies; and support education and training in the interdisciplinary field of Data Science.

The ED will play a central role in leading the West Hub. This role will involve a great deal of outreach across campus and across the 13 state western region. The ED will represent the West Hub in interactions with the other NSF Big Data Innovation Hubs, and will interact with Federal agencies and others who are defining a national Big Data research agenda.

Application Review Date

The First Review Date for this job is: OPEN UNTIL FILLED


25% Coordinate research efforts within and between university teams, including assisting PIs at Berkeley, Washington, and SDSC in developing and communicating research and development content; overseeing efforts to prepare annual progress reports, budgets, and funding reports, personnel development reports as well as ad-hoc report and information requests; and leading efforts to organize and execute any site visits by the National Science Foundation and additional research conferences as needed.

25% Actively work to seek additional funding and opportunities for follow-on research projects via ongoing business development by working with regional partners to develop area-specific activity proposals for future funding programs associated with the NSF Regional Big Data Innovation Hub effort and others. Investigate additional opportunities for funding and long term sustainability of the Hub via industrial funding and other (non-NSF) agencies. Coordinate proposal preparation for NSF and other opportunities.

15% Coordinate with major government agencies including the NSF, Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Department of Energy (DOE) and other members of the Networking and Information Technology Research (NITRD) Big Data Senior Steering Group.

10% Coordinates, plans, and executes programs in conjunction with related members of the West Big Data Innovation Hub at University of Washington (UW) and SDSC.

10% Participate in national level meetings, briefings to the National Science Foundation, other government agencies, industry, and international organizations about all aspects of the research and how the research should be viewed in the larger social context.

5% Plans, directs, and controls program budget and manages financial, HR, technical and other supporting resources.

5% Assesses program's effectiveness, and recommends changes to program's content, policies, and strategic goals accordingly.

5% Presents and hosts seminars and workshops and participates with faculty on research.

Required Qualifications

This is a one-year contract position
  • Academic background and recognized expertise in selected area of research.
  • Expert oral and written communication skills.
  • Experience giving presentations to a variety of audiences.
  • Leadership experience in academic and/or government agencies.
  • Policy development experience, particularly around Federal scientific initiatives.
  • Demonstrated expertise building collaborations between academia, industrial and/or governmental agencies.
  • Demonstrated expertise with program building within a leading academic institution and administrative, budgetary, human resources and financial principles and practices.
  • Expert ability to work with a dynamic and diverse group of faculty, staff and students.
  • Expert fundraising experience.
  • Ph.D. or Equivalent in data or science-related area and/or equivalent experience/training.
  • Expert negotiation skills.

Salary & Benefits

For information on the comprehensive benefits package offered by the University visit:
  • The salary range designated for this position: up to $165,000; however, starting salary will be commensurate with experience.
  • This is a one-year contract position. Contract positions may be extended based on operational demand. Contract positions are eligible to participate in the health and welfare programs offered by UC Berkeley.

Diversity Statement

Please include, as part of your application a brief (1-2 paragraph) statement on your contributions to diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging in your professional experience.

Advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion are fundamental to our UC Berkeley Principles of Community, which states that every member of the UC Berkeley community has a role in sustaining a safe, caring, and humane environment in which these values can thrive.

Conviction History Background

This is a designated position requiring fingerprinting and a background check due to the nature of the job responsibilities. Berkeley does hire people with conviction histories and reviews information received in the context of the job responsibilities. The University reserves the right to make employment contingent upon successful completion of the background check.

Equal Employment Opportunity

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or protected veteran status. For more information about your rights as an applicant see:
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