Program Manager of Outreach and Student Career Management - Break Through Tech

Fairfax, VA
Commensurate with education and experience.
Jun 29, 2022
May 06, 2023
Full Time
Department of Computer ScienceProgram Manager of Outreach and Student Career Management - Break Through TechThe George Mason University Department of Computer Science (CS), within the College of Engineering and Computing (CEC), seeks a proactive, organized, self-reliant, and passionate Program Manager of Outreach and Student Career Management for the department's Break Through Tech program and related efforts. George Mason University has a strong institutional commitment to the achievement of excellence and diversity among its faculty and staff, and strongly encourages candidates to apply who will enrich Mason's academic and culturally inclusive environment.About Break Through Tech:Break Through Tech aims to grow the number and proportion of female students enrolled in Mason's computing degree programs, through a suite of career access activities, community building events and curriculum reforms. The Program Manager will also contribute to broader efforts to increase access to computing degrees among students from underrepresented groups. With over 2000 undergraduate students and a rapidly growing population of graduate students, this position offers tremendous potential to achieve a positive impact for students who are traditionally underrepresented in STEM fields.Responsibilities:Provide day-to-day management and coordination of the BTT team's activities;Develop strategies for ensuring alignment of BTT's portfolio of activities with BTT's overall student growth targets and other objectives;Work with BTT's Career Access Lead to cultivate new and lasting relationships with tech-related employers, non-profits and government agencies in the DC metropolitan area for the purpose of developing a diverse workforce via internships, sprinternships, networking events and summer guilds;Proactively seek new recruitment opportunities for all incoming female students and students from underrepresented groups in computing fields;Support BTT's Career Access Lead on special women-in-technology events (such as seminars and networking social events) for women students and secure the participation of technology leaders and role models in the workforce;Support BTT's Career Access Lead on the sprinternship program for current and incoming GMU computing students, and high school and community college students in computing;Work with BTT's Diversity and Community Development Lead to develop outreach and recruitment efforts for involving students from local community colleges and high schools in BTT events;Coordinate with relevant efforts in the CEC Dean's office to ensure cohesion on outreach and community-building efforts;Evaluate the programs for career access and opportunities in terms of effectiveness and demographics using surveys as developed by BTT program and focus groups;Function as an integral part of inclusive computing teams within the University, and represent the teams and University in relevant state and national initiatives;Ensure alignment of local objectives with BTT National, with other DEI efforts in the University, and with all relevant stakeholders;Work with the BTT PI on new long-term strategies and programs for supporting female students and students from under-represented groups, and scaling up existing programs; andDevelop and submit proposals to secure external funding for existing and new programs.Required Qualifications:Master's Degree, or Bachelor's Degree with significant experience (generally 5-8 years) in an advanced technology industry, higher education, or business administration, with specialization in a relevant area such as consulting, sales/marketing, program management, human resources, talent or workforce development, and/or student services; or any combination of education and experience that equates to the advanced degree;The candidate must be able to work independently and as a member of interdisciplinary teams. The applicant must have proficient analytical, writing, verbal, organizational and computer skills and an ability to work well with students, campus partners, parents, industry leaders and other external stakeholders;Candidates must have a demonstrated knowledge of collaboration tools (Teams, Slack, Google) and proficiency in other communication and office software;The candidate must have a demonstrated commitment to working with diverse student and community populations;Experience leading large programs in academic or corporate environments that have a technology orientation and a focus on talent development and training;Demonstrated effective oral and verbal communication skills, including being a public spokesperson for the programs;Demonstrated ability to build effective bridges between industry and academia; andDemonstrated experience with the following (typically 4+ years):Leading programs in an academic and/or corporate environment having a technology orientation and a focus on talent development and training;Working effectively and maintaining a positive rapport with diverse stakeholders including students, professors, and corporate leaders alike; andWorking with college students and innovative programs in higher education.Preferred Qualifications:Interacting effectively with a variety of support units similar to those in a campus environment (such as Events Scheduling, Women in Engineering, Student Affairs, or Office of Diversity and Inclusion).A Force for Innovation in the Heart of Northern Virginia's Technology CorridorThe College of Engineering and Computing (CEC) at George Mason University is comprised of the Volgenau School of Engineering and a new School of Computing. The College is a fast-growing force for innovation in research and education. Ranked nationally in the top 100 in both undergraduate and graduate education, the College boasts more than 9,100 students in 37 undergraduate, master's, and doctoral degree programs, including several first-in-the-nation offerings. Of the 271 full-time faculty who comprise the College, 91 are tenured, 59 are tenure-track, 89 are instructional faculty, and 32 are research faculty. As part of a nationally ranked research university, its research teams expended more than $75 million in sponsored research awards in the past year and has projects with over $400 million in current and anticipated awards. The College stands out for its leading research in areas such as artificial intelligence, data analytics engineering, cybersecurity engineering, biomedical imaging and devices, community-based healthcare, autonomous systems, 5G/Next G communications, systems architectures, computational biomedicine, advanced materials and manufacturing, sustainable infrastructure, and more. The College encourages multidisciplinary research and provides ample opportunity for faculty to work with other disciplines.George Mason University is the largest and most diverse public research university in Virginia, with an enrollment of over 39,000 students studying in over 200 degree programs. Mason is an innovative, entrepreneurial institution with national distinction in a range of academic fields. It was classified as an R1 research institution in 2016 by the Carnegie Classifications of Institutes of Higher Education. Mason has campuses in Fairfax, Arlington, and Prince William. Its proximity to Washington, D.C. provides unmatched geographical access to a number of federal agencies and national laboratories. Northern Virginia is also home to one of the largest concentrations of high-tech firms in the nation, providing excellent opportunities for interaction with industry. The region is consistently rated as being among the best places to live in the country, and has an outstanding local public school system.In conjunction with Amazon's decision to establish a second headquarters in Northern Virginia, the Commonwealth of Virginia announced a multi-year plan to invest in the growth of degree programs in computing. George Mason University has committed to accelerate its plans to grow its capacity in computing and high-tech fields. Among the exciting initiatives being undertaken by the university are the launch of the Institute for Digital InnovAtion, a university think tank and incubator to serve the digital economy, and the expansion of its Arlington Campus with a planned 400,000 square foot building that will house the new Institute for Digital InnovAtion. These initiatives reflect hundreds of millions of dollars in new investment by Mason that will rapidly elevate the university's already leading national position in computing and related areas.

For full consideration, applicants must complete the online application at for position number FA89JZ; and attach a cover letter, resume, a statement of what diversity and inclusion mean to you and your commitment to working with diverse student and community populations (to attach as 'Other Doc'), and a list of three professional references with contact information.Full consideration will apply to applicants who submit their completed application by July 12, 2022; however, review of applications will continue until the position is filled.

"Great Careers Begin at Mason! George Mason University is an innovative, entrepreneurial institution with national distinction in both academics and research. Mason holds a top U.S. News and World Report "Up and Coming" spot for national universities and is recognized for its global appeal and excellence in higher education.Mason is currently the largest and most diverse university in Virginia with students and faculty from all 50 states and over 135 countries studying in over 200 degree programs at campuses in Arlington, Fairfax and Prince William, as well as at learning locations across the commonwealth. Rooted in Mason's diversity is a campus culture that is both rewarding and exciting, work that is meaningful, and opportunities to both collaborate and create.If you are interested in joining the Mason family take a look at our current opportunities and catch some Mason spirit at!George Mason University, Where Innovation is Tradition."

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