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Director Tech Talent Labs

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Director Tech Talent Labs

Discovery Partners Institute

University of Illinois System – Chicago

The Discovery Partners Institute (DPI) entices people to jumpstart their tech careers or companies in Chicago. Led by the University of Illinois System in partnership with local and global research universities, it does two things: tech talent development and applied R&D. DPI prepares students and workers to step into high-demand tech jobs. It also builds research teams and matches them with new funding. With state investment and a new innovation district in development, DPI has the resources to attract, develop and leverage the most ambitious people and companies the region has to offer – and keep them here.

DPI invites nominations and applications for the position of Director of Tech Talent Labs, the Institute’s chief education officer. This position offers an extraordinary opportunity to a bold and visionary leader with intellectual breadth, strong interpersonal skills, demonstrated expertise in undergraduate and graduate programs, and workforce education and training programs. The Director will be responsible for designing, implementing, and accelerating programs as part of an integrated approach to tech talent development. They will lead the development of new markets and create new options for education that prepare thousands of students and workers to step into high-demand tech jobs.

The Director will leverage the strengths of the academic programs and faculty from the University of Illinois campuses and DPI partner institutions to form and enhance educational collaborations across those institutions. By 2029, DPI will be training 7,000 students per year for tech jobs, 3,000 of whom will be from under-represented groups and will have upskilled 5,000 mid-career workers for jobs in data science, digital skills, business skills, entrepreneurship, and other types of skills including managing and analyzing data, software development, digital product/product management, and business building.
Additional responsibilities include:

Provide intellectual, strategic, and visionary leadership for DPI’s talent enterprise.
Responsible for oversight of all talent programs, conceptualization through delivery.
Develop strategy and programs to enhance DPI’s educational mission, build partnerships across DPI partner institutions to advance talent programs, and raise visibility of DPI in Chicago and across the State.
Develop and lead a team that will manage all talent programs, interact with constituents, and implement program delivery for both individual student participants and external constituents.
Manage and facilitate providing underrepresented talent with skills and mentoring to ensure more people achieve success on their high-tech career pathway.
Develop plans for educational programs and guide faculty, external constituencies, and administrative staff and collaborates to achieve DPI’s 10-year goal to 7,000 participants in the suite of talent programs annually. Represent DPI talent capabilities to partner universities and industry partners and prospects and align faculty that cultivate and grow educational programming to respond to industry interests.
Evaluate potential new programs to expand the program scope of whole talent enterprise to serve Chicago and Illinois economy.
Evaluate and measure programmatic effectiveness, ensuring desired outcomes are achieved from the talent enterprise.
Develop, implement and oversee a business strategy to define how each talent program can scale and ensure the sustainability of each program. Manage resource allocation across programs and supporting activities
Work closely with P33 and its employer partners to evaluate, develop and deploy innovative digital workforce solutions.
Maintain active knowledge of educational innovation to facilitate excellence in programmatic offerings.
Act as a resource with internal and external stakeholders including deans, department heads, and budget offices as well as companies, providing knowledge and guidance on all talent related matters.
Work with UI System units to ensure that all talent activities comply with state, federal, and university policies.
Represent DPI on internal and external committees, and in state, national and international research forums and conferences, as appropriate. Represent the Executive Director and DPI on various committees and initiatives in Chicago.

Candidates must possess substantial experience in leading multi-faceted talent and/or educational projects, building academic teams, and leading teaching/learning collaborations across institutions. Candidates should have an advanced degree in a relevant field. Depending on academic qualifications and experience, the directorship may include a tenured faculty position at one or more of the universities within the University of Illinois System.

This is a full-time, 12-month Academic Professional position. For full consideration, candidates must apply and submit a letter of application, resume, and names/addresses/phone numbers of three professional references by August 20, 2020 at

The System Office conducts background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer of employment. Background checks will be performed in compliance with the Fair Credit Reporting Act.

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