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.
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, with at least one more to come)
- Augmented by an influencing strategy that will prompt other MS in CS programs around the country to emulate the Experiential MS in CS for Non-Majors pioneered by Align
Our pilot to date has already demonstrated a graduation rate 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.
Please learn more about the Align program at our website.
About Northeastern University College of Computer and Information Science
The College of Computer and Information Science (CCIS) has 1500 undergraduate, 1312 MS, and 171 PhD students. The college offers 4 BS, 5 MS, and 4 PhD degrees and has 60 tenure/tenure-track and 35 teaching faculty. CCIS is a rapidly growing college, whose publications put it in the top 20-30 Computer Science research universities in the Nation. In the last 5 years, the faculty and student populations have doubled in size. As part of Northeastern’s famous co-op program, CCIS works with more than 500 companies, and last year placed nearly 1000 students into co-op positions.
About the Role: Managing Director, The Align Program:
We are now seeking to dramatically accelerate our growth to keep pace with our goals and demand from our partners. We are looking for a mission-focused, seasoned, strategic, process-minded leader with experience scaling an organization to join the team and originate the role of Managing Director. Today, Align serves 260 students per year with an annual budget of $7.6 million. By 2022, we aim to serve 2,000 students with a budget of $36 million.
The Managing Director will lead the internal operations of both dedicated Align staff members and College leaders who split time focused on the program. Additionally, the Managing Director will help with all aspects of external relations and fundraising for the program. This role will report to and work very closely with Carla Brodley, Dean of the College of Computer and Information Science and the de facto CEO of Align (the Managing Director is the de facto COO).
A successful Managing Director will be able to: thrive in and shape the path of a rapidly scaling organization; build efficient and effective systems to increase productivity while enabling maximum impact; collaborate and communicate cross-functionally to build a strong, aligned organization; empower others to deliver measurable, cost-effective, high-impact results — all while stimulating loyalty, inspiration, authenticity, and joy across the organization.
This is an outstanding opportunity for an executive with strong operational skills and a proven track record of change management to join a high-growth, mission-driven organization in a key leadership role.
Your responsibilities will include:
- Lead the organization’s strategic planning process and ensure that the strategic plan is implemented successfully.
- Create and implement a process for gathering and sharing relevant data across the organization and network; Develop organizational capacity for data analysis and evaluation.
- Build and champion effective internal processes and ways of working, including, but not limited to: strategic planning, budgeting, project management, decision processes, workflow, a system of metrics and accountability, multi-directional communications and feedback loops, and stakeholder engagement surveys.
- Conduct ongoing market analysis that situates Align in an ecosystem of higher-ed and not-for-profit collaborators, competitors, and customers to inform partnerships and programs; and the eventual adoption of the Align model by others.
- Grow a top-flight team for Align by anticipating organizational needs and deploying available resources to get the right people on the team.
- Give well researched, strategic, practical advice to organizational leadership including senior leaders and CEO.
- Represent Align externally, supporting the Dean with relationships, connections, and fundraising.
In the first two year, benchmarks of success will include:
- Working with the Dean, and the faculty with the support of the marketing and recruiting team, establish a network of 100 feeder colleges for recruitment of Align students
- Together with the Dean and the advancement team, build relationships with 150 corporate partners, resulting in $3 million per year for year 3 of corporate scholarship commitments
- Crack the code on recruiting 1,000 well-qualified new students per year while hitting our goal of 50% or more being women, and 25% or more being underrepresented minorities
- Establish a unified performance culture and shared set of practices across the five campuses.
- Build tracking systems that document the employment and earnings outcomes among all Align students.
Who you are:
- Strategic Decision Maker - You thrive in a rapid-growth environment where you can press forward quickly with big ideas, though you understand this often requires recognizing when it is required to take a step back and create proactive strategic plans. This role isn’t for the meek; we want excitement, not reluctance when a big decision needs to be made or you’re asked to make a tough call.
- Mobilizer – You have that rare mix of vision and tactics that make other leaders admire you. You’ve managed multiple teams on a range of different projects, but you’re not afraid to roll up your sleeves and get in the trenches yourself.
- A Humble Leader – Nothing is beneath or above you. You are quick to always lend a hand, or two! You are able to earn influence without authority and naturally seek to support both small projects or large strategic goals.
- Perceptive and Practical – You’re comfortable handling a heavy amount of “intake,” quickly and effectively sorting out and triaging tasks.
What you’ll need:
- 10+ years of overall professional experience with 5+ years in a leadership position.
- Strong operational experience. Ideally, you have worked in a senior management role for a start-up or high-growth social enterprise or nonprofit.
- A commitment to inclusion. You’re always asking: “whose voice is not at the table?” You have experience working with diverse teams and successfully navigating cross-cultural communication in both local and global contexts, and you deeply value creating a workplace that is supportive of difference.
- Strong problem-solving and communications skills; and an ability to inspire confidence and passion in others.
- The ability to shift seamlessly between strategic, big-picture thinking and operational, nuts-and-bolts systems building.
- A track record of successful change management and/or management through rapid scale including effectively building organizational and staff capacity along the way.
How will we know you’re the right person for the role?
Please complete the following very simple application. Priority will be given to those applications submitted by January 5th; therefore, we encourage you to submit yours soon!
Candidates that meet the minimum experience will be invited to complete a set of short answer questions.
The overall hiring process will look to follow this anticipated timeline:
- Early January: Selected candidates asked to complete short answer questions.
- Middle of January: Initial in-person or video interview with the Align team.
- Early February: Finalists will come for an in-person for multi-team member interview at our Boston campus. Candidate references will also be checked at this step.
- Middle of February: Offer finalized.
- Early March: Anticipated start date.
If you have any questions about the role, please feel free to email firstname.lastname@example.org. We look forward to reading your application!