Program Manager of Outreach and Student Career Management – Break Through Tech
George Mason University
Location: Fairfax, Virginia
Internal Number: 54488
Department: Computer Science
Department of Computer Science
Program Manager of Outreach and Student Career Management – Break Through Tech
The 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.
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; and
Develop and submit proposals to secure external funding for existing and new programs.
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; and
Demonstrated 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; and
Working with college students and innovative programs in higher education.
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 Corridor
The 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.
Salary: Commensurate with education and experience.
Location: Fairfax, VA
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Mason’s main campus is in Fairfax, Virginia, just 15 miles outside of Washington, D.C. The nation’s capital is easily accessible by car or public transportation.
At Mason, you can enjoy the best of both worlds: a beautiful wooded residential campus and outstanding college experience, as well as numerous internship and recreational opportunities that only a world-class urban setting like D.C. can offer.
You can intern with National Geographic or the Justice Department, visit the numerous museums with your Art History classmates, take a selfie in front of Lincoln Memorial, catch a Nationals baseball game, kayak along the Potomac, or check out the many neighborhoods where you’ll discover lots of great shopping, places to eat, art galleries, music venues, and much more. You can attend events and hear nationally recognized speakers. You’ll run out of time before you run out of things to do.
There’s more to explore. Students participate in a field trip to the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C., organized by the Office of International Programs and Services.
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We will invest in recruiting, retaining, and developing talented and diverse faculty and academic and professional staff. We will create a vibrant campus life in which all members can grow and thrive.
Diversity is one of our core values; everyone is welcome here. Mason was recently named the most diverse university in Virginia by U.S. News & World Report.
We bring together a multitude of people and ideas in everything that we do. Our culture of inclusion, our multidisciplinary approach, and our global perspective makes us more effective educators and scholars.
While at Mason, you’ll be making your own decisions and forming your own view of the world. Engaging with diverse groups of individuals, including students, faculty, and staff, will enrich this experience. You will learn from them, and they will learn from you.
We have a variety of communities here, and you're sure to find a group of people who are like you. The great thing is you'll also be embraced by communities of people who are not like you. At Mason, you'll be in a place where the whole is greater than the sum of its parts.
Interacting with people from a variety of backgrounds will:
•Widen your outlook of the world,
•Show you how to work and collaborate with people of differing views,
•Expose you to new perspectives from people with disparate life experiences, and
•Give you the social skills to interact with all kinds of people.
Diversity also enhances learning and creative thinking by prompting the study of new material and the awareness of fresh viewpoints. The power of many perspectives will boost your capacity to explore original ideas and solutions. Seeing issues in a new way heightens your creativity and problem-solving abilities.
Another benefit: As our nation becomes more diverse, students who learn in a diverse environment will be more competitive in an increasingly global economy. You’ll enhance your critical thinking skills and improve your ability to develop nuanced solutions to real-world problems.
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