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Executive Director of Public Interest Technology

Apply now Job no: 514214
Work type: Staff Full Time
Location: UMass Amherst
Department: Computer Science
Union: PSU
Categories: Computer & Information Technology

About UMass Amherst

UMass Amherst, the Commonwealth's flagship campus, is a nationally ranked public research university offering a full range of undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees. The University sits on nearly 1,450-acres in the scenic Pioneer Valley of Western Massachusetts, and offers a rich cultural environment in a bucolic setting close to major urban centers. In addition, the University is part of the Five Colleges (including Amherst College, Hampshire College, Mount Holyoke College, and Smith College), which adds to the intellectual energy of the region.


About PIT@Umass  

The UMass Public Interest Technology Initiative (PIT@UMass) is a multidisciplinary initiative spanning all major Colleges and Schools at UMass’ Amherst and Mt. Ida campuses. The initiative aims to promote the socially responsible use of technology to address social, research, and community challenges. The initiative will promote and synergize new and existing pedagogy, research, experiential learning activities, and community outreach with a focus on the public interest.  PIT@UMass will work to expand its impact and reach via funding from industry partners, non-profit foundations, philanthropy, and federal agencies. 


Job Summary

The Executive Director will work under the direction of the faculty Director of Public Interest Technology. They will work closely with Deans, Department Heads, and other leadership from the Amherst and Mt. Ida campuses to enable synergies between various Colleges and Schools at UMass, as well as with the broader community of public interest technology institutions, private sector partners, and local, state and federal governments. The Executive Director will provide administrative oversight for the initiative and its funded projects, oversee and manage engagement with leadership across the UMass Amherst and Mt. Ida campuses and with external partners, manage web content related to the initiative’s activities and goals, and provide logistical support for meetings, activities, and events. 


Essential Functions

  • Manage the day-to-day operational needs of the initiative and contribute to strategic planning. Participate in the hiring and evaluation of initiative staff. Assist the initiative’s grant administrators with budget forecasting and management, and identify and address problems that may affect initiative goals or timelines. Ensure the initiative and its staff comply with established College and University human resources and finance practices and policies. 
  • Coordinate with the Public Interest Technology University Network and member institutions to promote PIT@UMass leadership and field-building. Manage the initiative’s pilot projects and track outcomes. Monitor the progress of pilot projects to ensure that they are following proposed timelines and implement changes as needed. Provide assistance and guidance to PIT working groups in developing curricula, certificate programs, research projects, experiential learning efforts and clinics, and community outreach events, bootcamps, courses, webinars, symposia, etc.  Plan and attend regular meetings with leadership across both campuses to provide guidance, resources, and feedback. 
  • Develop administrative infrastructure for PIT@UMass to support educational, research, experiential, and outreach activities. Develop appropriate planning and operational vehicles for managing financial resources. 
  • Work with business development to create partnerships, fellowships, internships, and experiential learning activities with corporations, local and state governments, and other institutions to strengthen relationships focused on social responsibility and links between UMass and the private and public sectors.  
  • Plan and develop professional infrastructure to support a comprehensive community outreach program.  Work with initiative leadership and UMass Communications and Advancement to create outreach events that promote PIT@UMass and UMass’ focus on social responsibility. 
  • Facilitate partnerships between PIT@UMass and external stakeholders. Manage and oversee PIT@UMass’ engagement with private and public sector partners and other stakeholders. Engage with and synthesize input from faculty, UMass administration, students, and partners.   
  • Work with the College’s marketing and communications team to manage the initial communications related to PIT@UMass. Help recruit and manage a communications professional for PIT@UMass. Oversee the creation and management of the initiative’s website and ensure that content is updated regularly. Oversee the solicitation and publication of articles and posts related to the initiative, ensuring information about activities is up-to-date. Oversee all social media outreach efforts, sharing information about activities, events, and program resources. 
  • Provide logistical support for all meetings, trainings, events, workshops, and activities conducted by PIT@UMass. Recruit and negotiate contracts with speakers, handle correspondence, invite relevant collaborators, schedule and attend meetings and take notes, reserve space, order catering, and coordinate travel and hotel arrangements. 


Other Functions

  • Performs related duties as assigned or required to meet Department, College, or University goals and objectives.  
  • Understands responsibilities with respect to conflicts of interest and behaves in ways consistent both with law and with University policy. Contributes toward creating a positive and respectful workplace defined by personal and professional competence, integrity, and collaboration. Understands and contributes to implementation of departmental and institutional goals for achieving non-discrimination and creating a respectful, inclusive environment that is supportive of diversity. Uses access to sensitive and/or not yet public university related information only in the performance of the responsibilities of position and exercises care to prevent unnecessary disclosure to others.


Minimum Qualifications (Knowledge, Skills, Abilities, Education, Experience, Certifications, Licensure)

  • Bachelor’s degree and five (5) plus years of professional experience managing sizable, complex projects including financial management, interacting with senior business and/or academic leaders, writing reports, and facilitating large meetings OR 
  • Master’s degree in a related field and at least three (3) plus years of professional experience managing sizable, complex projects including financial management, interacting with senior business and/or academic leaders, writing reports, and facilitating large meetings.  
  • Ability to manage multiple projects and work effectively with a multi-institution team in a fast-paced environment.  
  • Ability to travel within the United States to attend meetings or events. 
  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to work with internal and external stakeholders.  
  • Ability to work both independently and to be part of an effective team with a highly cooperative and collaborative work style.  
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills. Ability to write concisely, express thoughts clearly, and develop ideas in a logical sequence.  
  • Independent initiative. Must have the ability to stay on task and work productively with a minimum amount of supervision or guidance.  
  • Ability to work effectively under pressure. Strong organizational skills and attention to detail.  
  • Ability to maintain a high level of confidentiality as required.  
  • Strong computer skills including at least intermediate expertise with:
    • Email.
    • Calendar systems such as iCal, Outlook, or Google.
    • Word processing software such as Microsoft Word or Google Docs.
    • Spreadsheets such as Microsoft Excel or Google Sheets.
    • Databases such as FileMaker or Microsoft Access.
    • Presentation software such as Microsoft PowerPoint.

Preferred Qualifications (Knowledge, Skills, Abilities, Education, Experience, Certifications, Licensure)

  • At least two (2) years of experience working on community development projects.  
  • Experience managing community-building programs in an academic environment.  
  • Experience developing infrastructure to achieve organizational goals. 
  • Experience working in collaboration with academic, industry, and/or government teams.  
  • Experience with a public interest-focused organization.  
  • Experience with website management using Drupal or similar. 


Physical Demands/Working Conditions

Typical Office Environment.


Additional Details

The initial appointment is for two (2) years with the possibility of reappointment contingent upon satisfactory performance and the availability of funding.


Work Schedule

  • 37.5 hours per week.
  • This position has the opportunity for a hybrid work schedule, which is defined by the University as an arrangement where an employee’s work is regularly performed at a location other than the campus workspace for a portion of the week. As this position falls within the Professional Staff Union, it is subject to the terms and conditions of the Professional Staff Union collective bargaining agreement.


Salary Information

PSU Level 30 

PSU Salary Ranges


Special Instructions to Applicants

Along with the application, please submit a resume, cover letter, and contact information for three (3) professional references. The search may remain open until filled.


UMass Amherst is committed to a policy of equal opportunity without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, age, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, disability, military status, or genetic information in employment, admission to and participation in academic programs, activities, and services, and the selection of vendors who provide services or products to the University.  To fulfill that policy, UMass Amherst is further committed to a program of affirmative action to eliminate or mitigate artificial barriers and to increase opportunities for the recruitment and advancement of qualified minorities, women, persons with disabilities, and covered veterans.  It is the policy of the UMass Amherst to comply with the applicable federal and state statutes, rules, and regulations concerning equal opportunity and affirmative action.

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