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About the Department
 The Data Science Institute at the University of Chicago was established to support the development of emerging efforts in data science across the University. The staff in the Data Science Institute support the University’s community of scholars, their shared ideals, and the core values that make the University a singular intellectual destination. Together with the University’s deans and department chairs, the Data Science Institute provides the opportunities, infrastructure, and resources that encourage our faculty and other scholars to pursue their finest work.

Job Summary
 The Internet Equity Initiative (IEI) at the University of Chicago is a new interdisciplinary research Initiative at the Data Science Institute (DSI). The IEI brings together the expertise of multiple disciplines (computer science, social science, healthcare, education, public policy) to develop technical and policy solutions to Internet and data equity challenges at a global scale. It draws on the intellectual and entrepreneurial spirit of top universities, industry, and nonprofits to bring breakthrough social and economic changes through groundbreaking research, scholarship, education, outreach, technology innovation, and training.

The IEI Director will work closely with the DSI Executive Director, faculty directors and Director of Research Programs & Strategy to lead this new Initiative within DSI. The IEI Director will build relationships with agencies and organizations working in the sector. This includes high-level partnership building, research project development and management, financial and grant management, and program and donor development. The position requires strong experience working in strategic research development, fundraising, and technical project management. The initiative seeks a highly dynamic and analytical individual who can build relationships and excel in a diverse set of responsibilities from working with partners to developing and implementing research strategy to translating academic research into policy recommendations and implementation. 


  • Builds and maintains relationships with key partners in governments, foundations, and industry.
  • Identifies and prioritizes opportunities to grow the research initiative and expand its impact.
  • Hires and manages staff to meet the Initiative’s goals.
  • Identifies fundraising opportunities and leads grant-writing efforts to support core Initiative activities.
  • Ensures smooth administration of the Initiative, including financial and administrative oversight, project management, and grant reporting, and implements corrective action when appropriate.
  • Manages research professionals and support staff involved with planning, monitoring, and compliance aspects of Initiative.
  • Manages the laboratory facilities, including the purchase of new equipment and the maintenance and repair of laboratory equipment.
  • Keeps abreast of industry and regulatory trends as they relate to Initiative activities and opportunities.
  • Engages in and initiates activities that promote the Initiative, including speaking at professional and alumni gatherings, writing articles, and presenting white papers.
  • Monitors department/unit compliance with University, Divisional and Department policies and procedures and implements corrective actions for issues identified.
  • Implements objectives, as well as some long-term strategic plans respective to the department’s focus.
  • Maintains external partners to advance strategic priorities. Communicates and collaborates with internal and external community members and leadership to achieve strategic priorities.
  • Performs other related work as needed.

Minimum Qualifications
Education: Minimum requirements include a college or university degree in related field.—

Work Experience: Minimum requirements include knowledge and skills developed through 7+ years of work experience in a related job discipline.—


Preferred Qualifications

Education: Master’s degree in a related field, including computer science, data science, social science, or public policy.

Experience: Experience with a large and complex academic research Initiative.

Preferred Competencies

  • Demonstrated ability to maintain high-level relationships with academic researchers, governments, and external partnerships.
  • Expert problem-solving and analytical skills.
  • Excellent verbal, written, and presentation skills.
  • Effective project management skills, including managing and successfully working across teams, budgeting, attention to operational and research details, and ability to manage multiple projects efficiently.
  • Ability to work independently and manage multiple projects simultaneously.
  • Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail.
  • Willingness to gain domain expertise for the Initiative.

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