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Aspirations in Computing Executive Director (Contract Position)

The National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT) is a coalition of over 600 corporations, universities and non-profits working to significantly increase girl's/women's participation in computing. It is prominent on the national computing landscape, and has raised over $21 million in NSF grants, as well as considerable corporate gifts.

This position is the most senior executive position for NCWIT Aspirations in Computing, NCWIT’s flagship end-to-end female talent development program for the computing discipline. As a member of the NCWIT leadership team, this position works closely with the NCWIT Executive and Associate Directors at a strategic level to ensure the success of the Aspirations in Computing program, developing and implementing the strategy for the Aspirations suite of programs. This position also serves as an external and national spokesperson and advocate, and stands in for the Executive and Associate Directors at public events. This position’s goals are met through effective leadership and collaboration with other members of the NCWIT leadership team, NCWIT staff and consultants, NCWIT member organizations, sponsors, and partners. This position provides direction and supervision to staff and relies on significant experience and judgment to plan and accomplish goals.

The NCWIT Aspirations in Computing program is a national K-16 talent development initiative. It is NCWIT’s largest, most visible program, annually including hundreds of volunteers and thousands of participants. It is also rapidly growing, expected to triple in size in the next few years. This position directs its four primary programs (which will expand in the future):

  1. The Aspirations in Computing Community - this foundational element of the program is a virtual community of women pursuing careers and education in computing fields. Members of the Community offer peer and near-peer mentoring and role-modeling to each other, and receive opportunities (such as scholarships, internships, jobs, events, competitions, and more) presented by NCWIT and member organizations. There are currently nearly 5000 women participating in this community from across the county.
  2. AspireIT - one of the opportunities available to members of the Aspirations in Computing Community is to offer computing-related camps and programs to other, local young women and girls. Community members partner with NCWIT member organizations and optionally apply for funding to run local programs. These programs vary widely but share the common theme of exposing younger girls to computing. To date, NCWIT members and the Aspirations Community have offered nearly 100 programs across the country. In the last round alone more than 1,100 students were given more than 33,000 hours of programming instruction.
  3. High School Program - One of two entry points for young women into the Aspirations in Computing Community is through the High School Program. This program centers on an annual award that is offered regionally and nationally. There are currently 63 regional awards and one national award. High school age young women apply for the award each fall and are recognized early the following year. Winners and runners-up then join the Aspirations in Computing Community. The High School Program additionally includes an Educator Award that is granted to computer science educators who have demonstrated exceptional encouragement of women in computer science. In 2014 more than 2,500 applications were received and more than 1,000 young women were honored through the 63 affiliates.
  4. Collegiate Program - The second entry point for the Aspirations in Computing Community is through the Collegiate Program. Women in college who are majoring or minoring in a computing field at an NCWIT Academic Alliance member institution can join the Community. Once in the Community, they are eligible to apply for the prestigious Collegiate Award in their Junior and Senior years of College. This award is given to three women for their outstanding technical accomplishments in the spring.

Job responsibilities include:

  1. Leadership - the Aspirations in Computing Executive Director will be expected to provide leadership to Aspirations program managers and related consultants or staff. Currently, there are seven staff and consultants on the Aspirations team, although this is expected to grow in the future due to significant new funding. The Executive Director will be expected to effectively lead the team and all efforts in the program. Excellent team building skills are key.
  2. Strategic Planning - This position will provide strategic direction for the program portfolio and will integrate the program with other NCWIT initiatives. This will require the ability to effectively negotiate complex relationships and to negotiate with an exceptionally busy team and staff. The Executive Director will need to build consensus among a wide variety of constituents with competing demands.
  3. Execution - The Executive Director will work with the NCWIT Social Science team on ensuring the research-based structure of the program. Additionally, the Executive Director will work with the NCWIT Evaluation team on the ongoing evaluation needs of the program. These efforts require the ability to negotiate with Ph.D. level researchers and evaluators and requires the ability to analyze and translate Ph.D. recommendations into clear action plans that can be executed by the Aspirations program managers.
  4. Relationship Management - the Executive Director will be expected to understand commitments made to program sponsors, ensure they are met and maintain close relationships to help secure ongoing and new commitments.
  5. Public Speaking - The Aspirations in Computing program is the most widely visible program at NCWIT. The Executive Director will be expected to represent the program and NCWIT more broadly at public events. This will include public speaking roles, but also non-speaking roles and events, conferences, and other venues. This may include press and media. Professional presentation and public speaking skills are a must.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelors Degree plus 8 - 10 years of relevant professional experience. Relevant experience must include supervision of a distributed team and management of a complex program with a large budget.
  • Experience managing and scaling national level programs.
  • Knowledge about women & computing and a passion for the NCWIT mission.
  • Exceptional communication skills, supervision and collaboration skills.
  • Ability to work with students, faculty, industry executives, educators, and mentors.
  • Fundraising, sponsorship and development/grant writing experience.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective relationships with varied constituencies.
  • Ability to travel 30%.
  • Excellent presentation and public speaking skills and experience.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Willingness to locate in the Denver/Boulder area.
  • Leadership experience in a computing organization.

Please email resume and cover letter to jobs@ncwit.org.