Professor of the Practice and Global Director of the ALIGN Program

Jan 02, 2018
Executive Administration Jobs
C-Level & Executive Directors
Position Type
Tenured & Tenure-Track
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Northeastern University

Professor of the Practice and Global Director of the ALIGN Program

Requisition Number: FTFR001068

Division/College: College of Computer and Information Science

Location: Boston Main Campus

Full-time/Part-time: Full Time


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.

The Challenge

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.

Our Solution

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.

    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: Global 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 academic leader to join the team and originate the role of global 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 Global Director will lead the growth of the ALIGN program across all campuses and will work closely with the Directors of ALIGN at each of the five campuses. The Global Director will oversee all aspects of the Align bridge curriculum, and help with recruiting and fundraising for the program. This role will report to Carla Brodley, Dean of the College of Computer and Information Science .

    A successful Global Director will be able to: thrive in and shape the path of a rapidly scaling organization; ensure consistent practices across all five campuses; build efficient and effective systems to ensure ALIGN students receive a high quality education; maximize scholarships to students across all campuses through fundraising efforts; 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 academic 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.


  • Lead the organization's strategic global planning process and ensure that the strategic plan is implemented successfully.
  • Ensure all campuses are gathering and sharing relevant data across the organization and network; together with the Managing Director, develop organizational capacity for data analysis and evaluation.
  • Build and champion effective global processes and ways of working across all campuses, 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.
  • Partner with Regional Directors of CS and the marketing team to rapidly grow enrollment
  • Lead outreach and partnership for student pipelines from liberal arts colleges, HBCUs and HSIs in the US.
  • Represent Align externally, supporting the Dean with academic relationships, connections, and fundraising.
  • Work closely with the Directors at each campus to ensure consistent practices across the global network


  • Working with the Dean, managing director, and 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, managing director 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.
  • Analyze and refine admissions criteria using machine learning methods to analyze historical data for the program.


    • Candidates must hold a PhD in Computer Science, Information Science or a related field by the start date and have 15 years of experience in academia
    • Candidates must have experience in the introductory sequence for computer science majors both in teaching and curricular development
    • Candidates must have a distinguished career in the computing field that would qualify for the title of Professor of the Practice.
    • Expertise in applying machine learning to data to drive outcomes is a plus but not required.

    Additional Information:

    To be considered for this position please visit our web site and apply on line at the following link: [email protected]

    Northeastern University is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Educational Institution and Employer, Title IX University. Northeastern University particularly welcomes applications from minorities, women and persons with disabilities. Northeastern University is an E-Verify Employer.