Executive Director (Temporary)
Posting DetailsPosition Information Job TitleExecutive Director (Temporary)DepartmentCenter for Excellence and Equity in EducationTemporaryTemporary Full-TimeRequisition NumberT20004Open Date08/21/2019Close Date09/19/2019Salary Information
Salary Commensurate with Experience and QualificationsWork Schedule
Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.Benefits EligibleYesEligible for OvertimeNoPosition Summary
The executive director will lead the planning and implementation of initiatives that help promote representation of underrepresented groups within science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) at all levels of education, from PreK to industry and university faculty. The executive director will enhance the purposes and objectives of both the Tapia Center and the George R. Brown School of Engineering. Collaborating with the Tapia Center faculty director, the executive director will set and execute strategic priorities, including: programs, projects, and initiatives that build the STEM pipeline among underrepresented groups; develop and execute assessment tools for program activities; coordinate fundraising efforts; and lead and manage the administration of the Tapia Center, including strategic, operational, financial, and human resource activities.
To promote the Tapia Center mission, the executive director will establish and maintain relationships with a wide variety of industrial, academic, and government leaders locally, nationally, and internationally. The executive director will additionally establish and maintain relationships with school districts across Texas and across the United States. The executive director will lead the Center’s effort in identifying, applying for, and obtaining grant funding for programs that increase the diversity of people in STEM disciplines. The executive director will oversee the successful execution of educational programs for K12 teachers, educational programs for K12 students, mentoring programs for underrepresented undergraduates at Rice and other universities, and mentoring programs for underrepresented graduate students at Rice and other universities. The executive director will lead the Center’s effort in conducting and disseminating research pertaining to under-representation within STEM.
The Tapia Center executive director will provide performance-related reports as well as other information on request to the dean of engineering and members of the Tapia Center advisory bodies.
Funding for this position is guaranteed for one year. Continuation of the position is based on the acquisition of additional funding.Education RequiredMaster's DegreeMajor/Discipline
Related field such as engineering, business or social sciences (with a leadership focus).Substitution for Education Requirement
Experience may not be substituted for the education requirement.Education Preferred
EdD or PhD in related field.Experience Required8 yearsType of Experience
Professional experience in leadership and education.Substitution for Experience Requirement
Education may not be substituted for the experience requirement.Experience Preferred
- Experience managing people, leading teams or projects, creating and delivering professional development programs, fundraising, sales
- Experience in delivery of professional development to K12 educators and students
- Experience in curriculum development
- Entrepreneurial with a track record of innovative thinking, analysis and practical activities
- Capacity to think analytically and creatively, and to develop new and innovative approaches to external affairs
- Highly motivated and creative
- Excellent communication skills both verbal and written
- Ability to build relationships
- Ability to develop educational programming in STEM, literacy, habits of mind, and other areas of importance to increasing diversity with STEM fields
- Comfort with desktop computing and proficiency with word processing and spreadsheet use
Internally: Dean of Engineering and other Rice executive leadership, faculty, staff, and students.
Externally: Advisory board members, industry partners, government funding agencies, foundations, individual donors, alumni, and other interested parties.Physical Demands
Ability to move around campus.Working Conditions
- Nonsmoking environment
- Because of the necessity for meeting specific deadlines, the candidate must be able to work under pressure
- May also be required to work occasional odd hours or on weekends as necessary
- Leads the development and implementation of the Tapia Center programs, initiatives and plans to advance the center’s mission and strategic objectives
- Leads and directs center / institute staff and directs key administrative and financial functions including administrative operations, human resources, budget management and forecasting, and space
- Oversees and directs outreach including communications, marketing and events
- Serves as a key liaison with stakeholders and constituency groups and is responsible for managing external relations (public, donors, industry)
- Actively supports and coordinates fundraising strategies and efforts and serves as a liaison with Development and Alumni Relations
- Manages proposal development and oversees pre- and post-award research administration functions
- Serves as a key liaison with granting agencies and industrial partners
- Performs all other duties as assigned
- Develops and coordinates programs that increase diversity within STEM, in collaboration with the Tapia Center faculty director and staff, the dean of engineering, and departments in the School of Engineering
- Identifies and seeks sources of funds needed by the Tapia Center to support educational and mentorship activities and programs that help achieve stated and approved goals
- Leads grant-writing efforts; monitors and generates required reports to granting agencies, foundations, etc., that fund the Tapia Center activities
- Leads efforts by the Tapia Center to sell professional development and student programs to school districts around Texas and around the United States
- Leads efforts by the Tapia Center to conduct and disseminate research in the state of diversity within STEM in Texas and nationally
- Facilitates workshops and meetings as appropriate
- Leads the Tapia Center staff in the development and implementation of rigorous methods to assess diversity levels within STEM
- Actively participates in Rice faculty meetings, training sessions, and professional group meetings related to leadership and education; stays abreast of new trends and innovations in the fields of leadership, education, and pedagogy
- Brings together other stakeholders in the university with outside entities promote joint leadership programming and interests
- Develops and administers the annual program budget for the Tapia Center; forecast additional funds needed for programs, staffing, equipment, materials and supplies; monitor and approve expenditures; make adjustments as necessary
- Contributes to the development, implementation, and assessment of the Tapia Center’s strategic plan
- Prepares, develops, and implements the Tapia Center monthly and annual reports, surveys, and program-descriptive information
- Keeps the Tapia Center faculty director and dean of engineering informed of important Tapia Center developments on a timely basis
- Responds to and resolves difficult and sensitive inquiries and complaints
- Maintains positive, collaborative working relationships with members of Rice
- Cover Letter
Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).
- * Do you have a master’s degree in a related field such as engineering, business, or social sciences (with a leadership focus)?
- * Do you have eight years of professional experience in leadership and education?