The Director of Computing Programs at the Roux Institute at Northeastern University will provide the leadership for overseeing the growth of computer science and related educational programming offered at Northeastern’s Portland, Maine campus, including the Align Master’s in Computer Science, and the direct entry Master’s in Computer Science with a focus on Artificial Intelligence.
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 priority initiative of Northeastern University’s Khoury College of Computer Sciences.
The Align MS in CS is an on-ramp designed to bring a diversity of race, gender and thought into America’s tech workforce. Enrollment goals are 50% female and 25% underrepresented minorities in CS. It differs from other MS in CS programs in several key ways: it is intended specifically for students who did not earn an undergraduate degree in CS; it begins with two semesters of Align academic bridge courses (“the bridge”) to prepare students for Master’s level work; It emphasizes work experience, leveraging Northeastern’s famous co-op program and a network of 400+ corporate partners in tech; and it is taught at night and year-round so students can finish in 2-2.5 years.
The Director will teach two courses per year and will have the opportunity to recruit full and part-time faculty to enrich our courses at the Portland, Maine campus, and ultimately throughout the Northeastern network of campuses. The ideal candidate demonstrates a commitment to broadening participation and increasing diversity in computer science and in higher education.
In addition, they are expected to collaborate with and learn from faculty and administration in all of the Northeastern Network Campuses (currently Boston, Seattle, Vancouver, Toronto, San Francisco, Charlotte, London, and Silicon Valley) on curriculum development, student recruitment, student experience, corporate relationship development, and staffing. The director will act as an education ambassador for primary CS and related fields in the geography, interfacing with industry, philanthropic supporters and strategic partners to build the program’s brand and reach.
The Portland, Maine campus presents an opportunity to enroll a substantial number of high-quality students and build relationships with major corporations located in Portland, Maine. The Director of Computing Programs will be charged with building an innovative and dynamic academic atmosphere that contributes to the university’s mission of redefining graduate education. The position requires an entrepreneurial spirit and strategic vision to guide the Align MS in Computer Science program growth.
The Director must be a professional who has the ability to work with Northeastern faculty and staff to develop deep academic and employment relationships with regional industry, enjoys interacting with students, and has an entrepreneurial bent to grow something unique in higher education.