Cornell Tech brings together faculty, business leaders, tech entrepreneurs, and students in a catalytic environment to produce visionary results grounded in significant needs that will reinvent the way we live in the digital age.
A hallmark of Cornell Tech is a rapid pace of change and growth which serve as opportunities to pursue excellence and improvement, not merely scale. We iterate to learn quickly from our activities and to improve our programs and ways of working. We further expect our organizational structure to continue to change, given the pace of our activities and programs and our iterative learning process. We see Cornell Tech serving as a model organization for our students, demonstrating the operations of a highly effective, dynamic, information-age organization . The Jacobs Technion-Cornell Institute is a groundbreaking joint academic venture between Cornell University and the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology. It is an integral partner at Cornell Tech, the new applied sciences graduate campus in New York City that brings together faculty, students, business leaders and tech entrepreneurs in a catalytic environment to reinvent the way we live in the digital age. As an integrated yet independent entity, the Jacobs Institute experiments with educational, research, and entrepreneurial opportunities that stretch the limits of what can be done in academia. The Institute maintains significant relationships with faculty and administration at Cornell and at the Technion; with faculty, staff, administration, and students at Cornell Tech; and with many key elements of the New York City tech ecosystem.
In its current defining initiatives, the Jacobs Institute supports educational/research ‘hubs’ focused on important cross-disciplinary application areas like digital health tech and connective media, and the Runway Startup Postdoc Program, which helps turn PhD scientists into startup CEO's. The Institute also has cross-campus programs in place to help both Cornell and the Technion benefit from their partnership.
We seek an experienced professional to work with the Director of the Jacobs Institute to prioritize, execute, manage, improve and expand a broad array of institute initiatives. The scope will include both existing and new programs and projects. This position will also support the Director in developing and strengthening important relationships for the Jacobs Institute, both internally and externally.
The Assistant Director is a new and important position in the Jacobs Institute, reporting to the Director. Working collaboratively with many constituencies across two global research universities and multiple engaged external communities, the Assistant Director will assist the Director in planning and carrying out critical projects and initiatives to advance the Institute's mission.
The Assistant Director will support the Director through a broad set of responsibilities that include program design, implementation, evaluation, and evolution (sample programs might include innovative summer programs for students, visiting programs for faculty, and yearly student trips to the Technion); special project implementation (e.g., one-time events like the Technion World Tour, the development of new Jacobs hubs, and working with other NYC universities on cross-campus collaborations); coordination with external relations functions on branding and press coverage; and ownership of the Institute's Operating Manual and online information repositories. The Assistant Director will also assist the Director with relationship-building activities essential to the growth and evolution of the Institute (e.g., corporate partnerships, interaction with startups, existing and new consortia). These responsibilities will evolve as the Institute grows and changes.
The position requires an adaptable individual who can handle a wide range of resposibilities, and who enjoys participating in a variety of relationships and activities – some repetitive, some groundbreaking – in the spirit of an early-stage startup. The successful candidate will be well-organized and exhibit logical thinking, have strong interpersonal skills, be comfortable working with colleagues from different cultures and workstyles, and be receptive to feedback from a broad set of constituents. We desire a candidate with strong written communication skills and a modest level of technical proficiency, since some elements of the job will involve communicating about Institute programs and research to an array of consituencies. The candidate should be self-motivated and able to operate successfully when needed with limited guidance or precedent, but also amenable to carrying out a number of modest, directed tasks in a professional and efficient way.
The ideal candidate will be familiar and comfortable with both academic and corporate styles of interaction with management, faculty/research, and support functions.
Bachelor's degree required with a minimum of 3-5 years professional experience.
Strong multitasking, prioritization, and project management skills. Proven ability to design, plan, and execute multiple complex projects simultaneously with attention to detail and high level of excellence, including ownership of quality, on-time deliverables.
Logical thinker, well-organized, and respectful of the need for structure, professionalism, and efficiency in institutional processes.
Strong communicator and listener with the aptitude to call early attention to potential problems. Good written communication skills.
Ability to work effectively with disparate members of the campus community and across two international universities (including with faculty, staff, students, university administration, alumni, donors, corporate, and government stakeholders).
Creative, effective problem solver.
Master's degree in relevant field.
Degree or work experience in a technical field.
Mix of corporate and academic work experience.
Experience in writing about technical topics for non-technical audiences.
Typically lifts less than 10 lbs (Physical)
Close concentration/manual dexterity (Visual)
Limited exposure (Hazards)
No relocation assistance is provided for this position.
No Visa sponsorship is provided for this position.
US Nationals and applicants with a current Visa status who do not require sponsorship will be considered for this opportunity.
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