Assistant Director, Business Partnerships

Purdue UniversityData Science 6-8 Years

Job Description

Purdue is looking to hire for the roll of Assistant Director, Business Partnerships. This is an inaugural position for the Assistant Director, Business Partnerships. As the managing director of the Indiana Digital Crossroads (IDC), there will be a need to build a new staff, while working closely with the staff of The Data Mine, to realize the vision that inspired the Cummins-Purdue pilot. He/she will coordinate many aspects of scaling up to the proposed statewide effort. This will require working directly with stakeholders throughout the Purdue University statewide system, as well as additional academic and corporate partners. Candidates for this position will need to manage the logistics of establishing new academic, research, corporate, and professional development programs at a large scale, including activities coordinated across multiple academic campuses, as well as a broad variety of corporate partnerships.

The candidate for this position will spearhead the establishment, coordination, and sustainability of new learning communities. The key goal is to facilitate successful relationships as a liaison between many stakeholders in academic, corporate, government, industry, and research partnerships. The Managing Director of the IDC will lead the development of internal and external grant proposals. The candidate will necessarily exhibit strong project management and teamwork skills.

The IDC is a new, cross-disciplinary effort that will enable closer ties between academia and industry. It involves workforce development focused on an area of critical need for Indiana, i.e., data science. A novel aspect of the program is to build a pool of student consultants employed by the universities to do data analytics and machine learning work for Indiana companies on private-sector time scales. It will leverage the strengths of Indiana’s economy and regional development, sustaining partnerships and enabling new partnerships to develop throughout Indiana and beyond. The IDC staff will work closely with academic and corporate partners to educate and train undergraduate and graduate students from several institutions, about how to utilize data science tools and methodologies. The IDC will, in particular, leverage the strengths of The Data Mine at Purdue University in West Lafayette. The students will have research and employment opportunities with industrial partners and faculty. They will have academic training in seminars, so that they learn how data science tools and methodologies are relevant for their respective disciplines, as well as professional development opportunities.

Posted On

June 4, 2021