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Break Through Tech works at the intersection of academia and industry to propel more underrepresented women into higher education and careers in tech — with a particular emphasis on Black, Latinx, Indigenous, and first- generation college going women and non-binary students.
Hosted by Cornell Tech, Break Through AI is the new program from Break Through Tech on a mission to credential and fast-track undergraduate women into careers in the fastest-growing areas of tech: data science, machine learning, and artificial intelligence. Developed with industry leaders, Break Through AI includes three high-level components that are considered critical for increasing the competitiveness and marketability of students pursuing AI/ML engineering roles: (1) skills-based training, (2) industry-relevant portfolios, and (3) mentorship, career coaching, and job placement support. Over the next four years, Break Through AI will expand nationwide to foster a diverse next generation of AI leaders who will build AI technologies that are fairer and more representative of our society.
Cornell Tech seeks a Director of Career Development and Mentorship who will oversee the Break Through AI National team’s successful development of a new career development and mentorship function to ensure that Break Through AI participants acquire strong job outcomes. This individual will play a critical role designing the strategy and measurement of career readiness workshops, interview preparation, mentor recruitment, training, and facilitation to prepare students for tech internships. This individual will be responsible for the design of workshop assets, instructional guides for small-group mentorship sessions, and onboarding an online platform for mentorship and learning. Additionally, this individual will also play a critical role in curating the internship opportunities and corporate relationships to help students apply for and maximize career placement prospects. This individual will develop operational plans to drive alignment of practices across 6 cities nationally, and will be responsible for overseeing 6 Career Development and Mentorship Leads at the replication sites responsible for executing these program components. The Director of Career Development and Mentorship will work closely with Break Through AI teammates to align career development and mentorship program components with the AI Studio and Community for a seamless program experience.
The ideal candidate comes with experience leading mission-aligned programs with academic and/or industry partners. More specifically, we are looking for a leader with deep understanding of program management and with demonstrated experience developing new program concepts and operationalizing those concepts at scale. This individual should have experience with education, career advising, learning and development, mentorship programs, or recruitment. The ideal candidate enjoys highly cross-functional partnerships with frequent opportunities for feedback and learning, and is adept at fostering a collaborative environment and influencing others to achieve outcomes through relationships without positional authority. The ideal candidate has a deep understanding of the culture of the tech industry and nature of tech jobs, and possesses an entrepreneurial spirit and is able to independently and proactively “steer the ship” to stay on mission.
The Director of Career Development and Mentorship will report directly to the Senior Director of Break Through AI Programs.
This is a full-time, benefits-eligible 5-year term position with the possibility of renewal. This position requires occasional work on evenings and weekends, particularly during the academic year. The responsibilities must be completed on location on our Cornell Tech NYC campus.
KEY RESPONSIBILITIES INCLUDE:
(1) Lead the design and replication of Career Development and Mentorship nationally in multiple cities (40%)
- Program development of career development and mentorship function.
- Select and onboard an online platform for delivery of mentorship.
- Develop strategy and assets for consistent replication of career development and mentorship.
(2) Oversee the regional implementation of career development and mentorship across 6 cities during the academic year (40%)
- Oversee the execution of career development and mentorship across 6 cities nationally.
- Establish relationships and provide centralized oversight and support for Career Development and Mentorship Leads at host universities.
- Promote the career development and mentorship program to national stakeholders.
(3) Develop and maintain relationships with central Program Staff, Break Through AI local teams, and corporate partners (10%)
- Develop and manage employer partnerships with true shared value.
- Partner cross-functionally with Break Through Tech National Program Office.
- Master’s degree and 3 to 5 years relevant experience or equivalent combination.
- Passion for diversity in tech, education, and social impact.
- Have significant experience and demonstrated success in leadership roles developing and executing programs in the areas of: education, learning and development, career advising, workforce development, mentorship, and/or recruitment.
- Must have significant understanding of the entry-level job application process for tech roles in the United States, including resumes, interviews, and networking.
- Must have very strong organizational and program management skills with experience in planning and executing large events, trainings.
- Must have a passion for developing mission-driven strategies for programmatic growth and the ability to operationalize those for scale and efficiency across multiple audiences and university types.
- Detail oriented storyteller with exceptional written communication skills to ensure all workshops and training assets meet our standards for excellence and quality of instruction.
- Ability to define and analyze data from a variety of sources to ensure programs are achieving measurable impact.
- Must be a solutions-oriented self-starter that is comfortable navigating ambiguity as part of a dynamic and continuously evolving team.
- Strong interpersonal skills and cross-functional partnership abilities to effect change in complex organizations without wielding formal authority.
- Proven ability to work in and lead teams. Highest standards of integrity in order to develop trust with current students, faculty, staff, and employers.
- Must be able to take a leadership role as public spokesperson for Break Through AI career development and mentorship.
- Experience with Salesforce or equivalent CRM tool.
- Familiarity with related educational/entrepreneurial programs at other universities and organizations (capstone projects, cooperative projects, incubators, accelerators, etc.).
- Specific experience working with both tech faculty and corporate partners. Professional experience in/related to tech, particularly data science, machine learning, or artificial intelligence.
- Experience supervising employees or providing oversight to programs and growing as well as fostering a collaborative environment for professional volunteers.
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