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University of Massachusetts Amherst Executive Director - Massachusetts AI and Technology Center for Connected Care in Aging and Alzheimer's Disease in Amherst, Massachusetts

Executive Director - Massachusetts AI and Technology Center for Connected Care in Aging and Alzheimer's Disease

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Work type: Staff Full Time

Location: UMass Amherst

Department:Computer Science


Categories: Public Relations, Marketing, Communications, Executive

About UMass Amherst

UMass Amherst, the Commonwealth's flagship campus, is a nationally ranked public research university offering a full range of undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees. The University sits on nearly 1,450-acres in the scenic Pioneer Valley of Western Massachusetts, and offers a rich cultural environment in a bucolic setting close to major urban centers. In addition, the University is part of the Five Colleges (including Amherst College, Hampshire College, Mount Holyoke College, and Smith College), which adds to the intellectual energy of the region.

About MassAITC

TheMassachusetts AI and Technology Center for Connected Care in Aging and Alzheimer's Disease(MassAITC) is a multidisciplinary NIH P30 Center spanning five sites – the University of Massachusetts Amherst, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Massachusetts General Hospital, Brandeis University and Northeastern University. The Center aims to foster interdisciplinary research on the development, validation and translation of emerging AI-enhanced technologies to enhance connections between older adults, caregivers, and clinicians in order to more effectively support healthy aging as well as the care of patients with AD/ADRD at home. The MassAITC is funded by a $20 million, five-year award from the National Institutes of Aging.

Job Summary

The Executive Director will work under the direction of the Center Directors and also work closely with the Associate Director, core leads and teams, and research staff to enable cross-center synergies between the UMass Institute of Applied Life Sciences, the NIA Roybal Centers at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Brandeis University, the Massachusetts Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center, and the Northeastern Consortium for Proactive Care. The Executive Director will provide administrative support for the Center and its funded projects, oversee and manage engagement with external partners, manage web content related to center activities and goals, and provide logistical support for meetings, activities, and events.

Essential Functions

  • Manage the day-to-day operational needs of the Center, participate in the hiring and evaluation of project staff, assist grant administrators with budget forecasting and management, and identify and address problems that may affect Center goals or timelines. Ensure the Center and its staff comply with established college and university human resources and finance practices and policies.

  • Coordinate with the Artificial Intelligence and Technology Collaboratories for Aging Research Coordinating Center (AITCC) to manage the Center’s pilot projects and track outcomes. Monitor the progress of pilot projects to ensure that they are following proposed timelines and implement change as needed. Provide assistance and guidance to pilot teams developing “Letters of Intent,” proposals, study designs, literature reviews, analysis plans, reports, and pilot project deliverables. Plan and attend quarterly meetings with pilot project investigators to provide guidance, resources, and feedback to teams.

  • Identify potential collaborators and determine the best sites for recruiting subjects. Engage with potential pilot awardees prior to selection to determine what types of facilities and tools the center would need to provide in order to support pilot projects. Develop appropriate plans for leveraging center resources.

  • Recruit pilots from corporations, small businesses, and start-up companies. Duties include coordinated outreach to healthcare startups and companies involved in health aging and AD care, active co-operation with industry to develop pilot proposals and strengthening links between university-based research and industry.

  • Plan and manage a comprehensive industry outreach program, and work with center leadership and Industrial Advisory Board to actively recruit and maintain industry involvement.

  • Facilitate partnerships between the MassAITC and members of the industry consortium, as well as with other external stakeholders. Manage and oversee MassAITC’s engagement with industry partners, including the External Advisory Panel (EAP), Stakeholder Advisory Board (SAB), Industry Advisory Board (IAB), and Industry Consortium (IC). Engage with and synthesize input from scientists, industrialists, venture capital firms, and the NIA Small Business Office.

  • Manage the Center’s website and update content regularly. Manage, solicit, and publish articles and posts from the Center and its core leadership in a timely manner to ensure all information regarding core activities is up-to-date. Manage all social media outreach efforts, sharing information about activities, events, and program resources. Create web and social media resources to support annual national competition.

  • Provide logistical support for all meetings, trainings, events, workshops, and activities conducted by the center, including the MassAITC annual meeting with the Advisory Boards and Center leadership. Recruit and negotiate contracts with speakers, handle correspondence, invite relevant collaborators, schedule and attend meetings and take notes, reserve space, order catering, and coordinate travel and hotel arrangements.

Other Functions

  • Performs related duties as assigned or required to meet Department, College, or University goals and objectives.

  • Understands responsibilities with respect to conflicts of interest and behaves in ways consistent both with law and with University policy. Contributes toward creating a positive and respectful workplace defined by personal and professional competence, integrity, and collaboration. Understands and contributes to implementation of departmental and institutional goals for achieving non-discrimination and creating a respectful, inclusive environment that is supportive of diversity. Uses access to sensitive and/or not yet public university related information only in the performance of the responsibilities of position and exercises care to prevent unnecessary disclosure to others.

Minimum Qualifications (Knowledge, Skills, Abilities, Education, Experience, Certifications, Licensure)

  • Bachelor’s degree and five (5) plus years of professional experience managing sizable, complex projects including financial management, interacting with senior business and/or academic leaders, writing reports, and facilitating large meetings OR Master's degree in a related field and at least three (3) plus years of professional experience managing sizable, complex projects including financial management, interacting with senior business and/or academic leaders, writing reports, and facilitating large meetings.

  • Ability to manage multiple projects and work effectively with a multi-institution team in a fast-paced environment.

  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to work with internal and external stakeholders.

  • Ability to work both independently and to be part of an effective team with a highly cooperative and collaborative work style.

  • Strong written and verbal communication skills. Ability to write concisely, express thoughts clearly, and develop ideas in a logical sequence.

  • Independent initiative. Must have the ability to stay on task and work productively with a minimum amount of supervision or guidance.

  • Ability to work effectively under pressure. Strong organizational skills and attention to detail.

  • Ability to maintain a high level of confidentiality as required.

  • Strong computer skills including at least intermediate expertise with:

  • Email

  • Calendar systems such as iCal, Outlook, or Google

  • Word processing software such as Microsoft Word or Google Docs

  • Spreadsheets such as Microsoft Excel or Google Sheets

  • Databases such as FileMaker or Microsoft Access

  • Presentation software such as Microsoft PowerPoint

Preferred Qualifications (Knowledge, Skills, Abilities, Education, Experience, Certifications, Licensure)

  • At least 2 years of experience working on NIH-funded projects.

  • Experience providing support to an academic research center.

  • Experience working in collaboration with academic, industry, and/or government teams.

  • Knowledge of Computer Science or a related field.

  • Experience with website management using Drupal or similar.

Physical Demands/Working Conditions

Typical Office Environment

Additional Details

This is a grant-funded position with an initial 2 year appointment and the possibility of reappointment contingent upon satisfactory performance and availability of funding.

Work Schedule

37.5 hours per week

Salary Information

Level 30

Exempt Salary Ranges (

Special Instructions to Applicants

Applicants must submit a resume, cover letter, and the names and contact information for 3 professional references.

UMass Amherst is committed to a policy of equal opportunity without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, age, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, disability, military status, or genetic information in employment, admission to and participation in academic programs, activities, and services, and the selection of vendors who provide services or products to the University. To fulfill that policy, UMass Amherst is further committed to a program of affirmative action to eliminate or mitigate artificial barriers and to increase opportunities for the recruitment and advancement of qualified minorities, women, persons with disabilities, and covered veterans. It is the policy of the UMass Amherst to comply with the applicable federal and state statutes, rules, and regulations concerning equal opportunity and affirmative action.

Advertised: Dec 3 2021 Eastern Standard Time

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