IPaT Executive Director - Job Description

Job Description: Executive Director of the Institute for People and Technology (IPaT)

The Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech) is conducting an internal search to fill the Executive Director position within the Institute for People and Technology (IPaT). IPaT, one of Georgia Tech’s Interdisciplinary Research Institutes (IRIs), brings together researchers from across Georgia Tech, including academic and research units, to support world-class research, engage students, and collaborate with industry, government, and nonprofit partners.

IPaT's vision has been to shape the future of human-centered systems, environments, and technologies to promote fulfilling, healthy, and productive lives, with the goal of maximizing Georgia Tech’s societal impact through people-centered innovation. IPaT creates and supports a networked research ecosystem and amplifies the IPaT community’s combined thought leadership, to enable positive economic and societal impact in critical areas that define much of everyday life. With a focus on transdisciplinary research and translational/practical impact, IPaT (i) catalyzes interdisciplinary research between faculty, students, and external partners, (ii) provides the continuity and capacity to address societal challenges, (iii) advocates for socio-technical change that improves the human condition, and (iv) contributes to the education of human-centered researchers across disciplines inclusive of engineering, art and design, humanities and social sciences, business and policy, among others.

The successful candidate will provide a specific and compelling vision for how to amplify Georgia Tech’s position as a nationally or internationally recognized leader in people-centered research and innovation, broaden and enable the success of the IPaT community – including students, IPaT staff, faculty and student researchers, as well as internal (e.g., other IRIs, GTRI, colleges) and external partners, and advance diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI).

The Executive Director provides intellectual leadership and organizational oversight for IPaT (including the GVU Center, which will be merged with IPaT). The Executive Director builds and supports the research portfolio of IPaT by serving as an advocate for research engagement with companies, state and federal government agencies, students, and research and educational entities within and outside of Georgia Tech.

As a service-oriented leader, they work with researchers and staff to develop collaborations and initiatives; proactively plan for, initiate and coordinate major research programs; build communities of interest across campus; cultivate thought leadership; educate key stakeholders and prepare the future workforce; increase the profile of Georgia Tech and the impact of its research community; and otherwise attract research and implementation partners to Georgia Tech to promote innovation.

They will be responsible for mentoring and developing staff and faculty and stewarding IPaT’s overall strategic direction through key initiatives. They will implement and value activities to support teambuilding and diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) as a part of their vision for IPaT.

Skills & Expertise
The successful candidate will be a visionary, innovative, and entrepreneurial leader, with a collaborative and strategic mindset to grow and engage the diverse IPaT community, working with the Executive Directors of other IRIs and the VPIR’s office. They will have excellent communication and interpersonal skills to effectively promote IPaT’s initiatives externally and internally.

They will have experience in guiding, influencing, and leading teams, managing budgets and finances, and be an inclusive leader, transparent in decision making and operations. They will be a thought leader, with

deep knowledge and research expertise in at least some of IPaT’s (current or future) broadly defined focus areas. They will have a big picture perspective or people-centered research and innovation, recognizing emerging societal and research needs, with a clear understanding of the associated goals and challenges for the future.

Applicants should currently hold an academic or research faculty position at Georgia Tech. The successful candidate will have demonstrated research/technical expertise, national or international recognition, and research and/or academic faculty experience related to IPaT’s broadly defined focus areas. Other desirable qualities include direct or collaborative experience with external partners from industry, government, or non-governmental organizations, experience in securing and managing external funding, prior leadership experience, or administrative roles and/or experience leading diverse research teams. Candidates with primary affiliations in any of Georgia Tech’s six colleges, IRIs, centers, or GTRI are welcome as applicants. We encourage applications both from individuals who have and have not previously been directly affiliated with IPaT or the GVU Center, and welcome new visions for the future of IPaT.

Reporting Relationship
IPaT reports centrally through the Vice President for Interdisciplinary Research (VPIR) in Georgia Tech’s Office of the Executive Vice President for Research (EVPR), working with other IRI executive directors and campus leaders on strategies and operations for interdisciplinary research at Georgia Tech.

Nominations and Applications
All nominations should be directed in confidence to the search committee chair or any member of the search committee.

To apply: Log into OneUSG Connect, click the Recruiting Self Service tile, click the Apply for Jobs tile, and then search for job posting 252184.

Interested candidates would submit the following application materials:

 1. A cover letter not to exceed two pages that summarizes the candidate’s qualifications, includes a brief statement of their vision for IPaT, and articulates their commitment to DEI.

 2. A curriculum vitae.

 3. The names and contact information for three references. References should highlight a candidate’s interdisciplinary perspective.

While applications and nominations will be received until the Executive Director is selected, interested parties are encouraged to respond by January 6, 2023, to assure full consideration.

Semi-finalists will interview with the search committee. Finalists selected from this pool will give a 1 hour, “town hall” style open presentation, followed by interviews with IPaT stakeholders and campus leaders.

Inquiries may be directed in confidence to:

Pinar Keskinocak, Search Committee Chair
Professor, School of Industrial and Systems Engineering

Crystal Hanson
Program Manager
Office of the VPIR

Georgia Tech is an Equal Education/Employment Opportunity Institution and offers a dynamic academic environment with competitive salary and benefits. The selection process will include successful completion of a pre-employment background screening. Georgia Tech is building a culturally diverse faculty and strongly encourages applications from female and under-represented candidates. For more information about Georgia Tech, please visit http://www.gatech.edu.