Executive Director of BIDMaP

University of California, Berkeley

The University of California, Berkeley (UC Berkeley) seeks a dynamic, accomplished leader to serve as the Executive Director of the Bakar Institute of Digital Materials for the Planet.

UC Berkeley is internationally renowned for excellence across all disciplines; for the opportunities it affords students of all backgrounds; and for scientific discovery, innovation, and cultural creativity. Ranked nationally as the No. 1 public university by U.S. News & World Report Rankings 2023, the Berkeley campus is home to over 33,000 undergraduate students and more than 12,000 graduate students as well as approximately 1,500 ladder-rank faculty across 15 schools and colleges. Berkeley’s professors are highly distinguished researchers, scholars, and leading experts in their field as attested by their many Nobel Prizes, other distinguished awards, and memberships in the most prestigious learned societies.

The College of Computing, Data Science, and Society (CDSS) is a dynamic, innovative new college at UC Berkeley that represents a once-in-a-generation transformation. The College brings together faculty, researchers, staff and students from computing, statistics, the humanities, and social and natural sciences, mirroring the cross-cutting nature of data science and redefining the research university for the digital age. CDSS was created to meet the opportunities and demands of a world where data, machine learning, and artificial intelligence inform practice and policy in virtually every arena. The College connects the Data Science Undergraduate Studies program, Department of Electrical Engineering & Computer Sciences, Department of Statistics, the Berkeley Institute for Data Science, Computational Precision Heath, and the Center for Computational Biology. The College is responsible for growing Berkeley’s broad-based undergraduate programs in data science, computing, statistics and other interdisciplinary programs, including classes and programs serving thousands of undergraduate students a year.

The Bakar Institute of Digital Materials for the Planet (BIDMaP) is a part of CDSS at the University of California, Berkeley. It is a collaborative platform that brings together leading experts including top machine learning and chemistry researchers to develop groundbreaking technologies to unlock new solutions to climate change. Comprised of world-leading chemists, computer scientists, statisticians, and a breadth of other interdisciplinary collaborators from across the UC Berkeley campus, our sister campuses, and the global academic community, BIDMaP is leading cutting-edge research and forging partnerships to address the climate crisis.

BIDMaP’s primary focus is to create a new field of machine learning for experimental chemistry and other disciplines. By creating and leveraging new AI techniques, BIDMaP will accelerate the development of new climate change technologies and their deployment. The Institute will concentrate on trapping and harnessing small molecules that are critical but cannot be controlled at scale currently. BIDMaP relies on collaboration between various fields of study and interaction and is a crucial component in creating new algorithms and design platforms that can optimize the discovery, development, and deployment of climate change intervention technologies, primarily focusing on new materials. The Institute aims to help scientists find more accurate answers quickly and provide a roadmap for integrating artificial intelligence (AI) into other experimental fields like physics. BIDMaP is a financially self-sustaining research institute within Computing, Data Science, and Society with an ambitious vision.

UC Berkeley is seeking the inaugural Executive Director for BIDMaP. The Executive Director will join a dynamic, cross-disciplinary team to make BIDMaP’s scientific vision a reality, creating an enormous lever for societies around the world to address climate change. The Executive Director serves as the chief administrative officer of the Institute, leading the BIDMaP team toward targeted, integrated institutional goals; working closely with scientific directors to build and execute strategy; managing the administrative team; engaging institutional partners; supporting BIDMaP’s organizational development; and engaging with external constituents, including high-level donors, volunteers, and external collaborators.

The ideal candidate for this position should embody the mission, vision, and culture of the University of California, Berkeley, and BIDMaP. The successful candidate will have demonstrated fundraising and/or grant writing experience, advanced negotiation skills, and expertise in building collaborations between academia, industry, and/or government agencies as well as a proven record of advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion within an organization. A terminal degree in a related field and/or equivalent experience training is required.

All applications, nominations, and inquiries are invited. Applications should include, as two separate documents, a CV or resume and a letter of interest addressing the themes in the leadership profile. Professional references are not requested at this time.

WittKieffer is assisting the University of California, Berkeley in this search. For fullest consideration, candidate materials should be received by April 10, 2024.

Application materials should be submitted using WittKieffer’s candidate portal. Applicants must also apply directly to UC Berkeley at Careers (universityofcalifornia.edu).

Confidential nominations and inquiries can be directed to: Jessica Herrington and Luis Bertot at BerkeleyBIDMaP@wittkieffer.com

The posted University of California Executive Director Salary Bands.
The salary range for this role is expected to be $117,00 – $226,000

Diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging are core values at UC Berkeley. Our excellence can only be fully realized by faculty, students, and academic and non-academic staff who share our commitment to these values. Successful candidates for our academic positions will demonstrate evidence of a commitment to advancing equity, inclusion, and belonging.

The University of California, Berkeley is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, or protected veteran status. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see: http://policy.ucop.edu/doc/4000376/NondiscrimAffirmAct

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