Deputy Director, Center for Digital Equity

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Job summary:
The Center for Digital Equity (CDE) at Queens University of Charlotte is a public/private/resident coalition focused on making Mecklenburg County the most digitally equitable community in America. Between the advisory board and community council of the CDE residents, nonprofits, government agencies, private industry co-design strategies to achieve the mission while staff of the CDE supports the coordination and execution of those strategies.

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The Deputy Director works closely with the Executive Director in all management, administrative, and operations processes of the Center for Digital Equity. This is a new position and requires a change maker who is innovative, detail-oriented and self-motivated. This position is a unique opportunity to strengthen the field of digital inclusion. This is a full-time, benefits-eligible position and reports to the Executive Director of CDE. This position is exempt from provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and is not eligible to earn overtime pay for hours worked above 40 in a single workweek.

Responsibilities:
• Effectively and efficiently manage day-to-day operations of program directors and five workstream co-chairs
• Lead or co-lead execution of CDE approved strategies and tactics
• Ensure smooth operation of the organization’s key day-to-day functions
• Provide oversight of select projects and programs
• Ensure programmatic excellence
• Ensure tasks, deliverables, and reports are completed accurately and on time
• Assist in the completion of tasks, deliverables, and reports when necessary
• Manage project budgets
• Create timelines and ensure milestones are met
• Provide staff support and guidance
• Contribute to CDE written works and social media as needed and assist with other communication tasks as needed
• Support the preparation and execution of CDE events
• Represent CDE at conferences and community engagements
• Other duties and special projects may be assigned to meet department and university needs

Experience, knowledge and skills:
• Minimum of five years managing complex projects involving multiple partners
• Excellent communication skills both up and down within an organization
• Demonstrated success in leadership, coaching, and relationship management
• Experience within a non-profit organization preferred
• Experience within a higher education system preferred
• Experience working directly with community members preferred
• Knowledge of digital inclusion and digital equity efforts
• Ability to demonstrate initiative by taking action without being told and flexible and adaptable to changing conditions
• Ability to manage multiple priorities and creatively solve problems in a dynamic environment
• Experienced and comfortable with all businesses processes conducted digitally include word processing, project management, budget management and communication. a unified voice for digital inclusion policies and programs
• Ability to communicate and engage effectively with a diverse population, including strong written and verbal communication skills
• Ability to work independently and take initiative

Benefits:
Queens offers comprehensive benefits to eligible employees, including: medical, dental and vision insurance, domestic partner benefits, defined contribution (matching) and supplemental 403(b) retirement plans, vacation and generous paid holidays, tuition remission and tuition exchange, Queens- paid life insurance, supplemental life insurance, dependent life insurance, accidental death and dismemberment insurance, flexible spending accounts (medical, dependent care, Health Savings Account), sick leave and long-term disability leave, paid parental leave, FMLA leave when eligible, reduced cost meals at Morrison Dining Hall, employee assistance program (EAP), free access to the Levine Center, wellness programs. In addition, employees may choose benefits such as pet insurance, critical care insurance and legal assistance.

Physical requirements:
• Remain in a stationary position, most of the time
• Exchange accurate information with co-workers and clients, frequently
• Read reports, create presentations, use a computer system, most of the time
• Communicate with co‐workers, clients and vendors, most of the time
• Write, type, and use the computer, telephone, copier, and other office equipment systems, most of the time
• Move about inside the workspace to access resources and office equipment, and attend meetings across campus, regularly
• Exert moderate force to move objects, occasionally
• Think critically, concentrate on the task at hand, and respond quickly to changes in conditions, most of the time

Work conditions:
• Must be willing and able to work a flexible schedule to meet the requirements of the position, including occasional evenings, and/or weekends
• Work in office environment, involving contact with donors, faculty, staff, students, service providers and vendors
• Work has deadlines, multiple interruptions, high volume and may be stressful at times

Nothing in this job description restricts the university’s right to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this job at any time; this description reflects the university’s assignment of essential functions, it does not proscribe or restrict the tasks that may be assigned; this job description is subject to change at any time.

 

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