Event Planner

The University of Virginia Data Science Institute (DSI) is educating data scientists, undertaking leading-edge research and collaborating with private and government sectors as part of a virtuous cycle to take us into a better, brighter future.

The Event Planner will have responsibility for acting as an ambassador to the on-Grounds and regional community, operationalizing DSI goals via events programming, and performing all aspects of event planning, including developing and monitoring budgets, confirming and managing venue vendors, negotiating all financial commitments for events, and ensuring delivery of services by outside vendors. 

Reporting to the Associate Director for Operations and Strategic Initiatives, the Event Planner has primary responsibility for coordinating all pre-, on-site, and post-event logistics, including developing clear and consistent planning documentation, maintaining ongoing contact with all stakeholders, conveying the appropriate timeline to internal and external event partners, managing competing priorities in a fast-paced environment, providing strong leadership and direction for event constituents, and reporting results and recommendations for future events. The Event Planner will also seek out new programming opportunities and contact potential speakers and reimagine current programming. S/he will be an integral part of the planning committee and setting vision for our existing events and new events that are developed. 

The Event Planner will serve as the primary contact for providing information and leadership on events programming and planning, and is expected to be a flexible, enthusiastic strategist comfortable working with a variety of constituents and making independent decisions in an ambiguous and fast-paced environment. 

The University will perform background checks on all new hires prior to making a final offer of employment. 

The University of Virginia is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. Women, minorities, veterans and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.  


Associate Director for Research Development

The Data Science Institute (DSI) of the University of Virginia (UVA) is seeking an Associate Director for Research Development to lead the development of a nationally and internationally recognized research program in data science. The DSI is already recognized for its innovative Masters in Data Science (MSDS) program operated within the first pan-University institute at UVA. This position reports directly to DSI Director, Philip E. Bourne, PhD, who recently joined the DSI to lead a major expansion of activities as UVA celebrates its bicentennial. 

The DSI is on a path of rapid growth with the development of an online version of the MSDS, certificate programs and joint degrees. It is also expanding its research activities through the hiring of an innovative and energetic team of faculty who will lead PhD programs and research initiatives in collaboration with the eleven UVA schools spanning all areas of academic endeavor. Faculty are both tenured and non-tenured, and have both 100% DSI appointments and partial appointments with the DSI and UVA schools. 

The successful candidate will play a major role in developing the overall research direction of the DSI and oversee the portfolio of research funding and non-sponsored investments in research. S/he will work with faculty on identification of funding opportunities, proposal development, and vision and strategic research priorities. This position will join the ResearchNET group at UVA, a central team of research development professionals from various schools working jointly and collaboratively across Grounds on major interdisciplinary areas. Strategic focus of this position will include developing the needed research infrastructure, including an Open Data Lab and a variety of research programs including, but not limited to: 

  • Machine Learning and Analytics 
  • Data Visualization 
  • Data Integration and Engineering 
  • Data Acquisition and Dissemination 
  • Data Ethics, Law, Policy and Social Implications 

An ideal candidate would be experienced and comfortable working in a highly interdisciplinary research setting. The DSI research emphasis is on applying data science techniques to a broad range of societal issues with the goal of translating research into action. As such, interaction with the private and government sectors is a key part of the DSI research enterprise. 

The successful candidate will have experience in building a research enterprise. They may or may not have their own funded research program and may be expected to teach (as time allows) in the DSI's expanding education program. 

Applicants will be evaluated on: 

  • Demonstrated ability to build and lead one or more research programs 
  • Demonstrated ability to help write grants and contracts and to manage successful applications 
  • Demonstrated grasp of data science as a distinctive interdisciplinary field 
  • Demonstrated ability to work with the private sector on collaborative research initiatives 
  • Domain expertise in a field with connections to data science 

Compensation commensurate with experience. For a complete job listing: visit jobs.virginia.edu/applicants/Central?quickFind=83916