Rarefied talent in data science, data technology, and analytics

Director of the Institute for Data Science

University of Mississippi

Job Description

Job Summary

The University of Mississippi (UM) seeks a new director for the Institute for Data Science (IDS), established in 2020. The IDS is on a steep growth trajectory, having secured funding for a Director (this position), several Data Scientists, and a support staff coordinator. In addition to staffing, a two-year operating budget has been established to support essential and programmatic activities.


The director will support the growing demand for data science expertise through upholding the IDS’s three-fold mission:

  1. Help guide and support educational programs to increase data science awareness and skills across all majors and research disciplines.
  2. Assist domain specific researchers adopt state-of-the-art data science methodologies and tools in their scholarship.
  3. Partner with other campus experts in developing modern frameworks for data science ethics and data policy.


The IDS reports directly to the Vice Chancellor for Research and Sponsored programs and is not positioned within any school or college at the University.


Minimum Qualifications

Candidates must meet the minimum qualifications of holding a Master’s degree and at least 5-years of experience in a field/industry related to data science and the duties as described in the official job description. Relevant experience may be substituted for education, on a basis set forth and approved by the department of Human Resources.


Candidates should be prepared to demonstrate the following preferred qualities specific to this role:

  • Strong practical and technical experience in data science, either in an academic or corporate setting
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills to partner internally with university faculty and researchers
  • Effective ambassador and promoter with a strong executive presence
  • Ability to represent the university to external audiences such as industry and government leaders
  • Ability to contribute to external partnerships in collaboration with the Office of Research, University Development, UM Research Foundation, schools, centers, etc.
  • Highly collaborative leadership style
  • Experience with government, corporate, and/or academic institutions.


Candidates should also be prepared to demonstrate the following competencies as defined by Job Group 37: Assembling Talent, Acting as a Champion for Change, Navigating Organizations, Pursuing Self-Development, Interacting with People at Different Levels; Acting Decisively; Managing Risk.


Finally, all candidates should also be able to demonstrate the following value-based competencies expected of all UM staff members: Community of Learning, Fairness and Civility, Good Stewardship, Individual Integrity, Promote Inclusiveness, and Respect for the Dignity of Each Person.


Employment Type and Benefits

This is a full-time, benefits-eligible, executive staff position in Oxford, MS. A faculty appointment could be considered if of interest.


While this is envisioned to be a primarily on-site position, UM’s Flexible Work Location policy and Flextime Schedules policy provide some location and time flexibility for eligible and approved employees.


For full consideration, submit application materials by January 9th, 2023.


EEO Statement

The University of Mississippi provides equal opportunity in any employment practice, education program, or education activity to all qualified persons. The University complies with all applicable laws regarding equal opportunity and affirmative action and does not unlawfully discriminate against any employee or candidate for employment based upon race, color, gender, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, religion, citizenship, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, or genetic information.

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Job Location
Oxford, MS 38655
Additional Job Details
Employment Type:
Full Time

Salary range:
$100,000 – $150,000