Academics Program Manager

Wadhwani AI aims to remedy the acute shortage of Data Scientists in India and the paucity of programs equipped to train and develop skills in this area.  We seek a highly organized and driven individual willing to join our team as a Senior Program Manager, a role directly responsible for leading a Data Science program strategy and implementation across India.  

The Senior Program Manager ensures the quality implementation and sustainment of programming in the Universities/Institutions we will partner with by effectively supporting their staff around shared goals to increase the number of students taking and passing Master’s degree (Graduate program) Data Science exams and expand access to students with diverse academic backgrounds.

In this role, there are three levers of success:

  • Detailed Planning –Develop a program to introduce Data Science curriculum to universities/institutions across India and plan for an academic culture shift by helping them prioritize Data Science introduction.

  • Manage Programming through Partnerships – Establish effective relationships with appropriate heads at Universities as a strategic academic program partner. Develop a deep understanding of existing capabilities of each institution in terms of structure, existing academic programs etc.  

  • Drive Results through Data-Decision Making—Support and prepare Wadhwani AI leadership to plan introduction of a DS program to a new partner institution.  

What are the details?

Reporting to the VP, Partnerships and Communities at Wadhwani AI, the Senior Program Manager will demonstrate

  • a commitment to the mission to enhance the pool of quality Data Scientists,

  • the ability to strategically engage academic and knowledge content partners,

  • efficient project management,

  • a knowledge of secondary teaching and learning,

  • expertise with using data to drive action, and

  • exceptional communication and organizational skills.

The ability to speak compellingly about our work and develop content knowledge in key organizational initiatives is also required.

While work will vary day to day, there are typical job responsibilities in this role:

  • Support VP, Partnerships and Communities in strategic planning for and engagement with Universities

  • Successfully implement training and programming to drive sustainable institutional and system changes that support increased access, participation, performance and sustainability for Data Science courses.

  • Build strong internal and external relationships that lead to effective collaboration and facilitation of Data Science programming through continued communication, goal-setting, and clear expectations;

  • Represent Wadhwani AI as the leader in growing Data Science education at appropriate forums

  • Other duties as assigned.

What are we looking for?

  • Experience & Education – Bachelor’s Degree (BA/BS) with a Master’s Degree preferred; minimum of five (ideally 7) years’ experience program managing successful outcomes in an academic/educational setting

  • Capable Leader – You successfully matrix manage a team to outcomes and you can foresee and mitigate challenges better than most managers you know. You can also build capacity and influence change through partnerships that may not involve direct management.

  • Expert Communicator – You have excellent interpersonal skills, including oral and written communication, the ability to authentically connect with diverse constituencies, and experience facilitating various size groups.

  • Strategic Mindset – You’re a critical thinker who sees ahead to future possibilities and translates them into breakthrough strategies and you make good data-driven decisions.

  • Entrepreneurial – You live for the hustle that’s required to meet ambitious goals with an appetite for collaboration

  • Organized & Productive – You’re a master at project planning and managing multiple priorities and you do not let distractions or complexity prevent you from meeting goals. You are highly organized with extreme attention to detail, accuracy, and problem-solving abilities in a fast-paced environment.