Executive Director, Masters of Human-Computer Interaction Program


Opening for Executive Director of Master’s of Human-Computer Interaction Program at Carnegie Mellon University

The Human-Computer Interaction Institute (HCII) in the School of Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon University invites applications for the position of Executive Director of the professional Masters of Human-Computer Interaction (MHCI), to begin in the fall term of 2016 or earlier. This position is a career-oriented appointment for a dedicated, passionate advocate of human-centered design methods, eager to change the world through training the next generation of HCI professionals.

The new executive director will become an integral part of the vibrant HCI community at CMU. In addition to managing an outstanding staff, the executive director is responsible for initiating and developing partnerships with industry sponsors who will become clients for our students during their 8-month capstone project. In order to uphold our world-class reputation, the executive director is expected to serve as an ambassador of our institution when attending conferences and building alliances with the broad community of HCI professionals.

This position requires day-to-day involvement with mentoring students and managing program administration. The executive director will engage with prospective students during the admissions process and open house. The executive director is expected to partner with faculty, and contribute to curriculum innovation. This includes creating a vision for the future of professional education in human-computer interaction and user experience design, and executing the vision with the support of the HCII faculty. The executive director is responsible for building relations with the strong and exuberant alumni base of the MHCI.

The Human-Computer Interaction Institute was the first department of HCI in the country and opened the Masters in Human-Computer Interaction in 1994. Upon graduation, our alumni have gone on to work at Facebook, Google, Microsoft, Amazon, IDEO, Pixar, Apple, IBM, NASA, Boeing, Mozilla, Bloomberg, Nokia, Yahoo, Adobe, Frog Design, SRI, Autodesk, Hewlett-Packard, Samsung and Oracle, just to name a few.

Applicants for the Executive Director of the MHCI must have demonstrated expertise in one of the main disciplines of HCI (HCI, computer science, design, social science) and have familiarity with all aspects of the human-centered design process. Outstanding communication and leadership skills are required. Experience in teaching, managing teams, mentoring individuals, project management or business, in academia, industry or both is also preferred.

The application process:
Applications must be in PDF format and include (1) curriculum vitae, (2) statement of vision for the future of the MHCI program, (3) link to an online portfolio of representative HCI work, and (4) names, titles, and email addresses of three or more individuals who may be asked to provide letters of reference.

All materials should be submitted via email to: <hcii-mhci-search [at] cs.cmu.edu>. Incomplete applications will not be processed. Applications should indicate citizenship and, for non-US citizens, current visa status.

The HCII will begin reviewing applications on March 1, 2016.

Carnegie Mellon University is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer committed to excellence through diversity and strongly encourages applications from women, minorities, and other underrepresented groups. CMU is responsive to the needs of dual career couples and is dedicated to work-life balance through an array of family-friendly policies.

MHCI Hiring Committee