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About the Position

Do you bring experience in leading academic institutions within Pakistan? If so, We are hiring! The Data Institute, Pakistan is seeking the ideal candidate for a strategic and mission-critical role of a Sr. Director of Academics. In this role, you will not only oversee all academic and administrative duties but also partner with industry leaders from Microsoft, Nvidia, and Careem to name a few. You will participate actively in hiring instructors, scholars and researchers and will oversee cutting edge curriculum development in the space of Statistics, Computer Science, Data and AI. 

About Us

With the exponential growth in Pakistani startups, the country is experiencing record levels of investment where both local and foreign players are starting to sit up and take notice of Pakistan’s explosive startup environment. The Data Institute envisions to bridge the gap between academia and industry through relevant hands-on training and arranging affordable data science classes, workshops for the learning and skill development of students, and entrepreneurs with a background in STEM. We also set out to nurture entrepreneurship by inculcating the mindset in the youth that entrepreneurship is a viable career choice by connecting them with leaders from Silicon Valley. 

Job Responsibilities

The  Sr. Director of Academics will have both institutional and local responsibility. As such he/she is accountable for:

  • The academic leadership of the unit ensuring its objectives are aligned to Faculty and organizational strategy.
  • The effective governance and management of the  unit to ensure its performance continually improves

Key Areas/Responsibilities

Leadership and Strategic Direction

  • Develop and encourage a shared vision for the future direction, goals and priorities of the Institute, aligned to DIP’s mission and in the context of the faculty and other academic units;
  • Prepare, for PDR purposes, an annual report of progress in research, engagement, curriculum and teaching;
  • Maintain and enhance the academic reputation of the institute;
  • Work with Chief of Staff to foster the development of outstanding research, research training and academic programmes;
  • Monitor and evaluate the unit’s research, engagement and teaching activities in relation to comparable units both within and outside the Institute.

 General Academic Management

  • Manage, administer and foster excellence in the engagement and teaching activities;
  • Establish and maintain communication with the board and appropriate parties and networks within the faculty and the broader organization;

  • Represent the organization’s interests in the faculty, institute, professional, industry and government contexts.

Faculty Onboarding

  • Play a major role in the recruitment, selection and induction of the instructors, utilising a targeted recruitment approach where appropriate to appoint academic staff of the highest calibre;

  • Facilitate and promote effective communication and positive morale within the teaching staff.

  • Take responsibility for the completion of distributing teaching, and curriculum management duties in an equitable manner, taking into account where possible the agreed on career development plans of the faculty member;

  • Developing curriculum with the help of faculty, board, and other staff.

  • Networking and building professional relationships with members of the institution and the community.

  • Monitoring the progress of new and existing teaching methods.

  • Closely evaluating results at the end of each quarter and writing up progress reports.

  • Monitoring all faculty recruitment and vetting prospective instructors.

  • Ensure that Performance and Development Review takes place and appropriate objectives, targets and milestones are set;

Key Working Relationships

  • Responsible to the VP, and the board.
  • Has a significant relationship with:
  1. Chief of Staff
  2. Board of Directors
  3. Faculty

About You

  • Knowledge


  1. Academic credibility

  2. Leadership ability

  3. Understanding of the complexities and challenges of leading an institute.


  1. Master's degree in Education Administration or a related field.

  2. Teaching certification and previous teaching experience.

  3. The ability to multitask

  4. First-class organizational skills.

  5. The ability to use tact and diplomacy in interactions with all relevant parties.

  6. A strong ethical code.

  7. Maintain a positive attitude and be open to feedback.



  1. Working at a strategic level – sees the big picture and is an analytic thinker.

  2. Able to manage complex problems and issues.

  3. Leading change – recognizes the need for change and is forward-looking.

  4. Engages others – communicates with colleagues effectively and can persuade and influence others.

  5. Leadership – takes control to ensure objectives are met.

  6. Working in partnership – exception interpersonal and collaboration skills.

  7. Resilience – demonstrates tenacity in times of adversity and copes with criticism and the demands of the job.

  • Experience


  1. Demonstrated experience or potential in academic leadership.

  2. Academic credibility.

  3. People management skills.


  1. Evidence of working at a strategic level

  2. Personally orientated towards change and ability to lead others through change

  3. Leads by providing clear direction particularly in times of uncertainty 

  4. Recruitment and selection of high calibre staff

  5. Experience in strategic planning

  6. Experience of working internationally or of working in a non-profit setting.

Job Details

Functional Area:
Total Positions:
1 Post
Job Shift:
First Shift (Day)
Job Type:
Job Location:
No Preference
Minimum Education:
Career Level:
Experienced Professional
Minimum Experience:
7 Years
Apply Before:
May 30, 2021
Posting Date:
Apr 22, 2021
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