Requisition ID:  29708

Assistant Department Head

Job Summary

As one of two Assistant Department Heads, you will lead, direct and manage professional and management staff. You will engage in planning and direction for the administrative operations of the CS department to advance program goals and strategic objectives. This position will ensure proper functioning of unit and develop, adapt, communicate, implement and execute strategic goals, policies and procedures. You will ensure departmental and university policies, procedures and standards are met and maintained. You will also assist with the establishment of goals and priorities for operating budgets.




About Us:

The Department of Computer Science
Is one of the fastest growing areas on the Purdue campus over the past ten years, and this growth will continue under the new Purdue Computes initiative. Founded in 1962, the Department of Computer Science was created to be an innovative base of knowledge in the emerging field of computing as the first degree-awarding program in the United States. The department continues to advance the computer science industry through research. Graduates of the program can solve complex and challenging problems in many fields. The increasing centrality of computer science in academic disciplines and society, and new research activities - centered around data science, artificial intelligence, programming languages, theoretical computer science, machine learning, and cybersecurity - are the future focus of the department.  See more information at Purdue Computer Science

What We're Looking For:

Education and Experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree in a field relevant to the position
  • Six (6) to seven (7) years of operations or program management and managerial work experience



  • Higher Ed experience
  • Advanced degree

Skills Needed:

  • Academic administration, personnel supervisor, and program management
  • Ability to:
    • interpret and implement University policies and procedures
    • influence and build work relationships among a diverse workforce at all levels
  • Excellent communication (oral & written), strategic planning, performance metrics, problem-solving, analytical, organizational, event planning, project management and customer service skills
  • Must be able to:
    • foster a participative supervisor style that utilizes teamwork to successfully guide and work of others
    • multi-talk and meet established deadlines
  • Computer and related software skills (i.e., word processing, creating, and maintaining databases/spreadsheets, PowerPoint, web savvy, etc.)

Additional Information:

  • Purdue University will not sponsor employment authorization for this position  
  • A background check will be required for employment in this position
  • FLSA: Exempt (Not Eligible for Overtime)
  • Retirement Eligibility:  Defined Contribution Waiting Period
  • Purdue University is an EEO/AA employer fully committed to achieving a diverse workforce. All individuals, including minorities, women, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply
  • Benefit Statement: Purdue University offers a substantial Benefit Package including medical, dental, and vision insurance as well as a generous paid time off package for sick and vacation days

Nearest Major Market: Lafayette