Associate Director, Curriculum and Education Partnerships, CQE

Updated: 3 months ago
Location: Chicago, ILLINOIS
Job Type: FullTime


PME Quantum Exchange

About the Department

The Chicago Quantum Exchange (CQE) is an intellectual hub for advancing the science and engineering of quantum information between the CQE community, across the Midwest, and around the globe. A catalyst for research activity across its member and partner institutions, the CQE is based at the University of Chicago’s Pritzker School of Molecular Engineering and is anchored by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Argonne National Laboratory and Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory, the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and Northwestern University. The Pritzker School of Molecular Engineering (PME) was established in May 2019 and evolved from the Institute for Molecular Engineering, which was founded in 2011. The PME integrates science and engineering to address global challenges from the molecular level up. The PME’s rigorous academic and research programs are made possible through the University of Chicago’s unique partnership with Argonne National Laboratory. The Pritzker School of Molecular Engineering is the first new school at the University of Chicago in three decades and the first school in the nation dedicated to molecular engineering. In the next phase of growth as a School, the PME will continue to expand its team of world-class faculty researchers and empower students from diverse backgrounds to collaborate with faculty in cutting-edge facilities. The PME aims to bring solutions for urgent societal problems to the forefront, while training the next generation of scientific leaders and entrepreneurs.

Job Summary

The Associate Director, Curriculum and Education Partnerships will direct the Chicago Quantum Exchange (CQE) efforts to lead the nation in inclusive quantum education and workforce development. The Associate Director will independently manage many responsibilities and activities for inclusive curriculum development and implementation, as well as, develop internal and external education partnerships, and lead joint endeavors with aligned national organizations, such as QuSTEAM to help to diversify the field of quantum science.


  • Leads interdisciplinary teams to establish new initiatives that increase quantum science and technology education, training, and participation, particularly among minoritized communities and institutions.
  • Provides support to increase the capacity for quantum science and engineering (QISE) related educational activities between CQE institutions and others within and outside of the region.
  • Directs curriculum development activities, implementation, and improvement process for CQE programs, as well as with partnering organizations, such as QuSTEAM.
  • Provides instructor professional development for these new QISE educational programs through tutorials, courses, and online educational modules.
  • Helps establish best pedagogical practices that will help reduce the existing barriers to inclusive QISE education.
  • Develops partnerships with 2-year and 4-year colleges and universities, national laboratories, institutions, and other stakeholders to advance the educational mission of the CQE institutions.
  • Partners with a vibrant group of faculty and other academics to develop and deliver educational programs and content to ensure minoritized community engagement in QISE.
  • Develops and directs strategies, events, and support services to broaden participation from underrepresented groups in QISE in collaboration with the CQE team and community, as well as partnerships with national organizations.
  • Works collaboratively with CQE and QuSTEAM team members, such as those that lead industry partnerships and communications, to connect with ecosystem partners and grow and enhance content delivery options.
  • Manages interns and staff as needed.
  • Under the direction of senior leadership, develops programs and relationships to advance program initiatives.
  • Coordinates program initiatives, ensuring unity of focus and purpose.
  • Develops and communicates program priorities and performance standards and assesses operations using these criteria. Plans and conducts quality assurance reviews and recommends changes as appropriate.
  • Has a deep understanding when interacting with faculty, researchers and staff for committee work or information.
  • Performs other related work as needed.

Minimum Qualifications


Minimum requirements include a college or university degree in related field.

Work Experience:

Minimum requirements include knowledge and skills developed through 5-7 years of work experience in a related job discipline.



Preferred Qualifications  


  • Ph.D. in physics, computer science, engineering or related field.


  • Five or more years of experience working in QISE education, research, or both.
  • Prior experience working within the broad STEM fields, higher education administration, an academically rigorous research university environment, or a related field is strongly preferred. 

Technical Skills or Knowledge: 

  • Proficiency with MS Office, including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and  LaTeX or similar applications.
  • Experience in data management and analysis.
  • Experience with career services management systems such as Symplicity or Handshake.

Preferred Competencies

  • Possess familiarity with developing curriculum for and teaching QISE content, holding workshops for instructors and students from a diverse set of backgrounds.
  • Demonstrated commitment to STEAM outreach, with particular emphasis on broadening participation in QISE.
  • Awareness of and experience working within quantum education and workforce communities.
  • Commitment to work collaboratively with all constituent groups.
  • Self-starter with the ability to work independently as well as with a team; enjoys creating and implementing new initiatives.
  • Excellent writing/editing and verbal communication skills.
  • Commitment to delivering against deadlines; ability to handle high-priority and pressure situations.

Application Documents

  • Resume/CV (required)
  • Cover Letter (required)

When applying, the document(s) MUST  be uploaded via the My Experience page, in the section titled Application Documents of the application.

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