(SAN FRANCISCO | THURSDAY, MAY 4, 2023) – The Responsible Computing Challenge (RCC) has today opened applications for a full-time United States-based fellow who will join the team and support the Challenge as it grows both locally and internationally.
The RCC, once known as the Responsible Computer Science Challenge, is in its second round of grantmaking and has been at the forefront of changing the way in which technologists from a range of different disciplines are taught, by placing ethics at the core of their education.
Since its inception in 2018, RCC has awarded more than $3 million, created 100+ distinct classes, and impacted more than 15,000 students. In the past and present, technologists have sometimes ignored the effects of the products they build and design on the humans they create these products for. AI systems have negatively affected people through racial and other types of biases, discrimination, and manipulation such as misinformation.
Says Steve Azeka, Program Lead for the Responsible Computing Challenge: “The right person for the role should have a passion for contributing to an ecosystem that has an awareness of how technology is affected by many domains that include humanities, library and information science, computer science, and social science fields.”
The right person for the role should have a passion for contributing to an ecosystem that has an awareness of how technology is affected by many domains that include humanities, library and information science, computer science, and social science fields.
Steven Azeka, Program Lead for the Responsible Computing Challenge
The chosen Fellow will work with the Challenge’s team and partners to help them grow beyond the existing academic network while also promoting the Challenge and responsible computing in both academia and industry.
Key responsibilities for the Fellow include:
- Strategy: Help lead the Challenge’s United States strategy and implementation with an eye towards long-term sustainability.
- Community Building: Build partnerships with the community through in-person and virtual events, especially developing and supporting grantees. These community-building events could include local symposia, faculty working groups, workshops, etc.
- Global Community Building: Collaborate with other Fellows to build the Global Community of Practice, helping with event and community design and facilitating convenings.
- Thought Leadership: Advising Mozilla’s work in MSIs, HBCUs, TCUs, and HSIs through expertise and thought leadership.
- Learning: Documenting and sharing findings across geographies and supporting the program’s overall measurement, evaluation, and learning strategy.
Ideal Candidate Qualifications:
- You are located in the United States.
- You have expertise in computing, humanities, library and information science, social science, higher education pedagogy, or other relevant experience that will allow you to serve as a peer, mentor, and thought partner to educators and other community members seeking to change the way technologists are educated.
- You have a deep contextual understanding of the responsible computing and educational landscape in the United States.
- You have a strong existing network within academia and/or industry on which to draw.
- You have built, worked within, or run communities of practice.
- You have experience as a grantmaker or grant recipient.
- You can work in a self-directed manner to achieve agreed goals and outcomes.
- You bring strong interpersonal skills, a keen ability to communicate, and strong relationship-building skills.
- You enjoy working in a diverse and geographically distributed team across time zones, languages, and cultures.
The Fellow will receive an annual salary of $90,000 USD for 40 hours per week. This contract ends on May 31, 2024.