Director of Manufacturing Innovation

Apr 05, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Director of Manufacturing Innovation

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Department: Research Solutions Institute

Position Status: Administrative Exempt Positions

Basic Function:
WPI has earned a coveted position as a member of eight of the 14 Manufacturing USA Innovation Institutes (MIIs), with centers that cut across multiple disciplines. The Director of Manufacturing Innovation (DMI) position has been created to support research and workforce development initiatives that are resulting from participating in these institutes and centers.

Reporting to the Vice Provost for Research (VPR), the DMI position is part of a multi-hire, strategic initiative to strengthen the research infrastructure at WPI and will be part of the new Research Solutions Institute (RSI). The DMI will participate in the expansion of existing innovative manufacturing programs and the development of new initiatives, working with teams of faculty to develop strategies for programs in the area of manufacturing innovation

Principal Duties and Responsibilities

  • Facilitates networking, teambuilding, proposal planning and coordination for large-scale, multidisciplinary, multi-institutional and multi-center collaborations in the context of the NNMIs and related activities.
    • Strengthens the institutional infrastructure for promoting interdisciplinary research and proposal development in manufacturing-relevant areas.
    • Advises faculty on relevant funding opportunities and coordinates the establishment of faculty teams to develop and submit competitive proposals that are aligned with MII initiatives.
    • Develops and maintains relationships with federal, Commonwealth, and corporate sponsors in support of workforce development and research efforts in manufacturing innovation.
    • Stays current on existing and new initiatives and ensures appropriate information flow; helps create communications and written materials distributed within and outside of WPI.
    • Represents WPI faculty and leadership at meetings and coordinates with representatives of partners to enhance capacity and visibility.
    • Helps coordinate activities and advises faculty teams and VPR on progress and issues of concern.

    Position Requirements

  • A graduate degree in STEM or equivalent experience in research and proposal development.
    • At least five years of related industry experience in scientific or engineering areas or experience in research development with an emphasis on multi-investigator proposal development.
    • Extensive knowledge of federal and non-federal sponsors supporting research and education activities, preferably in a university environment.
    • Excellent communications skills, strong problem solving skills, ability to drive decisions, ability to see the big picture and grasp complex interconnections.
    • Demonstrated experience analyzing complex solicitations and translating technical concepts into a well-written fundable proposal.
    • Training in research and writing; excellent writing, editing, and presentation skills.
    • Experience with project/program management and scheduling tools with a proven track-record in managing complex R&D initiatives.
    • Ability to work independently and as part of a team to manage an unpredictable and time-sensitive caseload of complex assignments while providing quality service and meeting deadlines.
    • Strong interpersonal and organizations skills with a demonstrated ability to build consensus and lead teams in order to achieve desired outcomes.

    Posting Date: 04/04/2017

    Open Until Filled: Yes

    Special Instructions to Applicants:

    EEO Information:
    We are an Equal Opportunity Employer and do not discriminate against applicants due to race, color, age, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran status or disability. We are looking for individuals who value creativity, diversity, inclusion, and collaboration.

    Criminal Background Check Statement:
    A pre-employment criminal records check is required.

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    WPI, the nation's third oldest private technological university, established in 1865 by New England industrialists John Boynton and Ichabod Washburn consists of 80 acres set in a safe, residential section of Worcester, Massachusetts—the second largest city in New England—home to 13 colleges, and situated 40 miles west of Boston.

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