Director of Lean Initiatives

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Job Description Summary:


The Director of Lean Initiatives is responsible for facilitating and supporting the development of Lean initiatives for Miami University.  The position partners with university leaders and cross-functional departmental staff trained in Lean principles to build a continuous improvement culture and to improve processes underlying university operations and services to make them more efficient and effective.  The incumbent will be a mentor, coach, and the University’s resident expert in the application of Lean technology, tools and techniques as well as other continuous improvement methods. The Director of Lean Initiatives also serves as an ambassador for continuous improvement with other organizations and institutions of  higher education and is responsible for broadly communicating the benefits and outcomes of the University’s Lean initiatives.



Duties/Physical Demands:


  • Employee Development: Maintains and improves the certification and training programs that support employee development in Lean principles and their roles as university change makers.


    Culture: Encourages and advocates for a culture of “continuous improvement”.  Promotes collaboration through the formation of interdisciplinary teams with diverse perspectives on how to best accomplish project goals and objectives.


    Structure: Develops and maintains a Lean organizational structure consisting of steering teams, project improvement teams, training programs, communication methods, certification programs, an effective website, Lean Idea program and a system for tracking performance achievements as well as providing reward and recognition for the individual and departmental accomplishments.


    Project Management – Manages Lean transformation teams, project execution, and systems and process development. Coordinates project team work and monitors the progress of all projects.


    Leadership: Develops and manages a Lean Initiatives Program. This requires interfacing with all levels of management, developing a project structure and overseeing the investment in employees to assure objectives are met and sustained.


    Strategic Deployment: Acts as a change agent by engineering process improvements through the formation and management of Lean Projects that meet the Strategic Goals of the University.  


    Communications:  Develops and manages a system that records, monitors and tracks all projects from the idea and strategic initiative stage through completion providing comprehensive performance reporting in real time as well as an employee certification program that recognizes the knowledge gained and achievements of employees participating in the program.


Minimum Qualifications:


  • Bachelor’s degree in Business or Engineering required.


    Minimum of seven years of progressively increasing business experience


    Minimum of five years Lean program or other continuous improvement experience with at least three years in a leadership role for a program.


    Lean or Six Sigma certification required.


OEEO Statement: The University is committed to equal opportunity, affirmative action, and eliminating discrimination and harassment. Miami University does not discriminate on the basis of age, color, disability, gender identity or expression, genetic information, military status, national origin, pregnancy, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation or protected veteran status in its application and admission processes, educational programs and activities, facilities, programs or employment practices.  Requests for reasonable accommodations/or disabilities related to employment should be directed to [email protected] or 513-529-3560. Miami University's Annual Security and Fire Safety Report with information on campus crime, fires, and safety may be found at: Hard copy available upon request. A criminal background check is required. All campuses are smoke and tobacco free campuses.




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Posted: 10/8/2018
Application Due: 12/7/2018
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