Program and Business Development Director

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Program and Business Development Director


Robotics Engineering

Worcester Polytechnic Institute - WPI

The Program and Business Development Director is responsible for growing the NSF Research Traineeship (NRT) Future of Robots in the Workplace - Research Development (FORW-RD) Program and the NSF Industry/University Cooperative Research Center (I/UCRC) on Robots and Sensors for Human Well-being (ROSE-HUB), with a focus on identifying and pursuing opportunities for research and internship sponsorship from industry and other relevant organizations, managing industry connections and I/UCRC memberships, overseeing marketing effort, and gathering and processing data for reporting and evaluation.


Essential functions

- Develop relationships with potential partners and identify and pursue research sponsorship and internship opportunities.

- Communicate university research expertise and research training objectives and connect those to partners' or potential partners' objectives and needs.

- Oversee marketing efforts, including developing and updating marketing material and overseeing websites.

- Manage FORW-RD and ROSE-HUB activities, maintain internal trainee records, external memberships, and facilitate advisory board meetings and internal meetings.

- Collect and process data for NSF reporting and evaluation.

- Coordinate with related offices in the university and other ROSE-HUB university sites.

Please include a cover letter along with resume/CV for consideration.

United States of America (Exempt)

WPI is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified candidates will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, age, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran status, or disability. We are seeking individuals with diverse backgrounds and experiences who will contribute to a culture of creativity and collaboration, inclusion, problem solving and change making.

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About WPI
WPI is a vibrant, active, and diverse community of extraordinary students, world-renowned faculty, and state of the art research facilities. At WPI, we have competitive and comprehensive benefits, including health insurance, long-term care, retirement, tuition assistance, flexible spending accounts, work-life balance and much more.

Diversity & Inclusion at WPI
WPI is committed to creating an inclusive workplace where everyone feels valued and respected; a place where every student, faculty and staff member can be themselves, so that they can study, live, and work comfortably, to reach their full potential, and make meaningful contributions in order to meet departmental and institutional goals. WPI thrives on innovative practice and welcomes diverse perspectives, insight, and people from diverse lived experiences, to enhance the community environment and propel the institution to the next level in a competitive, global marketplace.

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Job No:
Posted: 6/10/2021
Application Due: 6/10/2033
Work Type: Full Time