Director, Manufacturing Futures Initiative (MFI) at MILL19-2013480
Carnegie Mellon University's Manufacturing Futures Initiative (MFI) acts as the catalyst at the university to spur groundbreaking research in the digital transformation of manufacturing to accelerate innovation for economic prosperity. The university has leading expertise in advanced manufacturing technologies, artificial intelligence, integrated design, entrepreneurship, the science of learning and technology policy. By coupling with CMU's unparalleled ability to work problems at disciplinary boundaries, MFI enables CMU to envision and realize the future of manufacturing. Our culture of collaboration drives both the convergence of disciplines within CMU and robust partnerships with industry, non-profits and government that are necessary for success.
Starting in July 2019, CMU MFI launched an ambitious advanced manufacturing facility at Mill19 that includes 58,000 square feet of space specially designed for manufacturing research and training activities. The space includes a 10,000 square foot high bay, R&D labs, a conferencing center and offices in the Hazelwood Green neighborhood of Pittsburgh. CMU and the Advanced Robotics for Manufacturing Institute (ARM) are co-located and share space at Mill19 in a unique partnership. ARM is a not-for-profit Manufacturing USA institute dedicated to advancing robotics and automation technologies to secure national interests and enable US manufacturers to thrive, compete on a global basis, and create new jobs. The partnership of CMU and ARM at Mill19 enables the combined team to engage in efforts that span from basic and applied research to development projects that de-risk technology solutions for direct transition to industry.
We are seeking a Director to direct the growth of MFI's advanced manufacturing activities at the new Mill19 building. Are you someone who is looking to make a positive difference and be integral to building a new and exciting future for our region? The potential and breadth of this "greenfield" position makes it an outstanding opportunity if you thrive in an intellectually stimulating and fast-paced work environment that demands the utmost collaborative spirit. As the Director, you will execute the technical vision for MFI and act as CMU's lead technical liaison, in coordination and collaboration with ARM, for the formation of the shared infrastructure at Mill19.
Federally funded projects at Mill19 are critical to our long-term strategic plan as such you will be a key interface to federal agencies interested in CMU's advanced manufacturing capabilities. You will also be tasked with building strong, trusted relationships with companies with the goal of active engagement and investment in Mill19 activities, including possible embedding of industrial collaborators for projects on site.
Core responsibilities include:
Partnerships / Development: Overseeing the ongoing strategic efforts to build and expand partnerships, funding for new initiatives, maintaining current relationships as well as increasing the visibility and reputation of MFI. Responsibilities may include:
Securing funding support for MFI and cultivating industry-sponsored research opportunities by building and capitalizing on relationships with governmental, foundation and corporate funding sources
Organizing technical meetings, workshops and working groups among internal and external partners, including internal partners, ARM, industry partner and government agencies
Overseeing and organizing the development and coordination of key events sponsored by MFI and representing the center at various events, conferences, workshops and meetings
Establishing positive working relationships and partnerships with decision makers in various sectors and with external organizations for funding, R&D opportunities, expanding engagement and other opportunities
Directing and facilitating use of communication technologies such as websites, presentation materials, reports and creative formats to reach a variety of constituents
Assisting in commercializing the results of R&D to key partners
Creating and maintaining opportunities for increased visibility to aid in funded research and partnership
Fostering outreach for collaboration within the university and with outside organizations and with the Hazelwood Green Community
Assisting in developing related curriculum and educational programs
Staff and Department Oversight: Providing day-to-day leadership and general management of MFI. Responsibilities may include:
Identifying, recommending, and implementing plans for the operational infrastructure of systems, processes and personnel designed to accommodate growth objectives
Attracting, recruiting, and retaining an exceptional qualified team
Providing mentoring and effective leadership to the team and supporting ongoing development of staff
Addressing employee issues and concerns with tact and adherence to University policies and procedures
Fostering collaboration, encouraging creativity, excellence, results, and innovative practices
Strategic Program Management: Responsible for the day-to-day operations of the MFI programs and a key driver of critical and high-priority projects. Providing strategic direction for the development and implementation of events, research, programs, partnerships and finances. Responsibilities may include:
Planning of advanced manufacturing strategies, particularly related to Mill19. Collaborating with other senior leaders to develop, implement and refine the vision, operational plans and short and long-range strategic initiatives and goals
Creating and overseeing the execution of quality programs and sustainable solutions; overseeing, executive-level leadership and accountability for overall performance of various programs as well as delivery of timely, compliant and high performing operational services and capacity building required to support the current scale and future expansion goals
Defining, implementing and supporting the Mill19 shared technology infrastructure, in coordination with the Mill19 Governance Committee, with MFI partners and with ARM
Leading and assisting in research proposal formation and submission; leading management of contract negotiations, legal affairs and risk management strategies
Developing and leading entrepreneurial approaches to procure revenue through outside sources to support and expand the MFI mission
Ensuring MFI achieves multi-year financial sustainability, developing budget and ensuring financial efficiency, compliance and planning
Ensuring that MFI leadership, advisory committee(s) and staff have accurate and timely financial information to make resource and operational decisions
Post Doctorate degree preferred
At least 15 years of relevant work experience required
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Carnegie Mellon University is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Disability/Veteran.
Job Function: Administration / Management
Primary Location: United States-Pennsylvania-Pittsburgh
Time Type: Full Time
Organization: CIT DEAN'S OFFICE
Minimum Education Level: Post Doctorate or equivalent
Budgeted Base Pay: Negotiable
Internal Number: 2013480
About Carnegie Mellon University
Carnegie Mellon (www.cmu.edu) is a private, internationally ranked research university with programs in areas ranging from science, technology and business, to public policy, the humanities and the arts. More than 12,000 students in the university’s seven schools and colleges benefit from a small student-to-faculty ratio and an education characterized by its focus on creating and implementing solutions for real problems, interdisciplinary collaboration and innovation. A global university, Carnegie Mellon’s main campus in the United States is in Pittsburgh, Pa. It has campuses in California’s Silicon Valley and Qatar, and programs in Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe and Mexico.