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College of Engineering has an outstanding job opportunity for Temporary Full Time Interim Industry Capstone Program Director.
The Interim Industry Capstone Program Director is a temporary, salaried, benefits-eligible position that will last for a period of approximately 8 months. The University of Washington College of Engineering Industry Capstone Program provides engineering students with experiential learning outcomes and an opportunity to work closely with industry, together with an interdisciplinary student team. The program has grown steadily over the past several years due to interest from all key stakeholders. The Interim Director will report to the Senior Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations in the CoE Advancement Office, and will interact closely with the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs.
The Interim Director will lead and maintain the already established program. The Interim Director will possess the skills to build partnerships with companies, secure capstone funding commitments, support the vision of faculty leaders, and support a positive educational experience for student participants. This individual will be expert in fostering collaboration and will connect the College and its ten academic departments with companies motivated to partner on engineering projects.
The Industry Capstone Program prepares engineers with the multidisciplinary skills to contribute to enterprises in industry, government and the nonprofit sector. As the culminating project in a student’s education, the Industry Capstone Program requires student teams to integrate and apply their technical coursework to a real-world engineering problem supplied by an industry sponsor, with project involvement from an industry-based mentor.
The Interim Director will partner with multiple organizations within the UW, including: the Dean’s office, Academic Affairs, academic department chairs, faculty and staff, Corporate & Foundation Relations, Career Center @ Engineering, as well as other outward-facing UW units. The Interim Director will ensure successful continuation of the Industry Capstone Program in the 2020/2021 academic year by building connections with industry sponsors, securing project proposals, managing program administration (sponsorship agreements, sponsorship payments, etc.), stewarding industry sponsors, and supporting academic departments.
Duties and Responsibilities:
60% Collaborate with Industry Capstone Program team to manage the program, including:
•Act as the Industry Capstone Program liaison and relationship manager to industry sponsors. Ensure that industry partners are benefiting from participation in the Capstone experience. Work with academic affairs staff and faculty leaders to organize and execute project matching, team feedback sessions and other programmatic aspects. •Track projects to ensure successful completion and evaluate industry partners for future collaboration opportunities. •Work with departmental faculty to foster and develop a sustainable, collaborative, and outcome oriented working relationship with student project teams and industry partners. •Support faculty advisors, including attendance at regular meetings, communications, and troubleshooting project issues. •Work with departmental events staff to plan and execute departmental capstone events .
40% Engage, steward and secure funding from corporate sponsors for the Industry Capstone Program:
•In partnership with the CoE Corporate & Foundation Relations team, promote the Industry Capstone Program to potential industry sponsors. •Secure sponsor funding commitments. Foster strong relationships with sponsors of the Industry Capstone Program; steward existing sponsors. •Coordinate complex outreach initiatives from multiple departments to single industry partners.
•Bachelor’s Degree in marketing, communications or related field. •Four-five years of professional experience. •Experience in project management and or managing a portfolio. •Advanced ability in managing relationships. •Advanced oral and written communication skills. •Advanced ability to think creatively on concepts requiring analytical skills. •Excellent organizational and time management skills. •Ability to work independently and complete projects in a fast-paced environment in a professional manner. •Ability to problem-solve, take initiative, set priorities and exercise good judgment. •Attention to accuracy, detail, and thoroughness in completing assigned duties and responsibilities.
•Experience in Advancement or business development is preferred. •Experience working in academia/higher education is a plus. •Experience working with corporate partners is a plus. •Experience working in an engineering setting, either industrial or academic. •Ability to obtain, analyze and evaluate information effectively in the face of ambiguity. •Strong interpersonal skills and customer service orientation. Poised, professional manner and the ability to communicate clearly, directly and empathetically in all interactions: verbal and written communications, one-on-one conversations and in groups, etc.
Conditions of Employment:
•Regular business hours are Monday – Friday, 8am – 5pm. Limited flexibility available. •Ability to telework full-time as necessary. Preferred candidates will have a home office equipped with a personal phone and comuptuer with the ability to access Outlook, Word, Excel, Google, university databases, Zoom, etc.
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