Assistant Director of NCAT (National Center for Autonomous Technologies)
Northland Community & Technical College
Location: Thief River Falls, Minnesota
Internal Number: 1785
Location: Thief River Falls
Full/Part Time: Full Time
Employment Condition: Unlimited
This grant funded position exists to provide management of the various projects as listed below, within the National Center for Autonomous Technologies (NCAT) and directly supports the NCAT Director, with authority for NCAT leadership decisions as appropriate. The scope of work includes but is not limited to direct the NCAT Ambassador program, coordinate professional development opportunities, collaborate with partnering organizations across the country, monitors a multi-million dollar annual budget, strategize broad impact initiatives with external partners at executive levels, develop and manage contracts with partners to accomplish NCAT goals and objectives. Secondary functions include representing NCAT leadership and/or NCTC at STEM fairs, career fairs, exhibits and conferences and work with the NCAT Director and various NCAT stakeholders to develop new initiatives, service-learning opportunities, summer camps, workshops, and support the NCAT national education resource hub for autonomous technologies with a focus on outreach and expanded partnerships.
Collaborates with Principle Investigators /Co-Principle Investigators to coordinate activities.
This position exists to coordinate and manage internal activities between the National Center for Autonomous Technologies education partners, industry partners, sector specific committees, and the executive board to ensure that the strategic plan of the center are accomplished within the timeframes established and following the procedures and guidelines established in the project scope.
Direct program management tracking tools and ensure collaboration among NCAT stakeholders including strategies for synchronization.
Direct activities to meet NCAT objective based on project outcomes and provide routine updates to the NCAT director to maintain required timelines.
Direct and monitor intra-agency agreements, subawards, and contracts.
Strategize planning and organization of reoccurring events required to meet NCAT initiatives.
Create strategies for attracting additional partners and NCAT participants to facilitate workshops and attend conferences.
Coordinate, plan and lead meetings with various teams, consultants, and individuals within NCAT.
Serve as contributing member on the NCAT Executive Team, co-leading meetings with the PI, to fulfill the requirements set forth by the grant to conduct daily business.
Serve as liaison between grants support staff and NCAT project stakeholders for the purposes of ensuring timely reporting and compliance with NSF requirements and procedures.
Comply with Minnesota State regulations, forms, policies, and procedures to ensure compliance in all actions of the NCAT.
Develops Relationships and Consults with Education Partners to assist with management of a nationwide process for attaining and maintaining education and industry program accreditation with NCAT partners.
Provide support to NCAT National Science Foundation program.
Oversee grant activities, outreach and reporting requirements of the NCAT grant.
Support the NCAT Director in ensuring training, safety requirements and advanced initiatives are met.
Perform other duties as assigned to ensure the smooth functioning of the department and maintain the reputation of the organization as a viable business partner.
Represent the College, Student Affairs department and the office on various committees.
This position may be eligible for partial telework.
Bachelor's degree from a four-year accredited institution in education, autonomous technologies, or related degree and 1-2 years of work experience in education or the autonomous technologies industries; Or, an associate degree from a two-year accredited institution in education, autonomous technologies, or related degree and 2-3 years of work experience in education or the autonomous technologies industries.
Knowledge of or experience with industry program accreditation and individual certification processes, procedures, standards, and policies.
Knowledge of research and evaluation methodologies sufficient to determine program effectiveness.
Ability to interact and relate well with all segments of the education community and external stakeholders and motivate cooperation among colleges, high schools, businesses, and the community.
Ability to communicate orally and in writing to diverse audiences and motivate others through written and oral presentations; excellent interpersonal skills.
Ability to direct and coordinate multiple related assignments and tasks; record of completing assignments.
Computer skills and a general working knowledge of the Microsoft Office Suite applications.
Ability and willingness to work a flexible schedule involving travel throughout the State of Minnesota.
Master's degree from an accredited institution related to management, education, engineering, sciences, or autonomous technologies.
3 or more years of work experience at a technical college, university, high school, or college system with autonomous technologies programs or a private company's training program.
Work experience in an autonomous technologies business/industry.
Knowledge and understanding of the interrelationships of Minnesota State college and MDE secondary programs.
Previous grant writing and/or coordinating experience.
Previous work experience in the Minnesota State system.
Knowledge of Minnesota State statutes, regulations, forms, policies, and procedures sufficient to ensure compliance in all actions of the consortium.
Ability to set priorities and meet deadlines.
In accordance with the Minnesota State Vehicle Fleet Safety Program, employees driving on college/university business who use a rental or state vehicle shall be required to conform to Minnesota State's vehicle use criteria and consent to a Motor Vehicle Records check.
Northland is a comprehensive two-year community & technical college with campuses in East Grand Forks and Thief River Falls, MN. We are united as one college to increase educational access, support student success, strengthen partnerships, and advance equity in the communities we serve.
Why Work for Us
We are committed to continually developing a workforce that reflects the diversity of our state and the populations we serve. The varied experiences and perspectives of employees strengthen the work we do together and our ability to best serve the people of Minnesota.
A recent engagement survey of State of Minnesota employees found:
95% of employees understand how their work helps achieve their agency's mission
91% of employees feel trusted to do their jobs
88% of employees feel equipped to look at situations from other cultural perspectives when doing their job
87% of employees report flexibility in their work schedule
Our benefits aim to balance four key elements that make life and work meaningful: health and wellness, financial well-being, professional development, and work/life harmony. As an employee, your benefits may include:
Public pension plan
Training and professional development
Paid vacation and sick leave
11 paid holidays each year
Paid parental leave
Low-cost medical and dental coverage
Prescription drug coverage
Wellness programs and resources
Employer paid life insurance
Short-term and long-term disability
Health care spending and savings accounts
Dependent care spending account
Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
Federal Public Service Student Loan Forgiveness Program
Programs, resources and benefits eligibility varies based on type of employment, agency, funding availability, union/collective bargaining agreement, location, and length of service with the State of Minnesota.
Northland is a comprehensive two-year community & technical college offering 80+ program options in high-demand fields including; Aerospace, Agriculture, Automotive & Transportation, Building Trades, Business & Marketing, Education, Health & Human Services, Information Technology, Law & Public Safety, Manufacturing and more! Northland also has a liberal arts & transfer program which offers students the first two years of a bachelor's degree.
Northland is an innovative leader in higher education, preparing all learners with work and life skills that advance personal well-being and regional prosperity.
- Meet students where they are
- Focus on student success
- Provide a high-value learning experience
- Work collaboratively and build relationships
- Advance diversity, equity, and inclusion
- Promote global competency
- Encourage innovation and creativity
- Pursue quality and continuous improvement
- Meet community and workforce needs
- Practice responsible financial stewardship