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Executive Director - Quad City Manufacturing and Innovation Laboratory

Posted: 02/09/2023

Executive Director - Quad City Manufacturing and Innovation Laboratory Category: Administrative, Professional & Staff Positions Department: Engineering Technology Locations: Moline, IL Posted: Feb 2, 2023 Closes: Open Until Filled Type: FT - Continuous About Western Illinois University: Western Illinois University, accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, serves over 7,600 students at its traditional, residential four-year campus in Macomb, IL and its metropolitan branch campus in Moline, IL. Compliance to state and federal hiring standards is coordinated through WIU's Office of Equal Opportunity & Access. Job Description: APPOINTMENT: The position of Executive Director of the Quad Cities Manufacturing and Innovation Laboratory (QCMIL) of the School of Engineering and Technology at Western Illinois University (Quad Cities campus) will begin on April 1, 2023; or a mutually agreeable date to be negotiated. RESPONSIBILITIES: QCMIL serves as a catalyst for economic development and technology transfer in the Quad Cities area and beyond. It assists manufacturers to develop cutting-edge technologies and processes to remain competitive and at the forefront of innovation in their industries. At the same time, QCMIL's internship opportunities ensures a pipeline of skilled talent able to fulfill the demands of leading-edge manufacturing technologies, further empowering local companies. The Executive Director oversees the operation and promotion of QCMIL, leads the research and development (R&D) efforts and coordinates related activities, grants, and contracts, cultivating a supportive environment that results in significant alliances with industry, government, and other relevant constituencies. Responsibilities include collaboration in QCMIL research efforts to identify potential DoD, NIST, NSF, SBIR/STTR or other sponsored project funding opportunities including local, regional or national advanced manufacturers and to prepare and submit high-quality research proposals to solicit grants. This position reports to the Director of the School of Engineering and Technology, who reports to the Dean of the College of Business and Technology. QCMIL personnel and staff report to the Executive Director. RANK & SALARY: Negotiable, commensurate with experience. Western Illinois University offers a competitive benefits package including domestic partner benefits. For full benefit information visit: Requirements: REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS: • Engineering and hands-on management experience with a master's degree in engineering or related fields (preferably a doctorate), and/or MBA. • Demonstrated ability to lead people and work in a fast-paced entrepreneurial environment, with 5 to 10 years related experience in a senior-level manufacturing and operations capacity. • Motivated, willingness to work a flexible schedule, demonstrated leadership skills and commitment to high professional ethical standards, collaboratively working with WIU faculty and students, and QCMIL advisory council. • Experience in grant writing and be able to solicit extramural funding. • The individual in this role will manage all major project efforts connected to and supported by QCMIL, will oversee and lead project timelines, deliverables, technical direction, budget, goals, and manage project needs with fiscal responsibility. PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS: • Demonstrated experience with building industry partnerships in a multidisciplinary setting that lead to experiential learning opportunities for faculty and students and support the mission of the school, college and university. • Successful candidates should also possess a demonstrated record of funding proposal preparation and associated stewardship administration. Additionally, incumbent must effectively: • Oversee daily operations of QCMIL to meet schedules, standard procedures, records keeping and reporting requirements and model a commitment to safety and quality • Manage design and planning of experiments, tests, and laboratory sequences; lab testing systems, and presentation of lab data • Schedules, conducts and documents specialized formal tours of QCML to foster relationships for potential funded research. Schedules events and activities, such as advisory board meetings and large conference events • Oversees and coordinates QCML financial responsibilities, ordering supplies, vendor reimbursements, and vouchers • Lead, coach, and mentor QCMIL employees to new levels of skills, capabilities, and performance. Manage the overall direction, coordination, and evaluation • Facilitate innovation, educate the next generation of workers, and ensure leadership in manufacturing throughout Quad Cities and beyond, and serve as a research and development (R&D) resource For a degree to be considered, it must be conferred from a regionally accredited degree-granting institution of higher education (or equivalent from an international accrediting body). Unless otherwise stated, the degree must be "in hand" at the time of appointment. Additional Information: ABOUT THE SCHOOL: The School of Engineering and Technology represents a spectrum of disciplines that utilize technology to effect innovation and efficiencies in the applied creation of value-added products and related processes in the context of STEM and related educational programs. The school's engineering disciplines are all ABET accredited (general, mechanical, civil, and electrical) and are located on the Quad Cities Campus in Moline, IL. Technology disciplines (engineering technology and construction management) are located on the Macomb campus. The school also offers graduate programs of study in Engineering Technology and Instructional Design & Technology. Through QCMIL, the School of Engineering and Technology supports advances in American manufacturing by helping companies to develop cutting-edge technologies and processes to remain competitive and at the forefront of innovation in their industries. At the same time, QCMIL's internship opportunities ensures a pipeline of skilled talent able to fulfill the demands of leading-edge production technologies, further empowering America's manufacturers. Working closely with industry partners and business development entities the School of Engineering and Technology provides students with hands-on design experiences in support of regional organizations. ABOUT THE COLLEGE: For over 50 years, the College of Business and Technology has prepared students to make meaningful contributions in business, commerce, and technology. Organized around five schools including Agriculture; Accounting, Finance, Economics and Decision Sciences, Computer Science, Engineering and Technology, and Management and Marketing, the college delivers innovative, integrative, technology focused programs providing immersive, experience-based learning to over 1,800 undergraduate and graduate students. Collaborative relationships with industry through joint technology development and deployment are the cornerstone of our educational offerings. The College of Business and Technology is among an elite group of fewer than 5 percent of business schools worldwide that are accredited at both the undergraduate and graduate levels by the AACSB International? It is among a select 1 percent of business schools worldwide that have additional specialized AACSB accreditation for their accountancy programs. Screening will begin March 6, 2023 and will continue until filled. For Full Job Description and To Apply, visit Copyright ©2022 Inc. All rights reserved. jeid-7909e9160c7a3b40a11a37d201b3981e

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