Director, Economic Development and Strategic Initiatives - Office of the President-2007440
It is an exciting time to join the Carnegie Mellon community. Founded in 1900 by Andrew Carnegie, the institution has soared to national and international leadership in higher education and research, especially since 1967 when the Carnegie Institute of Technology merged with the Mellon Institute for Industrial Research to form Carnegie Mellon University. A birthplace of innovation since its founding, it continues to be known for creativity, solutions to real-world problems, and interdisciplinary collaboration. Its alumni have earned distinction around the globe — from Nobel-Prize recipients to Tony-Award winners, from Wall Street CEOs to Silicon Valley entrepreneurs, and from groundbreaking educators to pioneering researchers.
Carnegie Mellon University is searching for a Director of Economic Development and Strategic Initiatives. This is an excellent opportunity for someone who thrives on engaging relevant internal and external experts and leaders with vision in government, industry, the non-profit community, and higher education to provide ongoing strategic guidance and support for CMU's efforts in economic development. You will serve as a key figure responsible for providing leadership during the identification, coordination, direction, and implementation of development initiatives across the University, as well as represent the University to internal and external constituencies in economic development-related discussions.
Core responsibilities in economic development:
In partnership with regional leaders, assists the President and Provost in building on recent efforts to better link academic excellence with broad-based job creation in the Pittsburgh area.
Collaborates with area economic development agencies and staff to meet business and industry talent needs; develops and implements workforce programs and services; and supports business recruitment, retention and expansion strategies.
Supports and facilitates faculty work as it relates to economic development.
Partners with executive leadership and with University Advancement in the solicitation, formation, marketing, and management of partnerships through an in-depth understanding of the partner's business, technology needs and research priorities, and matching them with ongoing research activities in the University.
Works closely with academic leadership, the Swartz Center for Entrepreneurship, and the Center for Technology Transfer and Enterprise Creation to maintain CMU's place as a destination of choice for winning ventures. Inspires CMU-affiliated startups to grow and invest in the region.
Responsible for understanding the major business and technology issues facing the relevant industry partners to better understand research funding priorities and business location decisions.
You will also be charged with facilitating, coordinating, and leading a broad set of university-wide initiatives, with a focus on those cutting across multiple units, schools, and colleges in order to build teams and partnerships across the greater campus community.
Core responsibilities in strategic initiatives:
Develops and presents program proposals and grant applications by drawing from the College subject matter experts and in collaboration with the Provost, academic dean, department chair, faculty, program coordinator, as appropriate, to ensure compliance with state, federal, and accreditation requirements.
Works with the Office of the Provost, President and other senior leaders to determine and achieve goals in support of CMU.
Provides guidance and coordination to demonstrate the University's interdisciplinary creativity, technology and research leadership to accelerate the launch of a broad range of cross-cutting initiatives.
Brings independent, rigorous project and personnel management skills to the administration of these cross-cutting initiatives, and appropriately updates senior leaders on progress.
You will have:
Demonstrated professional success in handling effective relationships across a diverse population of stakeholders.
Ability to initiate, analyze, monitor, evaluate and alter as needed strategic development plans to achieve goals.
In-depth knowledge of organizational governance, administration and operations across varied business sectors.
Excellent interpersonal skills and a dedication to collaboration.
Passion, self-motivation, and flexibility.
Ability to travel and willingness to work outside of normal business hours as needed.
Bachelor's degree is required; master's degree or equivalent combination of education/training and experience is highly desired.
Minimum ten years of progressively responsible leadership experience is required.
Experience in an academic environment, specifically a research university highly desired.
CMU is based in the vibrant city of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, consistently ranked among the most livable cities in the U.S. Pittsburgh continues to place high on many
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 solu...tions 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.