As part of Wright State University (WSU), Wright State Research Institute (WSRI) and Academic Partnership Engagement Experiment (APEX) is committed to WSU's mission to transform the lives of students and the communities we serve and to support that mission by working with faculty, staff, students and external partners to enhance the research enterprise at WSU.
APEX, the Academic Partnership and Engagement Experiment, is a new United States Air Force (USAF) program developed in partnership with Wright State Research Institute to improve engagement and collaboration between the USAF, academia, and its industry partners. The APEX Executive Director is responsible for leading the day-to-day operation of APEX consistent with the APEX mission and strategic plan in support of the USAF 2030 goals. Reporting directly to the WSRI Executive Director/Wright State Applied Research Corporation (WSARC) CEO, the APEX Executive Director is responsible for the management, coordination, and oversight of the assigned APEX support teams and provides the overall leadership, development, maintenance, and execution of detailed processes and procedures for all APEX operations. The APEX executive director accomplishes this role through partnerships with government, academic, and industry teams and provides the required research, education, mentoring, training, collaboration, and marketing to ensure the success of APEX.
APEX Executive Director is responsible for providing strategic leadership by working with the APEX Executive Advisory Board (EAB) and the USAF leadership and affiliate executive leadership team to establish long-range goals, strategies, plans, best practices and policies.The APEX Executive Director is ultimately responsible for management and oversight of all business, research, and workforce development operations of APEX, ensuring full alignment with USAF mission in support of the USAF 2030 Goals. This includes engagement of government, industry and academic teams, and compliance with all APEX policies and federal and state regulations. In this position the APEX Executive Director must promote transparency at all times, act ethically, promote and ensure compliance, and collaborate across APEX and USAF. The APEX Executive Director must cultivate our people as our greatest asset, and create an environment that supports innovation and inclusive behaviors.
Master's degree required in business administration or related scientific engineering field.
20 years of Exective Leadership experience with at least 15 years of R&D experience and 15 years of experience in managing diverse and distributed teams across the US.
Must have an executive director background with government and or industry experience and have experience in government sponsored research and development.
Knowledge of government research and development organizations including, but not limited to DOD, DARPA, DTRA, ONR, NRL, AFRL, ARO, NASA, and the Intelligence community.
Must have strong leadership and strong decision-making skills.
Strong organizational skills, as well as effective collaborative skills and, must be flexible and able to function well in a fast-paced environment.
Must be able to deliver complex and significant business objectives and transactions compliantly within time, quality and budget.
Ability to manage 3rd party partnerships including customers, project managers, and APEX support teams collaboratively and inclusively.
Ability to maintain relationships with a variety of diverse key stakeholders within and outside APEX.
Requires strong writing skills, reporting skills, operations management, scheduling, organizational leadership, time management, and presentation skills.
Highly effective communication, and interpersonal skills with demonstrated ability to communicate with the public and handle sensitive information discreetly.
TS (top secret) clearance
Required Professional Society Membership (Ex NDIA, IEEE, AsMA, ASCE, ASME, SWE, NSPE, NSBE, etc)
TS (top secret) SCI clearance
Essential Functions and percent of time::
50% -Responsible for leadership and management duties, consistent with all aspects of APEX contract, to maintain, sustain and grow the APEX mission according to the USAF priorities and overall strategy in support of the USAF 2030 Goals. -Work with USAF leadership to enhance the US academia and industry research enterprise through development and promotion of use-inspired grants and contracts, and partnerships, and through provision of support services and facilities that uniquely expand opportunities for USAF operational needs. -Build understanding and strategic outlook for long-term market forecasts, trends and competitive positions to maximize advantages while executing strategy.
30% -Interaction with WSRI/WSARC leadership, AF leadership, and academic/industry leaders to build and strengthen APEX network and mission focus. - Build active relationships with external network of industry, academic, and government bodies to gather leading practice insights and discuss new trends and directions and unique teaming opportunities.
This position is anticipated to require significant travel. Special contract terms and conditions of employment apply. Length of contract is one year, renewable, contingent upon funding.
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