Director, Center for Industrial Research and Service
- Iowa State University
- Iowa, United States
- Salary Not specified
- Posted Date
- Feb 24, 2023
- Position Type
- Faculty Positions, Business & Management, Other Business & Management
- Employment Level
- Employment Type
- Full Time
Director, Center for Industrial Research and Service
College of Engineering
Iowa State University, one of the nation's leading land-grant universities, invites nominations and applications for the position of Director of the Center for Industrial Research and Service (CIRAS).
This position is responsible for providing overall leadership and program direction for the Center for Industrial Research and Service (CIRAS) – an organization with an annual budget of $9 million and over 40 staff members. This includes developing a vision and strategic direction for CIRAS, in support of a) the elements of ISU's land grant mission associated with Iowa economic development, b) Iowa-focused corporate engagement, and c) the College of Engineering's Iowa outreach activities.
The Director leads a variety of federal- and state-funded business and economic development programs for the state of Iowa and Iowa State University (ISU), which are in the areas of manufacturing, government contracting, technology, and economic development. The Director acts as a key leader in Iowa, understanding the role of industry sectors on the economy, serving as a voice for small businesses, and providing linkages between the resources of ISU and CIRAS partners and a variety of businesses, agencies, and professional organizations.
The Director manages a complex and sometimes conflicting set of business assistance and economic development objectives for multiple federal, state, partner, and university stakeholders. This includes delivering services in leadership, growth, productivity, technology, and workforce to Iowa businesses; managing a complex network of partnerships and resources; providing strategic and operational direction to staff; and managing relationships with university, state, and national leaders. This includes university, college, department, and center administration; federal and state agencies' leadership and staff; political appointees, the federal delegation, and state legislators; and professional association leadership, industry association leadership, community leadership, community college leadership, and Board of Regents institutions.
Required Minimum Qualifications:
- Bachelor's degree and 8 years of related experience.
- Demonstrated experience in management, leadership,
team-building, partnering, strategy development, project management
and process improvement.
- Demonstrated experience of high-performance in the
- Diversity of experience to fully and rapidly engage across the
wide spectrum of CIRAS activities. Categories of experience include
technology platforms, education/public speaking, applied research,
corporate hiring, employment/interaction with both large and small
companies, academia, youth outreach, contracts with Federal
- Experience analyzing and drawing conclusions from complex data
sets, related to finance, economics, impact measurement,
- Experience developing and administering complex organizational
budgets, including providing executive-level reporting.
Demonstrated planning and organizational skills.
- Experience creating and implementing organizational policies
- Experience working with regional and national media officials,
community leaders, business and industry leaders, officials of
government agencies, legislators and funders at the local, state,
and national level and other important constituents. Experience
exchanging and disseminating highly complex and important
- Experience finding funding opportunities and writing proposals
for grants and contracts.
The Center for Industrial Research and Service
The Center for Industrial Research and Service was created in 1963 to improve the quality of life in Iowa by helping businesses and their communities prosper and grow. Our individually tailored strategy Engage. Educate. Embed. means we work with companies to fashion solutions specific to their individual needs.
Over the past five years, CIRAS and our partners have helped more than 4,400 businesses in every Iowa county, creating an economic impact of more than $2.8 billion.
The College of Engineering
The Iowa State University College of Engineering is a prestigious program inspiring future engineering leaders, pursuing groundbreaking research, transforming technology to make a difference, and creating solutions to make Iowa and the world a better place. Engineering is the largest college on campus with more than 7,500 students, 500 faculty and staff, 15 undergraduate majors, 20 doctoral and 25 master's degree programs, multiple research centers and programs, and 12 state-of-the-art buildings that comprise the engineering complex.
About Iowa State University and the Ames Community
Iowa State University is classified as a Carnegie Foundation Doctoral/Research University-Extensive. More than 30,000 students are enrolled and are served by over 6,200 faculty and staff.
Iowa State University is located in Ames, IA, a progressive community of 66,000, located approximately 30 minutes north of Des Moines, one of the fastest-growing metro areas in the Midwest, and is beaming with community pride and accolades.
Iowa State University is a global and culturally diverse university committed to providing an inclusive, equitable, and diverse environment for both learning and employment. Diversity in experience and perspective is vital to advancing innovation, critical thinking, solving complex problems, and building an inclusive academic community. At Iowa State, we translate these values into action by seeking individuals who have experience working with diverse students, colleagues, and constituents. The university expects that all employees will demonstrate a contribution to diversity and inclusion as embodied in Iowa State University's Principles of Community.
Review of applicants will begin March 22, 2023 and will continue as needed until a pool of qualified applicants is identified.
To apply for this position please submit a comprehensive resume/CV and a cover letter that provides a vision for leadership of CIRAS and addresses the other preferred qualifications of the position description.
Buffkin / Baker, an executive search firm, is assisting the university in the search. Inquiries of interest, nominations, and applications should be submitted electronically, in confidence, to:
Mr. Martin M. Baker, Managing Partner
Dr. Pelema Ellis, Associate Partner
Buffkin / Baker
Disclaimer: Iowa State University is an EO/AA employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, or protected Vets status.
Iowa State University is a global and culturally diverse university committed to providing an inclusive, equitable, and diverse environment for both learning and employment. We know that diversity in experience and perspective is vital to advancing innovation, critical thinking, solving complex problems, and building an inclusive academic community. At Iowa State, we translate these values into action by seeking individuals who have experience working with diverse students, colleagues, and constituents. The university has an expectation that all employees will demonstrate a contribution to diversity and inclusion as embodied in Iowa State University's Principles of Community
All offers of employment, oral and written, are contingent upon the university's verification of credentials and other information required by federal and state law, ISU policies/procedures, and may include the completion of a background check and/or a consumer credit check.
Iowa State University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, age, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, marital status, disability, or protected veteran status and will not be discriminated against. Inquiries can be directed to the Office of Equal Opportunity, 3410 Beardshear Hall, 515 Morrill Road, 515 294-7612, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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