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Executive Director of the Quad Cites Manufacturing and Innovation Laboratory

Western Illinois University
Illinois, United States
Salary Not specified
Posted Date
Apr 7, 2023

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Executive Director of the Quad Cites Manufacturing and Innovation Laboratory

Category: Administrative, Professional & Staff Positions
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.


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:


  • 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.

  • 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.


About WIU (

Since 1899, Western Illinois University has provided outstanding educational opportunities to individuals in west central Illinois and well beyond our region and state. WIU's traditional residential campus in Macomb, Illinois, is the educational, cultural and athletic center of the region, while the WIU-Quad Cities non-residential branch campus in Moline, Illinois, is the only public university in the immediate Quad Cities region.

WIU-Macomb, IL: Western's traditional, residential main campus offers a comprehensive slate of undergraduate and graduate programs, including a doctorate in education, and post-baccalaureate certificates. A diverse community in west central Illinois, Macomb features a unique blend of agriculture, industry, service, retail, education, and culture. Macomb serves as the county seat, with connections across the state with Amtrak providing twice-daily service from Macomb to Chicago (and point in-between). Macomb is located approximately 75 miles from the Quad Cities International Airport (Moline, IL) and 70 miles from the Greater Peoria Regional Airport (Peoria, IL).

WIU-Quad Cities: Located on the banks of the Mississippi River in Moline, Illinois, the WIU-Quad Cities campus is the only public four-year regional university that serves the Quad Cities region. Designed as a metropolitan commuter campus, WIU-Quad Cities offers select undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral programs. Moline is located just 80 miles north of the Macomb campus and is centered within a diverse, bi-state community of 383,000 that offers a broad range of cultural, social, and entertainment amenities and experiences, as well as varied businesses and industries.

WIU Commitment to Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Anti-Racism (

Western Illinois University fosters respect, equity, and inclusion for all students, faculty, and staff. WIU is committed to anti-racism, anti-oppression, equity, social justice, and diversity. We value inclusion as a core value and as an essential element of Western's public service mission. WIU embraces individual uniqueness and a culture of inclusion that supports broad and specific diversity initiatives. Western believes in the educational and institutional benefits of diversity in society as integral to the success of all individuals.

At WIU, we will:
  • Maintain a safe and secure environment for all members of our University communities.
  • Educate and empower students, staff, and faculty to be social justice advocates.
  • Provide curricula, programs, training, resources, and environments that reflect and strengthen the diversity of our communities, and to elevate cultural awareness and understanding.
  • Ensure fair, equitable, and inclusive access to University facilities, programs, resources, and services.
  • Create inclusive and equitable policies and practices.
  • Diversify the University's workforce by assessing hiring practices to attract, retain, and develop talented staff and faculty from diverse backgrounds.
  • Address intergroup disparities through areas as representation, retention, learning outcomes, and graduation rates.
  • Create a Universitywide diversity plan to ensure a continued commitment to anti-racism, anti-oppression, equity, social justice, and diversity.

Academics (

More than 61 undergraduate degree programs, 41 graduate programs, two doctoral programs and 16 post-baccaulaureate certificate programs prepare students for a successful career after graduation.

Student Resources

More than 200 student organizations at Western provide social, academic, recreation, athletics, service, academic, and many other opportunities for students to grow and learn, develop leadership skills, and much more.

Numerous concerts, lectures, films, dance performances, cultural events and more are presented and performed each year, along with numerous major theatrical and dance productions and studio shows, and a variety of service-oriented projects and activities, all in a diverse and inclusive campus environment.

The Multicultural Center is home to four cultural and resource centers: The Gwendolyn Brooks, Casa Latina, the Women's Center, and the LGBT*QA Resource Center. These cultural and resource centers promote WIU's goal of enhancing justice, diversity, equity, and inclusion through educational programming and advocacy.

WIU Intercollegiate Athletics (

The University's athletics program, based on the Macomb campus, sponsors 17 NCAA Division I intercollegiate men's and women's varsity sports. Football competes in the NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision through the Missouri Valley Football Conference; all other varsity sports compete at the Division I level through The Summit League.

Application Instructions:

APPLICATION: Complete applications include:

1) a letter of application

2) current curriculum vita or resume

3) the names, telephone numbers, and e-mail addresses of three current professional references

4) copies of unofficial academic transcripts and any certifications/licenses required, official copies will be requested of selected candidate

5) a statement of leadership philosophy

6) a separate statement regarding your commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion

Please upload the requested documents by clicking APPLY NOW or by navigating to the WIU Employment page at the following URL

**Note** In order to upload Individual documents must be under 2 MB in size.

Screening will begin March 6, 2023 and will continue until filled.

Western Illinois University endeavors to provide a safe environment for its employees and students and requires candidates to submit to a background investigation upon offer of employment. Employment is contingent upon compliance with University policies and procedures relating to the receipt and evaluation of information contained in the background investigation.

Questions regarding the search may be directed to: Rafael Obregon at

For assistance with the online application system contact the Office of Human Resources at (309)298-1971 or via email at

Western Illinois University is an Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity employer with a strong commitment to diversity. In that spirit, we are particularly interested in receiving applications from a broad spectrum of people, including, but not limited to, minorities, veterans, women, and individuals with disabilities. WIU has a non-discrimination policy that includes discrimination based on an individual's membership in the following classes: sex, race, color, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, religion, age, marital status, national origin, disability, genetic information, veteran status, and any other classes protected by state or federal law.


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