Associate Director of Operations

Virginia Tech
Virginia, United States
Salary Not Specified
Date posted
Jun 23, 2023

Job Description

Virginia Alliance for Semiconductor Technology (VAST) is a Commonwealth of Virginia initiative to innovate Virginia’s semiconductor, microelectronics, and nanotechnology ecosystem. VAST will establish an alliance of institutions of higher education to coordinate the semiconductor and nanofabrication cleanrooms, nano-characterization facilities, and advanced packaging and microelectronics centers across member institutions; to accelerate the development of a qualified workforce through a new Fast Track to Semiconductor Career program; and to market and promote the assets and infrastructure that supports the industry in the Commonwealth. VAST website will serve as the gateway to semiconductor and nanotechnology excellence in the Commonwealth. The VAST Headquarters will be at Virginia Tech Research Center (VTRC) in Arlington, and founding members of the alliance are: George Mason University (GMU), Virginia Tech (VT), University of Virginia (UVA), Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU), Norfolk State University (NSU). Each member may have more than one cleanroom or facility that participates in the network. Northern Virginia Community College will be a strategic partner for the workforce development and the Fast Track to Semiconductor Career programs.

Reporting to the VAST Director, the Associate Director of Operations will lead the Alliance’s programs related to access to cleanrooms and facilities. These programs seek to increase use and impact of shared nanotech facilities across the Commonwealth by: providing transparent platforms for finding and accessing unique equipment; ensuring consistent and high-quality training and safety protocols; and tracking impact through high-quality data.

In addition, the VAST Associate Director of Operations will chair the VAST Operations Committee (OPC) composed of the facility managers of VAST nodes. The OPC will establish policies related to VAST operation, advise on the development of the VAST workplan, and execute the workplan. OPC will establish standards and policies for efficient, safe, and accessible use of facilities. They will establish VAST safety and training policies; standards for the creation and delivery of virtual training modules to VAST-standards for tools in their facility; and standards for access to and reporting of data necessary for reporting, operation, and evaluation of VAST metrics to VAST headquarter and other sponsors.

Required Qualifications

- Bachelor’s degree or higher
- Experience working in micro/nano fabrication cleanrooms
- Knowledge of laboratory safety and chemical hygiene practices
- Ability to interpret and generate documents related to safety rules, operation, and maintenance instructions, and procedure manuals
- Strong negotiation, communication, and presentation skills
- Excellent project management and organizational skills
- Collaborative team player with the ability to work cross-functionally
- Ability to analyze data and lend technical expertise to establish priorities, and develop and implement strategies with increasing complexity
- Evidence as a self-starter who can work independently, as well as be a team contributor in a complex and fast-paced organization
- High degree of emotional intelligence

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The successful candidate will be required to have a criminal conviction check.

About Virginia Tech

Dedicated to its motto, Ut Prosim (That I May Serve), Virginia Tech pushes the boundaries of knowledge by taking a hands-on, transdisciplinary approach to preparing scholars to be leaders and problem-solvers. A comprehensive land-grant institution that enhances the quality of life in Virginia and throughout the world, Virginia Tech is an inclusive community dedicated to knowledge, discovery, and creativity. The university offers more than 280 majors to a diverse enrollment of more than 36,000 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students in eight undergraduate colleges , a school of medicine , a veterinary medicine college, Graduate School , and Honors College . The university has a significant presence across Virginia, including the Innovation Campus in Northern Virginia; the Health Sciences and Technology Campus in Roanoke; sites in Newport News and Richmond; and numerous Extension offices and research centers . A leading global research institution, Virginia Tech conducts more than $500 million in research annually.

Virginia Tech does not discriminate against employees, students, or applicants on the basis of age, color, disability, sex (including pregnancy), gender, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, or military status, or otherwise discriminate against employees or applicants who inquire about, discuss, or disclose their compensation or the compensation of other employees or applicants, or on any other basis protected by law.

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Advertised: June 23, 2023
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