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Executive Director, Operations

Johns Hopkins University
Baltimore, Maryland, United States
Salary Not Specified
Date posted
Dec 7, 2023

Johns Hopkins, founded in 1876, is America's first research university and home to nine world-class academic divisions working together as one university.


Job Description:

The Executive Director, Operations of the Materials Characterization and Processing Facility (MCP) is responsible for providing leadership and effective management of the facility. This role involves developing and implementing a strategic plan, overseeing daily operations, managing staff, ensuring compliance with regulations, and representing the MCP to external partners and stakeholders. The Executive Director, Operations plays a crucial role in advancing the MCP's scientific goals and fostering collaborations that enhance its impact.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

Operations Management:
  • Ensure efficient and effective daily operations of the facility, including staffing, budgeting, and maintenance.
  • Develop and implement policies and procedures to prioritize safety and security for MCP faculty, staff, and partners.
  • Manage and lead facility staff ensuring their professional development and optimal performance.
  • Regularly interface with financial managers to maintain MCP financial reporting and financial projections.
Strategic Planning and Implementation:
  • Work in concert with MCP Director, staff, and advisory board to continue to develop and execute a strategic plan aligned with the Whiting School's vision and the Department of Materials Science direction.
  • Ensure that the MCP's work and development meet the needs of the School and its stakeholders.
  • Collaborate with faculty, school leadership, and other university personnel to drive the MCP's ongoing success.
Partnership Building:
  • Cultivate and maintain productive relationships with internal and external partners and potential collaborators to increase MCP usage and advance scientific goals.
  • Represent the MCP enthusiastically and effectively to potential partners, faculty, and other universities.
  • Foster relationships with key stakeholders to align MCP's direction with organizational goals.
  • Maintain relationships with all internal and external stakeholders, users, and partners.
Representation and Relationship Building:
  • Serve as a liaison between internal and external stakeholders, representing MCP to the wider community in concert with MCP director and center mission.
  • Build and nurture relationships with key stakeholders, including industry partners, research institutions, and funding agencies.
  • Utilize networking opportunities to promote the MCP's mission and establish strategic alliance
Compliance and Regulations:
  • Ensure the MCP's compliance with all applicable laws, regulations, and ethical standards.
  • Stay informed about relevant legal and regulatory requirements and implement necessary changes.
Performance Metrics and Continuous Improvement:
  • Develop and maintain metrics to measure the success of the MCP and its scientific contributions.
  • Utilize data-driven insights to identify areas for improvement and make recommendations for enhancing the facility's technologies and capabilities.

· Required Qualifications:
  • BS 10 years experience in technical field related to materials science and engineering or related field.
  • Option for faculty appointment.
  • 10 years of experience in a leadership role in facilities management, preferably in a research university setting.
  • Strong strategic planning and management skills.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal abilities.
  • Ability to work independently, collaborate effectively with colleagues and partners, and lead teams.
  • Exceptional attention to detail and the ability to meet deadlines.
  • Competent background in technical instrumentation in MCP
Preferred Qualifications:
  • Technical instrumentation management experience.
  • MS or PhD in Materials Science or related field.
  • Experience in materials science and engineering within a research user facility environment.
  • Proficiency in fundraising and grant writing.
  • Knowledge and experience in marketing and public relations.
  • Demonstrated success in building and maintaining relationships with key stakeholders to achieve organizational goals and vision.
Application Instructions Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

The Johns Hopkins University is committed to equal opportunity for its faculty, staff, and students. To that end, the university does not discriminate on the basis of sex, gender, marital status, pregnancy, race, color, ethnicity, national origin, age, disability, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, veteran status or other legally protected characteristic. The university is committed to providing qualified individuals access to all academic and employment programs, benefits and activities on the basis of demonstrated ability, performance and merit without regard to personal factors that are irrelevant to the program involved.

The successful candidate(s) for this position will be subject to a pre-employment background check.

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