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CHECCS Managing Director

University of Arkansas at Fort Smith
Arkansas, United States
Salary Not Specified
Posted date
Oct 25, 2021

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Faculty Positions, Business & Management, Business Administration, Management, Administrative, Business & Administrative Affairs, Other Business & Administrative Affairs, Grants & Contracts, Human Resources Administration
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Full Time
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Type of Position:Research

Workstudy Position:


Job Type:Regular

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Institution Name: University of Arkansas, Fayetteville

Founded in 1871, the University of Arkansas is a land grant institution, classified by the Carnegie Foundation among the nation’s top 2 percent of universities with the highest level of research activity. The University of Arkansas works to advance Arkansas and build a better world through education, research and outreach by providing transformational opportunities and skills, promoting an inclusive and diverse culture and climate, and nurturing creativity, discovery and the spread of new ideas and innovations.

The University of Arkansas campus is located in Fayetteville, a welcoming community ranked as one of the best places to live in the U.S. The growing region surrounding Fayetteville is home to numerous Fortune 500 companies and one of the nation’s strongest economies. Northwest Arkansas is also quickly gaining a national reputation for its focus on the arts and overall quality of life.

As an employer, the University of Arkansas offers a vibrant work environment and a workplace culture that promotes a healthy work-life balance. The benefits package includes university contributions to health, dental, life and disability insurance, tuition waivers for employees and their families, 12 official holidays, immediate leave accrual, and a choice of retirement programs with university contributions ranging from 5 to 10% of employee salary.

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Department:Samir El-Ghazaly Reports

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Summary of Job Duties:With the establishing of the Center for High-Frequency Electronics and Circuits for Communication Systems (CHECCS) and expansion of the Operations Manager’s responsibilities to fulfill the center mission and goals, a full time Managing Director (MD) is being hired. The Managing Director will report to and work in close partnership with CHECCS’s Director and the management team to administer this technically complex, multi-university, and continuously evolving Center.

Responsibilities of the position are:
•tThe MD serves as manager and central administrator for the Center, acting within the policies and procedures of the Center, the University, and the National Science Foundation Cooperative Agreement, to achieve Center goals. This includes oversight of the day to day activities of the Center, including coordination and planning of activities, financial management, project management, IP management, budget preparation, facilities support, grant administration, human resources, general administration and resource allocation.
•tCoordinate and develop interactions between Center faculty and industrial sponsors to build mutually beneficial relationships and improve project outcomes.
•tSet processes and procedures to enhance the management and communication of new project proposals, project progress and outcomes for both faculty and industry members.
•tPlan and run the bi-annual Industry Advisory Board meetings.
•tDevelop new industrial contacts and expand the Center’s membership.
•tIdentify new university contacts, both domestically and internationally, that add capabilities to the Center and assist in the incorporation these sites through the NSF approval process.
•tAdvance educational opportunities for underrepresented groups in the engineering profession through outreach activities and programs.
•tInteract with current graduate and undergraduate students in their ongoing projects and course work to assist in training potential employees for the Center’s industrial members.
•tInvolvement in outreach to surrounding schools and communities to aid in their technical growth and job opportunities.
•tNurture technical innovation among the Center’s faculty and students, leading to recognized publications and awarding of patents. Assist in the IP and patent management process.


Minimum Qualifications:

  • A bachelors or masters degree in relevant field or closely related area, with a Ph.D. preferred from an accredited institution of higher education

  • At least five years of experience with a center relevant industries/organizations

  • Proven management experience showing administrative, organizational, and problem-solving skills in dealing with complex, research-related matters

  • Proven leadership, communication, and team building skills with the different groups of individuals involved in the Center

    • Faculty communications

    • Student relations

    • Industry Advisory Board (IAB) relations

    • University relations

    • IAB meetings

    • Website management

  • Highly developed ability to prepare written communications and give presentations for technical and management audiences

  • Demonstrated experience in coordinating projects involving many individual and institutional participants

  • Familiarity with the federal grant process, specifically the National Science Foundation, is desired but not required

Salary Information:

Commensurate with education and experience

Required Documents to Apply:

Cover Letter/Letter of Application, Curriculum Vitae, List of three Professional References (name, email, business title)

Optional Documents:

Proof of Veteran Status

Recruitment Contact Information:

Tina Paul, assistant to the department head, electrical engineering;; 479-575-3008

All application materials must be uploaded to the University of Arkansas System Career Site

Please do not send to listed recruitment contact.

Additional Information:

Diversity and Inclusion Statement:

The College of Engineering is dedicated to building and supporting a culturally diverse and pluralistic faculty, staff, and administration committed to teaching and working in an inclusive environment. The College strongly encourages applications from women, minorities, differently abled individuals, LGBTQIA+, and veterans. To promote equity and excellence, the selection committees will take into account any career interruptions experienced by applicants. As such, applicants are invited to share the related circumstances and explain how these interruptions have impacted their career path.

Pre-employment Screening Requirements:Criminal Background Check, Sex Offender Registry

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The University of Arkansas seeks to attract, develop and retain high quality faculty, staff and administrators that consistently display practices and behaviors to advance a culture and climate that embeds inclusion, diversity, equity, and access. For more information on diversity and inclusion on campus, please visit: Division of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

The University of Arkansas is an equal opportunity, affirmative action institution. The university welcomes applications without regard to race/color, sex, gender, pregnancy, age, national origin, disability, religion, marital or parental status, protected veteran or military status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or any other characteristic protected under applicable federal or state law.

Persons must have proof of legal authority to work in the United States on the first day of employment. All applicant information is subject to public disclosure under the Arkansas Freedom of Information Act.

Constant Physical Activity:Talking

Frequent Physical Activity:N/A

Occasional Physical Activity:N/A

Benefits Eligible:Yes
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