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Executive Director for Programs, CCAD at University of Iowa

Posted in Other 30+ days ago.

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Location: Iowa City, Iowa

Job Description:
Yes, significant travel will be required (national and international)

Please attach a resume and cover letter as part of the application process . Job openings are posted for a minimum of 14 calendar days. This job may be removed from posting and filled any time after the minimum posting period has ended. For questions or additional information, please contact Sandra Gerard (319) 335-5217 or

Successful candidates will be subject to a criminal, and credential background check.

Position Summary: Contribute to the expansion, implementation, and evaluation of the research mission for the Center for Computer-Aided Design (CCAD) by identifying and securing funding through Department of Defense and other key stakeholders.

Position Responsibilities
Strategic Planning:
Develop, implement, evaluate and direct the strategic vision for CCAD in collaboration with the CCAD leadership team. Propose, plan and develop new initiatives. Formulate goals and strategic plans for CCAD.

Lead in the advancement of research, primarily focused on the Department of Defense, and subsequently expand the team to other government and industrial organizations, related to science and technology (S&T) and other Research and Development (R&D) efforts across CCAD.

Broaden the strategy to include DoD key stakeholders, Research, Development, and Engineering commands as well as commands in other areas including but not limited to US Army, US Navy, US Air Force.

In consultation with Engineering Marketing and Communications create and oversee implementation of a strategic communication and outreach vision and policies. Assess progress toward strategic communication and outreach goals related to increasing research opportunities.

Public Relations and Outreach:
Develop, broaden, and manage relationships with constituency groups including donors, investors, corporate partners, legislators and government entities.
Work with the UI Federal Relations staff to constructively influence policy, budget, and program proposals being developed by federal decision makers and help establish long term relationships with key partners. Continue the work of government relations and advocacy for CCAD in the D.C. area. Requires significant travel (national and international).

Represent CCAD on various internal or external committees, agencies, and associations. Drive external engagement activities. In consultation with UI Center for Advancement, plan, direct, and participate in fundraising activities in order to meet CCAD's operational goals.

Identify and help CCAD build network of relationships and targeted allies, and draw them together to skillfully construct and maintain a cohesive coalition.
Engage in effective and collaborative relationships with University stakeholders and partners including University colleagues, alumni supervisors, faculty, staff, and students.

Serve as ambassador for the comprehensive CCAD economic development mission. Coordinate CCAD researcher visits to governmental offices. Coordinate governmental visits to CCAD.

External Communication and Negotiation:
In collaboration with UI Governmental Relations office, coordinate all aspects of Federal Relations and Congressional Affairs for CCAD, and engage in governmental relations and advocacy for CCAD in the D.C. area.

Seek input from CCAD researchers on key areas of need and work with the UI Governmental Relations staff to constructively influence policy, budget, and program proposals being developed by federal decision makers.

Establish long term relationships with key partners and serve as liaison to establish communication for planning purposes in order to meet research funding goals.

Link CCAD with the various DoD services, make introductions, facilitate interactions to successful outcomes, and provide follow-up support.
Communicate with UI offices to assure compliance, adherence to policies, status tracking, and direct communications with sponsors and other entities.

Identify and help CCAD build a network of relationships with targeted allies and draw them together to skillfully construct and maintain a cohesive coalition for the purpose of increasing research opportunities.

Leadership/Staff Management/Financial Responsibility:
Seek input and support from CCAD research subject matter experts, serve as technical expert and functional lead for CCAD's Department of Defense research program. Plan, direct, and organize the Department of Defense expansion for CCAD.

Recruit, hire, develop, and manage the performance of business development personnel, and staff; build a professional business development team focused on the US Military services and subsequently expand to other government and industry focused teams; assure compliance with UI policies and procedures. Hold leaders accountable for high performance and a high engagement culture by articulating expectations, monitoring performance and providing feedback consistently across CCAD.

Develop strategy for budget development and management.

Education Required:
A Master's degree, preferably an MBA or an equivalent combination of education and experience

Experience Requirements:
7+ years of experience in federal relations, donor relations, budget trends, and executing plans to success

Demonstrated expertise in creating strategy for the pursuit, definition, and securing of Department of Defense funding

Substantial knowledge of military funded national security research

Demonstrated experience with government relations, advocacy, positioning for academic research and development

Extensive knowledge of the Department of Defense, research strategy, funding mechanisms, and strategic thrusts

Demonstrated ability to create and advance strategic initiatives in a complex environment

Demonstrated experience working effectively in a diverse environment.