Director - StarLab George Washington Carver Science Park Program

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Engineering | Office of the Dean

The Managing Director of StarLab George Washington Carver Science Park Program develops, implements, and manages systems and processes related to administrative, financial, operational, and other contractual requirements associated with the StarLab project. This includes strategic and tactical planning activities, monitoring and tracking of programmatic progress, financial management, budget preparation, facilities support, human resources, and general administration and activity planning.  Reporting directly to the Principal Investigator, the Managing Director serves as a primary interface between internal and external collaborators including scientific researchers, technical staff, policymakers, educational and outreach personnel, and corporate executives.

Ohio State’s role in the StarLab project involves developing and coordinating university research to take place aboard the StarLab GWC Science Park as well as serving as a research gateway and catalyst for other potential users around the globe through creation of an academic consortium and broader affiliation network. Finally, Ohio State will host and operate the ground-based ‘control lab’ for agricultural and other research tied to the StarLab GWC Science Park.

To successfully and sustainably meet these requirements, the Managing Director will be responsible for working with a diverse group of stakeholders to craft and grow the requisite partnership and collaborative structures as well as to develop sustainable business models for their ongoing operation. Successful candidates will be self-motivated and expected to exercise significant independent judgement. Strong attention to detail, a high degree of resourcefulness, and exceptional critical analysis, problem solving, and decision-making skills are essential.

Required Qualifications:

Master's Level Degree in Business, Engineering, Agricultural Science or equivalent education/experience or related field plus a minimum of 5 years of experience in higher education.

Desired Qualifications:

Doctorate Degree in Business, Engineering, Agricultural Science

Essential Duties:

40% - Develop, implement, and manage systems and processes related to administrative, financial, operational, and other contractual requirements associated with the StarLab project; Lead strategic and tactical planning activities; Monitor and report programmatic progress; Hire and supervise staff; Manage all financial and budgetary operations.

30% - Design, implement, manage, and grow partnership and alliance structures, including associated business models for their sustainable operation beyond the project period.

30% - Serve as primary interface between the GWC Space Park Program and internal and external collaborators and stakeholders; Manage internal and external communications and outreach activities.

Ohio State is focused on enhancing the health and safety of our community. Therefore, the university is requiring every student, faculty, and staff member to be compliant with Ohio State’s COVID-19 vaccine requirement.

By the start of employment, all newly hired employees must receive at least the first dose of a two-dose series or a single dose of a one-dose series COVID-19 vaccination. Individuals who choose a two-dose series vaccination must receive the second dose within 45 days of their start date. Proof of vaccination will be required at time of hire.

Candidates may request a medical or religious exemption from the vaccination requirement. Campus employees may also request an exemption for personal reasons. Ohio State Wexner Medical Center, College of Medicine or OSUP Employees are not eligible for personal exemptions. All exemptions are subject to Ohio State’s approval and subject to change, including revocation, due to legal and regulatory requirements.

Additional Information:

The target hiring range for this position is $ $99,000 - $133,000 per year.

Resume and Covered Letter Required.

Application review will begin July 11th, 2022 and will continue until the position is filled.

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The Ohio State University is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, ancestry, color, disability, ethnicity, gender identity or expression, genetic information, HIV/AIDS status, military status, national origin, race, religion, sex, gender, sexual orientation, pregnancy, protected veteran status, or any other bases under the law. Applicants are encouraged to complete and submit the Equal Employment Identification form.