Center Director, Manufacturing & Technology Resource Consortium (MTRC)

  • Stony Brook University
  • Stony Brook, NY, USA
  • Sep 22, 2022
Full time Engineering & Applied Sciences Sciences and Technology: other Deans & Directors Extension & Outreach

Job Description


Center Director, MTRC

Brief Description of Duties:

This position is the senior leadership role for the Manufacturing & Technology Resource Consortium (MTRC) and responsible for all aspects of a major university Regional Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP). It is part of the Economic Development (Econ Dev) senior management team and reports to the Director, Programs.

Econ Dev is responsible for maximizing Stony Brook University's (SBU's) economic impact through science- and engineering-based research and innovation partnerships with faculty, students, and industry. It does so primarily through many programs and units having a specific focus.

MTRC is Empire State Development's Division of Science, Technology and Innovation (NYSTAR) Regional MEP center for the Long Island region, under its award from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). NY MEP. MTRC is designed to assist small to medium-sized manufacturing companies develop business growth and increase competitiveness through training, workforce development, and/or revitalization/renewal of their product lines. The Director leads the organization.

In its boldest and most successful implementation, MTRC will be a true partner with manufacturing companies, consultants, and associated organizations. To this end, the Director is responsible for the development and leadership of the program's strategic approach to sustaining and growing the economic competitiveness of LI manufacturers. Success will be measured by the implementation of the MTRC program's strategic plan, the scale and quality of industry partnerships and projects, the successful completion of NIST survey requirements, and increased funding through successful proposals to federal, state, industry, and other sources. Ultimately, the Director should build the MTRC into a successful national and NY State MEP program.

There are six fundamental components to the role: 1) leadership, 2) management, 3) project and project portfolio management, including funded projects, proposals, and partner initiatives, 4) obtaining and procuring MTRC funding, 5) workforce development and industry-oriented education, and 6) MTRC outreach. They are addressed in detail below. Across all of these areas of responsibility, industry partnerships are central and critical.

The Director will utilize the knowledge gained from previous direct exposure and involvement with manufacturing companies to be successful in this role. Understanding the organizational structure, process, and decision-making in manufacturing companies is essential. They will be a highly motivated self-starter with a record and bias for strong, measurable results and have demonstrated success in program management, grant writing and securing funding, excellent written and verbal communication skills, strong abilities as an individual contributor, manager, and leader, and strong interpersonal skills and professional maturity.

The Director will have five [5] or more years of experience managing cross-organizational partnerships; experience with advanced technology adoption, continuous improvement, quality, workflow optimization, operations, efficiency, and/or growth programs; and the ability to work effectively with the academic, business, private, and governmental sectors.
With SBU and Econ Dev leadership, especially the Director, Programs, execute the following duties described below. For all major areas, duties include defining and tracking performance metrics to evaluate success.


  • Define, implement, and execute strategy and annual plans
  • Growth
  • Improve existing activities, services, and Center operations
  • Accountability for program budget
  • Build and maintain an outstanding advisory board, leveraging member strengths
  • Expand and facilitate relationships with industry
  • Build brand and awareness
  • Build and develop an outstanding team

MTRC Program


  • Center Operations: Build, manage, and support operations and administration. This includes all Center-related program and project work. Manage relationships with NIST/MEP and NYSTAR/MEP as well as federal and state peer organizations. This includes management and operation of the MTRC Maker Space.
  • Annual Plan Development and Execution: Responsible for creating and carrying out an annual program plan for the MTRC to include priorities, projects, resources, team initiatives, and budget. Developing, evaluating, and implementing a system for continuous program improvement.
  • Advisory Board Meetings: Responsible for all Advisory Board meetings, including but not limited to planning, execution, and follow up. Work with Econ Dev team to accomplish objectives of Advisory Board meetings.
  • Budgets: Manage Center program budgets with the Director, Programs and the Director of Finance. With Center staff and Econ Dev team, oversee processing of all programs and related budgets through the Research Foundation Office of Sponsored Programs and/or the Office of Procurement.
  • Reporting and Compliance: Direct responsibility for all reporting and compliance requirements and submissions. This includes, but is not limited to, ensuring compliance with all reporting requirements to applicable state and federal funding agencies. Understanding in detail the implications and strategies needed to meet the NIST MEP ScoreCard metrics. Manage the impact records and the NIST survey process with a minimum grade of 80% for all quarterly reports.
  • Shared Services: Work seamlessly with Econ Dev Shared Services across all areas, including but not not limited to HR, Finance, MarCom, Compliance, IT, and legal. In near-term work, assist in first defining and implementing Shared Services and workflows.

Projects, Partners, and Portfolio Management


  • Projects: Define and directly manage with MTRC staff and industry team leads, oversee quality manufacturing projects with Long Island industry with measurable results on high priority performance criteria important to industry. Responsible for oversight and development of electronic survey activity.
  • Workplans: With MTRC staff and company partners, define and approve project work plans, which will include, among other things, a scope of work, deliverables and outcomes, tasks, owners, due dates, and budget. The work plan will also include specific funding that will be pursued. Evaluate and track progress against the work plan.
  • Project Meetings: Responsible for standing working meetings and periodic status meetings to ensure projects progress on schedule and on budget as defined in the work plan. Ensure interim and final reports are completed and valuable.
  • Project Funding: With Director, Programs and senior executives both internally and externally, identify, prioritize, pursue and secure project funding. Directly and with direct reports, provide proposal and award project management support and coordination.


  • Roadmaps: With companies and MTRC staff, responsible for a roadmap with each industry partner, as appropriate. Roadmap includes, among other things, the industry-driven challenge and the primary performance metric(s). The roadmap will also include specific funding that will be pursued. Regularly review and assess each industry partnership, evaluating performance to the roadmap and revising as mutually agreed.
  • Companies: Build deep, long-term relationships with industry partners. Add new partners. Strengthen and expand existing partnerships that leverage Econ Dev Programs that draw differentiating strength through faculty researchers and students.
  • Faculty: Build deep relationships with faculty partners. Strengthen and expand existing partnerships that leverage Econ Dev Programs that draw differentiating strength through industry relationships.
  • Government and Advocacy Groups: With companies and MTRC staff, responsible for engaging State and Federal funding agencies as well as advocacy groups on manufacturing programs and opportunities, and leveraging MTRC staff, MTRC partners and industry capabilities to obtain relevant program funding.
  • Portfolio Management
  • Project Portfolio Management: With the Director, Programs and Econ Dev leadership team, contribute in designing, building and implementing a system for managing and tracking a portfolio of projects. This will include the use of project management software for both individual projects and a portfolio of projects that will be integrated into larger campus workflows and systems. After implementation, responsible for project portfolio management.
  • Budgets and Project Processing: Oversee processing of all projects and related budgets through the Research Foundation Office of Sponsored Programs and/or the Office of Procurement.
  • Reporting and Compliance: Together with direct reports, responsible for all reporting and compliance requirements of projects. This includes, but is not limited to, ensuring compliance and reporting requirements with applicable funding agencies and sponsors.


  • With the Director, Programs and SBU and Econ Dev leadership team, develop and implement funding growth strategy, including but not limited to proposals and awards.
  • Execute annual plan for growing program and project funding by securing grants and other monies. Develop a robust pipeline of program funding opportunities, proposals, and awards.
  • Work with senior executives both internally and externally to identify, prioritize, pursue, secure, and manage proposals and awards.
  • Monitor all relevant funding sources continuously, identifying appropriate funding opportunities for the MTRC program and related projects. Discuss with Econ Dev leadership team and prioritize.
  • As part of a larger proposal team, ensure assembly and writing of high quality proposals that are submitted in a timely manner.
  • With project, Econ Dev, and SBU teams, ensure all award requirements are met in a high quality, timely manner.

Outreach and Events

  • Brand and Reputation: In collaboration with Econ Dev and other SBU leaders, raise awareness, market, and build a brand for the program to regional, national, and global constituencies and prospective supporters. This includes, but is not limited to, establishing new outreach efforts and events with industry and academics outside of Stony Brook University.
  • Events: Together with the Associate Director of Marketing and Events for Economic Development and program personnel, lead strategy, planning, expansion efforts and execution of conferences and events associated with the center's focus area. Responsible for overall event execution.
  • External Community: Represent the MTRC to regional business organizations by serving on committees, participating in programs and events, attending meetings, and becoming an integral part of the community. Represent the MTRC at State and National MEP events/activities as required. Develop and maintain relationships and partnerships with community stakeholders through active engagement and community outreach to foster a positive referral system and financial support for programs. Assist in building strong partnerships with industry, and private and public service providers.
  • Internal Community: Identify and engage faculty and areas on campus for multidisciplinary collaborations and opportunities, where appropriate.

Workforce Development and Industry-Oriented Education

  • Together with the Assistant Director of Workforce Development and Education Initiatives and direct reports, develop and oversee a robust workforce development and industry-focused training program for the MTRC. This will include external training and engagement with elementary and secondary schools and community colleges designed to foster student interest in scientific or technical careers or provide workforce training outside of SBU, as well as internal training and engagement of undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral students at SBU through research assistant positions and internships with industry.
  • Extended Team: Build an extended team across areas to leverage expertise, effort, and structure.

Management of Team and Direct Reports

  • Oversee and manage direct reports including but not limited to developing position descriptions, recruiting, hiring, defining objectives, workload distribution, annual performance appraisals, approval for time off, personnel issues, counseling, and terminating.
  • Together with VP Coordinator for Economic Development, develop and implement appropriate professional development and training programs for direct and indirect reports.
  • Through excellent use of Performance Programs and Evaluations, inform, develop, and correct direct and indirect reports' performance.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Preferred and Required Qualifications

Required Qualifications (as evidenced by an attached resume):
Bachelor's Degree (foreign equivalent or higher) in a related field (engineering, sciences). Ten [10] years of full-time experience in a manufacturing environment. Five [5] years of full-time experience managing teams and individuals. Five [5] or more years of experience in project definition, organization, kickoff, and management.

Preferred Qualifications:
Graduate degree (foreign equivalent or higher) in engineering or energy-related scientific discipline. Graduate degree (foreign equivalent or higher) in business administration (MBA), law (JD), or relevant field. Five [5] years of experience with NIST Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP). Three [3] or more years of experience with the innovation ecosystem, including large, medium, small, and/or startup businesses. Three [3] or more years of experience in data collection, management, and reporting. Additional years [6+] of full-time experience managing teams and individuals. Leadership/management role in a manufacturing environment. Familiarity with planning and assessments to increase manufacturing productivity. Consulting experience. Experience with manufacturing facilities, machinery, industrial equipment, and related regulations. Experience in economic development. Served as Principal Investigator (PI) or co-PI on federal sponsored research award agreements, as well as associated processes. Highly proficient experience in MS Suite, electronic messaging, and database systems.

Application Details

Special Notes:
The Research Foundation of SUNY is a private educational corporation. Employment is subject to the Research Foundation policies and procedures, sponsor guidelines and the availability of funding. FLSA Exempt position, not eligible for the overtime provisions of the FLSA. Minimum salary threshold must be met to maintain FLSA exemption.

Due to U.S. Export Control laws and regulations, the candidate hired will need to be a U.S. citizen, lawful permanent resident, or other "protected individual" (as defined by 8 U.S.C. Sec. 1324b(a)(3).

Resume/CV and cover letter should be included with the online application.

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Job Number: 2203128Official Job Title: Associate DirectorJob Field: Administrative & Professional (non-Clinical)Primary Location: US-NY-Stony BrookDepartment/Hiring Area: Economic Development, MTRCSchedule: Full-time Shift :Day Shift Shift Hours: 8:30-5 Posting Start Date: Sep 16, 2022Posting End Date: Sep 30, 2022, 8:59:00 PMSalary:150,000 - 200,000Appointment Type: RegularSalary Grade:E6

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