Salary Grade/Salary Minimum:
22/ Minimum: 143,000
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
• Lead efforts to develop relationships with corporations that foster and enhance joint research and development partnerships with industry.
• In close cooperation with the Vice President, develop the Thad Cochran Research, Technology, and Economic Development Park.
• Develop proposals to various public, private, and non-profit organizations that will support the university’s economic development programs.
• In consultation with the Vice President, develop new initiatives and strategies and implementing approaches to increase corporate and economic development engagement.
• Take a leadership role in working in cooperation with communities and economic development organizations to foster economic development throughout the State of Mississippi.
• Work closely with Research Centers and other university units to maximize their involvement in economic development.
• Develop and organize symposia on economic development.
• Supervise the directors of the Office of Technology Management and the Thad Cochran Research Technology and Economic Development Park.
• Assist the Vice President in setting strategic and tactical directions for the division, keeping records of accomplishments and reporting results to senior administrators, Board of Trustees of the Institutions of Higher Learning (IHL), and state and federal decision makers.
• Establish and implement short- and long-range organizational goals, objectives, strategic plans, policies, and operating procedures; monitor and evaluate programmatic and operational effectiveness, and effect changes required for improvement.
• Represent the Office of Research and Economic Development at national, regional, state and university meetings as necessary.
• Perform other duties as assigned.
• A degree in a discipline relevant to the position.
• Demonstrated experience in economic development.
• Demonstrated experience in corporate engagement.
• Demonstrated leadership abilities, including building collaborative ventures, partnerships, coalitions with business and industry, state and federal agencies, and other organizations.
• A record of personal excellence in economic development and entrepreneurship.
• Experience in corporate executive management.
• Experience dealing with faculty in a research setting.
• An advanced degree in a discipline relevant to the position.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
• Demonstrated understanding of roles of federal and non-federal agencies in economic development.
• Knowledge of the multiple missions and roles of a land grant institution, including contributions to economic development.
• Understanding and appreciation for science and technology and its applications.
• Demonstrated skills in management and resource allocation.
• Skill in analyzing and problem solving.
• Ability to quickly identify trends and develop/implement effective pathways to capitalize on these trends.
Working Conditions and Physical Effort:
1. No unusual physical requirements. Requires no heavy lifting, and nearly all work is performed in a comfortable indoor facility.
2. Frequent - Externally imposed deadlines; set and revised beyond one’s control; interruptions influence priorities; difficult to anticipate nature or volume of work with certainty beyond a few days; irregular hours may be required; meeting of deadlines and coordination of related activities are key to position; involves conflict-resolution or similar interactions involving emotional issues or stress on a regular basis.
3. Job frequently requires walking, sitting, reaching, talking, hearing, handling objects with hands.
4. Job requires standing, stooping/kneeling/crouching/crawling, and lifting up to 10 pounds.
5. Vision requirements: Ability to see information in print and/or electronically.
Position contingent upon funding availability.
Instructions for Applying:
Please attach resume and cover letter including references.
Equal Employment Opportunity Statement:
MSU is an equal opportunity employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, ethnicity, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, disability status, age, sexual orientation, genetic information, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. We always welcome nominations and applications from women, members of any minority group, and others who share our passion for building a diverse community that reflects the diversity in our student population.