Director, Process Development Center

Mission of the UMaine Process Development Center: The mission of the UMaine Process Development Center is to provide cost-effective, rapid response research and technical services to the pulp, paper, and allied industries in Maine and beyond. In order to accomplish this mission, the Director works closely with industry in support of their R&D needs, maintains and upgrades our laboratories and pilot plant to incorporate the most advanced technologies available, for the benefit of students and industry. Fees paid for research and for technical services finance this mission and support all activities of the Center.
Direct and manage operations of UMaine Process Development Center
Develop close working relationships with academia, National Laboratories and the private sector in support of research, development, and the technical service needs of the industry
Upgrade and maintain facilities for the benefit of students and industrial clients. Promote and market the facility to increase revenue, thus eliminating the need for external subsidies.
Promote and represent the Department and University in matters of economic development and sponsored research at the local, state and federal levels.
Essential Duties & Responsibilities:
Administration and Supervision
Develop and manage the annual and long-range budget for operations
Assess current needs and project long range requirements for pilot plant and laboratory capital assets
Develop and direct the staffing and professional development plans for the Process Development Center. Responsible for hiring, supervision, evaluation, and firing of staff.
Submit reports to the Department Chair, the Vice President for Innovation and Economic Development, and the Vice President for Research as needed.
Insure quality control of all services
Develop, administer and maintain a chemical hygiene, training and saftey program for the Process Development Center that complies with all University, local, state and federal regulations.
Research and Development:
Develop and maintain effective working relationships with industry representatives and researchers to ensure continued external support for the pilot plant through research and development projects
Provide technical consultation in pulp and paper technology, industrial equipment and processes to University, local, state and federal agencies, non-profit groups, NGO's, private sector and other stakeholders.
Direct all aspects of identifying, securing and executing sponsored reseach activites for the Process Development Center.Work with clients to define the research or application problem; design studies, experiments, and tests to gather information on problems of sponsors; prepare reports and make technical, process, and procedural recommendations for the client
Research is conducted both on-site at the UMaine campus and also off- site at industrial facilities.
Other related duties as assigned
Pilot Plant Support
Promote the use of and visibility of the pilot plant to increase research support and donations of equipment and supplies.
Identify equipment needs; work with engineering and technical staff to install and control equipment, including designing computer control mechanisms and prototype research equipment.
Public Service, Teaching, Presentations, and Publication
Plan and deliver seminars and conference presentations in areas of interest to the industry, both at professional conferences and at industry locations.
Author technical manuscripts for publication in scholarly and professional journals on recent research conducted at the pilot plant to promote UM programs and publicize pilot plant activities.
Knowledge, Skills & Qualifications:
Minimum educational requirement is a bachelor's degree in Chemical Engineering, Pulp and Paper Technology or a closely related discipline. An advanced degree in either engineering or business would be an advantage but relevant experience and proven management and marketing skills are more important than formal qualifications.
Proven presentation skills are required.
Communication skills (written and oral), computer skills and creative thinking are also important.
The position will require contractual negotiation with companies and other funding agencies so the ability to negotiate and manage contracts, and knowledge and experience in cost analysis will also be important.
In addition, normal requirements for leading and managing multi-disciplinary, multi-client research and development teams including scheduling and prioritization of work assignments.
Skills and experience related to policy formulation, budget management and preparation, employee development, development of new strategies and procedures, fostering a cooperative work environment are highly desirable.
Ability to exercise sound independent judgment and to manage and impart information to a range of different clients and/or media are also highly desirable.
Ability and willingness to travel frequently, normally requiring a driver's license.
Work Schedule: Full time, 40 hours per week. Normal University of Maine business hours are Monday through Friday 8:00 am to 4:30 pm. Due to the nature of the position, work beyond regular hours (to include evenings and weekends) will be necessary to meet the requirements of the position. The employee should establish regular office hours and in consultation with the supervisor, adjust the work schedule as appropriate.
Work Year: Fiscal Year.
Position Type: Contingent on funding and successful performance
Schedule for Evaluation: During the initial six months of employment and annually thereafter.
Materials must be submitted via "Apply For Position". You will need to create a profile and application; upload a cover letter and a resume/curriculum vitae which fully describes your qualifications and experiences with specific reference to the required and preferred qualifications; and provide contact information for three professional references. Incomplete application materials cannot be considered. Review of applications will begin February 12, 2018. Materials received after that date will be reviewed at the discretion of the University.
Appropriate background checks are required.
All UMS employees are required to comply with applicable policies and procedures, as well as to complete applicable workplace related screenings, and required employee trainings, such as Information Security, Safety Training, Workplace Violence, and Sexual Harassment.
The University of Maine System is an EEO/AA employer, and does not discriminate on the grounds of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, including transgender status and gender expression, national origin, citizenship status, age, disability, genetic information or veteran's status in employment, education, and all other programs and activities. Please contact the Director of Equal Opportunity, 101 N. Stevens Hall, Orono, ME 04469 at 207-581-1226 (voice), TTY 711 (Maine Relay System), or equal.opportunity@maine.edu with questions or concerns.
Fiscal Year (12 Months)
Required Documents:
Cover Letter, Resume/CV

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