Industry Project Manager
Iowa State University - Ames, IA

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CIRAS, the Extension and Outreach Center for Industrial Research and Service, is seeking a Project Manager (PM) that provides technical expertise to manufacturers and businesses. Services will be provided in partnership with faculty through the engineering student capstone design program and through matching of faculty/laboratory resources with the company needs.

Capstone design is the culmination of undergraduate students' study in their chosen engineering discipline. The position will collaborate with faculty in identifying engineering issues facing companies and help ascertain the necessary skill sets required of the student teams to achieve the company objectives and to provide a high quality hands-on industry experience for the students. Researching the engineering needs of companies, identifying the appropriate faculty, laboratory and other ISU resources needed to meet the company needs, and managing on-campus visits to connect company executives with these resources is also a duty of this position.

Responsibilities include assessing problems and providing solutions to companies to improve their profitability and capacity to foster growth. Many of the problems encountered by Iowa businesses require nontraditional solutions or research into new, innovative, global-oriented processes that may not have been previously considered by the company.

The PM will initiate a college wide industry survey process to identify the economic impact of the student led projects and faculty-company projects. A key component of this position is the development, implementation, and maintenance of a consistent streamlined industry process for the capstone courses and corporate visits including working with engineering department chairs and individual faculty to working with ISU legal on consistent contract templates for these industry interactions. The position functions as a vital link to ISU (e.g. College of Engineering, research facilities) for effective knowledge transfer and integration of complex solutions to businesses. Staff is expected to interact collegially and maintain the highest standards of integrity and ethics.

Required Qualifications

Master's degree in a technical and/or business discipline and 3 years related experience.

Preferred Qualifications

Bachelor's degree in Engineering. Mid-level management experience. Experience with manufacturers or in a manufacturing environment. Experience which demonstrates exposure to global business operations. Development and presentation of educational curriculum. Additional years of related experience. Experience working with faculty at a four year institution of higher education. Licensed Professional Engineer.


Commensurate with experience and education.

Special Conditions

The guaranteed application review date for this position is 01/02/2013, but the position will remain open until filled.

Office location will be on the ISU Campus in Ames Iowa. Relocation costs in accordance with the ISU moving policy will be available for qualified candidate if applicable.

All offers of employment, oral and written, are contingent upon the university's verification of credentials and other information required by federal and state law, ISU policies/procedures, and may include the completion of a background check.

Application Instructions

To apply for this position, please click on "Apply for this Vacancy" and complete the Employment Application. Please be prepared to enter or attach the following:

1) Current Resume
2) Letter of application/Cover Letter
3) Contact information for a minimum of three references identifying professional relationship to applicant. Within the references, please include a supervisor, peer, and direct report.
4) Unofficial college transcripts for all degrees earned; may be submitted via email to in lieu of attaching to application. Official transcripts required if hired.

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If you have questions regarding this vacancy, please email Kaela Black at or call 515-294-3283.

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