Posting Detail Information
Working Title Associate Director
Position Location Fort Collins, CO
Work Location Position is fully in-office/in-person
Research Professional Position No
Posting Number 202300854AP
Position Type Admin Professional/ Research Professional
Classification Title Management II
Number of Vacancies
Work Hours/Week 40
Proposed Annual Salary Range 100,000 - 135,000
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Desired Start Date 07/01/2023
Position End Date (if temporary)
To ensure full consideration, applications must be received by 11:59pm (MT)
Description of Work Unit
Founded in 1870, Colorado State University is among the nation's leading
research universities and enrolls approximately 32,000 undergraduate,
graduate, and professional students. Located an hour north of the Denver metro
area, Fort Collins is a vibrant community of approximately 157,000 residents
that offers the convenience of a small town with all the amenities of a large
city. Fort Collins is situated on the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains with
views of 14,000 foot peaks, and offers access to numerous cultural,
recreational, and outdoor opportunities.
The Energy Institute is operated under the Office of the Vice President for
Research (OVPR) at Colorado State University. The Institute builds on the
long history of work in energy at CSU and is intended to foster greater
collaboration among energy faculty across all eight colleges with broad access
to new facilities for faculty and industry partners. The mission of the CSU
Energy Institute is to accelerate the development, scaleup and adoption of
clean energy and climate solutions on a global scale by harnessing the unique
resources at Colorado State University. The institute seeks to accomplish this
mission by accelerating energy and climate solutions research, developing and
disseminating solutions, supporting entrepreneurship, promoting education, and
supporting the development of informed policy. It is an institution wide
program with participation by researchers from all colleges headquartered at
the Powerhouse Energy Campus. The campus is a 100,000 sq ft laboratory
collocating faculty, researchers, educators as well as energy and
decarbonization focused private companies. https: // energy.colostate.edu/
The Associate Director is an executive level position partnering with the
Executive Director and Operating Director of the Energy Institute in
fulfilling the department's mission by ensuring efficient operation of the
department through communication and collaboration with each of the area leads
(outreach, communications, finance, engineering, research, etc.). This
highly impactful position is involved in all facets of the departmental
operations and plays a key role building and executing partnering strategies
designed to increase impact of efforts aligned with EI's mission and vision.
The Institute is growing and needs a highly motivated individual to join the
team, which is building Powerhouse II, an expansion of the current campus as
well as re-envisioning the department for the next 10 years of success.
Required Job Qualifications
Five years of increasingly responsible experience serving on a team of
senior management or executive-level staff, including experience leading
and managing projects in a cross-functional team environment
Demonstrated effective communication skills with the ability to present
technical and non-technical content to various stakeholders for tours and
Experience creating professional content and communications for diverse
Experience working in an environment that requires adaptability,
independent management of competing demands, and adjustments to frequent
Demonstrated organizational, and problem-solving skills.
Effectively working with dynamic, diverse groups to include research
sponsors and partners, families, students, faculty, alumni, professionals,
university leadership and others.
Experience exercising sound judgment and discretion when working with
Demonstrated commitment and promotion of justice, equity, diversity, and
inclusion in the workplace. Including promoting CSU's Principles of
Inclusion, Integrity, Respect, Service, and Social Justice
Strong computer skills in database management (including
troubleshooting). Experience and working knowledge of accounting and
information systems and the ability to resolve complex problems using a
variety of tools including Microsoft Office and financial reporting
Ability to independently manage workflow processes and schedules.
Must have a valid driver's license or the ability to obtain a driver's
license by the employment start date.
Must have the ability to work non-standard hours, including nights and/or
weekends, and travel in and out of the state
The successful candidate must be legally authorized to work in the U.S. by
the position start date as department will not sponsor a visa for this
Preferred Job Qualifications
Bachelor's degree in accounting, finance, business administration or
related field and coursework
Strong working familiarity with policies, procedures, and financial rules
of large organization
Demonstrated ability to be donor centric, building relationships, working
collaboratively, strategically, and with integrity.
Demonstrated experience in alliance management with a variety of partners
Distinctive record of accomplishment with incorporating diverse
perspectives within a team
Experience in higher education preferably within an administrative or
Ability to review existing processes and identify gaps, provide
recommendations, build a strategy to solve, and then implement solutions
Experience with technical writing and professional content creation
Reflecting departmental and institutional values, candidates are expected to
have the ability to advance the Department's commitment to diversity and
Job Duty Category Business Development and Relationship Building
Lead efforts to increase alignment, mutual understanding, and trust
between collaboration participants by facilitating relationships with
research sponsors, donors and potential new partners, activities include
hosting site visits, tours etc.
Recognizes the importance of collective strength, knowledge, and
information. Builds effective strategic alliances internally and
externally. Initiates and develops strong working relationships with
colleagues across CSU.
Strategically facilitate relationships with researchers, staff, and CSU
administration by providing accurate information, problem solving
techniques and strategies
Provide strong organizational leadership and project management mentorship
Solve partner or research sponsor related issues that arise quickly and
effectively, work diligently to ensure relationship is preserved
throughout dispute process
Establishes standards and procedures for overseeing the effective and
efficient daily operations of people, processes, and systems at the Energy
Institute. Interacting with peers in an effective, supportive manner. Use
discretion and maintain confidentiality of information, as appropriate, in
Interact with a wide variety of constituents, both internal and external
to CSU, such as CSU Administration (President, Provost, Vice Presidents,
Deans); Department heads, faculty, campus personnel; project agencies;
federal and state officials; national and international delegates;
faculty; staff and students.
Carries out executive-level initiatives authorized/delegated by the
Institute Directors to ensure comprehensive department oversight.
Makes executive decisions to prioritize requests for the Institute
Directors and carries out delegated decision-making.
Communicates on behalf of the Institute Directors (across all media types
and all audiences as necessary for the circumstances) as well as
attending and presenting at events.
Determine when and where to route issues and requests to other appropriate
Facilitate Institute Directors' decision-making by researching,
assembling, and coordinating relevant supporting documentation and
Recognize and exercise extreme discretion as appropriate over sensitive
issues (including those related to personnel, constituents, political
figures, university leadership, and others).
Apply sound decision-making to ensure the Institute Directors are aware of
all matters requiring attention, and to triage high-level administrative
concerns on behalf of the Institute Directors.
Act as confidential liaison between the Institute Directors and other
university administrators on campus such as the Vice Presidents, Provost,
Directors, College Deans, as well as external stakeholders.
Determine, collect, direct and/or compile necessary information in
response to ad-hoc or recurring requests including annual reports or
activities. Often this requires the need to determine the appropriate
information data points and identify valid, reliable sources across
multiple units and individuals. It further can include extremely sensitive
information and very short response timelines.
Working in collaboration with the Institute Directors, VPR communications
team, and EI communications lead, this position will serve as an internal
communications strategist, responsible for the content, and tone
reflective of the department's strategic vision, timing in coordination
with events or initiatives, and delivery methods to engage faculty,
researchers and staff from across campus.
As a member of the executive team, it is crucial that the incumbent
participates in education and initiatives related to justice, equity,
diversity, and inclusion and promote and engage these principles within
their work and leadership at the Energy Institute.
Execute and deliver special projects and assignments as delegated by the
Percentage Of Time 75
Job Duty Category Collaboration and Process Improvement
Establishing and ensuring smooth execution of agreements with external
partners, such as the protocol for formal governance meetings and
procedures for decision making, project team meetings, data exchange, and
other kinds of interactions
Anticipate changes in partnerships, manage transitions smoothly and serve
as the partnership's memory, as well as facilitating complex discussions
with the partner to map a way forward when unanticipated situations or
institutional decisions in either party trigger the need for change
Attend university and college meetings as needed to be informed about
policy changes and impacts to Institute operations. Clearly understand CSU
processes and impacts to external partnerships Improve internal processes
and policies in support of organizational goals.
Liaison with Energy Institute Executive Director, Operating Director and
campus leadership in the development of strategic plans for operation,
growth, and development.
Percentage Of Time 10
Job Duty Category Direct Tenant Occupied Space
Leasing agent for leased space including identification and active
recruitment of potential tenant companies Energy Institute signature
authority on Facilities Use Agreements (leases) for Research Enterprise
Partners Zone (office and lab space located at the Powerhouse which is
leased to clean-tech entrepreneurs).
Direct operations of the leased space at the Powerhouse; on-boarding new
tenants and coordinating with the CSURF Real Estate Office, and the CSU
Office of General Counsel.
Negotiate and manage the IT contract with network vendor for public Wi-Fi
in common areas, and coordinate tenant-managed network services for leased
Percentage Of Time 10
Job Duty Category Manage External Advisory Board
Schedule meetings, coordinate the setting of agendas, and prepare related
materials including an EAB brief sent in advance of every meeting
Coordinate all meeting logistics including travel reimbursements and
Manage meeting outcomes by ensuring minutes are recorded and tracking
action items to ensure completion
Serve as an External Advisory Board ex-officio (non-voting) member
Percentage Of Time 5
Special Instructions to Applicants
Please submit a cover letter which addresses how professional experiences
align with identified required and preferred qualifications of the position; a
current resume; and the names, e-mail addresses, and telephone numbers of
three (3) professional references. References will not be contacted without
prior notification of candidates. If you have questions, please contact Kate
Laughery, [email protected]
Conditions of Employment Pre-employment Criminal Background Check (required
for new hires), Valid Driver's License, Travel
Search Contact Kate Laughery, [email protected]
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The successful candidate must be legally authorized to work in the United States by the proposed start date; the department will not sponsor a visa for this position. Will you be legally authorized to work in the United States by the proposed start date?
Do you have a valid driver's license or the ability to obtain a driver's license or access to a licensed driver by the employment start date?