Assistant Director will be part of the senior management team of Advantage Kentucky Alliance (AKA) setting training standards, managing staff, analyzing and improving organizational processes, and work to improve quality, product services and efficiency.
Responsibilities include, but are not limited to, direct Advantage Kentucky Alliance's platforms of programs including vetting and identifying platform expansion, setting and managing KPI's of platform managers, gathering NIST MEP reporting metrics, and ensuring delivery and client service engagements are accomplished to a high standard. Additionally, responsibilities include improving AKA's overall operations and ensuring efficiencies of internal processes.
Assist the Center Director with the education and management of overall operations; education of AKA's operation, mission, vision, and importance to major state and national stakeholders, effective management of labor, productivity, quality control and safety measures as set by the Center Director. Carry out supervisory responsibilities in accordance with company policies and applicable laws. Position will engage and communicate frequently with AKA clients and partners. The job location can work remotely, but will have extensive in-state and periodic out-of-state travel, including overnight stays.
The following duties are customary for this position, but are not construed as all-inclusive. Duties may be added, deleted and assigned based on administration discretion and institutional needs.
- Develop, analyze and evaluate Key Performance Indicators (KPI's) to ensure AKA is supporting the business strategies, programs, and needs of clients;
- Support NIST MEP initiatives as they relate to AKA operations;
- Develop, maintain, and sustain partner and 3rd party delivery relations;
- Develop operations systems and delivery methods;
- Represent AKA locally and regionally at both state and national levels;
- Have reliable transportation and appropriate automotive insurance with active driver's license; and
- Travel as necessary for meetings, discussions, engagements and reporting.
- Bachelor's degree.
- Organized, detail orientated and a self-motivator;
- Expertise in one of more of the following: executive coaching; leadership development, business development, cost control, vendor relations, industrial engineering, and overall strategic planning;
- Demonstrated organizational management skills and ability to manage concurrent projects and initiatives from execution of a technical services agreement to close out;
- Ability to respond quickly and effectively in a fast-paced work environment with many interruptions;
- Experience in non/not-for-profit environment; preferred direct experience or familiarity with the Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) program, with ability to increase efficiency, and improve profitability;
- Experience as a manufacturing consultant with multiple clients delivering services or experience in delivering training workshops, conferences, and seminars.
- Experience managing direct reports;
- Experience working with manufacturers, business, and operations executives;
- Ability to sell/educate regarding technical services.
This job is funded by a Federal grant that is subject to periodic reviews and may be temporary depending on the monetary level and duration of the grant.
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