Director, Northeast Microelectronics Coalition Hub
Massachusetts Technology Collaborative
The Massachusetts Technology Collaborative (MassTech) and Northeast Microelectronics Coalition (NEMC) was recently selected as 1 of 8 Department of Defense (DoD) Microelectronics Commons Regional Hubs. This selection, and accompanying award, was the culmination of 2+ years of convening and building the NEMC with over 90+ industry, academic, and government partners. MassTech has established the NEMC Hub as a new division in order to successfully launch the next phase of this effort and is seeking candidates for its inaugural Director.
Role & Responsibilities
The Director for the Northeast Microelectronics Coalition (NEMC) Hub is responsible for building and leading this new division at the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative, while ensuring it is successful in its mission to fully connect and amplify the Northeast microelectronics ecosystem in order to accelerate domestic development, scaling, and adoption of microelectronics innovations to help ensure U.S. leadership of the ‘Intelligent and Secure Edge’.
The NEMC Hub Director will be responsible for leading NEMC Hub personnel and activities, including but not limited to, the management and execution of project commitments and activities required as a Department of Defense (DoD) designated Microelectronics Commons Hub. The Director will work in partnership with Mass Tech leadership and staff, the NEMC Hub Advisory Group, and NEMC Members to ensure all requirements and work are completed on time and within budget to meet DoD requirements.
The Director will work collaboratively to further develop and implement the vision, plans, and policies to guide the NEMC Hub as part of the greater Microelectronics Commons effort and serve as the primary advocate of NEMC Hub to the federal government. Partnerships are of the upmost important with the role, as such, the Director will mature existing and establish new relationships with research, traditional and non-tradition industry, education and workforce development, and the academic organizations to strengthen the Hub’s reputation in the domestic microelectronics ecosystem.
Additionally, the Director will explore other grant funding and revenue opportunities as part of the NEMC Hub’s financial model. This may include federal and state funds, membership models, and other revenue generating services to ensure the long-term sustainability and impact of the organization.
High Priority Skills and Experience
- Strategy and Vision
- An experienced leader adept at collaborating across industry, academia, and government to define long-term strategic vision and translate that vision into near-term execution across a networked organization structure.
- Passion for service and recognition of the once-in-a-generation opportunity to create lasting impact for MA, the Northeast, and the U.S.
- Understanding of the complexities of technology and innovation economic development, including, but not limited to research, dual-use pathways, commercialization, manufacturing and fabrication, talent and workforce development, public/private funding, and start-ups.
- Knowledge and Experience
- Current knowledge of the national microelectronics ecosystem with experience working directly in the northeast region; including an understanding of current business, technology and manufacturing trends.
- Ability to assess and anticipate the impact of the broader macroeconomic outlook and emerging technology on the microelectronics industry.
- Strong technical knowledge in microelectronics technologies and processes, including applications in AI, Quantum, Secure Edge and IoT, Electronic Warfare, 5G/6G, and other emerging commercial technologies.
- Experience working in both the Defense Industrial Base and Commercial Industry, with direct involvement transitioning technologies from lab-to-fab.
- Knowledge of DoD capability, technology, and warfighter needs with pre-established relationships across the U.S. Defense and Security ecosystem.
- Experience with DoD security and oversight regulations, including NISPOM, NIST CSF, FEDRAMP
- Strong understanding of federal acquisition regulations, policies, DFARS, and contract vehicles.
- Preferred to also have experience funding/managing external research or projects with academia, small non-traditional defense contractors, and start-ups.
- Successful track record of federal grant proposal development and awards
- Experience with technical membership trade associations preferred
- Management and Collaboration
- The Executive Director will work in partnership with Mass Tech Collaborative personnel, including members of the ecosystem development team, workforce development team, hub program management including legal, IT/Cybersecurity, and finance, and sub-contracted facilities coordinators and working group leads.
- Must be able to work in partnership within MassTech to effectively manage and report-out on project activities and metrics outlined within federal contracts.
- Understand and work within structured state and federal government guidelines.
- Create and deliver relevant conceptual or technical presentations to large stakeholder groups, and build relationships with partners, members and potential new members to drive development and success of the NEMC Hub.
- Skillfully design and implement organizational structures, implementation plans, and business strategies and processes that ensure clear delineation of responsibilities and effective, timely decision making that will enable NEMC to operate and scale smoothly. At the same time, maintain an entrepreneurial mindset and culture that keeps NEMC Hub agile and able to act quickly.
- Travel will be required throughout the Northeast U.S., nationally, and internationally
- Team Leadership
- The Director will set a culture based on the achievement of excellence through collaboration, trust, and teamwork. They will focus on organizational success of the Northeast microelectronics industry, the federal government, and the hub’s constituents, not their own personal success or affiliated entity (or entity previously associated with).
- Able to build a strong, high performing team. Established record of attracting, managing, and retaining high quality team members.
- Ability to think and act creatively to develop programs, collaborative partnerships and alliances, and member value.
- Willing to work as an employee of the NEMC Hub at MassTech without affiliation with any of its members/contributors.
- Personal Characteristics
- Honesty & Integrity.
- Brings a positive, enthusiastic, can-do attitude.
- A good listener who is not ego driven.
- Able to relate well to a broad base of stakeholders across industry, academia, and government in an open constructive manner that inspires collaboration and engenders mutual trust.
Domestic travel within the northeast region and the United States is expected. There is potential for international travel. Estimated travel of 30-40% of time.
** PLEASE NOTE: THIS POSITION REQUIRES CANDIDATES TO BE ABLE TO WORK IN WESTBOROUGH, MASSACHUSETTS AT LEAST TWO DAYS PER WEEK. THIS IS NOT A FULL-TIME REMOTE POSITION. **
- Graduate level degree(s), or higher, in science, engineering, or business discipline.
- 15+ years of professional experience in research, development, and or industry. A combination of working in academia, federal research labs, and industry is preferred.
MassTech offers a hybrid work schedule and a competitive total rewards package.