Colorado Mining Association

Director of Energetic Materials Research and Testing Center

New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology
Socorro, New Mexico, United States
4 days ago


Job Summary 

New Mexico Tech seeks a dynamic and entrepreneurial-minded leader to serve as the Director of the Energetic Materials Research and Testing Center (EMRTC). Reporting to the Associate Vice President for Research the selected hire will oversee all facets of center management and planning. Specifically, they will be responsible for demonstrating leadership and/or ability in the following areas: 

Strategic Direction - The Director must have an in-depth understanding of applied research, testing, and evaluation for use in strategic planning for the Center. The Director develops and presents strategic plans for review/approval of leadership and implementation by Center staff. The Director works with theAssociate VP for Research to define priorities and direction of the Center. The Director works with EMRTC employees and stakeholders to share the strategy to develop buy-in and support.

Business Development - The Director must have established relationships and credibility with experts and leaders. The Director will communicate with experts and leaders on a regular basis to explain EMRTC strategy, current projects, and accomplishments to emphasize the value of the Center. The goal is to demonstrate why these stakeholders should support the EMRTC with funding, collaboration, or other resources. The Director will also oversee the development proposals, grant and contract applications, and make funding presentations to companies, government agencies, prospective donors, and University leaders.

Management, Supervision, and Mentoring - The Director must have strong leadership and mentoring skills to inspire and manage employees, students, and collaborators. The Director will be the Principal or Co-Investigator on most EMRTC projects and will supervise a leadership team and both full- and part-time employees. The Director will lead and participate in the hiring, management, and supervision of employees.

Research - The Director must have a desire to solve difficult problems through supervising and ensuring cutting edge research. The Director must be able to collaborate with experts in industry, academia, and government agencies on a variety of topics.

Communication - The Director will need excellent written communication skills to write proposals, papers, and articles, as well as to review papers written by the EMRTC team. The Director will need to make presentations about the Center's research at technical conferences, professional meetings, and as a part of educational classes.

Education - The Director must value the education mission of NMT. The Director will also work to recruit and guide leading experts in a wide variety of subject areas to provide content and presentations for courses and other training initiatives.

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion - The Director must demonstrate a commitment to promote a culture of respect where diversity, equity, and inclusion are embraced at all levels of the EMRTC team.


Required Qualifications 

A Master’s degree from an accredited institution in Science, Technology, Engineering, Math, or related field is required. Minimum of ten (10) years of progressively advancing technical, management and marketing experience. Must have demonstrated skills and ability to communicate at all levels and to solve interpersonal problems. Strong leadership qualities and abilities to organize and manage contract research and development partnership with government and private industry. Demonstrated experience in managing staff. Experience, knowledge and familiarity with top level administrators and decision makers from the federal government. Experience and knowledge of government functions, organization, appropriation processes, contracting methodologies and contracts in top level organizations. Current or past experience in obtaining funding and conducting research. Have a valid New Mexico Driver’s License or the ability to obtain and maintain a valid New Mexico Driver’s License within 30 days of employment. Have an active DOD TS/SCI security clearance or the ability to obtain and maintain a DOD TS/SCI security clearance. 

Desired Qualifications 

Earned doctorate or equivalent from an accredited institution in a relevant field of study is preferred. Familiarity and experience with government grants/contracts and procurement programs, particularly the 

Department of Defense, Department of Homeland Security, National/Federal labs, Department of Energy, and Department of Transportation. Previous military or civilian Department of Defense/federal government programmatic experience at the O5, GS-15, DR-3/4 level. Leadership experiences in relations at the State and National levels. Demonstrated excellence in leading or participating in a complex organization-focused on research, testing, or evaluation.

Job Information

  • Job ID: 64896699
  • Location:
    Socorro, New Mexico, United States
  • Position Title: Director of Energetic Materials Research and Testing Center
  • Company Name For Job: New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology
  • Job Function: Executive/Management
  • Job Type: Full-Time
  • Job Duration: Indefinite
  • Min Education: Master's Degree
  • Min Experience: Over 10 Years
  • Required Travel: 25-50%
  • Salary: $150,000.00 - $250,000.00 (Yearly Salary)

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