Director, Recycling Research Program

  • Location: Rochester, New York
  • Type: Direct Hire
  • Job #17631

Director, Recycling Research Program
Location: Rochester, NY area
Job Responsibilities
This position will be responsible for the growth, management, and operation of the Recycling Research program. Initially this position will leverage resources internally, but the position will also include direct management of staff over time as the program grows. This position will be responsible for the financial viability of the recycling research program. 

A major role of the position will be to develop strong relationships with Industry, research sponsors, and other potential stakeholders, identify project opportunities and develop them into funded projects. The primary technical focus of the director will be on developing new approaches to technical challenges and conducting applied research in the area of recycling. Duties will also include representing company at industry forums and events, and strengthening and developing new technical capabilities within the technical staff. In addition to recycling, the program director will work with the Director and the Technical Director (as well as other research faculty and staff) to develop new research initiatives and research capabilities in design for re-X, remanufacturing, and the Circular Economy construct, and will collaborate on research projects with other business units.

Major responsibilities of this position:

  • Develop and execute strategic plan for the Recycling Research program and lead business development, marketing, and outreach strategies
  • Build awareness of the recycling research program and capabilities; develop and maintain relationships with industrial customers, funding agencies, and pertinent trade and government organizations
  • Ideate potential technical solutions and lead and conduct applied research to develop new technologies to improve the economics and material recovery rates in recycling
  • Identify potential government, non-profit, and private research funding sponsors. Lead proposal content writing for recycling technology research and development projects, as well as for other initiatives (as needed)
  • Develop and manage existing and new laboratory capabilities in support of recycling initiatives
  • Develop organizational expertise in technical areas of recycling though current staff development and hiring new staff as needed to meet program demands  
  • Manage technical teams of researchers and students in development of new recycling technologies and capabilities
  • Present and publish technical results of research and coordinate development and delivery of short course training programs
  • Stay abreast of leading technology and approaches, as well as industry, consumer, and economic challenges impeding effective and increased recycling

Required Qualifications

  • The successful candidate will have a Bachelor's degree in an engineering discipline, chemistry or material science, and a masters degree (MBA, or MS in a technical discipline).
  • A minimum of 8 years of directly related work experience is required.

Must have these skills:

  • Strong motivation to advance the state-of-the-art in recycling
  • In-depth knowledge of recycling industry and material separation processes
  • Strong technical capability in degree area
  • Hands-on industrial experience in a recycling environment
  • Significant research and development experience in recycling
  • Experience in technical sales and/or relationship building with customers
  • Experience writing proposals (internal corporate and/or state, federal, etc.)
  • Experience leading teams
  • Evidence of leadership in project management. Skill in project scoping, managing project resources, and developing relationships with partners. Ability to work on multiple projects simultaneously.
  • Strong oral and written communication skills
  • Strong problem solving and strategic thinking skills
  • Self-starter with ideas to bring to the team
  • Interest and ability in working collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organizational goals. Comfortable soliciting input, valuing others’ ideas and expertise.
  • Comfortable working both independently and cooperatively with other team members and project partners.

The position has immediate oversight of employees while most of the time performing the same or directly related work as those the position leads.

Preferred Qualifications

  • PhD in technical area
  • Knowledge of recycling processes, including collection, separation, and processing of plastics, metals, e-waste

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