Director, Electro-Optics Center

Electro-Optics Center in Freeport, PA
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Electro-optics Center
Electro-Optics Center


The Pennsylvania State University seeks candidates for the position of Director, Electro-Optics Center (EOC) in Freeport, PA, (near Kittanning, PA). The Director reports to the Executive Director, Penn State Defense Related Research Units (DRRU) and is responsible for directing the activities of the EOC. The EOC serves as a national resource to advance electro-optics and related technologies by partnering with government and industry in support of the Navy and DoD. The EOC is supported through research contracts from various sponsor offices and organizations. Specific responsibilities include: Ensure that the EOC is integrated into the mission of the Applied Research Laboratory and the University; provide technical and administrative leadership to ensure the quality and productivity of all programs; develop and execute EOC goals and long-range strategic plans; acquire and oversee the execution of contract research tasking; maintain an effective organizational structure with efficient and agile management practices; recruit and manage an outstanding workforce of approximately 40 individuals composed of research faculty, engineers, support staff, and students; promote the scholarly activities and professional development of all employees and students; maintain a close interface and liaison with sponsoring organizations and their leaders to understand their objectives and to prepare the EOC to be responsive to evolving research needs and opportunities; interface and collaborate with University colleges, consortia/institutes, graduate and undergraduate programs, and research units to advance the research, education and service mission of the University; foster the transfer of advanced technologies, manufacturing processes and education to industrial and governmental sectors for improved productivity and economic growth; and interact with federal and state government legislators and agencies, military officials, and industry regarding ARL strategies and capabilities. The successful candidate should have a demonstrated record and capability to lead a large, diverse organization that is performing contract based research and development in the disciplines listed in the introductory paragraph in support of the Navy and DoD. Experience as an effective administrator is essential to this position, as well as a demonstrated record of achievement and commitment to the scholarship of research, teaching, service, and a commitment to fostering diversity. The preferred candidate should have a doctoral degree in an Engineering or Science discipline and 15 or more years of related experience. Personal characteristics of high energy and integrity, capability to work and communicate with others, ability to solve problems, sound judgment and a commitment to diversity are essential. You must be a U.S. citizen to apply. Candidate selected will be subject to government security investigations and must possess a current eligibility for a Top Secret security clearance. Due to the financial or fiduciary responsibilities of this position, successful completion of a credit history check will also be required in addition to standard background checks.

How To Apply On This Position

Review of candidates will begin January 1, 2016, and will continue until a qualified applicant is hired. The Electro-Optics Center is being assisted by Filimon Partners, LLC for this search. A cover letter, including statement of interest and CV/resume, should be submitted electronically in confidence to: Elaine Filimon: Filimon Partners, LLC, 2852 Fort Scott Drive, Arlington, VA. 22202; Email: FOR FURTHER INFORMATION about the Electro-Optics Center, visit our web site at The Pennsylvania State University/Electro-Optics Center offers an exceptional benefits package, including a 75% tuition discount for employees, their spouse or domestic partner and eligible dependents.

These salary bands have been established to provide salary guidelines for staff positions.

Salary Band Minimum Midpoint Maximum
A $16,104 $23,748 $31,392
B $17,712 $26,124 $34,524
C $19,152 $28,728 $38,304
D $21,072 $31,620 $42,156
E $23,604 $35,400 $47,196
F $26,436 $39,660 $52,872
G $29,136 $44,412 $59,712
H $33,192 $50,616 $68,040
I $37,848 $57,696 $77,580
J $42,444 $65,772 $89,136
K $49,236 $76,308 $103,392
L $57,120 $88,524 $119,928
M $66,240 $102,672 $139,116
N $78,168 $121,152 $164,148
O $90,768 $142,968 $195,168
P $107,124 $168,696 $230,280
Q $126,396 $199,056 $271,728
R $151,668 $238,872 $326,088