Director, Enterprise Operations, Deputy Director

Penn State University

University Park Campus
Campus City:
University Park, PA
Date Announced:
Date Closing:
open until filled
Job Number:
Work Unit:
Applied Research Laboratory
Enterprise Operations


The Applied Research Laboratory (ARL) at Penn State is seeking candidates for the position of Director, Enterprise Operations. This position reports to the Executive Director, Applied Research Laboratory as a key member of ARL’s management team and is responsible for ensuring that ARL’s enterprise functions are synchronized with the needs of ARL’s research operations, as well as the day-to-day management of the Laboratory. Specific responsibilities of the position include: Oversee and manage ARL’s Enterprise Operations’ functions, which are comprised of: Business Services; Engineering Services; Human Resources Services; Information Technology Services; and Security Services, to ensure that ARL’s Enterprise Operations are synchronized with the needs of ARL’s Research Operations; oversee and manage ARL’s Process Excellence team to support excellence in research administration and execution through process optimization efforts; assist the Executive Director with the day-to-day management of ARL, providing technical and administrative leadership to ensure the quality and productivity of all programs; develop and execute ARL strategic and implementation plans; work with ARL leadership to oversee execution of approximately $280M per year of sponsored research; and maintain an effective organizational structure with efficient management practices; conduct the day-to-day management of ARL in the absence of the Executive Director; lead initiatives directed at improving the pace, efficacy, and efficiency of overall management processes, and conduct periodic reviews and updates of management processes; lead initiatives for employee engagement and the professional development of ARL research faculty, staff, and staff support. Faculty rank will be commensurate with education level and experience. This position will be filled as either Research Faculty or a Research and Development Engineer. Minimum requirements include a Master's degree or higher in an Engineering or Science discipline (Ph.D. preferred) plus fifteen years of related experience. The successful candidate should have a demonstrated record and capability to lead a large, diverse organization that is performing leading-edge contract research and development 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, preferably in a university research environment. 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. Experience managing programs and people, and a demonstrated capability to set and meet goals and objectives is required. Effective verbal and written communication and presentation skills are also required. Candidates selected will be subject to government security investigation and must possess a current eligibility for a Top Secret security clearance. Candidate selected will be subject to a government security investigation. 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. You must be a U.S. citizen to apply. Employment with the Applied Research Laboratory will require successful completion of a pre-employment drug screen. The Applied Research Laboratory (ARL) at The Pennsylvania State University is committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion; we believe this is central to our success as a Department of Defense designated University Affiliated Research Center (UARC). We are at our best when we draw on the talents of all parts of society, and our greatest accomplishments are achieved when diverse perspectives are part of our workforce.

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

Salary Band Minimum Midpoint Maximum
A $16,584 $24,456 $32,328
B $18,240 $26,904 $35,556
C $19,728 $29,592 $39,456
D $21,708 $32,568 $43,416
E $24,312 $36,468 $48,612
F $27,228 $40,848 $54,456
G $30,012 $45,744 $61,500
H $34,188 $52,140 $70,080
I $38,988 $59,424 $79,908
J $43,716 $67,740 $91,812
K $50,712 $78,600 $106,488
L $58,836 $91,176 $123,528
M $68,232 $105,756 $143,292
N $80,508 $124,788 $169,068
O $93,492 $147,252 $201,024
P $110,340 $173,760 $237,192
Q $126,396 $199,056 $271,728
R $151,668 $238,872 $326,088