Req Id:  30638
Job Title:  Network Development Administrator
Job Description: 

Job Summary

The Air Force Research Laboratory Regional Network - Midwest, headquartered at Purdue University, is seeking a highly motivated individual to support efforts to increase engagement of existing and potential partners within academia, industry, and government.  The Network Development Administrator will lead strategic business development efforts to enhance public and stakeholder awareness in support of the continued growth of the AFRL Midwest Network.  This position will manage existing partnerships and collaborations and develop, execute, and report communication and outreach plans to ensure that partners and collaborators are informed and engaged.  This position will identify, evaluate, and support strategic business alliances in line with mutually beneficial organizational goals.  Establish and implement communication plans.  Develop and nurture key partnerships with small businesses, corporations, foundations, government organizations, venture capitalists, economic development partners, and other academic institutions.

The top candidate will have experience managing complex engagement strategies and processes, communication impact about shared research efforts, and working within and across large organizations, including academic, government, and industry entities.  This individual will also be responsible for supporting operations pertaining to the outreach and engagement efforts of the organization.  This role will report to the Director of the AFRL Regional Network - Midwest.

What We're Looking For:

  • Bachelor's degree in Marketing, Communications, Business, or other related liberal arts discipline
  • Six or more years of experience in business development, communications, media, marketing, and/or public relations in an academic non-profit, government, or industry organization
  • Consideration will be given to an equivalent combination of required education and related work experience
  • Client service mindset with ability to take in and clarify objectives and goals of researchers and leadership
  • Demonstrated leadership skills, including gathering input and building consensus
  • Ability to manage many projects concurrently and be able to adapt quickly to changing priorities
  • Sharp negotiation and networking skills
  • Highly motivated, driven approach
  • Strong collaboration skills
  • Demonstrated expertise in reaching external and internal audiences through traditional and digital means of delivery
  • Strong project management; highly organized with strong attention to detail 
  • Innovative problem solving
  • Excellent communication skills - within team environment and outside of the organization - verbal, written, presentation, etc.
  • Good time management skills, in order to meet deadlines on multiple projects
  • Excellent organizational skills - notetaking, follow-up/-thru, task management and prioritization
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently
  • Ability to understand complex situations and relationships
  • Ability to learn and use software tools to carry out various communications-related activities, including basic web updates, content/workflow management, event support, media monitoring, etc.

What Is Helpful:

  • Master's Degree
  • Experience carrying out business development, communications, and/or marketing within a research, defense, or government environment
  • Awareness of the national security and/or defense ecosystem
  • Background know-how of organizational structure, business processes, and/or mission needs of the Air Force Research Laboratory or other government laboratory
  • Ability to decipher complex government programs, technical language, and/or scientific research terminology

What We Want You To Know:

  • Purdue will not sponsor employment authorization for this position
  • A background check is required for employment in this position
  • FLSA: Exempt (Not eligible for overtime)
  • Retirement Eligibility: Defined Contribution Waiting Period
  • Purdue University is an EOE/AA employer. All individuals, including minorities, women, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply

What You'll Get In Return:

All university employees are afforded a generous benefits package,, including medical/dental/vision insurance, paid time off, and retirement contributions. As part of Purdue University’s expansive employee benefit package, the University is proud to offer its employees the opportunity to grow, learn, and advance by offering a tuition remission opportunity at both Purdue University and Purdue Global.

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Posting Start Date:  3/6/24