The Manufacturing Institute (MI) is the leading authority on the attraction, qualification, and development of world-class manufacturing talent. The VP, Operations and Strategy, will work closely with the Executive Director (ED) to lead the strategic execution of MI initiatives and is a visible position critical to the success of the MI. Responsibilities include building and managing the MI’s annual budget, directing operational activities and conducting thorough business analyses to develop business cases and then build the business plan for new initiatives. This position requires an entrepreneurial mindset and drive and requires high levels of teamwork to produce executable action. The VP, Operations and Strategy will be a problem-solver and a key strategic partner to develop strategy to meet organization goals and to meet our mission.
Day to Day Responsibilities
The VP, Operations and Strategy will play an essential role in synchronizing project planning and execution of MI initiatives to achieve the goals of enhancing manufacturing in the U.S. and the educate the public on the key role of manufacturing in the economy and the quality of manufacturing careers.
Direct and lead the coordination of a multi-disciplinary team to execute National Manufacturing Day with a goal of expanding and enhancing the opportunities for and awareness of manufacturing careers.
Execute and build programs and activities to achieve the vision of the MI under the direction of the Executive Director and the Board of Directors.
Identification of new initiatives and opportunities to both financial and programmatic to advance the MI’s mission
Act as a liaison to internal and external constituencies and stakeholders, including communications, leadership, strategic development and administrative teams.
Manage a team of 4 direct reports (two coordinators and two associates) who support the programs and overall goals of the MI.
Manage the coordination of program teams and execution of activities as well as logistics of MI sponsored events and ED travel.
Build and manage the MI’s annual budget.
Assess improvement opportunities and implement solutions to drive operational efficiencies.
Direct and assist in the creation of the external communications of both the MI and the ED to ensure consistency in message, content and tone to further the mission of the MI.
Bachelor's degree or equivalent combination of education and experience
Action orientation and strength in project management and execution
Knowledge of fundraising strategies and donor relations unique to the nonprofit sector
Experience with public speaking and formal business presentations; ability to travel periodically for speaking engagements
Ability to demonstrate sound judgment and decision-making ability
Ability to interface and engage diverse business partners, donor groups, volunteers, and other important stakeholders
Maintain excellent communications skills, both oral and written, with strong persuasive and intellectual ability
Experience in building and managing teams of professionals toward a common cause
Proven flexibility to handle multiple tasks and the judgement to balance limited resource toward the sought outcomes
Minimum of eight years of professional experience required; prior business consulting and non-profit experience a plus
Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
The National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) is the largest manufacturing association in the United States, representing small and large manufacturers in every industrial sector and in all 50 states. Manufacturing employs more than 12 million men and women, contributes $2.17 trillion to the U.S. economy annually, has the largest economic impact of any major sector and accounts for more than thr...ee-quarters of all private-sector research and development in the nation. The NAM is the powerful voice of the manufacturing community and the leading advocate for a policy agenda that helps manufacturers compete in the global economy and create jobs across the United States.
The NAM’s world-class staff of policy experts provide unmatched access and information on the key issues affecting your business and bottom line. We are on the front lines of a wide range of policy battles, from immigration reform and labor relations, to energy and the environment, to trade policy and taxes. At every turn, we are working on behalf of manufacturers in America to advance policies that help manufacturers do what they do best: create economic strength and jobs.