Director of the Smart Automation Center

Vacancy Notice: Wednesday, June 22, 2022
Application Deadline: Open Until Filled
Position Type: Professional
Hours: Full Time
Reports To: Executive Director – Business & Community Education

Job Summary

Hawkeye Community College is taking the next step in becoming a Smart Automation Center leader in the area of Advanced Manufacturing Technology. Are you ready to build that future with us and be a part of its progress? Are you passionate about making an impact and empowering others with life changing opportunities? Is it your time to be the facilitator of change? If so, Hawkeye Community College has a great opportunity for you!

The Business and Community Education department is looking for a full time Director of the Smart Automation Center to join their team. The Business and Community Education department provides services to community, students and businesses looking for short-term training, continuing education, workforce training, apprenticeships, customized business training, and community resources. The Smart Automation Center is a new campus located in Waterloo, Iowa and projected to be completed by January 2023. It will be the first in the state to provide industry recognized stackable credentials, open lab training concept, competency and project-based education with hands-on skills with multiple cohorts at different levels. State of the art equipment and programming from FANUC, Rockwell and Amatrol. The center programming is aligned with Smart Automation Certification Alliance (SACA) standards and will be the regional center. Students will be moved through their career pathway and businesses to their workforce goals and customized training being digitally ready for the future of advanced manufacturing.

As the Director, key responsibilities include the development, coordination, and potential instruction of training solutions facing the Advanced Manufacturing Sector and skill gaps/workforce opportunities. Additionally, this position includes a combination of teaching and department, college and community leadership functions. Additionally, this position serves students from a broad range of cultural heritages, socioeconomic backgrounds, genders, abilities, and orientations.

Hawkeye Community College is looking for an equity-minded individual committed to collaborating with faculty, staff, administration, students and community partners who share our commitment to closing equity gaps. Individuals must value mentorship and working in an interconnected collaborative environment, who are conscientious risk takers and transformational leaders guided by a commitment to helping all students achieve their educational goals.

We are excited about this opportunity and look forward to meeting motivated people who align with our mission, values, and can contribute in a variety of ways.

Hawkeye Community College is a comprehensive community college focused on meeting the needs of the community by providing quality, affordable learning experiences for a diverse student body through our Adult Learning Center, Business and Community Education Department as well as through more than 50 career and technical programs and liberal arts transfer programs. Hawkeye Community College’s mission is about empowering students, strengthening businesses and enriching communities with a vision to improve the quality of life in the communities we serve. For more information, please visit us at: Hawkeye Community College

Essential Job Functions

Important responsibilities and duties may include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Manages the Smart Automation Center staff and center by providing leadership, mentorships and supervision.

  • Troubleshoots and addresses issues that arise in day to day running of Smart Automation Center and provides timely responses and solutions as required.

  • Builds and implements workforce training solutions for Advanced Manufacturing.

  • Provides continuous training improvement strategies to support programs, students and businesses through technical leadership and subject matter expertise.

  • Develops and revises appropriate program and course curriculum in response to discipline and workforce needs.

  • Facilitates student learning by developing student’s abilities, as well as, designs varied, innovative, and exciting learning environments while enabling and encouraging student success.

  • Participates in and implements departmental and center program reviews.

  • Manages center projects with internal and external stakeholders and provides professional consulting services to government or industry.

  • Gathers, systematizes, and analyses program and student data.

  • Serves on committees, task forces or advisory boards specifically industry related.

  • Collaborates with center industry partners such as Smart Automation Certification Alliance (SACA), FANUC, Advanced Robotics for Manufacturing (ARM), Amatrol etc.

  • Collaborates with members of the business community to improve programs, develop new programs, and to provide student access to learning opportunities, such as apprenticeships, internships, externships, or other work-based learning activities.

  • Maintains value in the discipline, including the use of advanced technology, professional growth and development, continuous innovation, and effective teaching strategies.

  • Initiates, executes and follows up on projects, as well as, sets specific objectives and measures achieved results.

  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Minimum Job Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree in engineering, manufacturing, or other related field and three years of applicable experience or a combination of education and experience totaling 7 years.

  • Three years of program management and administration experience.

  • Demonstrated commitment to continuing education.

  • Established ability to lead, manage, coordinate and supervise staff, and a broad and diverse range of activities and people.

  • Demonstrated motivation to serve students from all backgrounds and educational experiences.

  • Demonstrated ability to work innovatively, individually as well as in teams.

  • Demonstrated ability to provide excellent customer service, maintain confidentiality and operational integrity.

  • Demonstrated ability to influence without authority to establish and maintain positive and effective working relationships with on-campus groups (including students, faculty, administrators and staff), as well as off-campus community and education partners.

  • A demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion through inclusive behaviors and helping contribute to a culture of inclusivity, and a vibrant, diverse, equitable, and inclusive learning and working environment.

  • Demonstrated motivation to serve students from all backgrounds and educational experiences.

  • Demonstrated ability to learn and apply new and current technical skills and ideas.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Mastery of one subject area/discipline in advanced manufacturing.

  • Three years teaching in postsecondary programming or education field.

  • Five years of experience in basic to advanced manufacturing theory.

  • Proficient in the design, implementation, and maintenance of a career technical education laboratory.

  • Experience in preparing students for industry-related certifications.

Employment Status

Full time, exempt position with comprehensive or competitive benefits program including health, dental, vision, life, and LTD insurance, a Section 125 plan for medical and dependent care expenses; holiday, personal, sick, and vacation leave; tuition reimbursement; and a choice of retirement programs—IPERS (defined benefit) or TIAA (defined contribution).

Working Conditions

Anticipated schedule is Monday through Friday with flexible hours that may include nights and weekends as well as potential travel.

Requires skills for succeeding in an office environment, using technology. Requires good hand-eye coordination including visual acuity to use a keyboard and read technical information; arm, hand and finger dexterity, including ability to grasp. Work is performed in an office, classroom, and lab settings. Sit, stand, bend, lift and move regularly during working hours. During the course of the day, interact with students, faculty, staff and public in person, by telephone and computer.

Application Procedure

  • Complete an online application at along with the following required materials:

    • Submit/upload a detailed resume summarizing education and experience.

    • Submit/upload 3 references with a minimum of two (2) being from a current/past supervisor.

    • Submit/Upload a cover letter that briefly addresses the following:

      • Describe the knowledge and skills students need now and into the near future to obtain and maintain gainful employment in advanced manufacturing related fields?

      • Describe your understanding of the underlying philosophy of Industry 4.0 and Industry 5.0?

      • Describe your experience with individuals from diverse, ethnic, and economic backgrounds. Include experience with non-traditional students, adult learners, and first-generation college students.

  • Candidates invited as finalists in the process will be asked to send official transcripts and undergo reference checks.

  • Employment is contingent on successful completion of a criminal background check.

  • Submit the online application and all required materials by Wednesday, July 13, 2022 at 11:59 p.m. Preference will be given to candidates who submit the required materials on or before July 13th. This position will remain open until filled.

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Hawkeye Community College is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer, committed to equity and diversity in its educational services and employment practices: The College does not discriminate on the basis of sex; race; age; color; creed; national origin; religion; disability; sexual orientation; gender identity; genetic information; or actual or potential parental, family, or marital status in its programs, activities, or employment practices. Veteran status is also included to the extent covered by law. Any person alleging a violation of equity regulations shall have the right to file a formal complaint. Inquiries concerning application of this statement should be addressed to: Equity Coordinator and Title IX Coordinator for employees, 319-296-4405; or Title IX Coordinator for students, 319-296-4448; Hawkeye Community College, 1501 East Orange Road, P.O. Box 8015, Waterloo, Iowa 50704-8015; or email, or the Director of the Office for Civil Rights, U.S. Department of Education, Citigroup Center, 500 W. Madison, Suite 1475, Chicago, IL 60661, phone number 312-730-1560, fax 312-730-1576, email:

If any applicant is in need of a reasonable accommodation in completing the application process, please notify a member of Human Resource Services.

Contact Information

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Jobs Line: 319-296-2329 ext.5000​
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If you are in need of any special accommodation in completing the application process, please notify a member of Human Resource Services.

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