Director, Manufacturing Policy Initiative


Indiana University is searching for a full-time Director for its Manufacturing Policy Initiative (MPI).


Housed within the top-ranked Paul H. O’Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs (SPEA), MPI is focused on US public policies impacting the competitiveness of the manufacturing sector. It serves as a source of objective, state-of-the-art information for policy makers, manufacturers, and policy analysts. The research, outreach, and educational activities of MPI cover the intersection of technology, business, and public policy. Three significant conferences have been sponsored, including a September 2016 event outlining a 100-day agenda for the next President of the United States.


Reporting to the Director of the Indiana University Public Policy Institute (PPI), the MPI Director will be responsible for expanding upon current initiatives, facilitating or developing manufacturing policy research, including writing articles, white papers and policy briefs, developing internal and external projects, fundraising and relationship building, coordinating conferences, and serving as external spokesperson for the initiative. The Director will be advised by an advisory board comprised of experienced faculty, manufacturing executives, PPI researchers and public policy advocates. The MPI Director will work closely with the advisory board and Director of the Public Policy Institute to develop and execute a strategic direction and program of work. Faculty and students also will be available to provide project support. There also is an opportunity to teach a course in public policy for manufacturing.


The successful candidate will have extensive knowledge of the manufacturing sector, strong oral and written communication skills, and a minimum of a Master’s degree, with preference given to those holding a terminal degree in business, economics, engineering, science, law and/or public affairs, or related discipline. Candidates with experience in industry, government, and/or manufacturing-related research institutes are preferred. The expected start date is no later than October 1, 2020.


MPI serves as a source for nonpartisan, objective information and analysis on issues impacting competitiveness, including workforce development, international trade, sustainable manufacturing, smart manufacturing, value chain management, national security, tax policy, and regulatory reform. The MPI Director has a unique opportunity to shape strategies that will identify, develop and engage policy makers in solutions to increase US competitiveness.


The O’Neill School is a multidisciplinary, professional school within Indiana University committed to excellence in research, teaching, and service, and to addressing critical issues of public and environmental affairs. It is one of the largest U.S. public affairs schools in the nation with more than 140 full-time faculty and nearly 3,000 students on its two campuses (Bloomington and Indianapolis). The MPI Director may choose to be based at either location. 


To Apply: 

For full consideration, please submit a letter of application, a current vitae that includes a history of professional experience, and names and contact information for three persons who could provide letters of recommendation to http://indiana.peopleadmin.com/postings/9662 by July 31, 2020.


Confidential inquiries or questions about this job announcement can be forwarded to Tom Guevara, Director, Public Policy Institute, at tguevara@iu.edu.


Indiana University is an equal employment and affirmative action employer and a provider of ADA services. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, ethnicity, color, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information, marital status, national origin, disability status or protected