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Director, AGILe Lab
Ref No.: 17-00505
Location: White Plains, New York
Position Type:Direct Placement
Start Date: 10/02/2017

 Tailwind Associates, an EOE, has a direct hire opportunity with our client in White Plains, NY for a Director of Agile
The Director AGILe is responsible for designing, leading and executing the AGILe business strategy and maintaining the unit's profitability.  The incumbent has the technical expertise and the credibility to obtain grants, a strong business acumen with the ability to operate under a stand-alone profit and loss (P&L), and the strategic and leadership skills to build the AGILe business model. 
Job Responsibilities:
  • Design, implement, and manage AGILe strategy, business plan and interdisciplinary team.
  • Hire, manage and supervise staff in building the AGILe lab and execute the lab's objectives. 
  • Define and lead both collaborations and business relationships with utilities, vendors, agencies, and others to execute the mission of the lab. Manage strategic relationships the New York Independent System Operator, investor-owned utilities, and national utility industry associations (e.g., EPRI).
  • Work closely with New York State Energy Research & Development Authority (NYSERDA) and the New York State Department of Public Service (DPS) staff to monitor technical developments, coordinate strategy, and ensure successful implementation of relevant policies.
  • Negotiate major agreements with state and federal agencies, contractors, project developers and other stakeholders required for the successful advancement of AGILe. 
    Assignment Overview:
  • Work with team to design schedules of annual, quarterly, and monthly goals and objectives and manage process of holding managers and staff accountable for them.
  • Provide oversight and direction of the preparation of business plans and expenditure requests for executive management and Trustee approval.  
  • Supervise the preparation of the yearly operating budget for lab, and oversee ongoing budget management process.
  • Ensure development and training of lab staff to optimize their talents and contributions. 
  • Communications: Compelling communicator who can share a clear vision of the future and build excitement.
  • Business acumen: Understands needs of customers; ability to manage Return on Investment (ROI), and meet financial targets.
  • Executing for results: Brings a sense of urgency and proven record of delivering against targets.
  • Building relationships: Cultivates multiple stakeholders (government, utilities, industry, universities).
  • Technical expertise Recognized and respected technical expert with credibility in the field.
  • Strategic acumen: Develops flexible and adaptable strategies to achieve organizational goals by understanding the organization's capabilities and external market conditions, the regulatory environment and technological advancements.  Design short and long-term strategies/programs that are scalable and efficient. 
  • Leadership: Maintains a work environment and motivates staff to act with a focus on the future, is adaptable, overcomes resistance to change.  Proven track record in recruiting and building a team and creating a performance culture.
  • Demonstrated ability to obtain research grants.
  • Ability to incubate new ventures and develop to full maturity.   
    Education and Certifications:
  • PhD in Engineering, electric engineering preferred.
  • 10 years of applicable experience.
  • Substantial body of published research related to integration of Distributed Energy Resources (DER).
  • Demonstrated experience in obtaining research grants.
  • Professional leadership experience in two or more domains (academic, utility, regulatory, industry vendor).
  • Track record as a principal investigator or research lead in an academic environment or head of a research and development industry.
  • Preferred experience serving on standards committees or holding patents.
  • Valid NY State driver's license, which must be maintained throughout employment. 
All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, creed, color, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, sex or age.