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Director of Advanced Technology

Company: Kansas Department of Commerce
Location: Topeka
Posted on: June 24, 2022

Job Description:

Agency: Department of Commerce As the state's lead economic development agency, the Kansas Department of Commerce strives to empower individuals, businesses and communities to achieve prosperity in Kansas. Commerce accomplishes its mission by developing relationships with corporations, site location consultants and stakeholders in Kansas, the nation and world. Our strong partnerships allow us to help create an environment for existing Kansas businesses to grow and foster an innovative, competitive landscape for new businesses. Through Commerce's project successes, Kansas in 2021 was awarded Area Development Magazine's prestigious Gold Shovel award and was named Site Selection Magazine's Best Business Climate in the West North Central region of the United States.Learn more at kansascommerce.gov
About the Position: Who can apply: Open to allClassified/Unclassified Service: UnclassifiedFull-Time/Part-Time: Full-TimeWork Schedule: Monday - Friday, 8:00a - 5:00pEligible to Receive Benefits: YesVeterans' Preference Eligible: YesApplication Deadline: Open Until Filled
Compensation: $60,000 - 82,000 / year*Salary can vary depending upon education, experience, or qualifications.
Position Summary & Responsibilities: Position Summary: In collaboration with state leadership and Bioscience/Tech Sector partners, designs a framework through which Kansas can professionally and skillfully re-establish technology and bio/life sciences as a major business recruitment and retention priority helping make Kansas a national leader in bioscience, foster economic growth, advance scientific knowledge and improve Kansans' quality of life. Job Responsibilities may include but are not limited to the following: - Advises and coordinates with the Secretary of Commerce, Chief Strategy Officer and the Administration on methods and strategies to be more competitive in the advanced technology sector, especially business development including startups, recruitment and business expansion - Serve as a liaison with companies and entrepreneurs in the technology sector by identifying opportunities for growth and developing positive relationships with key individuals in such companies - Remains current in areas of expertise in technology sectors. Provide technical business assistance to early stage Kansas companies regarding SBIR/STTR and technology commercialization, coordinates training seminars, provides mentoring and intermediary services linking businesses with federal agencies - Develop partnerships with Regent universities to advance research investments toward commercialization, thus creating new business ventures that seek to grow in Kansas - Serves as liaison with trade associations in the technology sector to market Kansas as a national leader in technology growth - Performs other duties as assigned. - Qualifications: Education: - Bachelor's degree in a STEM field - Minimum Qualifications: Licensing & Certification: - 2 or more years in a STEM industry position or graduate school - Internship during undergraduate or graduate studies - NOTE: If you lack any the required experience and want us to consider relevant education, you must provide copies of your transcripts/certificates in your application
Employment Benefits: - Comprehensive medical, mental, dental, vision, and additional coverage - Sick & vacation leave - Work-life balance programs: parental leave, military leave, jury leave, funeral leave - Paid state holidays (designated by the Governor annually) - Employee discounts with the STAR Program - Retirement and deferred compensation programsVisit the Employee Benefits page for more information---
How to Claim Veterans PreferenceVeterans' Preference Eligible (VPE): Former military personnel or their spouse that have been verified as a "veteran"; under K.S.A. 73-201 will receive an interview if they meet the minimum competency factors of the position. The veterans' preference laws do not guarantee the veteran a job. Positions are filled with the best qualified candidate as determine by the hiring manager.Learn more about claiming Veteran's Preference
Equal Employment OpportunityThe State of Kansas is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We value diversity, equity, and inclusion as essential elements that create and foster a welcoming workplace. All qualified persons will be considered for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, political affiliation, disability or any other factor unrelated to the essential functions of the job. If you wish to identify yourself as a qualified person with a disability under the Americans with Disabilities Act and would like to request an accommodation, please address the request to the agency recruiter.

Keywords: Kansas Department of Commerce, Topeka , Director of Advanced Technology, IT / Software / Systems , Topeka, Kansas

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