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Associate Director, SCAI Industry Capstone Projects

Arizona State University

Arizona State University

Tempe, AZ, USA
Posted on Friday, November 10, 2023

Associate Director, SCAI Industry Capstone Projects


Campus: Tempe

Assoc Dir Business Development

Job Description

Working with the Fulton Schools’ of Engineering (FSE) Business Engagement Catalyst (BEC), SCAI School Director, Program Chairs, and Capstone Faculty, the Associate Director of Industry Capstone Projects plans, organizes, and directs the day-to-day operations of the SCAI Capstone Project program.  

The SCAI Capstone Program brings together students and industry to create new solutions to real-world problems. Through this program, industry partners engage with students in a mutually-beneficial technical relationship. Challenges defined by industry are solved by teams of students working with guidance from faculty mentors and industry advisors.  For students, the program provides an opportunity to apply their technical skills, and knowledge of design and engineering principles, to the solution of a complex, team-oriented project, typically over a two-semester course sequence.  For the industry partners, Capstone Projects provide a cost-effective opportunity to solve technical problems, and the opportunity to interact with students to gain access to new ideas and to mentor potential future talent.

This is a natural entry point into ASU for new industry partners, which could expand into other opportunities such as funded research, student hiring, internships, and recruitment.

Job Family

Business Operations

Department Name

Business Engagement Catalyst



VP Code


Scope of Search


Grant Funded Position

This is not a grant funded position and is not contingent on future grant funding.

Salary Range

$87,750 - $100,000 per year; DOE

Close Date




Essential Duties

  • Develops/cultivates new and maintains current relationships with industry partners, ASU partners, and alumni to reflect the diversity of the SCAI curriculum and capabilities. 
  • Works closely with other FSE industry capstone leaders within and other ASU programs/colleges and entities to promote interdisciplinary projects.
  • Assesses current and potential projects to support the number of students enrolled in SCAI capstone and other project courses.
  • Engages with SCAI faculty and SCAI students related to Capstone Projects to maintain best practices and new focus areas for recruitment. 
  • Manages industry partner expectations by monitoring Projects in-process and address any issues with industry engagement and student teams. 
  • Serves as the liaison to follow-up and collect feedback on Project status.
  • Prepares and coordinates the Project Service Agreements, Nondisclosure Agreements, IP between student teams, faculty, ORSP and industry sponsors etc.
  • Helps organize events (FSE Capstone Showcase, industry partner visits, etc.)
  • Provides data as appropriate for accreditation purposes.
  • Assists with overseeing the development, evaluation, and continuous improvement of the SCAI Capstone Program.
  • Performs other duties that arise necessary to support advancing projects.

Minimum Qualifications

Bachelor’s degree in a business-related discipline or technology-related field AND seven (7) years of related experience specifically in business development, marketing, and program operations, including four (4) years of supervisory/management. OR, Any equivalent combination of experience and/or education from which comparable knowledge, skills and abilities have been achieved.

Desired Qualifications

  • Evidence of a Master’s degree in engineering, business administration, or related field
  • Project management experience
  • Client management experience
  • Industry/technical sales experience

Working Environment

  • Activities are performed in an environmentally controlled office setting subject to extended periods of sitting, keyboarding and manipulating a computer mouse
  • Required to stand for varying lengths of time and walk moderate distances to perform work 
  • Frequent bending, reaching, lifting, pushing and pulling up to 25 pounds 
  • Regular activities require ability to quickly change priorities, which may include and/or are subject to resolution of conflicts
  • Ability to clearly communicate to perform essential functions

Department Statement

The Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering is the largest producer of engineering and technical talent in the nation and seeks to deliver a world-class learning experience for our students and to advance research and innovation – all at scale. We value and emphasize inherently interdisciplinary endeavors that leverage the breadth and depth of expertise among our outstanding faculty, and have built a unique place for large-scale innovation characterized by foundational excellence and translational impacts. We are an engineering school on the rise at the most innovative university in the country and in the heart of the nation’s fifth largest metropolitan area. The scale of our faculty research interests and interdisciplinary mindset, combined with more than 48 graduate degree programs and 25 undergraduate degree programs, provide the foundation for knowledge generation and collaborative opportunities to advance new ideas. 

The Fulton Schools of Engineering, located across ASU’s Tempe and Polytechnic campuses, is comprised of seven schools based on academic programs and research areas. Fulton Engineering has a nationally recognized faculty that conducts research, instructs and mentors students, provides service to engineering, computing and technology professions and creates lasting impacts across local and global communities.

The Fulton Schools of Engineering follows a framework of values designed to distinguish our practice and guide daily decisions in our academic, research, corporate engagement and entrepreneurial endeavors. These values influence how we recognize, reward and communicate our achievements. At the Fulton Schools of Engineering, we:
● Cultivate excellence.
● Deliver innovation that matters.
● Encourage bold thinking.
● Foster a community of learning and collaboration.
● Build a foundation for all to be successful.

Working at ASU has outstanding benefits that include: health, dental and vision insurance plans; ASU/UA/NAU tuition reduction for the employee and qualified family members; life insurance and disability programs; sick leave and holidays; state and optional retirement plans; access to ASU recreation and cultural activities, and more. To estimate the value of your total compensation, please visit https://cfo.asu.edu/compensation-estimator.

ASU Statement

Arizona State University is a new model for American higher education, an unprecedented combination of academic excellence, entrepreneurial energy and broad access. This New American University is a single, unified institution comprising four differentiated campuses positively impacting the economic, social, cultural and environmental health of the communities it serves. Its research is inspired by real world application blurring the boundaries that traditionally separate academic disciplines. ASU serves more than 100,000 students in metropolitan Phoenix, Arizona, the nation's fifth largest city. ASU champions intellectual and cultural diversity, and welcomes students from all fifty states and more than one hundred nations across the globe.

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Arizona State University is a VEVRAA Federal Contractor and an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other basis protected by law.

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Employment Verification Statement

ASU conducts pre-employment screening which may include verification of work history, academic credentials, licenses, and certifications.

Background Check Statement

ASU conducts pre-employment screening for all positions which includes a criminal background check, verification of work history, academic credentials, licenses, and certifications. Employment is contingent upon successful passing of the background check.

Fingerprint Check Statement

This position is considered safety/security sensitive and will include a fingerprint check. Employment is contingent upon successful passing of the fingerprint check.

Instructions to Apply

Application deadline is 3:00PM Arizona time on the date indicated.

Please include all employment information in month/year format (e.g., 6/88 to 8/94), job title, job duties and name of employer for each position.

Resume should clearly illustrate how prior knowledge and experience meets the Minimum and Desired qualifications of this position.

ASU does not pay for travel expenses associated with interviews, unless otherwise indicated.

Only electronic applications are accepted for this position.

IMPORTANT NOTE: What is the meaning of “equivalent combination” in the minimum qualifications? It means one year of higher education or 24 credit hours, is equal to one year of experience. For example, a four year Bachelor’s degree is equal to four years of experience.