uammi-logoThe Utah Advanced Materials & Manufacturing Initiative (UAMMI) announced today that it is seeking a new Executive Director for its organization. This stems from the recent announcement of its current director, Jeff Edwards, that he will be stepping down in February 2020 to serve a mission with his wife for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in New Zealand. For nearly two years, he and his wife will volunteer  as public relations assistants for the church’s South Pacific Region press department.

With the changes, the UAMMI Board is now searching for a new Executive Director to manage all aspects of the organization including representing UAMMI with the advanced materials industry in Utah as well as nationally and internationally. They are seeking a dynamic individual with experience in the advanced materials manufacturing industry with knowledge of the global leaders and technology trends. Management of non-profit organizations, familiarity with government grants and contracts, strong communications skills and demonstrated team building experience are characteristics being sought in the Executive Director. In addition, financial management capabilities are needed as UAMMI works toward long term sustainability.

The position is currently full-time but could be adapted to part-time for the right individual.UAMMI is a non-profit 501(c)6 corporation governed by a board of directors from industry, academia, government and military organizations and the Executive Director will report to the Board of Directors.

Please see the job description for more information. Interested candidates should submit a resume to Whitney Holly, by December 31, 2019.


Executive Director, Utah Advanced Material Manufacturing Initiative (UAMMI). Reports to UAMMI Board of Directors.


UAMMI, a non-profit organization, brings together public, private, community, industry and educational partners to assure the growth and sustainability of Utah’s advanced composites and materials industry.


Provides encompassing leadership for a non-profit organization (501(c)6) chartered to continually grow and integrate research, business and educational aspects of composite (including carbon fiber) and other non-traditional materials within the state of Utah. 

Supports overall advanced materials design and technology maturity constraints in accordance with business sector requirements. Coordinates technical element architecture and design and interfaces for new research or business initiatives. Develops business models and architectural guidelines for current and future advanced material development. Ensures requirements are met and evaluates performance with participating sectors.

Provides expert technical information and counsel on proposals, designs and new business challenges, and fielded product of advanced materials.  Provides expertise and leadership in the regional ability to supply resources to sustain an advanced material ecosystem. Provides updates on local, national and global advanced material activities to address competitive position for entities within the state of Utah.

Provides leadership and management of local support staff, including managing commercial and government budgets and contracts.

Contributes as a non-voting board member of UAMMI.

Knowledge Skills & Abilities:

Exhibits an exceptional degree of ingenuity, creativity, resourcefulness, and advanced materials knowledge and leadership. Applies and/or develops highly advanced technologies, scientific principles, theories and concepts to support the business needs for advanced materials. Viewed as leading experts in applying technology and resolving needs for existing and new business opportunities. Establishes long-range plans and technology roadmaps for the Business Area’s products and services by identifying, analyzing, and developing new business opportunities. Establishes customer contacts, develops proposals, and delivers marketing presentations. Cultivates and maintains relationships with key decision makers.

Problem Solving

Applies technology, engineering, and business leadership in the achievement of Business Area operational and strategic goals. Applications may be diverse and include newly developed concepts, theories and products, supply chain management or engineering discipline.


Supports economic development initiatives for advanced materials for the state of Utah. Leads development and implementation of key programs and/or processes for the Business Area.


Serves as consultant/liaison to Utah leadership in government, education, research and development, and business sectors to provide coordination of UAMMI initiatives.  Long-range planning concerning new or projected areas of technological research, advancements, and current program technical performance. Prime spokesperson to legislature, tradeshows and conferences, and educational organizations on UAMMI initiatives, capabilities and future directions. May be instrumental in attracting and obtaining major new business opportunities. Represents UAMMI with national and international organizations such as SAMPE, IACMI & ACMA.

  • 15+ years industry experience with demonstrated growth in leadership positions
  • Demonstrated in-depth knowledge of advanced materials, supply chain analysis and management, workforce development, engineering and manufacturing processes, including design, problem solving, and cost and process improvement
  • Demonstrated experience with government, education institutions and business sector
  • Interpersonal skills capable of leading project teams with demonstrated results
  • Excellent writing skills in support of published papers, technical documentation, grant proposals, patents, etc.
  • Experience in diverse markets such as aerospace and recreational products.
  • Demonstrated industry contacts and reputation regarding advanced materials

Bachelor’s Degree commensurate with experience (preferred degrees include Business, Engineering, or Science)

  • Advanced Education (i.e. MBA/MS/PhD) strongly desired.
  • Strong public speaking skills
  • Self-starter with demonstrated experience obtaining results

The position is currently full-time but could be adapted to part-time for the right individual. Interested candidates should submit a resume to Whitney Holly, by December 31, 2019.