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Government Engagement Associate

Department: Strategy
Location: Chicago, IL

MxD is where innovative manufacturers forge their futures. In partnership with the Department of Defense, MxD provides factories with the digital tools and expertise they need to begin building every part better than the last. As a result, our more than 300 partners increase their productivity and win more business.

+ Position Overview

The Government Engagement Associate is responsible for relationship and risk management for MxDís Government initiatives. This role serves as a primary liaison between Government partners and the institute and communicates decisions, priorities and relevant partner information to appropriate levels of staff regarding Government program requests, performance, and initiatives. This role is focused on leading and executing strong day-to-day operations in support of Government partner needs.

In addition, the Government Engagement Associate will support the Director of Engagement in identifying, exploring, and capturing new opportunities with government partners, making links between government interests, market needs, and Institute opportunities.

+ Key Responsibilities

  • Collaborate with the VP of Engagement, Director of Engagement and Director of Technology Strategy on new initiatives to drive early stage ideas into valuable programs for Government partners
  • †Support the development of a comprehensive strategy for government business development by researching, identifying, and prioritizing government stakeholder requirements with market needs, and Institute capabilities
  • Execute strategy by translating government stakeholder requirements into actionable program plans and business cases which support their digital transformation efforts
  • Identify new areas for growth; propose and manage programs and initiatives accordingly
  • Manage cross-functional resource involvement and ensure continued engagement with the team and alignment with goals, specifically interfacing with Project Ideation and Project Execution teams
  • Lead the preparation and execution of select MxD grant efforts
  • Lead the preparation and project management of government requests for information
  • Key interface between government stakeholders and the institute

+ Position Requirements

  • Bachelorís degree required
  • 2-4 years of relevant experience
  • Proven ability to navigate multiple leadership levels within organizations (executive, technical, partner management)
  • Self-starter and able to work in both complex and ambiguous situations
  • Experience in business development, government contracting, or business operations is desired
  • Demonstrated ability to lead and participate on cross-functional teams
  • Ability to relentlessly problem-solve; unafraid of challenging the status quo
  • Excellent leadership and management skills that demonstrate teamwork and collaboration
  • Ability to shift priorities quickly, while maintaining organization and control

+ How to Apply

Please apply online at by clicking on the link to the position posting and submitting an application including your resume and a cover letter explaining why you would be a good fit for this role and MxD.† Tip: Meeting the qualifications is important, but a great cover letter will set you apart!

+ Work with Us

MxD is a results-oriented, lean, collaborative tech organization and 501(c)(3) nonprofit. We are hard-working, mission-driven, flexible, and work with a sense of urgency. We hire tech-savvy, committed, self-starters who can think outside the box, and have a strong capacity to learn and adapt to the needs of the organization and role through both skill and grit. All-star employees excel without the help of administrative support, and donít mind rolling up their sleeves and getting their hands dirty (figuratively!). Additionally, people who love to solve problems, no matter how big or small, find they are a good fit for MxD.

Our state-of-the-art facility, located on Goose Island in Chicago (just north of downtown), features a manufacturing floor, a smart green infrastructure testbed, and a bustling open-office environment. MxD is a collaborative space, hosting many events for our partners and other prestigious organizations, so being able to engage with staff and visitors in a professional, helpful manner is a must.

MxD is a 10-minute walk from the North and Clybourn Red Line stop, a 20-minute walk from the Division Blue Line stop, and accessible by a variety of other public transit options; additionally, we have free parking available for employees.

+ Anti-Discrimination Policy and Commitment to Diversity

MxD is proud to be an equal opportunity employer, committed to creating a diverse environment in our workplace, our communities, and within the tech industry. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, ethnicity, religion, disability status, economic circumstance, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status.

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