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Polaris MEP, a division of The URI Research Foundation (URIRF) and member of the MEP National Network, guides Rhode Island manufacturers to sustainable growth, innovative technology strategies and cost-efficient operations.

This page at times also features job openings posted by other URIRF divisions or key partners, as part of our commitment to a diverse, collaborative community.

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RI manufacturers are increasingly adopting automation, industry 4.0 technologies, diversity initiatives and other “next generation” initiatives. The Polaris MEP team is growing to help them meet challenges and seize opportunities. To advise these trusted advisors, we are seeking forward-thinking industry leaders who can bring a diversity of experience, expertise and perspectives to our Advisory  Board. Click here to learn more about our Advisory Board.

Our Vision

Polaris MEP, 401 Tech Bridge and the URI Research Foundation together have a clear vision: to be a community in which a diverse mix of talented people come together to make a lasting difference. Our success comes only through the dedication of our employees and thoughtful, creative collaboration. We are proud to be an equal opportunity employer.

Rhode Island MEP Center Director

Posted August 16, 2022

Polaris MEP seeks a strategic, visionary MEP Center Director to help the organization deliver on and advance its mission of supporting and promoting Rhode Island manufacturers.

  • Collaborate with community leaders, partner organizations and others in support of economic development and manufacturing priorities
  • Lead and manage the delivery of continuous improvement and other initiatives in support of client commercial goals
  • Provide strategic and visionary leadership, business acumen, and a passion for mission

Click to read more about this job opportunity, including how to apply.

University of Rhode Island Research Foundation (URIRF) Executive Director

Posted August 29, 2022

Polaris MEP is a business unit of the University of Rhode Island Resarch Foundation (URIRF). The URIRF is seeking a chief executive officer to:

  • Manage the URIRF’s execution of programs, outcomes, and governance to meet the aims of the legislative statute, as well as the strategic plan developed by the URIRF Board of Directors.
  • Advance overall effectiveness of the URIRF in its support of the research and economic development missions of the University of Rhode Island.
  • Ensure that the URIRF meets all fiscal and regulatory requirements, that it excels in the range of services that the foundation provides to the University and citizens of Rhode Island.

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Program Manager (RI MADE)

Posted August 30, 2022

Polaris MEP is seeking a Program Manager for RI MADE with experience leading and implementing federally funded initiatives which include industry, government, and academia. The RI MADE Program Manager will drive economic growth working with academia to provide technology resources to our strong national defense manufacturing and supply chain community which will accelerate secure production of highly technical products through automation, robotics, and cyber technologies.

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Business Advisor of Manufacturing

UPDATED August 17, 2022

We are seeking a Business Advisor of Manufacturing who will connect with RI manufacturers to assist with the identification of advanced manufacturing technologies to meet their productivity and supply chain needs. The Business Advisor of Manufacturing will connect small and medium sized manufacturing companies (SMMs) with public, university, and private resources.

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Manufacturing Advisor

UPDATED August 17, 2022

We are seeking a Manufacturing Advisor with project management experience to guide Rhode Island clients to sustainable growth, innovative technology strategies and cost-efficient operations.

Manufacturing Advisors are core to the success of Polaris MEP programs and to the manufacturing community in Rhode Island. This position will manage and lead client engagements from beginning to end.

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Marketing Coordinator

Jun 11, 2022

The Marketing Coordinator works alongside the Marketing manager to identify, organize and run Polaris MEP’s marketing efforts.

This position involves collaborating with our team of expert manufacturing Project Managers and Workforce Solutions providers to develop and deploy online and offline marketing communications.

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JARC RI Job Training / Employment Services Staff

Jan 28, 2022

Polaris MEP and Jane Addams Resource Corporation (JARC) have established a partnership to create a new entity, JARC RI, that will advance the needs of the manufacturing sector and assist low-income workers to transition out of poverty. Together, Polaris MEP and JARC will build a robust pipeline of skilled employees for RI manufacturers through JARC’s highly successful training model.

There are currently two staff positions open. Click on either link below to read more about the roles and how to apply.