OIE Seeks Technology Commercialization Director


Stevens Institute of Technology invites nominations and applications for the position of Technology Commercialization Director. Reporting to the Vice Provost of Innovation and Entrepreneurship, the Director will lead the continuing development and exploitation of the University's intellectual property portfolio and will play a significant role in implementing the innovation and entrepreneurship components of the University’s Strategic Plan.  The Strategic Plan aims to create a sustainable forward-thinking university with an entrepreneurial culture at its core.   It is expected that the Technology Commercialization Director will work with internal and external stakeholders to integrate entrepreneurship into the University’s educational programs, sponsored research and technology commercialization activities.

Built on a rich, 142-year heritage in engineering and science, Stevens has a record of innovation in science, technology and business. Extensive partnerships and collaboration with industry, government and other universities contribute to the dynamic ecosystem which distinguishes the University. Stevens is one of the leading technology-centric universities in the world dedicated to learning and research. It is known for its unique pedagogical model, its distinctive and highly productive research programs and its world-class facilities. One of the central tenets of the Stevens mission is that solutions to many of today's critical societal problems can be addressed through the advanced research, development and understanding of technology. Stevens was founded on the principle that its duty is to motivate and prepare engineers, scientists and business leaders to find these solutions, a mission which continues to this day.

The successful candidate will have the demonstrated ability to lead and manage all aspects of the University's technology commercialization operations, including the development and implementation of a vision, strategy and plan to grow the intellectual property portfolio in alignment with the University's strategic plan and work to create an entrepreneurial academic culture. The Technology Commercialization Director will interact with faculty and researchers to influence the creation and protection of intellectual property that focuses directly on societal and industry needs.  It is critical for the candidate to have a comprehensive understanding of the academic environment and be able to work with faculty and researchers of all types, including students, to develop and exploit intellectual property through various endeavors.

The successful candidate will have a high level of knowledge of science and technology developments and demonstrated knowledge in one or more scientific disciplines as evidenced by an advanced science, engineering or other relevant degree.  Five or more years of experience in licensing, technical entrepreneurship, corporate business development, and/or venture capital investments is required, and a Ph.D or MBA is preferred.  Specifically the Director of Technology Commercialization will:

·         manage the business development and licensing  function of the Office of Innovation & Entrepreneurship and serve as a liaison between the Office and the business and research community,

·         develop strategies for licensing in focus areas based upon the University’s research (e.g., perform technology valuations, technology marketing and market assessments),

·         develop strategies for identifying and working with individuals and companies committed to commercializing technologies and forming start-up companies (e.g., market orientation, product advantage, launch tactics, new product performance),

·         identify and negotiate with potential industrial collaborators for licenses, research support and other types of collaborations around university research and intellectual property,

·         assess the current patent portfolio of the University, and develop a management strategy for underexploited intellectual property and a strategy for future patent prosecution,

·         work to create and nurture a community of entrepreneurs in Hoboken and environs and participate in existing “meet up” and other activities in New Jersey and New York,

·         develop strategies and recommendations for incubator, accelerator or other support efforts for early-stage technologies and start-up companies,

Nominations and applications, together with a letter of interest and a CV or resume, should be directed to the Stevens Human Resources online job posting website: http://www.stevens.edu/hr/employment.shtml

Position: Technology Commercialization Director

Requisition Number: PROV7742

Review of applications will begin on February 1, 2013.