The University of Maryland, College Park is seeking a Director for its Office of Technology Commercialization. The Director leads and manages the OTC, overseeing personnel, budgets, and all aspects of intellectual property cultivation, assessment, protection, and commercialization. The Director establishes and implements strategies to maximize the social and economic impact of University research and discoveries through OTC’s commercialization efforts and its support of related entrepreneurial endeavors. The Director is responsible for developing and meeting annual OTC licensing goals and acts as primary point of contact and steward to resolve problems and issues affecting intellectual property and licensing at all levels within the University.
The Director interacts closely with University administrators, faculty, staff, and students; units involved in research administration support services, internal and external legal counsel; external partners / potential licensees and industry research and development. The Director will build strong relationships externally to drive broader awareness and dissemination of the University’s innovation capabilities and available technologies and will develop trusting working relationships with University researchers to advance the University’s culture of innovation and collaboration.
The Director reports directly to the Associate Vice President, Innovation and Economic Development (AVP) and strategically supports the AVP as the expert licensing professional in the OTC
Duties to Include
- Works with AVP to develop and oversee implementation of strategies to cultivate, assess, protect, and commercialize intellectual property, including strategies for identifying and marketing to potential licensees, negotiating and, with support of the Office of General Counsel, drafting, finalizing, and executing commercialization, licensing and other collaborative agreements. Administers and monitors existing agreements and patent portfolios.
- Provides interface for technology transfer issues between inventors, university and patent counsel, commercial contacts, government officials, and university administrators. Provides assistance and consultation to the AVP on patent policy and technology transfer strategies, issues and initiatives. In conjunction with the AVP, provide regular updates to University administrators and academic departments on the University’s technology transfer program.
- Manages general administrative issues for OTC, including budget implications and recommendations, personnel and other resource issues and professional development for staff. Monitors and enforces licensees’ financial and administrative compliance with license terms. Serves on various University committees and working groups such as Conflict of Interest Committee and Intellectual Property committee. Identifies and advocates for resources needed in order to meet OTC objectives.
- Promotes and facilitates awareness of the technology transfer program within the University community. Assists in the formation of start-up companies to commercialize University technology. Collaborates with internal and external constituencies to facilitate commercialization efforts. Implements the University’s initiatives for promoting technology transfer in support of the State’s economic development.
- Qualifications Required
Master’s degree in technical, business or related field.
With a minimum of ten (10) years of successful leadership experience in corporate, academic, startup and/or entrepreneurial setting. A minimum of five (5) years of supervisory experience.
Bachelor’s degree in technical, business or related field.
With a minimum of twelve (12) years of successful leadership experience in corporate, academic, startup and/or entrepreneurial setting. A minimum of five (5) years of supervisory experience.
Demonstrated experience in technology transfer, business development, intellectual property management, and related activities. Experience and strong technical competence negotiating deal terms, complex and standard, including an understanding of both industry and startup perspectives and needs.
- Strong, demonstrated leadership skills with the ability to identify and hire talent, coach staff, develop and manage high-performing teams, set and achieve strategic objectives, and manage a budget.
- Demonstrated expertise in working collaboratively with diverse stakeholders.
- Proven success engaging the private sector in a variety of commercial endeavors.
- Action-oriented, entrepreneurial, adaptable, and innovative mindset for business planning and implementation.
- Strong interpersonal and communication skills, internally and externally, evidenced through relationship management, networking, and team building.
- Strong appreciation for and ability to drive relevant collection and reporting of metrics to assess not only office operational efficiency but also impact and outcomes.
- Ability to handle sensitive matters with discretion and tact while maintaining confidentiality.
- Ability to manage multiple competing priorities, often under time constraints.
- Ability to assess and advocate for resources needed to achieve goals and objectives of the office.
To apply for this position, Cover letter (addressed to Adrienne Newman), Resume, and References must be submitted via this link on the University of Maryland, College Park Website.
Founded in 1856, University of Maryland, College Park is the flagship institution in the University System of Maryland. Our 1,250-acre College Park campus is just minutes away from Washington, D.C., and the nexus of the nation’s legislative, executive, and judicial centers of power. This unique proximity to business and technology leaders, federal departments and agencies, and a myriad of research entities, embassies, think tanks, cultural centers, and non-profit organizations is simply unparalleled. Synergistic opportunities for our faculty and students abound and are virtually limitless in the nation’s capital and surrounding areas. The University is committed to attracting and retaining outstanding and diverse faculty and staff that will enhance our stature of preeminence in our three missions of teaching, scholarship, and full engagement in our community, the state of Maryland, and in the world.