The Executive Director of Technology Transfer is responsible for managing the technology transfer activities of Marquette University. The position leads the development and administration of the university's technology portfolio. The Executive Director will perform functions under limited supervision and direction of the Vice President for Corporate Engagement and the Vice President for Research and Innovation.
Duties and Responsibilities:
1.Promoting and building capacity in intellectual property protection, technology commercialization and venture creation a.Act as a catalyst and facilitator for the identification, sharing, and commercialization of innovative technology and intellectual property created through Marquette's research and development activities. Champion for expanding awareness of the importance of technology sharing, and serve as a key resource for researchers to understand the best ways to successfully share and commercialize their innovations. b.Establishes processes to regularly review Marquette's research activities to identify promising technology and intellectual property with potential for commercial application and startup formation. Assembles appropriate advisory boards and technology evaluation panels consisting of faculty and private sector experts to maximize the effectiveness of the reviews and promote collaboration and innovation. c.Executes patenting, marketing, and licensing of high-potential Marquette discoveries, supports the development of startup companies and funding sources for them, and implements additional strategies to commercialize Marquette's intellectual property assets. d.Builds and maintains strong relationships with faculty, staff, and students and facilitates collaboration between researchers and academic units. e.Develops relationships with industry, entrepreneurs, potential licensees and partners, investors, and business, government, and community leaders. Supports the establishment of corporate alliances, sponsored research, and grant funding opportunities that are consistent with Marquette's mission and overall research priorities. f.Integrates technology transfer activities with other efforts within the Office of Corporate Engagement and Partnerships to promote Marquette's research and technology expertise and discoveries to the private sector. 2.Corporate engagement leadership a.Develops annual technology transfer objectives and provides regular reporting on progress to milestones b.Develops and maintains a set of appropriate US peer programs and associated metrics c.Establishes and maintains mechanisms for working with faculty, staff, and students; Oversees the on-line disclosure system; Develops and presents technology transfer training sessions d.Represent Marquette and the Office of Corporate Engagement and Partnerships at both internal and external events e.Performs other related duties as assigned in support of the goals and purposes of the office 3.Interacts regularly with faculty and department chairs across campus 4.Regularly interacts with university staff, and general counsel staff 5.Interacts with the public at large. 6.Perform other duties and responsibilities as required, assigned, or requested.
Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
Master's degree from an accredited university in the areas of life sciences, physical sciences, engineering, or a related discipline.
At least seven (7) years of experience in a senior/managerial position in a university or industry setting and dealing with development, marketing, and licensing of proprietary technology products/services.
Demonstrated ability to comprehend scientific and technical systems as well as business needs. Track record of creativity, flexibility, and initiative in planning, launching, and executing projects and products for commercial markets.
Knowledge of intellectual property rights and protection.
Knowledge of federal grant programs and funding sources for innovative research and new ventures, including angel investors, venture capital, and philanthropy.
Knowledge of federal, state, and higher education institutional rules and regulations.
Demonstrated ability to work well with faculty, administrative leadership, staff, and students. Ability to handle sensitive situations, confidential information, and to manage conflict effectively. Exceptional ability to foster relationships with external parties, including a range of government, business, and community organizations and representatives.
Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively – to present ideas, both in writing and orally, in an understandable, non-technical manner, with internal and external constituencies.
Demonstrated ability to establish effective new organizational processes and to improve ineffective processes, gaining organizational acceptance through basic change management skills.
Ability to function successfully in a matrixed, collaborative environment.
Preferred Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
An earned doctorate or equivalent terminal degree (e.g., Ph.D., M.D.) in the areas of life sciences, physical sciences, engineering, or a related discipline.
5-7 years working in R&D or business development in industry
Familiarity with Marquette and its major research units and programs
Experience as a leader/manager at a university or other research organization
Experience in the development and administration of technology transfer and commercialization programs
Completion of the Certified Licensing Professional (CLP) program
Internal Number: 11374
About Marquette University
Marquette University is a Catholic, Jesuit university located near the heart of downtown Milwaukee, WI, that offers a comprehensive range of majors in 11 nationally and internationally recognized colleges and schools. A Marquette education offers students a virtually unlimited number of paths and destinations and prepares them for the world by asking them to think critically about it.