Miami University — Executive Director of Innovation and Creativity

]The Division of Advancing Strategy, Partnerships, Institutional Relations, and Economy (ASPIRE) is charged with advancing the university’s external collaboration and outreach efforts and tracking the university’s strategic initiatives. Developing and advancing the university’s plans and strategies for technology transfer, commercialization, entrepreneurship, and economic development are top ASPIRE priorities. The establishment of the College@Elm Innovation and Workforce Development Center (College@Elm) is such an example. College@Elm promotes commercialization by connecting promising technologies with entrepreneurs in the region. In addition to traditional incubator functions, College@Elm concentrates on the following: (1) harnessing the untapped potential of our 20,000 students, the entrepreneurial and life experiences of our 220,000 living alumni, and the intellectual horsepower of our faculty for the benefit of the southwest Ohio entrepreneurial eco-system; (2) leveraging existing idle intellectual property to start companies and provide value to otherwise left-behind intellectual property investments; (3) providing the region with talented entrepreneurs who have an inclusive mind-set; (4) attracting and retaining startups and minority-owned businesses to the region; (5) building southwest Ohio as an epicenter of inclusive entrepreneurial innovation; and (6) providing a playbook for rural communities and Ohio regional economic development entities interested in expanding inclusive innovation.

The Division of ASPIRE seeks an individual with entrepreneurial, technology transfer, or commercialization experience to advance College@Elm and the university’s technology transfer and commercialization efforts. The Executive Director of Innovation and Creativity (EDIC) will work with internal and external stakeholders to provide high quality tangible experiential learning opportunities for university students, expose faculty to research opportunities in business and government, engage alumni in commercialization and coaching opportunities, enhance the university’s intellectual property portfolio, and foster local and regional innovation and economic development. The EDIC will lead a team responsible for advancing College@Elm and will champion innovation, technology transfer, and commercialization at all levels of the university.

Duties and Physical Demands:

  • Develop, lead, and execute the university and College@Elm technology transfer, commercialization, entrepreneurship, and economic development priorities
  • Serve as the College@Elm and university intellectual property liaison and champion
  • Develop a university and College@Elm strategic intellectual property portfolio serving the university
  • Track and report university invention disclosures and patent applications
  • Cultivate connections and create mentorship opportunities for students, faculty, staff, alumni, community members, and others around College@Elm and university priorities
  • Evaluate new intellectual property, commercial potential of technologies, and potential licensees
  • Appreciate and champion innovation efforts across all colleges and schools at Miami University
  • Facilitate the process of disclosing new inventions, identifying early-state translational research projects and technologies with commercial applications
  • Identify and negotiate licensing of university intellectual property with outside constituencies
  • Develop an innovation commercialization strategy to secure intellectual property and licensing agreements from external constituents
  • Represent and communicate university and College@Elm priorities to senior-level corporate executives, industry, and government constituents  
  • Drive participation of faculty and research staff in the commercialization process by collaborating with the Council of Academic Deans, the Office of Research and Innovation, and the many university centers and institutes
  • Receive and coordinate inquiries and responses from various constituencies regarding College@Elm and university technology transfer, commercialization, entrepreneurship, and economic development
  • Recruit, organize, coach, supervise, and lead a vibrant College@Elm Innovation and Workforce Development Center staff
  • Actively engage in professional development associations 
  • Other duties as required or assigned

Minimum Qualifications: 

  • Bachelor’s Degree with experience in entrepreneurship, technology transfer, intellectual property, or commercialization initiatives (volunteer work may be counted towards this requirement)
  • Experience in program planning, budgeting, staffing, and performance management
  • Experience serving or managing a team and fostering an inclusive and collaborative work environment
  • Ability to travel as necessary for technology transfer, commercialization, entrepreneurial, and/or economic development and related meetings

Desired Qualifications:

  • PhD or Masters / JD, or MBA, all preferred but not required
  • Relevant experience in entrepreneurship, technology management, commercialization, licensing, venture capital, marketing or business development
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • An understanding of intellectual property, commercialization, and related business practices
  • A team player who is highly organized and can manage multiple projects from conception to completion.
  • A connector who can work across university college boundaries and effectively engage all of our stakeholders and external partners and potential partners.
  • Background or understanding of industry research and development, academic research, or relevant work experience at a start-up
  • Ability to drive the participation of university students, faculty, and staff to participate in the commercialization process.

Knowledge Skills and Abilities:

  • Ability to work quickly and accurately with attention to detail
  • Ability to manage multiple tasks and meet deadlines

Preferred Knowledge Skills and Abilities:

  • Relevant experience in entrepreneurship, technology management, commercialization, licensing, venture capital, marketing, or business development
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • An understanding of intellectual property, commercialization, and related business practices
  • A team player who is highly organized and can manage multiple projects from conception to completion.
  • A connector who can work across university college boundaries and effectively engage all our stakeholders and external partners and potential partners.
  • Background or understanding of industry research and development, academic research, or relevant work experience at a start-up
  • Ability to drive the participation of university students, faculty, and staff to participate in the commercialization process

Please attach a resume, cover letter and three professional references: https://jobs.miamioh.edu/cw/en-us/job/499436/executive-director-of-innovation-and-creativity

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