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Associate Vice President for Commercialization

Company: Tursa Employment & Training
Location: New Orleans
Posted on: March 20, 2023

Job Description:

Job Title Associate Vice President for Commercialization Location New Orleans, LA, US Organization Name Tulane University Innovation Institute Posting Summary The Associate Vice President for Commercialization (AVPC) is a member of the Tulane University Innovation Institute (TUII) leadership team. TUII is designed to bridge the gap between university research and industry catalyzing the real-world impact of Tulane's world-class research into technologies and products. The AVPC will serve as a strategic advisor and chief of staff reporting to the CIEO managing operations and internal and external communications of the TUII vision. This position actively supports TUII strategic planning and goal setting across the entire innovation portfolio and helps manage the university's involvement in strategic innovation, economic development, and prioritized TUII initiatives. The AVPC will lead a team and work with sponsored research and other key partners to cultivate the innovation pipeline from basic and applied research while developing a DEIA culture that supports and rewards research and innovation across disciplines. The AVPC will actively engage with local, regional, national, and international partners to elevate translational research and entrepreneurship at Tulane. The AVPC will work with peer institutions, industry, and economic development organizations to attract external funding to grow commercialization initiatives and expand Tulane's reputation as a leader in innovation and entrepreneurship at the direction of the CIEO. - TUII will optimize the university's ability to translate research findings into commercialized innovations and startups that benefit Tulane and society. The AVPC will co-develop strategies with CIEO and VPR/Office of Tech Transfer to modernize and evolve Tulane's traditional technology transfer operations and create a "new model" for commercialization that will serve as a best practice for universities. The TUII commercialization operation will establish a single point of entry into Tulane's innovation ecosystem for internal and external stakeholders. The AVPC's team will consolidate disparate commercialization-related functions and be hyperactive in the identification and support of translational research, the development of fundable commercialization teams, identification of public/private funding opportunities, support/negotiate license/equity and nurture/market university spinouts. The Director of Commercialization Intelligence & Assessments and Startup/Proof of Concept Fund Manager report to the AVPC and will provide faculty, staff, and student customer-centric service while also supporting the Energize and Vitalize TUII functions offering a complete and integrated suite of high impact programs and services to encourage and ignite Tulane's innovation ecosystem. - The AVPC will build, lead, manage and develop a high-performance team of professionals to scout for and seek innovation, assist in the support of the traditional IP evaluation and protection process, build relationships with potential licensees to maximize deal flow and value, and contract specialists to quickly finalize all commercialization-related agreements. This team will source and promote innovation from non-traditional, unconventional areas; encourage interdisciplinary innovation and engagement with external partners; and dispel notions of 'black box evaluation' by embracing transparency in operational processes while meeting innovators where they work partnering closely with the Director of Intellectual Property and Licensing to maximize value creation for Tulane University. This position will support TUII business development and industry/investor outreach efforts, working in strategic partnership with the Chief Business Officer in the School of Medicine and National Primate Research Center. Through these efforts, the AVPC will avoid overlap and redundancy that ensures an optimal use of the TUII resources focused on increasing the number and impact of commercial and investment partnerships, as well as the capital, knowledge, and professional networks that accompany such activities. Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities --- Exceptional interpersonal and organizational skills that enable the ability to inform and influence organizational leadership, an active listener and consensus builder. --- Demonstrated success licensing university innovation including complex transactions, developing new public/private partnerships that result in increased research output, assistance with faculty startups that have a track record of successful fundraising, and developing and supporting other collaborative endeavors with academia. --- Creative and flexible in their approach to the identification of commercialized innovations, including developing non-traditional areas unaccustomed to the commercialization process. --- Demonstrated ability and willingness to build new models of innovation management that matures the field of potential commercialize innovation. --- Demonstrated ability and experience in the development or leadership of programming to support new venture creation including venture mentoring, proof-of-concept (POC) funding mechanisms, and accelerator/incubator programs. --- Demonstrated ability and experience in building sustainable communities across a diverse group(s) of stakeholders or constituents including development/embed DEIA strategies within operations and programming. --- Demonstrated support and ability in development and implementation of experiential opportunities for early innovators and entrepreneurs to grow regional capacity for new venture development. --- Proven ability to identify and act in areas with long-term potential but little perceived short-term gain, including the skills to gain institutional buy-in. --- Demonstrated strategic planning ability in development and deployment/implementation of strategic goals that serve a complex group of stakeholders, both internally and externally, and organizational value propositions. --- Superior communication skills, including writing, speaking, and listening. --- Track record of building collaborative relationships able to leverage superior professional network, with demonstrated skills of network engagement to achieve tactical objectives. --- Ability to actively multitask, milestone driven, including coordination of a variety of programs/projects simultaneously, synchronously and successfully. --- Highly effective information management and data tracking skills, including both taking on and refining existing systems as well as conceptualizing and launching new data management processes. --- Excellent analytical skills to research and plan opportunities. --- Ability to work both independently and as part of a mission-driven cohesive team. Required Education and/or Experience --- Bachelor's Degree; Minimum of seven (7) years' experience in research administration with leadership in research commercialization/technology transfer/innovation and entrepreneurship activities. --- In depth knowledge and experience in new venture development within an academic environment. - --- Demonstrated skills in building positive relationships with senior leaders, managers and employees, and external stakeholders. - --- Outstanding interpersonal and communication skills with demonstrated ability to express and convey complex ideas. Preferred Qualifications --- Graduate Degree (Masters or PhD in STEM, MD, DVM, JD or MBA) --- 7-10 years professional experience in pharma/life sciences industry, engineering/physical sciences, academic technology transfer, corporate business development, business/startup consulting, entrepreneurship, or equivalent industry experience. How To Apply Please Note: Tulane University has officially adopted a mandatory COVID-19 vaccination policy, which includes the requirement of a booster when eligible. All employees and visiting faculty must be fully vaccinated with a COVID-19 vaccination or obtain approval for a medical or religious exemption prior to beginning employment. Click "Apply Now" to apply for this job. Tulane University is an EOE/M/F/Vet/Disabled employer with a strong commitment to diversity and inclusion. Applications by members of all underrepresented groups are encouraged. Tulane offers a variety of options to enhance your health and well-being so that you may enjoy more out of life now and in the future. Learn more about Life at Tulane , as well as our Our Benefits . See our Candidate Resources to learn more about our hiring process and what to expect. Copyright (c) 1998, 2021, Oracle and/or its affiliates. All rights reserved.

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