Brown University, an elite institution of higher education renowned for the rigor and innovation of its curriculum as well as the excellence of its research, seeks an exceptional and experienced professional to serve as Executive Director of Industrial Engagement & Corporate Ventures
Located in historic Providence, Rhode Island, and founded in 1764, Brown University is the seventh-oldest college in the United States. Brown is an independent, coeducational Ivy League institution comprising undergraduate and graduate programs, along with the Warren Alpert Medical School, School of Public Health, School of Engineering, and School of Professional Studies.
Under the leadership of President Christina H. Paxson and Provost Richard M. Locke, Brown has adopted a strategic plan, Building on Distinction, which positions the University to attain higher levels of academic excellence over the next decade through collaborative integrative research and an innovative approach to education. In fall 2015, the University launched a $3 billion comprehensive campaign, BrownTogether, to support and achieve the aspirations outlined in Building on Distinction. The Universityâ™s strong commitment to diversity and inclusion as essential to achieving its mission was recently reaffirmed with the development and release of Pathways to Diversity and Inclusion: An Action Plan for Brown.Â
The ED is the most senior officer in the University dedicated to growing and cultivating a robust and holistic corporate and industry relations portfolio to advance opportunities for funding, research, technology transfer, executive education, teaching, and student internships and employment.Â The ED will lead the office of Industry Engagement and Corporate Ventures (IECV), which includes responsibility for the development of corporate collaborations and research funding and support, as well as management of the University's technology licensing function and management of the University's portfolio of inventions and other intellectual property.
Reporting to the Vice President for Research, and with significant interaction with the Provost, the Executive Director (ED) is charged with developing and implementing a strategic plan to identify, cultivate, coordinate, solicit and steward corporate partners in support of the Universityâ™s mission and, more specifically, the priorities of Building on Distinction. ED will also be responsible for developing metrics to measure progress toward the goals enumerated in the strategic plan.Â The ED will be responsible for the management and operation of the technology transfer function, licensing of Brown intellectual property and management of Brown's portfolio of intellectual property.
The ED will:
Determine the infrastructure and staffing of the IECV.
Oversee the University's Technology Management and Licensing.
Convene and staff an advisory board consisting of business leaders to advise Brown on its development and coordinated efforts with the commercial sector.
Convene and staff a faculty advisory board consisting of faculty who are active in invention disclosure and licensing or who have knowledge or interest in participating in corporate collaborations.
Work with the Dean of Medicine and Biology to manage the Brown Biomedical Innovations to Impact fund.
Develop internal and external programs to publicize the activities of the IECV and promote innovation at Brown, internally and externally.
Coordinate, collaborate with and assist in the management of the Brown Corporate giving effort.
Provide tangible avenues to forge meaningful and productive connections with industry.
ED will also engage with colleagues across the University to identify unique resources and capabilities to be maximized through new or broadened partnerships and to develop a coordinated structure to ensure ongoing effective communication, cooperation, and responsiveness between groups. This will include, but not be limited to, working closely with individual researchers; The Nelson Center for Entrepreneurship; the Program in Biology; the Schools of Medicine, Engineering, Public Health, and Professional Studies; and the Offices of Advancement and Government Relations.
The ideal candidate will have an advanced degree in a relevant field and a demonstrated record of leadership with a minimum of 10 to 15 years of experience. Understanding of both corporate cultures/organizations and complex institutions of higher education is required.Â Experience in both a research university as well as positions in business, law or industry strongly preferred.
The candidate should be a senior management official with many if not all of the following skills and experience:
Management experience leading a team of professionals.
University familiarity and understanding, preferably prior employment in technology licensing or corporate development in a research university.
Significant experience and skill in sourcing, designing and negotiating complex collaboration or other business agreements, and/or intellectual property licenses.
Working understanding of patents and intellectual property principles.
Business (non-university) experience, preferably in a situation requiring responsibility for successful performance, preferably of a team of professionals.
Demonstrated increasing levels of achievement and responsibility.
Sales and marketing experience.
Ability to travel when needed.
Commitment to Brown: Ideal candidates should bring a deep appreciation for the history, mission, achievements, and contributions of Brown University, and the ability to effectively and eloquently articulate those to current and potential partners, and other critical audiences.
Vision and leadership: This position requires an inspiring, energetic, visionary, collaborative leader with a demonstrated record in a complex institution of higher education or comparable organization. Applicants must be entrepreneurial, with deep knowledge of the field and the capacity to make strategic decisions and generate innovative ideas and solutions.
Analytical capacity: Candidates should have the ability to engage in ongoing strategic analysis of relevant opportunities and challenges using qualitative and quantitative data, and to digest, translate and employ information on national and international trends to inform strategic planning.
Exceptional communication knowledge and skills: Candidates must be articulate and persuasive in communicating with a wide array of constituencies.
Commitment to diversity and inclusion: Applicants must have a strong commitment to promoting institutional diversity and inclusion.
Personal characteristics: Superlative interpersonal skills with a demonstrated ability to work well with people at all levels of an organization. Collaborative and collegial orientation, eager and able to engage diverse constituencies and build strong professional relationships. Strong personal integrity and work ethic, as well as a sense of diplomacy and perspective.
Background check: Criminal/Educational
Frequently operates a computer and other office equipment such as a printer/copy machine.
Frequently moves about inside the office to access printers, files, and other materials/equipment.
Frequently moves about campus to various locations for meetings.
Must possess a willingness and ability to support a diverse and inclusive environment.
Other duties as assigned.
Recruiting Start Date:
Job Posting Title:
Office of the Vice President for Research
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Please note that in order to be considered an applicant for any staff position at Brown University you must submit an application form for each position for which you believe you are qualified. Applications are not kept on file for future positions. Please include a cover letter and resume with each position application.
Brown University is committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive academic global community; as an EEO/AA employer, Brown considers applicants for employment without regard to, and does not discriminate on the basis of, gender, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, race, protected veteran status, disability, or any other legally protected status.
Internal Number: REQ162910
About Brown University
Located in historic Providence, Rhode Island and founded in 1764, Brown University is the seventh-oldest college in the United States. Brown is an independent, coeducational Ivy League institution comprising undergraduate and graduate programs, plus the Alpert Medical School, School of Engineering, Executive Master of Healthcare Leadership and the IE Brown Executive MBA.