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. The ED will lead the office of Industry Engagement and Corporate Ventures (IECV), which includes responsibility for 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 University’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. 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 businesses leaders to advise Brown on its development and coordinated efforts with the commercial
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 management of the Brown Corporate giving effort.
Provide tangible avenues to forge meaningful and productive connections with induustry.
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.
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. 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:
(1) Management experience leading a team of professionals.
(2) University familiarity and understanding, preferably prior employment in technology licensing or corporate development in a research university.
(3) Significant experience and skill in sourcing, designing and negotiating complex collaboration or other business agreements, and/or intellectual property licenses.
(4) Working understanding of patents and intellectual property principles.
(3) Business (non-university) experience, preferably in a situation requiring responsibility for successful performance, preferably of a team of professionals.
(4) Demonstrated increasing levels of achievement and responsibility.
(5) Sales and marketing experience.
(6) Ability to travel as 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
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, along with the Warren Alpert Medical School, School of Public Health, School of Engineering, and School of Professional Studies.