University of North Texas - Director II

Feb 19, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution
The Office of Innovation and Commercialization at the University of North Texas is seeking to hire a Director II to join our team. The Assistant Director will report to the Associate Vice President of Innovation and Commercialization and will be responsible for providing three prime services to UNT:* Technology Transfer: Technology transfer as a job function is changing; moving forward, the activity encompasses more creative management of intellectual property resources. The Assistant Director will work with the Associate Vice President and other Office of Innovation and Commercialization staff to formulate methodologies for creating value from the intellectual property developed by UNT faculty and staff. Crucial to this role is building strong relationships with the faculty inventors to drive innovation on campus. The Assistant Director will be responsible for generating disclosures and managing patent strategies for the assigned faculty and technical areas. Additionally, the Assistant Director will work with faculty to establish clear strategies for the commercialization of such IP. Finally, the Assistant Director will lead marketing campaigns to move the IP into the commercial stream, including sourcing licensees, developing spin-out companies, negotiating licenses, and ensuring that success is communicated to UNT stakeholders. * Corporate Engagement: UNT's research capabilities are relevant to a wide variety of commercial activities from manufacturing to software. From early-stage, fundamental research to cutting-edge design and improvement of current manufacturing, UNT has a great opportunity to increase its research drastically by increasing its connections with industry. The Assistant Director will work with his/her assigned faculty to develop corporate research strategies and implement those plans into sponsored research projects with industry. It is expected the Assistant Director may not start with the skill set, but will be able to learn these skills through interaction with the Associate Vice President. * Awareness: The Assistant Director will work with faculty, students and staff to ensure they understand the office and how intellectual property management impact their relationships with UNT and the communities with whom they interact. Additionally, the Assistant Director will represent UNT at various local and federal meetings to promote UNT and the Office of Innovation and Commercialization.The University of North Texas System is firmly committed to equal opportunity and does not permit - and takes actions to prevent - discrimination, harassment (including sexual violence), and retaliation on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, disability, family status, genetic information, citizenship or veteran status in its application and admission processes, educational programs and activities, facilities, and employment practices. The University of North Texas System immediately investigates and takes remedial action when appropriate. The University of North Texas System also takes actions to prevent retaliation against individuals who oppose a discriminatory practice, file a charge, or testify, assist or participate in an investigative proceeding or hearing. The successful candidate will possess a Bachelor's Degree in related field and seven years of closely related professional experience.