Director, Office of Technology Management (Chicago)

Chicago, Illinois
Aug 08, 2017
Administrative Jobs
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

The University of Illinois System seeks an experienced professional to lead the Office of Technology Management (OTM) at the university in Chicago in the protection, management, and commercialization of the University’s intellectual property, and to implement strategies to accelerate technology commercialization and foster an entrepreneurial environment.  The Director works with researchers and business partners to help translate research discoveries into commercial applications and successfully bring them to market.  The Director is responsible for day-to-day oversight of the OTM, including personnel and budget, and represents the University of Illinois to a wide range of internal and external constituents that are involved in technology commercialization and economic development.  Other duties include:

1. Stimulate economic development through the transfer of University technologies to the marketplace. Regularly review and enhance the processes and strategy for managing the University’s intellectual property and commercialization activities, consistent with institutional policies and university values. The Director must ensure that the University is an effective partner to external entities, lowering barriers to licensing and collaborating with researchers while effectively protecting the University’s intellectual property.

2. Promote and facilitate awareness of intellectual property and technology transfer opportunities among faculty, staff and students. The Director is the internal champion of the office and will articulate the value and impact of the OTM to key stakeholders across the campus. The Director functions as an ambassador for technology commercialization and will encourage participation in the technology transfer process across the university, providing guidance and information to faculty, staff and students regarding the University’s intellectual property policies and procedures through meetings, presentations, etc.

3. Provide leadership and strategic direction for the OTM, and develop annual operating plan aligned with broader strategic direction defined by VPEDI that includes both traditional and non-traditional metrics, working closely with the Vice President for Economic Development and Innovation, the Vice Chancellor for Research, and university departments, colleges, and special research units. The Director must think strategically about the development and growth of the office and its functions as well as its ongoing structure and support.

4. Identification, marketing and commercialization of intellectual property assets. The Director will assess current practices taking into consideration expanding demands and current challenges of technology licensing to ensure that the OTM is effectively serving faculty, staff and students.

5. Responsible for providing leadership for invention disclosure evaluation, coordination of technology licensing, and intellectual property protection, and all other aspects of the technology transfer function, including related legal and business practices, at the University and national level. The Director will promote the University’s approaches to technology licensing internally and externally, as well as bring creative ideas back to the University from the national technology transfer community.

6. Develop strong and productive relationship with University inventors and entrepreneurs in supporting technology licensing across the campus.  The Director will ensure that the faculty is well supported and that they view the OTM as a resource.

7. Establish new programs and activities in support of technology commercialization and broader economic development efforts.  Nurture existing programs such as the proof-of-concept program and other System-wide and university-level activities that support innovation. 

8. Work closely with the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research to support, guide and empower the economic development activities of the OTM and enhance innovation and commercialization of faculty, staff and student inventions and creative works.

9. Support sponsored research, working closely with the Sponsored Programs Administration to facilitate faculty research programs, resolve intellectual property issues, and assist with the management of potential conflicts associated with the use of university technology.

10. Lead a team of technology management professionals delivering best-of-class services and oversee quantity and quality of the work product of technology managers and other support staff. Align organizational structure with strategic direction of the office. Recruit, retain and manage OTM staff to meet the short- and long-term needs of the office. Identify critical talent needs and develop succession planning strategy.

11. Convene and work closely with OTM advisory committee to guide and empower economic development activities of the OTM and enhance innovation and commercialization efforts.


Candidates must possess a bachelors degree (graduate or professional degree in an appropriate field i.e. business, law, engineering, science, medicine, or other related professional degree is preferred) and a minimum of ten years of experience in university or industry settings, including managing an organization that handles a high volume of research and licensing transactions. Other requirements include: demonstrated experience in managing an active research support unit and growing technology commercialization program in a complex organizational context; high degree of technical and business expertise in addition to a working knowledge of laws and business practices related to intellectual property, licenses and other agreements, and a strong record of applicable experience; strong interpersonal talents, including solid communication, negotiation, networking, and team-building skills; proven ability to build partnerships and relationships with multiple stakeholders both inside and outside an organization; strong fiscal management skills and experience allocating resources to fulfill strategic priorities; strong administrative and management skills, with a demonstrated ability to successfully plan and implement strategic initiatives and to inspire, develop and mentor staff. Preferred qualifications include: experience working in or with a world-class university, guiding faculty discoveries to market and supporting entrepreneurs to help ensure that university innovations have economic and societal impact and strong working knowledge of university research and academic environment.

This is a full-time, 12-month Academic Professional position. For full consideration, candidates must apply and submit a letter of application, resume, and names/addresses/phone numbers of three professional references by September 6, 2017 at


The University of Illinois conducts background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer of employment.   Background checks will be performed in compliance with the Fair Credit Reporting Act.

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The University of Illinois is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer dedicated to building a community of excellence, equity and diversity. The System Offices welcome applications from women, underrepresented minorities, individuals with disabilities, protected veterans, sexual minority groups and other candidates who will lead and contribute to the diversification and enrichment of ideas and perspectives.

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