Manager, Industry Relations

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Hyde Park Campus

66653 Polsky Center

About the Unit
About the Unit The Polsky Center brings the power of ideas in the laboratory, classroom and community to the world. Through education, resources, and programs, the Polsky Center commercializes discoveries, partners with companies, and attracts venture capital. The Polsky Center runs a top-ranked business accelerator, the Edward L. Kaplan, '71, New Venture Challenge, which has helped launch more than 200 companies worldwide that have gone on to achieve more than $9 billion in value and raised over $600 million in

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Job Summary:

The Manager of Industry Relations works closely with the Director of Industry Relations to develop and manage a portfolio of organizational relationships with high priority industry sectors, including all appropriate activities. This position collaborates with other Polsky Center colleagues, faculty, University Research Administration, Alumni Relations and Development, research centers, career services, University partners, and other offices across the University to develop outreach and relationship growth strategies. One of the main goals is to increase funding and strategic value-add from the private sector for specific needs and programs at the University, including research collaborations and large multifaceted strategic partnerships. This position may also entail communication and coordination with University leaders to seek recommendations and prepare them for engagements with industry leaders. The position may require some travel to local meetings and national conferences.


  • Employs knowledge of relevant industry sectors (research needs and innovation trends) and business development processes to identify, cultivate, solicit and steward strategic corporation prospects with the capacity for specialized, high-level support for the University's higher priority programs and projects.
  • Performs appropriate research, via primary and secondary sources, to identify the most relevant industry prospects.
  • Identifies emerging program areas with significant opportunities for industry collaborations and assists in the development of new projects.
  • Helps develop organizational strategies that meet the higher priority needs of the Polsky Center and the University.
  • Enables and supports efforts to develop new relationships with the private sector and bring in new sources of funding.
  • Plans, develops, and implements strategies designed to realize the engagement potential of industry prospects.
  • Plans, organizes, implements, and manages University-wide efforts focused on corporations, including life sciences, technology, materials science, computation, and engineering firms.
  • Develops and maintains relationships with industry contacts and stakeholders, University leadership, faculty, and administrators, often through personal visits, phone contacts, and attendance at special events.
  • Arranges visits of industry representatives to University, and coordinates meetings involving lead administrators, faculty, and students. Also staffs these visits.
  • Plans and executes appropriate follow-ups on visits and meetings, and builds long-term relationships.
  • Represents the Industry Relations team to constituencies both within and outside the University.
  • Prepares contact reports and updates, maintains strategic engagement profiles for individual companies. Coordinates external communications with Polsky Center colleagues.
  • Maintains project and prospect status reports.
  • Writes complex documents (e.g., pitch decks, industry reports, corporate summaries, and non-routine correspondence).
  • Collaborates with internal Polsky Center partners, department chairs and faculty, and broader University partners to identify and integrate resources in order to accomplish strategic goals and objectives.
  • Works to maintain and further develop best practices for Industry Relations at the University, and actively participates in professional organizations and conferences, such as UIDP and NACRO.
  • Other duties as assigned

  • Excellent and professional verbal, written, and presentation skills, as well as organizational skills and attention to detail required.
  • Able to organize, manage and track multiple detailed tasks and assignments concurrently, with frequently changing priorities in a fast-paced work environment required.
  • Ability to work with minimal supervision required.
  • Proven ability to work effectively and diplomatically with colleagues, as well as with students, faculty and corporate contacts required.
  • Familiarity or experience with industry-sponsored research, business development, leadership engagement, deal structuring, and intellectual property.
  • Strong interest in research, new technologies, and business development activities.
  • Ability to travel frequently between Polsky Center sites and other locations in the greater Chicago area (including networking and industry events and conferences), and occasional domestic travel required.
  • Flexibility to occasionally work late or start early for events required.
  • Experience and skill in Excel and PowerPoint required

Additional Requirements

Education, Experience, or Certifications:

  • Bachelor's Degree required
  • Advanced Degree in science, engineering, and/or business (PhD in science/engineering and/or MBA preferred), or appropriate combination of education and experience preferred.

  • 3 or more years of relevant experience, such as experience in an academic, research, or relevant industry (i.e., engineering, computation, or life sciences) settings.

Required Documents:
  • Resume
  • Cover Letter

NOTE: When applying, all required documents MUST be uploaded under the Resume/CV section of the application.

Benefit Eligibility

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Pay Range
Depends on Qualifications

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Job No:
Posted: 10/11/2018
Application Due: 12/10/2018
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