Assistant Director, Entrepreneurship and Innovation Partnerships

Job description

Category:: Professional
Department:: Entrepreneurship and Innovation Partnerships
Locations:: Binghamton, NY
Posted:: Oct 6, 2020
Closes:: Open Until Filled
Type:: Full-time
Ref. No.:: 05717

About Binghamton University:

Binghamton University is a world-class institution that unites more than 130 broadly interdisciplinary educational programs with some of the most vibrant research in the nation. Our unique character - shaped by outstanding academics, facilities and community life - promotes extraordinary student success.

Binghamton merges rigorous academics, distinguished faculty and state-of-the-art facilities to engage and challenge its 18,000 students. The high-achieving Binghamton student body also represents a great diversity of life experiences, from first-generation college-goers to international students. Beyond their talent, these classmates share a desire to shape the future through technology, insight, intellectual exploration and community service.

Job Description:

Budget Title: Senior Staff Assistant (SL-3)

Salary: $80,000 - 90,000

The position holder's primary purpose is to create pathways, resources, and partnerships to validate and transfer University, incubator, and community technologies into commercial use benefiting human health and the environment ; via joint development projects with companies, licensing, and entrepreneurship and start-up activities. The Assistant Director works with the Assistant Vice President for Innovation and Economic Development ("AVP") and the Director of Intellectual Property Management and Licensing ("Director") in protecting and adding value to inventions and business models, primarily in the area of life sciences, and in supporting faculty and student teams to launch start-ups and with the Binghamton Incubator Program recruit ventures whose growth make an impact on the regional economy. The Assistant Director will help design and manage new programs that supports commercialization and entrepreneurship and attract funding for such programs.


  • Faculty Relationships. Build strong, competency-based relationships with researchers across the campus that generate new health, physical, and earth sciences technology disclosures.
  • Technology Management. Scout university research for technologies. Assure quality of technology disclosure intake process, also in consultation with colleagues in the Sponsored Program Office and organized research centers such as S3IP. Vet and prioritize inventions relative to their potential commercial value and patentability, and build intellectual property portfolios around them.
  • Intellectual Property Management. Develop patenting strategies for priority invention disclosures based on evaluation and analysis of technology readiness and development, inventor preferences, customer discovery learnings, and regulatory considerations. Coordinate patent filings with Director, inside and outside counsel, start-up founders, investors, and industry licenses. Refine and disseminate to the team best practice uses of case and IP management database tools, such as Inteum and Salesforce.
  • Commercialization Strategy Management. Develop marketing and commercialization plans for priority technologies and IP. Proactively cultivate contacts at prospective company commercialization partners, and negotiate IP terms in confidentiality, material transfer, joint development, sponsored research, option, and licensing agreements, while communicating with principal investigators, AVP, and colleagues.
  • Commercialization Program Development. Design new programs and look for funding opportunities and strategic partners for such programs, write proposals for, and manage, internal and grant-funded projects. Work with AVP in building campus science and technology capacity and growing the local entrepreneurship ecosystem; implementation includes recruitment, scheduling, liaison, and budgeting.
  • University Technology Development and Spinout Activity. Promote and support activities related to faculty-initiated spinout companies. Co-direct the local NSF I-Corps Site program, including recruiting teaching, and training teams, with a focus on the advancement of deep-tech university spinouts and Binghamton Incubator Program client companies.
  • Supervision. Oversee a Technology Licensing Assistant in their work product and professional development as well as I-Corps personnel and instructors. Recruit and manage interns.
  • Outreach, and Education. Engage faculty, staff, students and community members regarding the technology transfer process, intellectual property protection, and commercialization activities, as well as about collaboration, partnership, and funding opportunities; via direct interactions, lectures, workshops, social media, and online materials. Oversee technology transfer and commercialization internship programs.


  • Master's degree in Life Science
  • 5 plus years of laboratory experience
  • 2 plus years in university technology transfer, or an equivalent combination of education and work experience
  • Track record of writing and managing grants, developing programs, and heading projects
  • Ability to understand and assess technical findings


  • Ph.D. in Life Sciences
  • Industry contracting experience is a plus
  • Proficiency in intellectual property rights under law, regulation, grants, contracts, and working knowledge of relevant SUNY policies
  • Ability to teach the USG-endorsed I-Corps methodology and more generally skills in mentoring and instruction are desired
  • Startup and/or biomedical industry experience

The ideal candidate is organized, a team player, an excellent verbal and written communicator, tech-savvy and self-motivated, has an aptitude for marketing and relationship management, and is capable of handling multiple tasks simultaneously in a complex, deadline-driven environment.

Additional Information:

Offers of employment may be contingent upon successful completion of a pre-employment background check and verification of degree(s) and credentials.

Binghamton University is a tobacco-free campus.

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Application Instructions:

Deadline for Internal Applicants: October 21, 2020

Deadline for External Applicants: Open until filled

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the vacancy is filled.

Persons interested in this position should apply online.

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  1. Resume,
  2. Cover letter, and
  3. Contact information for three professional references

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Posted: 10/7/2020
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