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Technology Transfer, Director

Boise State University
Boise, ID
Closing date
Jul 16, 2021
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Job Details

Job no: 495759
Work type: Non-Classified/Professional
Location: Boise, ID
Categories: Administration and Business Operations, Information Technology

About Us:

Boise State University, powered by creativity and innovation, stands uniquely positioned in the Northwest as a metropolitan research university of distinction. Learn more about Boise State and the City of Boise at Boise State University is committed to increasing the diversity of its faculty, staff, students, and academic program offerings and to strengthening sensitivity to diversity throughout the institution. Boise State University is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer, and members of historically underrepresented groups are especially encouraged to apply. We are a welcoming campus that supports diversity and inclusion.

Job Summary/Basic Function:

The Director of OTT protects intellectual property developed by employees, manages patent applications and relationships with external counsel; oversees several state incubation funding programs; maintains relationships with faculty and with industry through various activities; commercializes inventions and technologies, and oversees collection and distribution of net revenues; works with internal counsel to oversee contract negotiations.

Level Scope:

Oversees through subordinate Managers a large, complex organization with multiple functional disciplines/occupations, OR manages a program, regardless of size, that has critical impact upon the campus. Significant responsibility for formulating and administering policies and programs, manages significant human, financial, and physical resources, and functions with a very high degree of autonomy. Frequently influences business decisions made by senior leadership. Oversees through subordinate Managers the accountability and stewardship of campus resources and the development of systems and procedures to protect organizational assets. Negotiates and influences others to understand and accept new concepts, practices and approaches.

Essential Functions:

60% of the time the Technology Transfer, Director must:

  • Protect and commercialize technology for the benefit of the university and citizens of Idaho
  • Promote the identification and disclosure of technologies, discoveries, and inventions by University faculty, staff, and student employees
  • Assist inventors and patent counsel in compiling information needed for the preparation of patent applications
  • Serve as a liaison between researchers and off-campus commercial interests
  • Develop and maintain policy, education and training, maintain and report data
  • Establish and maintain a positive, supportive operation in which high quality services are delivered effectively and efficiently
  • Bring together local, regional, and state resources that will help the University transfer its technology successfully to companies
  • Ensure licensee data and records are secure and maintained in a current, accurate, and usable form
  • Collaborate with sister institutions and other institutions of higher education to ensure best and current practices for effective and efficient tech transfer activities

35% of the time the Technology Transfer, Director must:

  • Promote effective commercialization of research at Boise State
  • Intellectual property management – patents and copyrights
  • Senior Design Agreements – negotiation, execution and education for students and instructors
  • Patent/Market Landscape Reports; managing commercialization and marketing of IP (market research and commercialization plans, campaign sheets).
  • Assist with spin-out/start-up
  • Outreach to potential sources of funding
  • Preparation and execution of commercialization plans
  • Investigate opportunities to bring to and engage the Boise State University Research Foundation

5% Duties as assigned

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities:

  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Demonstrated experience as an effective manager
  • Experience in a broad range of IP and commercialization issues

Minimum Qualifications:

A Juris Doctor and a minimum of three years related professional experience

Preferred Qualifications:

  • A Bachelor’s Degree in one of the U.S. Patent and Trade Mark Office’s (USPTO) recognized technical subjects
  • Admission to practice patent cases before USPTO
  • Experience working with university research foundations

Salary and Benefits:

Salary starts at $121,000 depending on experience. Boise State University is committed to offering a benefits package that provides health and financial protection plans as well as resources to promote health and well-being. Our program provides flexibility so you can choose the benefits that are right for you and your family. Learn more about our benefit options at

Required Application Materials:

Please provide a cover letter, CV or resume, and three professional references.

Advertised: June 11, 2021 Mountain Daylight Time
Applications close: July 16, 2021 11:55 PM Mountain Daylight Time


Working at Boise State University

Boise State University has been named one of the most innovative national universities in the country by U.S. News and World Report. Our university is designated a doctoral research institution with “high research activity” by the Carnegie Classification of Institution of Higher Education. We are home to more than 25,000 students from every state and more than 60 foreign countries.

Points of Pride:

Boise State University’s College of Education is among the top 30 public universities on the U.S. News and World Report 2020 best graduate schools list. The college has climbed in rankings every year for the last six years and offers two doctoral programs, two educational specialist degrees, 14 master’s degrees and 13 graduate certificate programs training Idaho’s future teachers and educational leaders.


Boise State’s College of Business and Economics ranked 127 out of 220 national institutions for its part-time MBA program, jumping more than 40 rankings from its previous year’s ranking of 168.


Boise State University’s College of Engineering has been recognized for its dedication to promoting diversity and awarded the Bronze Award for the 2019 ASEE Diversity Recognition Program by the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE). The


Bronze Award is the highest level that was conferred during 2019 and distinguishes colleges who are among the nation’s leaders in inclusive excellence.


Boise State University School of the Arts will offer two new degrees in creative writing — a bachelor of arts and bachelor of fine arts — as well as a bachelor of fine arts in narrative arts beginning in fall 2018. Students at Boise State also now will be able to minor in creative writing.


Boise State students can choose from more than 200 areas of study in seven academic colleges – including the nation’s only master’s degree in raptor biology.


We’ve become Idaho’s largest graduate school through record-setting growth. A recent study showed that Boise State is one of just three universities in the nation that have ranked in the top 5 percent of graduate school growth in both of the past two decades.


Expenditures for research projects at Boise State University reached an all-time high of more than $41 million in fiscal year 2018 – an 18 percent increase over the previous year and impressive 64 percent increase since fiscal year 2014, according to data tracked by the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) Higher Education Research and Development survey.

About Our Community:

Boise State, Idaho’s largest public university, drove $667.2 million of the state’s economy in fiscal year 2015 and created 6,987 jobs across the state.  Our campus is located in one of the fastest growing high-tech cities in the nation and home to several corporate headquarters, state and federal offices, medical centers and media outlets. The city has garnered national recognition from U.S. News & World Report, Forbes and Inc. for being a great place to live, work and study, and has been dubbed one of the hottest cities for entrepreneurs. With stats like these, it’s easy to see why more than 46,000 graduates have chosen to live in the Treasure Valley after earning their degree from Boise State.

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