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Director of the Office of Corporate Relations

University of Wisconsin-Madison
Madison, Wisconsin

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The Director of Corporate Relations will develop and lead the new Office of Corporate Relations in the College of Engineering. This position is an attractive leadership opportunity for an individual with a strong engineering or related field and business background and a track record of transforming the way industry and public universities work together. The successful candidate will exhibit and apply creativity, business affinity from idea to market, and the opportunity to bind commercial value propositions to the innovation of one of the world's top engineering colleges. A substantial understanding of engineering research and practice is necessary.

The director of corporate relations will set the strategic vision for College of Engineering corporate relations activities in areas that include sponsored research, employer partner programs, philanthropy and research services. This individual will initially manage all aspects of corporate relations. Once a successful model is established, the director will identify the roles and responsibilities for future staff in this new business unit, which is anticipated to grow to an entity that will comprehensively and efficiently address the opportunities in these areas. Establishing and stewarding a process to transition industry engagements to internal entities such as the Grainger Institute for Engineering, centers and consortia is a key goal for the position; those entities will provide definition of technical and business content of engagement. Establishing a link to the campus Office of Business Engagement and stewarding an effective relationship is another accountability. Defining and implementing effective procedures to use IP regulations in cooperation with WARF is another central accountability. Therefore, a strong team-building capacity for multi-disciplinary project teams to establish robust industry research and service enterprises is necessary.

The director will report to the College of Engineering associate dean for research and graduate affairs and work collaboratively with the associate dean for advancement and the associate dean for undergraduate affairs, who oversees the college's Engineering Career Services unit and Employer Partner Program. This role will be measured by driving additional revenue annually for the university to the mutual benefit of stakeholders in the College of Engineering.


In achievement and prestige, the University of Wisconsin–Madison has long been recognized as one of America's great universities. A public, land-grant institution, UW–Madison offers a complete spectrum of liberal arts studies, professional programs and student activities, and many of its programs are hailed as world leaders in instruction, research and public service. Spanning 935 acres along the southern shore of Lake Mendota, the campus is located in the city of Madison.

The university traces its roots to a clause in the Wisconsin Constitution, which decreed that the state should have a prominent public university. In 1848, Nelson Dewey, Wisconsin’s first governor, signed the act that formally created the university, and its first class, with 17 students, met in a Madison school building on February 5, 1849.

From those humble beginnings, the university has grown into a large, diverse community, with about 40,000 students enrolled each year. These students represent every state in the nation, as well as countries from around the globe, making for a truly international population.

UW–Madison is the oldest and largest campus in the University of Wisconsin System, a statewide network of 13 comprehensive universities, 13 freshman-sophomore transfer colleges and an extension service. One of two doctorate-granting universities in the system, UW–Madison’s specific mission is to provide “a learning environment in which faculty, staff and students can discover, examine critically, preserve and transmit the knowledge, wisdom and values that will help insure the survival of this and future generations and improve the quality of life for all.”

The university achieves these ends through innovative programs of research, teaching and public service. Throughout its history, UW–Madison has sought to bring the power of learning into the daily lives of its students through innovations such as residential learning communities and service-learning opportunities. Students also participate freely in research, which has led to life-improving inventions ranging from more fuel-efficient engines to cutting-edge genetic therapies.

The Wisconsin Idea

Students, faculty and staff are motivated by a tradition known as the “Wisconsin Idea,” first started by UW President Charles Van Hise in 1904, when he declared that he would “never be content until the beneficent influence of the university [is] available to every home in the state.” The Wisconsin Idea permeates the university’s work and helps forge close working relationships among university faculty and students, and the state’s industries and government.

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