Executive Director, Intellectual Property Management & Economic Development

University of Rhode Island
Kingston, RI

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Job Title:

Executive Director, Intellectual Property Management & Economic Development

Position Number:






Position Type:

Professional Staff


Non-Union Non-Classified Staff

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Pay Grade Range:

Salary commensurate with education and experience.

Status :

Calendar Year, Full-time, Limited


VP Res & Econ Dev Overhead


Please note: Job applications must be submitted directly online only at: (https://jobs.uri.edu)

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Job Description Summary:

This is an open until filled search. First consideration will be given to applications received by August 8, 2022.



Responsible for the development of faculty and staff entrepreneurship as it relates to commercialization and economic development of the University’s research activities and the management of the University’s intellectual property. Advance the university’s intellectual property by valuation, market analysis, commercialization of protected intellectual property, and the development of business relationships with corporate and government sectors.

Duties and Responsibilities:


Serve as a member of the senior leadership team of the Vice President for Research and Economic Development.

Assist the Vice President for Research and Economic Development in crafting the long-term vision and strategic plan for the Division of Research and Economic Development.

Manage and direct the University’s Intellectual Property & Economic Development Office, including the work of its patent attorney.

Advise faculty and staff on matters related to entrepreneurship, intellectual property, commercialization, and economic development.

Assist faculty and staff on matters related to the development and processes involved in invention disclosure, patenting, and licensing of technologies and other works that may have commercial potential.

Draft, negotiate, and execute license, research, and material transfer agreements.

Serve as ex-officio member of the University’s Intellectual Property Committee.

Assist the Vice President for Research and Economic Development in the formulation of strategies to promote regional economic development through intellectual property transfer.

Perform valuation, market analysis, and commercialization of protected intellectual property.

Develop business partnerships with corporate, government, and private sectors.

Form new businesses either directly or indirectly using the University’s intellectual property created by faculty, staff, and students.

Coordinate the transfer of mature intellectual properties to the URI Research Foundation (URIRF), and work closely with the Exec. Director of the URIRF to provide a seamless range of services to manage the full life-cycle of commercializable properties.

Work with the URI Research Foundation’s COO and/or business development officer(s) to market URI intellectual property to companies and corporations.

Responsible for identifying product development funds and negotiating agreements.

Engage in fundraising.


Assist the Vice President for Research and Economic Development on other matters as required.


Personal computers, printers; word processing, database management and spreadsheet software.

Required Qualifications:


1. Master’s degree in a STEM science field with three years of experience in the management of intellectual property and technology transfer, OR, a Bachelor’s degree in a STEM field with five years of experience in the management of intellectual property and technology transfer.

2. Either three (with master’s degree) or five years (with Bachelor’s degree) of experience in a managerial role that includes fiscal planning and budgeting.

3. Demonstrated professional experience with strategic management and commercialization of intellectual property.

4. Demonstrated understanding of intellectual property protection and licensing.

5. Demonstrated technical knowledge in research and intellectual property.

6. Demonstrated experience with entrepreneurship and new company formation.

7. Demonstrated leadership experience.

8. Demonstrated strong verbal and interpersonal communication skills.

9. Demonstrated proficiency in written communication skills.

10. Demonstrated ability to work with diverse groups/populations.

11. Demonstrated ability to work on multiple, complex transactions.

12. Demonstrated experience in drafting and negotiating licenses and research agreements.

13. Demonstrated experience in evaluating markets for commercialization.

14. Demonstrated experience in identifying potential licenses.

15. Demonstrated experience in implementing strategies to promote economic development through intellectual property transfer.

16. Demonstrated general knowledge of state, federal, and private sector procedures and policies that affect commercialization of university-generated intellectual property.

Preferred Qualifications:


1. An advanced degree in one of the STEM sciences.

2. USPTO registration.

3. Demonstrated understanding of the key needs of both corporations and of faculty researchers.

4. Demonstrated experience showing successful private and public fundraising for programs and projects.



Environmental Conditions:

This position is not substantially exposed to adverse environmental conditions.

Posting Date:


Special Instructions to Applicants:

Please attach the following 3 (PDF) documents to your online Employment Application:
(#1) Cover letter.
(#2) Resume.
(#3) “Other Document-References” – the names and contact information of three professional references (outside of URI).

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The University of Rhode IslandURI Picture 1

Founded in 1892, this land and sea grant university is the flagship public research institution in Rhode Island, enrolling more than 14,500 undergraduate students and 2,000 graduate students.

Thinking big
URI is home to some of today’s leading innovators, discoverers, and creative problem solvers and is known regionally and worldwide for its big ideas and pioneering research in such areas as environmental studies, neuroscience, biotechnology and life sciences, engineering, marine sciences, forensic sciences, pharmaceuticals, behavioral sciences, and public health promotion. A strong core of traditional academic disciplines provides the foundation for all specialized, professional, and applied areas of study. The University receives about $60 million annually in federal funding for research across 87 undergraduate and 70 graduate degree programs.

Motivated students, engaged faculty

Nearly 23,000 students applied for fewer than 3,300 openings in the 2017 freshman class, which boasts an average grade point average of 3.54. The 17 to 1 student/faculty ratio allows for personal attention and rewarding teaching experiences. Approximately 87 percent of faculty hold terminal degrees. In 2018 URI produced two Fulbright Scholars, five Boren Scholars, a Truman Scholar, and was named a one of the country’s top Gilman scholar-producing schools. URI’s commitment to diversity is demonstrated through its student body, with 43 states and 65 nations represented and 20 percent of students identifying as persons of color, a 65 percent increase since 2008.

Four campuses, one community

URI’s main campus is located on 1,248 acres in rural Kingston, where the campus core — including a quadrangle surrounded by handsome granite buildings — is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Six miles from Rhode Island’s beaches, this campus is conveniently situated along the Boston to New York corridor. The University’s renowned Graduate School of Oceanography is located at the 165-acre Narragansett Bay Campus. The Alan Shawn Feinstein College of Education and Professional Studies brings higher education to downtown Providence. Nearby, the 133,000-square-foot Rhode Island Nursing Education Center URI Picture 2includes unparalleled simulation labs. The W. Alton Jones Campus — 2,300 acres of forests, lakes, and farmland in West Greenwich — provides a secluded setting for academic research, environmental education, business meetings and special events.


Investing in the future
Since 2007, the University has invested $607 million in campus capital projects, including: a $150 million engineering complex, due to open in 2019; Brookside, another new apartment-style residence hall, 2019; a Welcome Center, 2018; the Rhode Island Nursing Education Center, 2017; Beaupre Center for Chemical and Forensic Sciences, 2016; and Avedisian Hall, home to the College of Pharmacy, 2012.


Expertise on demand

The University is home to several centers of expertise that tackle some of society’s most vexing challenges. The George & Anne Ryan Institute for Neuroscience brings multi-disciplinary research to bear on devastating brain diseases, such as ALS and Alzheimer’s. The Digital Forensics and Cyber Security Center supports state, national, and international public welfare through education, research, training, and service. The Business Engagement Center is the “front door” through which industry taps into research and training opportunities and assistance with intellectual property or technology issues. The R.I. Food Center brings URI’s agricultural roots to the 21st century as a resource for farmers, consumers, retailers, and others across the food industry

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Rhode Island
United States

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