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Program Specialist - UNCGLaunch

University of North Carolina at Greensboro
Greensboro, NC

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Program Specialist - UNCGLaunch

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EP - EHRA 12 mo leave earning

University Information:

UNC Greensboro, located in the Piedmont Triad region of North Carolina, is 1 of only 57 doctoral institutions recognized by the Carnegie Foundation for both higher research activity and community engagement. Founded in 1891 and one of the original three UNC System institutions, UNC Greensboro is one of the most diverse universities in the state with 20,000+ students, and 3,000+ faculty and staff members representing 90+ nationalities. With 17 Division I athletic teams, 85 undergraduate degrees in over 125 areas of study, as well as 74 master’s and 32 doctoral programs, UNC Greensboro is consistently recognized nationally among the top universities for academic excellence and value, with noted strengths in health and wellness, visual and performing arts, nursing, education, and more. For additional information, please visit and follow UNCG on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Primary Purpose of the Organizational Unit:

InnovateUNCG assists individuals with commercializing research, launching businesses and nonprofits, and connecting with regional startup ecosystems. It provides consulting services and management of UNCG’S NSF I-Corps grant.

Position Summary:

The Innovate UNCG Program Specialist (IPS) will report to the Director of Innovate UNCG. The IPS will play a key role in facilitating and growing the UNCG innovation ecosystem to drive both social and commercial innovation. This will involve identifying, researching, marketing, coordinating and otherwise supporting social and commercial innovation research opportunities across UNCG, including support of faculty and centers at both north and south campuses of the Gateway University Research Park and the NC Research Campus in Kannapolis, NC. This involves developing a deep understanding of the diverse portfolio of UNCG research and scholarship and working proactively with faculty researchers to identify opportunities to translate their research into social and/or commercial innovation ventures., The ability to build and maintain collaborative relationships with UNCG researchers and community innovation partners is essential.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Master’s Degree or Bachelors with 2-3 years experience from accredited institution
  • 2-3 years experience in the field of project management or higher education commercialization efforts
  • Understanding of established business models as well as social and commercial innovation environments
  • Experience with market and business opportunity analysis
  • Ability to engage and interact with a variety of on-campus and off-campus audiences.
  • Ability to manage time effectively
  • Ability to organize information in flexible ways for varying audiences
  • Ability to work effectively in a team-based environment
  • Exceptional and concise written and oral communication skills
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Knowledge of innovation transfer and social and commercial innovation policies and strategies in higher education.
  • Knowledge of the Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) program.
  • Experience with a variety of Federal funding agencies (e.g., NIH, NSF, CDC, DOE, and DOD)
  • Experience with facilitating innovation-focused communities of practice

Recruitment Range:

Commensurate with Experience

Org #-Department:

LaunchUNCG - 11506

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Key Responsibility:

Social and Commercial Innovation

Essential Tasks:

  • Conducting research and performing market analysis for innovations developed by UNCG faculty and staff.
  • Meeting with key internal and external stakeholders to ascertain needs and develop potential mutually beneficial solutions focused on commercializing research.
  • Supporting Innovation hubs across university schools/colleges.

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Key Responsibility:


Essential Tasks:

  • Identifying, developing, and reporting of key engagement relationships, activities, and projects with internal and external stakeholders.
  • Conducting research on dissemination and/or commercial research funding opportunities (e.g., SBIR/STTR).
  • Prospecting potential opportunities and providing outreach to faculty, students, and staff as needed.

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Community Engagement

Essential Tasks:

  • Preparing proposals and custom presentation materials for meetings with different target audiences.
  • Preparing and conducting marketing efforts for I-Corps and Innovate UNCG programming.
  • Developing and nurturing relationships with community innovation partners that can provide opportunities for translational research activities as well as social and/or commercial innovation activities.

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Key Responsibility:

Program Support

Essential Tasks:

  • Supporting I-Corps and other Innovate UNCG programming as needed through oversight and advisory of participants.
  • Contributing to the strategic planning, goal setting, and bench-marking of Innovate UNCG and the Office of Research and Engagement (ORE).
  • Work with The Office for Research and Engagement (ORE) on projects and initiatives needed.

Physical Effort:

Reading - F, Hearing - F, Talking - F

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UNCG at a Glance

Founded in 1891, The University of North Carolina at Greensboro is the largest and most diverse state university in the Piedmont Triad. Standing apart from other universities, the UNCG community is joined together by a shared value: We define excellence not only by the people we attract, but by the meaningful contributions they make. 

With more than 19,400 students and 2,500 faculty and staff, UNCG is the largest state university in the Piedmont Triad and has an annual economic impact of more than $1 billion. The campus has grown to include 30 residence halls and 30 academic buildings on 210 acres.

UNCG takes pride in being a learner-centered public research university. The College of Arts & Sciences and seven professional schools offer 79 undergraduate majors, 65 master's programs and 30 doctoral programs.

The university holds two classifications from the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, as a “research university with high research activity” and for “community engagement” in curriculum, outreach and partnerships. More than $35 million in grants and contracts for research and creative activity are awarded to faculty members annually. Among the most prominent of UNCG's research initiatives are the Gateway University Research Park and the Joint School of Nanoscience and Nanoengineering. Both are partnerships with North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University.

Globalization of the curriculum has expanded opportunities for international education, through new programs such as the UNC Exchange Program and the Lloyd International Honors College. In addition, innovative signature programs such as Building Entrepreneurial Learning for Life (BELL), Communication Across the Curriculum, Undergraduate Research and Freshman Seminars enhance the student experience.

As a cultural leader, UNCG offers concerts, lectures, dance and theater performances, exhibitions at the internationally known Weatherspoon Art Museum and readings by nationally known authors. In athletics, Spartan teams compete in nine women's and nine men's sports in Division I of the National Collegiate Athletic Association. With ethnic minority students making up 26 percent of the student body, UNCG is the most diverse of the UNC system's historically white campuses.

Although much has changed, some things remain the same. The university motto — “Service” — continues to be a guiding principle put into practice through all aspects of university life.

UNCG Schools and College of Arts & Sciences

The University's Academic Affairs Division consists of seven academic schools, the College of Arts & Sciences, the Graduate School and the Lloyd International Honors College. The names below are the ones currently in use. In some cases, the names have changed since the academic units were founded. The schools and their dates of establishment are: Graduate School 1921-22;College of Arts & Sciences 1969, Lloyd International Honors College 2005, Joint School of Nanoscience & Nanoengineering 2007, Joseph M. Bryan School of Business & Economics 1969, School of Education 1921, School of Health and Human Sciences 2011, School of Music, Theatre and Dance 2010, and School of Nursing 1966.

Achievements & Accolades

UNCG is garnering national attention and awards for its challenging academic programs, supportive environment and engaged community. Take a look at some of our latest accomplishments and meaningful contributions on campus, in the community and around the globe. Curious about more accolades, achievements, our student body, faculty and staff excellence and other signs of our success? Find out more at UNCG Now:

Challenging Academic Programs

U.S. News & World Report ranked three UNCG online programs among the best in the nation in the 2015 list of Best Online Programs.

UNCG’s slate of online programs has earned a top 10 ranking for affordability from

The graduate program in the Department of Human Development and Family Studies has earned a Top 10 ranking by the The HDFS Report.

Supportive Environment

UNCG is a Military Friendly School for the fourth straight year, putting it in the top 15 percent of colleges and universities nationwide that are doing the most to support veterans and ensure their success.

UNCG is ranked among the best colleges for your money nationwide by College Factual, a new site that guides students through the college selection process.

The Education Trust singles out UNCG among the nation’s universities for its success at closing the gap in graduation rates between black and white students.

Engaged Community

For the fifth year in a row, UNCG has earned the “Tree Campus USA” designation for promoting healthy trees and encouraging the spirit of conservation. 

UNCG’s innovative dynamic mailbox system has been honored as one of University Business Magazine’s Models of Efficiency.

For the eighth consecutive year, UNCG is highlighted on Washington Monthly’s list of American universities that contribute most to the public good.

Careers at UNCG

UNCG is committed to the creation of an inclusive, collaborative and responsive university by attracting, retaining and developing a diverse community of talented individuals in support of the university's mission.

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