Senior Licensing Manager, Commercialization

Florida State University
Tallahassee, FL

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Job Title: Senior Licensing Manager, Commercialization
Location: Tallahassee, FL
Regular/Temporary: Regular
Full/Part Time: Full-Time
Job ID: 55916

Office of Commercialization


This position is responsible for managing the identification, evaluation protection and commercialization of intellectual property rights. Works with FSU faculty and staff to evaluate research developments to identify potential commercial opportunities, obtain invention disclosures, advise on best practices in order to maximum revenue potential for IP license, and initiates strategies for success. Works with outside firms to design protection for identified intellectual property. Independently negotiates and drafts legal license agreements developing terms, structure, and agreement language with established companies and/or identifies potential startup company opportunities.

With regards to startup companies, works to identify potential entrepreneurs and help direct them to resources available for establishing a company capable of successfully licensing University IP; fosters relationships between licensee and faculty/staff inventors to aid in commercialization of licensed IP, including the facilitation and encouragement of sponsored research in the inventors' laboratories. The position also manages a portfolio of license agreements and ensures contract terms are met in a timely manner by licensee.

Serves as university representative responsible for dissemination of information through various forms of presentations to internal and external groups affiliated with or interested in FSU research and IP; represents department at designated local, regional, and national intellectual property programs, conferences, business meetings and related events; develops office marketing plan and oversees social media strategy, trends, reporting and success rate campaigns. Responsible for day-to-day training, guidance and mentorship to junior staff members and department intern(s). Represent the University in a variety of local, state, and national venues that promote university-industry collaboration. Assists with special projects as designated by the director on an as needed basis, as well as acts on the Director's behalf in their absence.

Provides hands-on support to Office of Commercialization programs and events to include, but not limited to: university internal distribution of grants; events displaying University technologies/intellectual property; faculty and staff recognition events; and any other program, projects or events that Office of Commercialization is involved in or supports.


Senior Licensing Manager should have a Master's degree in an appropriate area of specialization and two years of experience, or a Bachelor's degree in an appropriate area of specialization and four years of relevant experience. (Note: Higher education may be accepted at the equivalent rate.)

Ability to demonstrate critical thinking based upon in-depth data, substantiating information, considering and respecting others' input, personal values, and ethics.

Ability to effectively train and direct the work of others.

Ability to represent the University in appointed area as required.

Knowledge of and ability to interpret and apply related federal, state, and local laws, ordinances, rules and regulations.

Ability to develop and implement policies, procedures, goals, and objectives.

Ability to develop and implement a successful marketing plan/strategy.

Preferred Qualifications

A degree or experience in an engineering discipline.

Knowledge of and the ability to interpret and apply related University policies, procedures, principles, and practices.

Contact Info

For questions regarding this position, please contact Cassidy Cooksey at

University Information

One of the nation's elite research universities, Florida State University preserves, expands, and disseminates knowledge in the sciences, technology, arts, humanities, and professions, while embracing a philosophy of learning strongly rooted in the traditions of the liberal arts and critical thinking. Founded in 1851, Florida State University is the oldest continuous site of higher education in Florida. FSU is a community steeped in tradition that fosters research, encourages creativity, and embraces diversity. At FSU, there’s the excitement of being part of a vibrant academic and professional community, surrounded by people whose ideas are shaping tomorrow’s news!

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How To Apply

If qualified and interested in a specific job opening as advertised, apply to Florida State University at If you are a current FSU employee, apply via myFSU > Self Service.

Applicants are required to complete the online application with all applicable information. Applications must include all work history up to ten years, and education details even if attaching a resume.


This is an A&P position.

This position requires successful completion of a criminal history background check.

This position is being advertised as open until filled.

Equal Employment Opportunity

An Equal Opportunity/Access/Affirmative Action/Pro Disabled & Veteran Employer.

FSU's Equal Opportunity Statement can be accessed at:


Working at Florida State University

One of the nation's elite research universities, Florida State University — with the Carnegie Foundation's highest designation, Doctoral/Research University-Extensive — offers a distinctive academic environment built on its cherished values and unique heritage, welcoming campus on the oldest continuous site of higher education in Florida, championship athletics, and prime location in the heart of the state capital.

Combining traditional strength in the arts and humanities with recognized leadership in the sciences, Florida State University provides unmatched opportunities for students and faculty through challenging academics, cultural discovery and community interaction.

Underlying and supporting the educational experience at Florida State University is the development of new generations of citizen leaders, based on the concepts inscribed in our seal: Vires, Artes, Mores — Strength, Skill and Character.

Epitomized by recently named Rhodes Scholars Garrett Johnson and Myron Rolle — elite athletes and scholars committed to public service — and Joseph O'Shea — a campus and community leader as well as a top scholar — Florida State's 40,000 students are dedicated to academic excellence and providing leadership in our complex world.

Florida State University's 16 colleges offer more than 275 undergraduate, graduate, doctoral, professional and specialist degree programs, including medicine and law, covering a broad array of disciplines critical to society today. Each year the University awards over 2,000 graduate and professional degrees.

With its impressive breadth of leading graduate, professional and undergraduate programs, Florida State University is a demanding, intellectually stimulating, yet warm and caring environment for students and faculty. Recognized nationally for its commitment to diversity, Florida State University is a national leader in the number of doctorates awarded to African-American students and in the graduation rate of African-American undergraduates. Its College of Medicine and College of Law are ranked in the nation's Top 10 for Hispanic students.

Florida State University's arts programs — dance, film, music and theatre — rank among the finest in the world, offering an arts education comparable to leading conservatories. Its creative writing program is ranked among the nation's best and is home to the most consistently honored and published student body in the United States. Florida State is responsible for governance of the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art and associated arts programs, one of the largest museum/university complexes in the nation.

Other programs consistently included in the top public university list include physics, chemistry, political science, psychology, criminology, public administration, library science, information, human sciences, business and law.

At the Ph.D. level, interdisciplinary programs draw on notable research faculty strengths that transcend the traditional disciplines, including neuroscience, molecular biophysics, computational science, materials science and research at the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory—home to the world's most powerful magnets.

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