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Department: 060102 - Research - Office of Technology Transfer
Location: Raleigh, NC
Essential Job Duties:
The Office of Research Commercialization (ORC) is increasingly focused on launching new startup companies to enable the commercialization of research discoveries in a way that maximizes societal and economic benefits. The New Ventures Program Manager will report directly to the Assistant Vice Chancellor of the Office of Research Commercialization (ORC) and will lead all activities relating to startup companies and entrepreneurship on behalf of the office. The New Ventures Program Manager will apply for and administer grants to support venture creation and technology based economic development at NC State.
Essential duties include:
Working closely with the Research Commercialization Program Manager, the Digital Content and Communications Manager, and the rest of the ORC team to achieve the goals for this position.
Supporting the National Science Foundation (NSF) I-Corps Site at NC State. The I-Corps Site program awarded from the National Science Foundation. This award provides $500,000 over 5 years to train 30 commercialization teams per year to engage in voice-of-customer (VOC) discovery to enable technology commercialization and to strengthen the national innovation ecosystem as part of the NSF I-Corps National Innovation Network. This will include helping to screen and recruit 30 teams per year, matching them with entrepreneurs as mentors; teaching the teams using the NSF I-Corps Curriculum and methodology; increasing the diversity of teams increasing our number of teams from underserved populations; aligning the vast innovation, entrepreneurial and investment ecosystem with the site; delivering pre- and post-program evaluations; reporting Site results to the National Science Foundation.
Running the ORC Executive-in-Residence (XIR) program. This program draws on 100+ entrepreneurs, business executives, professional service providers, ecosystem partners, and investors from the Research Triangle community to connect them with nascent NC State research teams and startup companies in order to provide matching and coaching for these companies at their earliest stages. ORC conducts monthly XIR sessions featuring 2 research teams each month.
Spearheading the collaboration with the CED Venture Mentor Service (CEDVMS). This program connects later stage NC State startup companies with 80+ investors, serial entrepreneurs, retired executives, and technologists for the purpose of connecting NC State startups with experienced advisors and mentors. This position will be responsible for applying for grants and fund-raising to resource and expand this collaboration.
Creating, maintaining, and managing physical and electronic records in support of startup company activities, as appropriate. The records include corporate documents, incorporation documents, bylaws, stock subscription agreements, consulting agreements, licensing agreements and amendments to the foregoing, financial reports, capitalization tables, shareholder lists, valuation records, board memberships, the names of NC State University employees who have business or financial relationships with start-ups, etc. As such records include financial and other highly confidential information, their handling and storage will require great care and extreme discretion. Collect and compile data for reports and presentations for ORC management and NC State administration regarding startup companies including NC State ownership, ownership by NC State employees, source of NC State investment (technology, cash or otherwise), and other information. Processes a considerable amount of confidential and sensitive information in support of administrative activities.
Performing responsible and complex administrative support duties, which may include: Preparing agendas, memos, correspondence, presentations and spreadsheets; Attending meetings to record, prepare and distribute minutes; Coordinating complicated meeting schedules and calendars, including travel arrangements, travel expense reports and check requests;
Providing support for activities on committees and/or professional affiliations;
Maintaining current knowledge and understanding of University and departmental policies and procedures related to New Venture Services activities of ORC.
Assisting Faculty and Innovators:
Serving as the initial point of contact for faculty members and innovators to discuss option set for technology commercialization and startup opportunities;
Developing materials that discuss the opportunities, pit falls, success stories, and conflict and employment considerations involved with commercialization;
Managing introductions to the innovation and entrepreneurship ecosystem including the University support system partners, external legal counsel partners, service providers, and investment/funding opportunities;
Providing grant writing assistance through the SBIR/STTR Launch Lab, and the development of other online resources. Coordinate with the SBTDC Technology Commercialization group to leverage their proposal review services, client services and specialized training events;
Internal Development of Intellectual Property Commercialization:
Developing research based relationships with faculty and student inventors, department chairs, deans, and industry executives. Routinely engaging faculty to pursue invention disclosures, and review of lab notebooks for compliance with intellectual property protection standards;
Assuring compliance with applicable federal laws and guidelines.
Assisting in developing patenting, licensing, and commercialization strategies for inventions retained by the university.
Assisting in the analytical evaluation of University intellectual property.
Establishing and maintaining a communication network of business entities with potential commercial interest in deployment of new products.
Outreach and Partnership:
Building and maintaining an active list of: regional investors (including their investment profiles), business people, advisors and entrepreneurs; start-ups, accelerators and other support operations; faculty entrepreneurs and those with an interest in entrepreneurship; and NCSU technologies which are potential start-up candidates.
Visiting laboratories as appropriate. Seeking to increase invention disclosures annually and improve quality.
Staying aware of program research activities and providing insight relating to commercial utility, strengths, and potential weaknesses.
Assisting in identifying and encouraging synergistic relationships between researchers and industry to facilitate delivery of commercially viable solutions.
Leveraging innovation and entrepreneurship network to provide dedicated support for early-stage business development of technologies en route to commercialization.
Working closely with ORC licensing associates and partners to arrange meetings, educational, and training events. These events will include NC State faculty and administration, external investors and industrial partners, entrepreneurs, and other public sector and community leaders. Has responsibility to ensure that the event or program/service is executed on or under budget.
Monitoring expenditures and making decisions on allocation of funds throughout the event or program/service.
Developing, presenting and, or coordinating internal workshops on intellectual property and commercialization.
Assisting in developing the ORC/NVS website.
Compiling, reviewing, and analyzing event or program/service outcomes against the established goals, objectives, and timeliness.
Contributing to department goals by accomplishing all other duties as assigned.
Developing and/or maintaining an efficient and cost-effective technology outreach strategy for facilitating commercialization of potential products.
Strategize concerning social media, crowd sourcing, and information technology approaches to aid in licensing and startup development.
Assisting in developing administrative goals and priorities for departmental long-range strategic planning.
Facilitating process improvement analysis for work unit.
Implementing existing NC State policies, procedures and practices, resolving related questions and issues, and the development and delivery of education and outreach activities and programs to advance the knowledge, understanding, and appreciation of innovation and entrepreneurship to the university community, including faculty, researchers, administrators, employees and students.
Other duties as assigned.
Require post-baccalaureate credentials or a bachelor's degree plus alternative or equivalent professional training and experience may be substituted for the advanced degree on an exceptional basis.
Must be coachable and possess a track record of professionalism and the ability to create, manage, and scale programs.
Required relevant experience includes innovative program management, public speaking, training and professional development experience building strong leaders, familiarity with technology transfer, strategic planning, grant writing skills, and budget development and budget management skills
Highly motivated, excellent communicator who can inspire others.
A self-starter with a track record for performance and growth within an organization.
Experience with diversity and inclusion training.
Public speaking experience and program management skills.
Required license or certification:
Position Number: 00065170
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