The Virginia Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Lead Office, which administers and manages the Virginia SBDC network of 27 centers across the state, invites applications for The Innovation Commercialization Assistance Program (ICAP) Director. The Virginia SBDC is a partnership between SBA, GMU and host organizations throughout Virginia including universities, community colleges, economic development organizations and chambers of commerce. The Virginia SBDC is a program of the Mason Enterprise Center within the Office of Research, Innovation and Economic Impact.
The Innovation Commercialization Assistance Program (ICAP) provides instruction, advice and support to businesses and university spin-outs in the areas of technology transfer, intellectual property, technology commercialization, and equity financing. ICAP is a program of the Virginia SBDC Network and George Mason University and is delivered and accessed through the network of 27 local SBDCs across Virginia.
The ICAP Director trains and advises clients on business model development, commercialization plans and technology evaluation, markets, and team make-up required to move ideas from concept to commercial product launch. This position serves as part of the executive management/leadership team of the Virginia SBDC Network and Mason Enterprise Center.
Develop and deliver instructional programs and advising that align with I-Corps principles to assist businesses and university spin-outs with innovation commercialization efforts. Areas of assistance will include: technology transfer/commercialization process, research and development funding, intellectual property issues, resource identification, and equity financing;
Recruit, evaluate and select entrepreneurs for ICAP instructional programs and advising;
Recruit and manage mentors, trainers and subject matter experts to support ICAP activities and deliver business assistance;
Manage ICAP to ensure program goals are achieved. Measure and evaluate the impact of ICAP activities. Impact measures include capital, new business starts, sales and jobs;
Identify and collaborate with public agencies, private resources and organizations that support businesses with innovation commercialization. Public agencies will include institutions of higher education, CIT, research centers of excellence, federal research labs and SBIR granting agencies. Private resources and organizations will include technology councils, angel and VC investors, corporate entities, incubators and accelerators;
Collaborate with local SBDCs and partners to schedule instructional programs, coordinate ongoing business follow-up, and recruit companies for ICAP;
Develop and implement promotional strategies and materials that ensure the visibility of ICAP in Virginia;
Manage and contribute to the preparation of performance reports for SBDC sponsors · Manage the ICAP budget and identify and secure additional funding or revenue to support ICAP operations;
Participate in Virginia SBDC Network meetings and professional development conferences, and support network-wide initiatives;
Represent the Virginia SBDC Network, Mason Enterprise Center and Mason Office of Research, Innovation and Economic Impact when required;
Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities Required for this Position:
A broad general knowledge of the principles and practices of business;
Knowledge of innovation commercialization, technology transfer, intellectual property, technology development, and alternative and equity financing;
Extensive knowledge of current business management principles, outstanding written and oral communications skills, fundamental understanding of consulting and counseling techniques and discipline, knowledge of business and economic trends;
Experience applying I-Corps principles;
Excellent interpersonal and communication skills;
Must have the ability to handle multiple assignments, organize work and establish priorities with minimal supervision.
Master's degree in business administration or a related field;
Direct entrepreneurial experience with innovation commercialization;
Direct experience advising and assisting university spin-outs;
Strong verbal and written communication skills, and excellent interpersonal and organizational skills;
Ability to work collaboratively with a variety of constituents and organizations;
The scope of the position requires travel throughout Virginia, occasional evening and possible weekend work.
Five years of relevant work experience.
Salary: Salary commensurate with education and experience.
Location: Fairfax, VA
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Special Instructions to Applicants:
For full consideration, applicants must apply at https://jobs.gmu.edu/; complete and submit the online application; and upload a cover letter, resume, and a list of three professional references with contact information.
George Mason University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, committed to promoting inclusion and equity in its community. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability or veteran status, or any characteristic protected by law.
Internal Number: 48275
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