Director, Office of Innovation and Commercialization (OIC)

Posting Details

Posting Details

Position Number: 112657
Title: Director
Functional Title: Director, Office of Innovation and Commercialization (OIC)
Category Status: 33-Exempt Regular
Applicant Search Category: Staff
University Authorized FTE: 1.000
Unit: VPR-Office of Technology Commercialization
Campus/College Information:

Founded in 1856, University of Maryland, College Park is the flagship institution in the University System of Maryland. Our 1,250-acre College Park campus is just minutes away from Washington, D.C., and the nexus of the nation’s legislative, executive, and judicial centers of power. This unique proximity to business and technology leaders, federal departments and agencies, and a myriad of research entities, embassies, think tanks, cultural centers, and non-profit organizations is simply unparalleled. Synergistic opportunities for our faculty and students abound and are virtually limitless in the nation’s capital and surrounding areas. The University is committed to attracting and retaining outstanding and diverse faculty and staff that will enhance our stature of preeminence in our three missions of teaching, scholarship, and full engagement in our community, the state of Maryland, and in the world.

Position Summary/Purpose of Position:

The University of Maryland seeks a dynamic, forward-thinking individual to lead the newly-renamed Office of Innovation and Commercialization (OIC). The OIC is charged with cultivation, assessment, protection, and commercialization of intellectual property and other transferrable knowledge (frameworks, methods, copyrights, etc.) generated at the University. The OIC is an integral component of UM Ventures – College Park which has a mission to help drive economic and social impact from University research and discoveries through corporate partnering and entrepreneurial activities.

The Director leads and manages the OIC, overseeing personnel, budgets, and all aspects of intellectual property cultivation, assessment, protection, and commercialization. The Director establishes and implements strategies to maximize the social and economic impact of University research and discoveries through OIC’s commercialization efforts and its support of related entrepreneurial endeavors. The Director is responsible for developing and meeting annual OIC licensing goals and acts as primary point of contact and steward to resolve problems and issues affecting intellectual property and licensing at all levels within the University.

The Director interacts closely with University administrators, faculty, staff, and students; units involved in research administration support services, internal and external legal counsel; external partners / potential licensees and industry research and development. The Director will build strong relationships externally to drive broader awareness and dissemination of the University’s innovation capabilities and available technologies and will develop trusting working relationships with University researchers to advance the University’s culture of innovation and collaboration.

The Director reports directly to the Associate Vice President, Innovation and Economic Development (AVP) and strategically supports the AVP as the expert licensing professional in the OIC.

Minimum Qualifications:

Master’s degree in technical, business or related field.

With a minimum of ten (10) years of successful leadership experience in corporate, academic, startup and/or entrepreneurial setting. A minimum of five (5) years of supervisory experience.


Bachelor’s degree in technical, business or related field.

With a minimum of twelve (12) years of successful leadership experience in corporate, academic, startup and/or entrepreneurial setting. A minimum of five (5) years of supervisory experience.

Demonstrated experience in technology transfer, business development, intellectual property management, and related activities. Experience and strong technical competence negotiating deal terms, complex and standard, including an understanding of both industry and startup perspectives and needs.

• Exceptional leadership skills with the ability to identify and hire talent, coach staff, manage and develop high-performing teams, set and achieve strategic objectives, and manage a budget.
• Demonstrated expertise in working collaboratively with diverse stakeholders.
• Proven success engaging the private sector in a variety of commercial endeavors.
• Action-oriented, entrepreneurial, adaptable, and innovative mindset for business planning and implementation.
• Strong interpersonal and communication skills, internally and externally, evidenced through relationship management, networking, and team building.
• Strong appreciation for and ability to drive relevant collection and reporting of metrics to assess not only office operational efficiency but also impact and outcomes.
• Ability to handle sensitive matters with discretion and tact while maintaining confidentiality.
• Ability to manage multiple competing priorities, often under time constraints.
• Ability to assess and advocate for resources needed to achieve goals and objectives of the office.


• PhD degree in a technical or business discipline is preferred.
• A working knowledge of startup funding deal terms as well as equity and shareholder agreements.
• Successful history working at the intersection of higher education and the private sector.
• Compliance experience and skills for effectively dealing with conflict of interest issues within academic or government environment.

Additional Certifications:
Additional Information:

Candidates must be able to provide proof of eligibility to work in the USA. No Visa sponsorship is offered for this position.

Posting Date: 06/26/2017
Closing Date:
Open Until Filled Yes
Best Consideration Date 07/17/2017
Physical Demands

Sedentary work performed in a normal office environment. Ability to attend meetings both on and off campus. Ability to travel both domestic and international. Regularly required to stand, walk, sit, reach, lift/move (up to 20 pounds), point, talk, and hear. Occasional evening and weekend work may be required.

Diversity Statement:

The University of Maryland, College Park, an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, complies with all applicable federal and state laws and regulations regarding nondiscrimination and affirmative action; all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment. The University is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all persons and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, physical or mental disability, protected veteran status, age, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, creed, marital status, political affiliation, personal appearance, or on the basis of rights secured by the First Amendment, in all aspects of employment, educational programs and activities, and admissions.

Applicant Documents

Required Documents
  1. Cover Letter
  2. Resume
  3. List of References (no emails sent from system)
Optional Documents
  1. Curriculum Vitae

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