Director, TechPort

Posting Details

Posting Details

Position Number: 123615
Title: Director
Functional Title: Director, TechPort
Category Status: 33-Exempt Regular
Applicant Search Category: Staff
University Authorized FTE: 100
Unit: VPR-VP Research
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:

Located in St. Mary’s county, the TechPort at the Airport Incubator’s mission is to diversify the local business environment in St. Mary’s county. The incubator will provide services to start-ups and early state companies pursuing commercialization of technologies patented at NAS Pax River, or the Naval Surface Warfare Center, Indian Head Division, as well as businesses pursuing research and development of unmanned and autonomous systems (UAS). The incubator will offer affordable office space, management training, mentoring, marketing support and access to funding opportunities.

The Director is a leadership position responsible for the overall strategy, management, and operation of the incubator. This position is also responsible for the establishment and attainment of goals and objectives, established by multiple funding sources. The Director will report to the Associate Vice President of Innovation and Economic Development.

Minimum Qualifications:

Bachelor’s degree required.

A minimum of 10 years of work experience in a private sector, technology firm, venture capital firm, investment firm, or major consulting firm, which includes project management and financial oversight. Proven effectiveness in raising funds from public and private sources. A minimum of three (3) years of supervisor experience.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
• Proven track record in technology development and commercialization either directly or as a service provider.
• Demonstrated success in building external relationships and facilitating connections on behalf of an organization.
• Excellent interpersonal and organizational skills.
• Ability to communicate effectively verbally and in writing.
• Ability to handle sensitive matters with discretion and tact while maintaining confidentiality.
• Ability to communicate and collaborate effectively with university administrators, faculty, and leaders in government and industry.
• Ability to assess and advocate for resources needed to achieve goals and objectives of the incubator.


MBA degree preferred.
• Expertise in entrepreneurship with experience with startups preferred.
• University experience desirable.
• Prior experience running an incubator is desirable.

Additional Certifications:
Additional Information:
Posting Date: 12/21/2017
Closing Date:
Open Until Filled Yes
Best Consideration Date 01/18/2018
Physical Demands

Sedentary work performed in a normal office environment. Spending long hours in front of a computer screen. Must be able to attend meetings on and off campus. Ability to operate a State vehicle. Ability to travel domestically and internationally. 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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