Assistant Director - Innovation Support Services
The Research Foundation For SUNY - Albany, NY

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The Research Foundation For SUNY
Assistant Director - Innovation Support Services

Locations: Albany, NY
Posted: Jun 24, '13
Type: Full-time

About The Research Foundation for SUNY:
Founded in 1951, the RF exists to serve SUNY and to capitalize on the scope, scale and diversity of SUNY as an engine of New York state's innovation economy.

The RF supports nearly $1 billion in SUNY research activity annually, providing sponsored programs administration and commercialization support services to SUNY faculty performing research in life sciences and medicine; engineering and nanotechnology; physical sciences and energy; social sciences, and computer and information sciences.

The Research Foundation is committed to diversity and inclusion. We believe that promoting a diverse, inclusive working environment enhances productivity, creates personal and professional opportunities, unleashes each individual's full potential and fuels innovation.

The Research Foundation and its employees are committed to a culture of integrity and accountability, holding each other and the organization to the highest standards of ethical behavior.

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Job Description:
This is an opportunity to support SUNY researchers and campus administrators to create lasting and meaningful relationships with external partners. These relationships enable experiential learning and applied research opportunities for SUNY faculty, staff and students; promote the utilization of SUNY technology; and facilitate the health and growth of SUNY-born companies.

The Research Foundation for The State University of New York seeks an Assistant Director for Innovation Support Services to perform duties typically associated with industry sponsored research, technology transfer and other university-industry agreements and alliances. This position report to the Senior Director for Innovation and Partnerships with a "dotted line" to the Director of Contracts and Grants Administration to reflect the cross-functional nature of university-industry contracting.

The technology transfer functions of this position are aimed at a diverse group of campuses including comprehensive and technology colleges and other research-intensive campuses. Our new recruit will be part of a collegial and collaborative team at The Research Foundation's Central Office in Albany and will work closely with research and commercialization professionals across the SUNY enterprise. Coordinating activities among SUNY's Innovation Hubs - University at Albany, Binghamton University, University at Buffalo, the College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering and Stony Brook University - is also a key function of this position. This group works closely to share best practices, identify and implement shared services, engage in state and federal advocacy efforts, and collaborate on strategic projects to alleviate barriers to achieving economic impact through the commercialization of SUNY research.


The Assistant Director for Innovation Support Services is responsible for supporting SUNY campuses to establish and nurture external partnerships which enhance their academic mission, including acting as primary coordinator of special projects to support SUNY's Innovation Hubs. This shall include:
  • Outreach to and engagement with academic and business leadership on SUNY campuses, assisting them to capture new opportunities to partner with the business community.
  • A close working relationship with the Office of Contracts and Grant Administration and Office of General Counsel to develop new partnership models and agreements.
  • Frequent communications to keep stakeholders engaged and apprised of relevant activity and outcomes.
  • Intake and assessment of new technology disclosures from comprehensive and technology colleges.
  • Review for completeness and accuracy new technology disclosures arising out of non-hub campuses, and follow-up as necessary with inventors and campus officials to ensure completion.
  • Consult with appropriate Office of Sponsored Programs personnel to identify correct sponsorship, and perform all reporting necessary to comply with RF obligations to federal, state, industry, or foundation sponsor(s), including reports of invention, for disclosures arising out of non-hub campuses.
  • Perform research and complete timely preliminary assessments of market opportunities and intellectual property strategies for SUNY technologies, and prepare opportunity assessments for campus administrators.
  • Communicate and follow up with inventors and management to facilitate a transparent assessment process.
  • Input and maintain case information in the Inteum database for technologies arising out of non-hub campuses.
  • Collaborate with system-wide stakeholders to organize educational events for researchers and other faculty.
  • Collaborate to prepare system-wide and regional reporting on technology transfer, entrepreneurship and economic development activities.
  • Travel to campuses as necessary to review ongoing sponsored programs, to network with and educate innovative and entrepreneurial researchers, and to educate campus leadership.
  • Identify and promote commercialization best practices technology transfer through interaction with appropriate personnel at Regional Hubs, Operating Locations, and Foundation management.
  • Work across functional boundaries to develop and coordinate IP-related policies, procedures and guidelines.
  • Collect relevant data for dissemination to the SUNY community and to the public, with particular focus on economic impact data.

A bachelor's degree is required with an advanced degree preferred. Minimum of 5 years progressively complex experience in academic-industry partnerships and intellectual property management. IP management database and other software experience is a plus, as is experience in both the academic and for-profit ventures.

The successful candidate will have the ability to:
  • develop external partnerships and productive relationships with industry, non-profits, and government
  • create impactful models for the integration of research, education and innovation
  • stay creative, poised, and keep a strategic focus when facing constant challenge and change
  • work in a complex, rapidly evolving, and regulated environment with varied constituencies
This role requires the application of a diverse skill set. The ideal candidate will have deep knowledge of intellectual property management strategies with a focus on patents, very strong contract drafting and negotiation skills, and significant experience in university sponsored programs and commercialization functions with a focus on industrial contracting across the sponsored programs and commercialization lifecycle. Experience with university-industry business models and contracts is essential, including strategic alliance, materials transfer, consortia membership, inter-institutional innovation management, sponsored research, clinical trials, nondisclosure, option, and license agreements. Private sector/for profit experience is a plus.

Application Instructions:
Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.

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The Research Foundation for the State University of New York is not an agency or instrumentality of the State of New York. Employees of the Research Foundation for the State University of New York are not state employees, do not participate in any state retirement system, and do not receive state fringe benefits. The Research Foundation for the State University of New York operates under a contract with The State University of New York and receives no directly appropriated state funding.