Reports to the Vice President for Research, Innovation & Sponsored Programs (VPRS). In consultation with the VPRS and Institute leadership, s/he carries out the economic development agenda consistent with the Prairie View A&M University (PVAMU) strategic vision and as established by the VPRS through the management of the Office of ICEP, a non-academic commercialization, entrepreneurism, and outreach services unit of the Institute. The Director of ICEP will join PVAMU at an exciting time as there is a stronger emphasis on technology transition, embedded industry presence, scale-up and retention of start-ups in strategic markets in the Texas region and at regional operating locations throughout the State of Texas, and international visibility for the important role that PVAMU plays in its surrounding innovation ecosystem.
Provides strategically focused direction and leadership for the Innovation and Commercialization Center for Entrepreneurs (ICCE) Institute.
Responsible for oversight of all operational aspects of the Dept. of ICEP.
Assures mission, programs, and services are relevant to the Institute, its sponsors and PVAMU stakeholders.
Represents the Institute on economic development policy with University Systems of Texas A&M Board of Regents, plus state and federal officials.
Provides leadership and visibility to maintain the Institute?s role as the public catalyst for entrepreneurship and new company formation by aggressively pursuing alternative funding sources to support a comprehensive programmatic approach.
Travels as required on behalf of the Institute, including international travel from time-to-time.
Develops faculty and staff relationships broadly for the benefit of ICEP to include strong partnerships with entrepreneurial activities taking place at Prairie View outside of ICEP.
Oversees activities of the Venture Lab, PVAMU internal incubator, and education programs at PVAMU related to start-up formation such as the NSF Innovation Corps (I-Corps) Nodes which are designed to support regional needs for innovation education, infrastructure and research
Effectively manages the human resources of ICCE
Develops strategic plan and provides input into budget & fiscal operation of unit.
Works closely with the colleges and other units that seek to include start-up formation education in their programs.
Provides leadership, resources and supports the Institute?s (in) research commercialization through start-up companies when based on PVAMU innovation in collaboration with the Institute?s administration and Industry Engagement Office of PVAMU Research Department - the institute?s independent contracting and intellectual property organization.
Works closely with units tasked to provide relationship management services to large companies engaged in strategic partnerships with and/or an embedded presence at PVAMU
Oversees activities of ICEP entrepreneurism support across the state including for the Advanced Technology Development Center.
Engages with the venture capital community and regional entrepreneur talent pool to create a network of resources benefiting faculty and programs at the Institute.
Oversees regional offices throughout the state that provide services to small and medium size enterprises, including all relevant Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) program of National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST).
Facilitates policy and economic analysis support for impact assessment of economic development programs administered through PVAMU.
Understands and interprets the direction of state and federal economic development policy, translates same into successful programmatic activities for the Institute.
Broadly engages the state?s economic development and local community leadership and advocates for ways in which the Institute can contribute.
Provides oversight of the outreach efforts with businesses in Texas such as MEP and engage the Texas Manufacturing Assistance Center (TMAC).
Works closely with the VPRS, the Vice President for Business Affairs, Government and Community Relations Office, and the President?s Office to support the strategic selection of industry business targets for collaboration with the Institute.
Works closely with the Office of the Vice President for Business Affairs and Vice President for Development to support strategic partnerships with government stakeholders at the local, state and federal levels.
Performs other duties as required as assigned by the VPRS and the President.
Participates on relevant Institute committees and task force initiatives.
Establishes budget priorities and oversees financial management of ICEP.
Oversees and ensures quality and consistency of organization business processes.
Represents the Institute with state government agencies on matters related to economic development, and entrepreneur advancement.
Develops close working relations with the state department of Texas Economic Development and relevant chambers of commerce.
In partnership with the Vice President for Business Affairs advocate on behalf of ICEP and the Institute with the Board of Regents, Governor?s Office and General Assembly on all activities relating to economic development.
Required Education and Experience:
Bachelor?s degree in applicable field.
Ten years of related experience in management.
Job Posting Close Date:
Preferred Education and Experience:
Ph.D. or J.D.
Previous corporate board experience is preferred, particularly on innovation, commercialization and/or economic development boards, and experience in support of the operation and administration of corporate boards.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
Knowledge of word processing, spreadsheet, and database applications.
Ability to multitask and work cooperatively with others.
Ability to communicate clearly and effectively to ensure understanding.
Preferred Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:
Outstanding record of achievement in managing a technology oriented economic development organization.
Demonstrated understanding of technology based entrepreneurship, venture capital and other sources of start-up investment.
Demonstrated leadership ability in decentralized, multiple stakeholder environment.
Excellent communication and public relations skills and the demonstrated ability to be an effective advocate for economic development, entrepreneurship and commercialization.
Ability to lead, encourage and implement action, equal opportunity and organization diversity.
Familiarity and understanding of commercial real estate management and oversight.
Demonstrated understanding of the needs and problems of small/midsized manufacturers.
Knowledge and appreciation of the role of Georgia Tech as a leading public research university including its traditions and culture.
Please attach all required documents listed below in the attachment box labeled as either “Resume/CV or Resume/Cover Letter” on the application. Multiple attachments may be included in the “Resume/CV” or Resume/Cover Letter” attachment box. Any additional attachments provided outside of the required documents listed below are considered optional.
Resume or Curriculum Vitae
Application Submission Guidelines:
All applicants are required to apply via our Career Site on or before the closing date indicated on the job posting. Applicant inquiries received via email and websites such as Indeed, HigherEdJobs, etc. will not be considered unless the individual has applied to the available position via the PVAMU Career site.
The required documents listed in the above Required Attachments section must be attached to the application prior to the job closing date indicated to ensure full consideration for the application submitted. Please contact the Office of Human Resource on or before the closing date indicated above at 936-261-1730 or email@example.com should you need assistance with the online application process.
Background Check Requirements:
Internal Number: R-014252
About Prairie View A&M University
Prairie View A&M University is dedicated to excellence in teaching, research and service. It is committed to achieving relevance in each component of its mission by addressing issues and proposing solutions through programs and services designed to respond to the needs and aspirations of individuals, families, organizations, agencies, schools, and communities--both rural and urban. Prairie View A&M University is a state-assisted institution by legislative designation, serving a diverse ethnic and socioeconomic population, and a land-grant institution by federal statute.