The Associate Vice President (AVP) supports the University of Chicagoâ™s innovation agenda, promoting entrepreneurial activities and resources to University constituents globally. The AVP will have oversight of the Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, which includes several of the Universityâ™s functional groups with innovation mandates, as well as external partners. The AVP will be accountable for the development, implementation, and management of a comprehensive campus-wide innovation strategy that will integrate innovation and scientific commercialization initiatives. The AVP will also enhance strategic research alliances with private- and public-sector partners looking to innovate, enhance knowledge translation leading to commercialization of innovative technologies, support the expansion of educational offerings related to entrepreneurship, and develop the physical infrastructure on and off campus dedicated to innovation. The AVP will possess excellent communication skills, proven competence in driving consensus and building effective working relationships, an ability to capitalize on opportunities, strong business acumen, and an understanding of academic and scientific research and innovation.
Oversight of the Polsky Center, including strategic planning and goal setting, as well as budgetary and administrative management.
Development and management of the Polsky Council, an advisory committee of alumni and professionals who support the objectives of the University related to innovation and entrepreneurship.
Collaboration across the university with Deans and Officers to align the Polsky Centerâ™s offerings with areas of opportunity, need, and demand. This should support the development of a culture of innovation at the University of Chicago that reaches various university departments, academic colleges, administrative units and entrepreneurship-focused programs/entities within the University.
In particular, this will include forming close relationships with the biological and physical science groups on campus, and supporting commercialization efforts therein.
Pursuit of philanthropic opportunities to support the Centerâ™s strategic objectives.
Promotion of the University of Chicagoâ™s innovation plan and success stories in public and private forums globally through speaking opportunities.
Oversight of the physical expansion of the Polsky Centerâ™s innovation spaces, and development of community, corporate, intercollegiate, and government partners to support these efforts.
Other duties as assigned.
Demonstrated understanding and experience with startup ecosystems, entrepreneurship and the technology commercialization process. Understanding of the potential paths to market for scientific discoveries, and ability to collaborate between fields of science and business.
Demonstrated experience successfully growing and leading a team.
Demonstrated experience and success in fundraising.
A high degree of enthusiasm, energy, and creativity.
Evidence of a collaborative management approach.
Evidence of successful leadership skills.
Project execution skills, including managing deadlines and projecting financial statements.
Excellent oral and written communication and public speaking skills.
Evidence of understanding how to support student and faculty entrepreneurs.
Evidence of diplomatic and tactful communication skills to support building relationships across diverse cultures and backgrounds, within the University, the city of Chicago, and beyond.
Ability to be a public face, attend startup ecosystem events locally and nationally.
Education, Experience or Certifications:
Bachelorâ™s Degree required.
Graduate Degree in a related field preferred.
At least 10 years of related experience preferred
Experience in strategic thinking; ability to align tactical work efforts with strategic vision
Experience with technology transfer
NOTE: When applying, all required documents MUST be uploaded under the Resume/CV section of the application
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