1) Ensures partnership success and grows long-term revenue and performance of the University.
2) Manages governance and facilitates Joint Steering Committee activities and quarterly meetings.
3) Ensures alignment of technology, research, and commercial interests (is knowledgeable of partnerâ™s technology needs, market, business challenges, and market opportunities).
4) Develops and maintains broad and deep external partner relations and relationships with University stakeholders (leadership, faculty, students).
5) Works closely with Polsky Center colleagues and other University stakeholders to ensure partnership success.
6) Coordinates RFP process, including promotion, review, and selection of projects for funding.
7) Organizes engagement opportunities between University and industry researchers and leadership, including teleconferences, meetings, and large annual joint Symposia.
8) Ensures that industry partner and University adhere to the contractual commitments.
9) Proactively anticipates and resolves any disputes or issues.
10) Monitors success and health of the partnership.
11) Facilitates, monitors, and ensures success of partnered projects.
12) In collaboration with the Technology Commercialization and Licensing team coordinates and facilitates annual University pipeline review.
13) Facilitates partner participation in various University innovation activities, including the Innovation Fund and New Venture Challenge.
14) Grows the alliance beyond the contractual commitment, and maximizes engagement and funding opportunities for faculty and students currently not engaged in the collaboration.
15) Effectively promotes and markets the partnership internally (at the University) and externally.
16) Works to maintain and further develop best practices for alliance management at University, and actively participates in professional organizations and conferences, such as the Association of Strategic Alliance Management Professionals (ASAP).
17) Monitors and reports on financials, budget, and spend.
Unit- preferred Competencies:
1) Excellent and professional verbal, written, and presentation skills, as well as organizational skills and attention to detail.
2) Ability to effectively communicate and engage with senior leadership at the University and industry partners.
3) Demonstrated understanding of the drug development process and related R&D activities.
4) Good understanding of life sciences industry, including existing and emerging collaboration and funding models.
5) Demonstrated ability to work cross-functionally, manage crisis, anticipate and resolve conflicts, and align interests of multiple parties.
6) Ability to organize, manage and track multiple detailed tasks and assignments concurrently, with frequently changing priorities in a fast-paced work environment.
7) Ability to work with minimal supervision.
8) Proven ability to work effectively and diplomatically with colleagues, as well as with students, faculty and corporate contacts.
9) Familiarity or experience with industry-sponsored research, business development, leadership engagement, deal structuring, and intellectual property.
10) Strong interest in research, new technologies, and business development activities.
11) Ability to work effectively across organizational levels and functions
12) Demonstrated strong written and verbal communication, negotiation, and presentation skills.
13) Ability to travel frequently between Polsky Center sites and other locations in the greater Chicago area (including networking and industry events and conferences), and occasional domestic travel.
14) Flexibility to occasionally work late or start early for events.
15) Experience and skill in Excel and PowerPoint.
1) Bachelorâ™s degree in Biological Science, or a related field of study.
2) Advanced Degree in science, engineering, and/or business.
3) Advanced Degree (preferably PhD) in science, engineering, and/or business, or appropriate combination of education and experience.
1) 2-4 years of relevant experience, such as experience in an academic, research, or relevant industry (i.e. life sciences) settings.
2) Familiarity or experience with industry-sponsored research, business development, conflict resolution, leadership engagement, customer engagement, contracts, and intellectual property.
2) Cover Letter
NOTE: When applying, all required documents MUST be uploaded under the Resume/CV section of the application
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