The Director of Industry Relations is a full-time position, reporting directly to the Senior Vice President and Executive Director of Columbia Technology Ventures, and thereafter to the Executive Steering Committee of the Industry Relations initiative (which includes the Provost, EVP Research, Senior EVP, EVP Development and Alumni Relations, and the Deans and Directors of the relevant science-based Schools and Centers). The Director will have overall responsibility for launching and leading Columbia???s centrally-based university-wide industry relations efforts, in support of and collaboration with the industry relations teams and initiatives at the Schools and Centers.
The Director will report directly to the Senior Vice President and Executive Director of CTV, and will take strategic direction from the Executive Steering Committee.
The Director will have full management oversight of 1 ??? 3 FTEs. The Industry Relations team will work closely with many departments and schools across Columbia, and will be housed within Columbia Technology Ventures (CTV). CTV is the technology transfer office for Columbia University and a central location for many of the technology development initiatives, entrepreneurial activities, external industry collaborations, and commercially-oriented multidisciplinary technology innovations across the university. CTV???s core mission is to facilitate the transfer of inventions from academic research labs to the market for the benefit of society on a local, national, and global basis. Each year, CTV manages more than 350 invention disclosures, 100 license deals, and 20 new IP-backed start-ups, involving over 750 inventors across Columbia's campuses. CTV currently has over 1200 patent assets available for licensing, across research fields such as bio, IT, clean tech, devices, big data, nanotechnology, materials science, and more. CTV will provide many supporting resources to ensure the Industry Relations team is as successful as possible.
The Industry Relations Group will prioritize amongst and then execute upon many initiatives to increase Columbia???s interactivity with and support from industry. Example initiatives may include:
Support the Deans, Center Directors, and Department Chairs for meetings with senior industry executives
Create standardized and shared marketing material
Create and maintain a customer relationship management (CRM) database
Perform research for prospective discussions with industry
Support the creation of industry affiliate programs around specific research areas
Streamline and serve as concierge for high-priority industry agreements
Increase utilization of Columbia???s core facilities by industry
Create and host events, panels, and advisory councils of interest to industry
Stay abreast of best in class industry relations models at peer institutions and reflect, build and evolve the Columbia model to improve sponsored research, tech transfer and philanthropic investment returns
Other initiatives TBD
The Director will lead a team of 1 ??? 3 direct reports, and will partner with 3 ??? 5 senior advisors from industry, to achieve these objectives. The Director will also have support from many resources at CTV, including the Business Development team, the Lab-to-Market Accelerator Network, CTV Marketing, and our Executive Assistants.
Bachelor???s degree experience required.
Seven years of related experience also required.
PhD or Masters in a technical discipline and related business experience strongly preferred. The most important criteria for this job are an extraordinary ability to multi-task effectively and efficiently; to track projects over time at varying degrees of detail; to build relationships of trust with senior university and industry executives; and to manage a diverse set of stakeholder needs.
Experience at working in a team-oriented, collaborative environment is essential.
Experience with, and an appreciation of, the cultures and priorities of academic institutions, investors, and of industry.
The candidate must be able to conform to shifting priorities, demands and timelines through analytical and problem-solving capabilities, and react to project adjustments and alterations promptly and efficiently.
Equal Opportunity Employer / Disability / Veteran
Columbia University is committed to the hiring of qualified local residents.
Columbia University is one of the world's most important centers of research and at the same time a distinctive and distinguished learning environment for undergraduates and graduate students in many scholarly and professional fields. The University recognizes the importance of its location in New York City and seeks to link its research and teaching to the vast resources of a great metropolis. It seeks to attract a diverse and international faculty and student body, to support research and teaching on global issues, and to create academic relationships with many countries and regions. It expects all areas of the university to advance knowledge and learning at the highest level and to convey the products of its efforts to the world.