Associate VP Corporate Commercialization

Ohio, United States
Salary Not specified
Jun 05, 2021
Employment Level
Employment Type
Full Time

Associate VP Corporate Commercialization

Founded in 1819, the University of Cincinnati embarks upon its third century – building on the past and defining the future by leading urban, public universities into a new era of innovation and impact through its strategic direction, Next Lives Here. Underscoring the power of creativity, ingenuity, invention and inclusion, what’s Next will accelerate our unrivaled momentum, evidenced by eight straight years of record enrollment and rankings that include placement among America’s top 100 public universities by U.S. News & World Report. Home to a diverse student body of nearly 47,000 and more than 4,200 distinguished faculty, the university combines its Research 1 (Very High Research Activity) Carnegie Classification with a physical setting that The New York Times recently acclaimed as “the most ambitious campus design program in the country.

Job Overview
As a senior member of the leadership team reporting directly to the Chief Innovation Officer, this role requires developing and advancing strategic commercialization objectives that accelerate growth in the Cincinnati Innovation District. Role is responsible for developing strategy, execution, management and leading three organizational units aligned with accelerating innovation into the marketplace: Technology Transfer, Venture Lab Startup Accelerator, and the UC MakerSpace. Develop and manage a globally competitive network of partnerships that bring the world’s premier innovation and financial (venture and private equity) resources into the Cincinnati Innovation District.

Essential Functions

  • Enhance the vibrancy and grow the entrepreneurial, commercialization and innovation ecosystem defined by talent, technology, and resources within the CID. Develop business partnerships leveraging the talent (faculty, talent, staff, alumni, external parties), intellectual property, university, and CID resources to create quantifiable value.
  • Support intellectual property and startup pipeline from UC, but also our larger regional pipeline spanning multiple universities, research institutes, and cities in proximity to the greater-Cincinnati region.
  • Work with other senior leaders to strategically position this ‘ecosystem’ as a destination location for talent and investment on a national and global basis.
  • Responsible for the establishment and delivery of quarterly and annual goals and management of the team t asked with accomplishing them.
  • Ensure that new ventures, be they licensable technologies or startups, have access to internal and external resources by developing partnerships needed to commercialize, compete, and win on a global stage.
  • Serve as an influencer, and advisor to the Chief Innovation Officer, on broader policies both regionally and in the state.
  • Ensure that ease of access to university intellectual property is a compelling reason for organizations to do business with the University of Cincinnati and for businesses to join, or launch in, the CID.
  • Build a density of startups that attracts additional entrepreneurial talent, capital, and resources to the CID.
  • Strategically build and manage relationships at multiple leadership levels within the UC and our other regional partners.
  • Ensure that clients receive world-class white-glove service. Ensure world-class and friction free acceleration of innovation commercialization in the CID.
  • Instill a competitive right-to-win attitude that is pervasive throughout the CID.
  • May provide direct and/or indirect supervision to exempt and non-exempt staff (i.e., hiring/firing, performance evaluations, disciplinary action approve time off, etc.).
  • Perform related duties based on departmental need. This job description can be changed at any time.

Required Education
Bachelor's degree.

Required Experience

  • Seven (7) years of related experience.
  • Three (3) years of supervision.
  • A proven track record of delivering results, developing commercial partnerships and business and negotiation skills.
  • Strong senior level management, strategy, and execution skills.
  • Executive-level business management experience.
  • Entrepreneurial and ‘can do’ mindset to develop and lead a great organization in a fast paced environment.
  • Strong financial management experience.
  • Thrive in a corporate culture that expects excellence and innovation.
  • Solution-oriented and makes sound decisions quickly, given tight timeframes.
  • Excellent time/effort prioritization skills in an environment where numerous new opportunities will constantly arise.

Additional Qualifications Considered

  • Advanced degrees, including an MBA.
  • Experience working with institutional level venture capital and private equity.
  • Experience managing and negotiating equity positions and IP commercialization terms.
  • Experience working with or within a university.

Physical Requirements/Work Environment

  • Office environment/no specific unusual physical or environmental demands.

Application Process
Interested and qualified applicants must apply online at and include a cover letter of interest and a current CV/Resume.

The University of Cincinnati, as a multi-national and culturally diverse university, is committed to providing an inclusive, equitable and diverse place of learning and employment. As part of a complete job application you will be asked to include a Contribution to Diversity and Inclusion statement.

As a UC employee, and an employee of an Ohio public institution, if hired you will not contribute to the federal Social Security system, other than contributions to Medicare. Instead, UC employees have the option to contribute to a state retirement plan (OPERS, STRS) or an alternative retirement plan (ARP).

The University of Cincinnati is an Affirmative Action / Equal Opportunity Employer / Minority / Female / Disability / Veteran.