Director of the Office of Corporate Relations
The Director of Corporate Relations will develop and lead the new Office of Corporate Relations in the College of Engineering. This position is an attractive leadership opportunity for an individual with a strong engineering or related field and business background and a track record of transforming the way industry and public universities work together. The successful candidate will exhibit and apply creativity, business affinity from idea to market, and the opportunity to bind commercial value propositions to the innovation of one of the world's top engineering colleges. A substantial understanding of engineering research and practice is necessary.
The director of corporate relations will set the strategic vision for College of Engineering corporate relations activities in areas that include sponsored research, employer partner programs, philanthropy and research services. This individual will initially manage all aspects of corporate relations. Once a successful model is established, the director will identify the roles and responsibilities for future staff in this new business unit, which is anticipated to grow to an entity that will comprehensively and efficiently address the opportunities in these areas. Establishing and stewarding a process to transition industry engagements to internal entities such as the Grainger Institute for Engineering, centers and consortia is a key goal for the position; those entities will provide definition of technical and business content of engagement. Establishing a link to the campus Office of Business Engagement and stewarding an effective relationship is another accountability. Defining and implementing effective procedures to use IP regulations in cooperation with WARF is another central accountability. Therefore, a strong team-building capacity for multi-disciplinary project teams to establish robust industry research and service enterprises is necessary.
The director will report to the College of Engineering associate dean for research and graduate affairs and work collaboratively with the associate dean for advancement and the associate dean for undergraduate affairs, who oversees the college's Engineering Career Services unit and Employer Partner Program. This role will be measured by driving additional revenue annually for the university to the mutual benefit of stakeholders in the College of Engineering.
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