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Director Technology Incubation and Acceleration


Johns Hopkins, founded in 1876, is America's first research university and home to nine world-class academic divisions working together as one university.

Johns Hopkins Technology Ventures is seeking aDirector Technology Incubation and Accelerationwho will be responsible for day-to-day operational activity needed to advance the incubation and acceleration of technologies, companies and ecosystems developed in and around Johns Hopkins University. The Director oversees programs that contribute to the development of technologies for commercialization, the formation / growth of startup companies, and the support and development of ecosystems around Hopkins, in Baltimore, and across the State of Maryland. The Director works collaboratively with peers in our Technology Transfer team on licensing strategy and with our Corporate Partnerships team on sponsored research alliances, creating an integrated approach to academic translation. The Director reports to the Senior Director FastForward, working across her team to support campus innovators and other members of the ecosystem with programs, facilities, and other resources. The Director supports the work of this team in championing Johns Hopkins, Baltimore City, and the State of Maryland.

Specific Duties & Responsibilities


Startup launch and support services (40%)

  • Directs services and programs supporting Johns Hopkins inventors/entrepreneurs in the launch of startup companies, including educational programming, fundraising connections/coaching, and business team building.
  • Manages innovation hubs fostering collaboration, network, and resource availability for entrepreneurs, innovators, and startups.
  • Oversees a portfolio of startups providing guidance and support as needed to ensure their success.
  • Coordinates resources for advising faculty and student startup teams on business planning, startup growth and milestones.
  • Actively engages with the campus community to promote entrepreneurship, raise awareness about the innovation ecosystem, and build relationships with inventors.


Cross-functional Operations (40%)

  • Ensures smooth coordination between teams within the acceleration group at JHTV and the rest of JHTV, delivering a streamlined experience to stakeholders.
  • Collaborates cross-functionally to create a supportive environment for inventors exploring commercial paths.
  • Leads efforts to build operational capacity to deliver stronger outcomes to commercialization stakeholders.

Campus and Ecosystem strategy (20%)

  • Supports the Senior Director in engaging with state and local initiatives supporting entrepreneurship and innovation.
  • Extends outreach beyond the campus community to build relationships with external stakeholders, fostering a robust entrepreneurial ecosystem.

Special Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

  • Ability to understand complex technologies, demonstrated by relevant technical training or industry/technology transfer experience.
  • Knowledge of intellectual property, technology transfer, and technology development, with experience in academic conflict of interest issues.
  • Collegial and cooperative nature to work effectively with JHTV peers, University senior management, faculty, staff, students, and external entities.
  • Flexibility between strategic thinking and hands-on management.
  • Sensitivity to early venture needs and adherence to university-wide policies.
  • Strategic and analytical thinking skills with problem-solving ability and multitasking under deadline pressure.
  • Networking and interpersonal skills to support effective partnerships with key groups and individuals.
  • Strong verbal/written communication and presentation skills.


Minimum Qualifications
  • Master's Degree.
  • Seven years progressive management experience
  • U.S. Citizen or legal permanent resident required due to Federal Export Controls.
  • Experience in technology licensing, venture creation, and progressive management.
  • Professional experience in an academic environment.

Classified Title: Director Business Development
Job Posting Title (Working Title): Director Technology Incubation and Acceleration
Role/Level/Range: ATP/04/PH
Starting Salary Range: Min -$115,400 Mid - $158,700 Max $202,000 ($160,000 targeted, Commensurate with experience)
Employee group: Full Time
Schedule: M-F/8:30am-5pm
Exempt Status: Exempt
Location: Hybrid/School of Medicine Campus
Department name: ​​​​​​​Johns Hopkins Technology Ventures
Personnel area: Academic and Business Centers

Total Rewards
The referenced salary range is based on Johns Hopkins University’s good faith belief at the time of posting. Actual compensation may vary based on factors such as geographic location, work experience, market conditions, education/training and skill level. Johns Hopkins offers a total rewards package that supports our employees' health, life, career and retirement. More information can be found here: https://hr.jhu.edu/benefits-worklife/

Please refer to the job description above to see which forms of equivalency are permitted for this position. If permitted, equivalencies will follow these guidelines:
JHU Equivalency Formula: 30 undergraduate degree credits (semester hours) or 18 graduate degree credits may substitute for one year of experience. Additional related experience may substitute for required education on the same basis. For jobs where equivalency is permitted, up to two years of non-related college course work may be applied towards the total minimum education/experience required for the respective job.

**Applicants who do not meet the posted requirements but are completing their final academic semester/quarter will be considered eligible for employment and may be asked to provide additional information confirming their academic completion date.


The successful candidate(s) for this position will be subject to a pre-employment background check. Johns Hopkins is committed to hiring individuals with a justice-involved background, consistent with applicable policies and current practice. A prior criminal history does not automatically preclude candidates from employment at Johns Hopkins University. In accordance with applicable law, the university will review, on an individual basis, the date of a candidate’s conviction, the nature of the conviction and how the conviction relates to an essential job-related qualification or function.

The Johns Hopkins University values diversity, equity and inclusion and advances these through our key strategic framework, theJHU Roadmap on Diversity and Inclusion.

Accommodation Information

If you are interested in applying for employment with The Johns Hopkins University and require special assistance or accommodation during any part of the pre-employment process, please contact the Talent Acquisition Office atjhurecruitment@jhu.edu. For TTY users, call via Maryland Relay or dial 711. For more information about workplace accommodations or accessibility at Johns Hopkins University, please visitaccessibility.jhu.edu.

Johns Hopkins has mandated COVID-19 and influenza vaccines, as applicable. The COVID-19 vaccine does not apply to positions located in the State of Florida. Exceptions to the COVID and flu vaccine requirements may be provided to individuals for religious beliefs or medical reasons. Requests for an exception must be submitted to the JHU vaccination registry. For additional information, applicants for SOM positions should visit https://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/coronavirus/covid-19-vaccine/and all other JHU applicants should visit https://covidinfo.jhu.edu/health-safety/covid-vaccination-information/.

The following additional provisions may apply, depending on campus. Your recruiter will advise accordingly.

The pre-employment physical for positions in clinical areas, laboratories, working with research subjects, or involving community contact requires documentation of immune status against Rubella (German measles), Rubeola (Measles), Mumps, Varicella (chickenpox), Hepatitis B and documentation of having received the Tdap (Tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis) vaccination. This may include documentation of having two (2) MMR vaccines; two (2) Varicella vaccines; or antibody status to these diseases from laboratory testing. Blood tests for immunities to these diseases are ordinarily included in the pre-employment physical exam except for those employees who provide results of blood tests or immunization documentation from their own health care providers. Any vaccinations required for these diseases will be given at no cost in our Occupational Health office.

Note: Job Postings are updated daily and remain online until filled.

Equal Opportunity Employer
All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or status as a protected veteran.

EEO is the Law:
https://www.eeoc.gov/sites/default/files/2023-06/22-088_EEOC_KnowYourRights6.12ScreenRdr.pdf


The successful candidate(s) for this position will be subject to a pre-employment background check.

If you are interested in applying for employment with The Johns Hopkins University and require special assistance or accommodation during any part of the pre-employment process, please contact the HR Business Services Office at jhurecruitment@jhu.edu. For TTY users, call via Maryland Relay or dial 711.

The following additional provisions may apply depending on which campus you will work. Your recruiter will advise accordingly.

During the Influenza ("the flu") season, as a condition of employment, The Johns Hopkins Institutions require all employees who provide ongoing services to patients or work in patient care or clinical care areas to have an annual influenza vaccination or possess an approved medical or religious exception. Failure to meet this requirement may result in termination of employment.

The pre-employment physical for positions in clinical areas, laboratories, working with research subjects, or involving community contact requires documentation of immune status against Rubella (German measles), Rubeola (Measles), Mumps, Varicella (chickenpox), Hepatitis B and documentation of having received the Tdap (Tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis) vaccination. This may include documentation of having two (2) MMR vaccines; two (2) Varicella vaccines; or antibody status to these diseases from laboratory testing. Blood tests for immunities to these diseases are ordinarily included in the pre-employment physical exam except for those employees who provide results of blood tests or immunization documentation from their own health care providers. Any vaccinations required for these diseases will be given at no cost in our Occupational Health office.

Equal Opportunity Employer
Note: Job Postings are updated daily and remain online until filled.

EEO is the Law
Learn more:
https://www1.eeoc.gov/employers/upload/eeoc_self_print_poster.pdf
Important legal information
http://hrnt.jhu.edu/legal.cfm

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