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Director of Innovation

San Jose State University
California, United States
Salary Not Specified
Posted Date
Mar 16, 2022

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Administrative, Academic Affairs, Faculty Affairs, Business & Administrative Affairs, Other Business & Administrative Affairs, Legal Affairs, Executive, Executive Directors, Other Executive
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Full Time
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Job Summary

The Director of Innovation will lead the implementation of the strategic plan supporting innovation, technology transfer, commercialization and economic development activities. The Director will promote the generation of SJSU intellectual property (IP) and industry sponsored research engagements, and will nurture and support the formation of startups and the eventual commercialization of technology. The Director will have contacts in the entrepreneurial ecosystem in Silicon Valley and beyond to connect our faculty and students with the right training, research sponsorship, development and venture support opportunities. The Director’s leadership role will involve the establishment of strategies, priorities, policies, and procedures for the innovation programs at SJSU. The Director will use excellent judgment in making risk- and evidence-based decisions that affect programs or the campus as a whole. The Director serves as the primary representative of the Office of Innovation and SJSU at various local, state and national meetings on innovation and entrepreneurship.

Key Responsibilities
  • Build and lead the technology transfer activity including all the development of policies, programs, and operational procedures that will help build, promote and eventually monetize a strong IP portfolio
  • Develop and conduct educational programs designed to train SJSU faculty and students about technology transfer matters including invention disclosures, patents, licensing and confidentiality
  • Develop new innovation and entrepreneurship programs and support existing ones across campus, including: startup challenges, innovation labs, maker programs, coaching/mentoring, incubators, accelerators, and venture funding programs
  • Develop and deliver new programs and resources tailored to the needs of emerging interdisciplinary startup teams as well as the expansion of innovation culture across campus
  • Develop concrete research and innovation partnership models and identify target audiences for collaborative research and innovation programs
Knowledge, Skills & Abilities
  • Excellent oral, written, and interpersonal communication skills
  • Thorough knowledge of patent law, copyright law and USPTO/international patent filing and prosecution process
  • Negotiation skills and strategic thinking requisite for sustained, high-level interactions with university researchers, government agencies, industry and other private sector entities
  • Ability to write reports, policies, guidelines and procedures with extensive use of software tools
  • Ability to travel for in person meetings and conferences
  • Strong supervisory and management skills
Required Qualifications
  • Master’s Degree
  • A minimum of six (6) years of experience in strategic management of intellectual property and startup innovation ecosystem programming with a minimum of three (3) years in a university environment
  • Working knowledge of intellectual property law, major areas of scientific advancement, technology marketing, sponsored research, investment strategies, and/or business law and processes
  • Progressive leadership experience either in a university technology transfer office or within industry leadership positions responsible for new ventures
Preferred Qualifications
  • PhD in Science or Engineering, JD
  • Experience managing a technology transfer or innovation office
  • Supervising direct reports who work in a high pressure, deadline-driven environment
  • Proven industry, investment, and/or small enterprise experience
  • Experience in key functional areas, such as company formation, licensing, commercialization, and deal structuring
  • Involvement in national associations relating to intellectual property and technology management
  • Involvement in regional innovation ecosystem programs and networks


Classification: Administrator III
Hiring Range: Commensurate with experience

San José State University offers employees a comprehensive benefits package typically worth 30-35% of your base salary. For more information on programs available, please see the Employee Benefits Summary .

Application Procedure

Click Apply Now to complete the SJSU Online Employment Application and attach the following documents:
  • Resume
  • Letter of Interest
All applicants must apply within the specified application period: March 16, 2022 through April 17, 2022 . This position is open until filled; however, applications received after screening has begun will be considered at the discretion of the university.

Contact Information

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CSU Vaccination Policy

The CSU requires faculty, staff, and students who are accessing campus facilities to be immunized against COVID-19 or declare a medical or religious exemption from doing so. Any candidates advanced in a currently open search process should be prepared to comply with this requirement as a condition of employment. The system wide policy can be found at and questions may be sent to .

Additional Information

Satisfactory completion of a background check (including a criminal records check) is required for employment. SJSU will issue a contingent offer of employment to the selected candidate, which may be rescinded if the background check reveals disqualifying information, and/or it is discovered that the candidate knowingly withheld or falsified information. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the continued employment of a current CSU employee who was offered the position on a contingent basis.

The standard background check includes: criminal check, employment and education verification. Depending on the position, a motor vehicle and/or credit check may be required. All background checks are conducted through the university's third party vendor, Accurate Background. Some positions may also require fingerprinting. SJSU will pay all costs associated with this procedure. Evidence of required degree(s) or certification(s) will be required at time of hire.


All San José State University employees are considered mandated reporters under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and are required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment.

Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Crime Statistics Act and Campus Housing Fire Safety Notification:

Pursuant to the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, the Annual Security Report (ASR) is also now available for viewing at The ASR contains the current security and safety-related policy statements, emergency preparedness and evacuation information, crime prevention and Sexual Assault prevention information, and information about drug and alcohol prevention programming. The ASR also contains statistics of Clery crimes for San José State University locations for the three most recent calendar years. A paper copy of the ASR is available upon request by contacting the Office of the Clery Director by phone at 408-924-1501 or by email at .

Pursuant to the Higher Education Opportunity Act, the Annual Fire Safety Report (AFSR) is also available for viewing at . The purpose of this report is to disclose statistics for fires that occurred within SJSU on-campus housing facilities for the three most recent calendar years, and to distribute fire safety policies and procedures intended to promote safety on Campus. A paper copy of the AFSR is available upon request by contacting the Housing Office by phone at 408-795-5600 or by email at .

Equal Employment Statement

San José State University (SJSU) is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer committed to nondiscrimination on the basis of age, ancestry, citizenship status, color, creed, disability, ethnicity, gender, genetic information, marital status, medical condition, national origin, race, religion or lack thereof, sex, sexual orientation, transgender, or protected veteran status consistent with applicable federal and state laws. This policy applies to all SJSU students, faculty and staff programs and activities. Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, and certain other federal and state laws, prohibit discrimination on the basis of sex in all education programs and activities operated by the university (both on and off campus).

Advertised: March 16, 2022 (9:00 AM) Pacific Daylight Time
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