University of Alberta

Associate Director, Technology Management, Natural Sciences and Engineering

TEC Edmonton

Competition No.  -    A109235735
Closing Date  -    Will remain open until filled.

About TEC Edmonton:

Located at Enterprise Square in heart of downtown Edmonton, TEC Edmonton is a business accelerator that helps emerging technology companies grow successfully. As a joint venture of the University of Alberta and Edmonton Economic Development Corporation, TEC Edmonton operates the region’s largest incubator for early-stage technology companies and manages the commercialization of University of Alberta technologies. TEC Edmonton is also home to the TEC Innovation District, a vibrant street-level co-working space located in downtown Edmonton.

Providing services in health, information and communications technology, agriculture and bio resources, clean technologies, engineering, and energy, TEC Edmonton helps build and grow successful and sustainable knowledge-based ventures in the greater Edmonton region.

About the Position:

Reporting to the Vice President, Technology Management, this position heads the Natural Sciences and Engineering (NSE) team within TEC Edmonton’s Technology Management Group. The Technology Management group is responsible for the management of intellectual property, technology transfer, and commercialization activities for the University of Alberta and its inventors, as well as selected inventions created in the Greater Edmonton Region. Technology transfer is one of the avenues of transferring knowledge to the community so that social benefit can be realized through new technological advancements and through management of the arising outcomes and inventions.

Major Responsibilities:

  • Jointly manages gross patent expenditures in excess of $1 million per year
  • Jointly generates approximately $1 million in gross revenue per year
  • Recruits, trains, supervises, mentors, and provides oversight to four (4) Technology Management Officers
  • Manages innovations that may encompass a broad range of technology areas, including ICT, nanotechnology, cleantech, and agriculture
  • Chairs team meetings and ensures that intellectual property deadlines are met
  • Collaborates with the University and Greater Edmonton Region innovators to devise intellectual property strategy and technical development plans for early stage technologies, including budgets
  • Helps secure intellectual property protection and commercial partnership at the optimal time for each technology
  • Negotiates or manages the negotiation of a variety of intellectual property contracts (license, collaboration, spin-off company formation, etc.), including equity and other financial terms
  • Advises Research Services Office in negotiating and drafting non-standard intellectual property provisions for research agreements with industry
  • Ensures University technologies are marketed to potential industry partners through appropriate means
  • Ensures team meets revenue targets through conclusion of license contracts and successful completion of fee for service projects in the Greater Edmonton Region
  • Prepares commercialization plans for grant applications relevant to technology transfer
  • Prepares and maintains patent budget
  • Advises the CEO, TEC Edmonton Executive Team, and other units within the University of Alberta on strategic matters relating to intellectual property
  • Promotes TEC services to the Greater Edmonton Region
  • Collaborates with TEC Edmonton’s Business Development Group to successfully complete projects for external clients and to facilitate timely negotiation of contracts to establish University spin-off companies
  • Advises Faculty Deans (Engineering, Agriculture, and Science) on relevant projects and commercialization issues pertaining to each Faculty
  • Arranges and conducts information sessions to inform the University research community about intellectual property and the commercialization process
  • Engages with local community to promote collaborative opportunities with University


Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Science or Engineering; Graduate degree/MBA preferred
  • Minimum 5 years’ experience in technology/intellectual property management; preferably in an educational setting
  • Proven leadership skills and ability to work well within a team
  • Strong interpersonal skills with ability to build long-term relationships with diverse clients
  • Strong negotiation skills with ability to draft complex legal contracts
  • Strong organizational skills with an ability to manage multiple tasks and a portfolio of inventions at various stages
  • Acute analytical skills with ability to problem-solve and dispute-resolve in difficult situations
  • Proven experience in management of finance and budgeting
  • Well-versed in many areas of science
  • Current knowledge of industry receptors for licensing as well as patent, copyright, trademark , and contract law
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills

In accordance with the Temporary Administrative and Professional Staff agreement, this position has an initial appointment of one year from the date of hire, with the possibility of renewal, offers a comprehensive benefits package found at Faculty & Staff Benefits and annual salary commensurate with education and experience.

Although this position will remain open until a suitable candidate is found, please submit your application by June 7, 2018.

How to Apply

Apply Online

Note: Online applications are accepted until midnight Mountain Standard Time of the closing date.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. If suitable Canadian citizens or permanent residents cannot be found, other individuals will be considered.

The University of Alberta is committed to an equitable, diverse, and inclusive workforce. We welcome applications from all qualified persons. We encourage women; First Nations, Métis and Inuit persons; members of visible minority groups; persons with disabilities; persons of any sexual orientation or gender identity and expression; and all those who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas and the University to apply.