DIRECTOR OF INNOVATION AND ENTREPRENEURSHIP

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DIRECTOR OF INNOVATION AND ENTREPRENEURSHIP Office of the Vice-President (Research) (Permanent Position)
Memorial University (MUN) invites applications for the position of Director, Innovation and Entrepreneurship.
ABOUT THE EMPLOYER
Memorial University is a multi-campus, multidisciplinary, public, teaching and research university committed to excellence. We are an inclusive community dedicated to creativity, innovation and excellence in teaching and learning, research and scholarship, and to public engagement and service. We strive to have national and global impact, while fulfilling our social mandate to provide access to university education for the people of the province and to contribute to the social, cultural, scientific and economic development of Newfoundland and Labrador. More than 18,500 students spread across all campuses and via online technology are supported by approximately 5000 faculty and staff.
THE OPPORTUNITY
Reporting to the Vice-President (Research), you will be a member of the Vice-President (Research) Team [VPRT] which is a committee consisting of the VPR’s direct reports who work with the VPR to develop strategic direction for Research at Memorial University, as well as oversight/implementation of operational issues and objectives that are portfolio and/or unit-specific.
In collaboration with the university community, as Director, you will facilitate and support the strategy and long-term approach to advance Innovation and Entrepreneurship activities across the university and its interaction with the regional and national innovation ecosystem. This position will provide an exceptional opportunity to transform the university’s successful technology transfer program into a unique innovation management, entrepreneurial and technology commercialization ecosystem.
As Director, you will play a key role in the University’s Innovation Steering Committee, working collaboratively with a variety of university units and the university’s Separately Incorporated Entities (SIE’s) to build and solidify a network of university stakeholders with common goals relating to innovation and entrepreneurship. Directly supporting this committee, this position will coordinate and recommend agenda items and ensure appropriate assignment and follow through of action items. Complementing existing activities and resources within the university, this position will identify new partnership opportunities and establish and maintain effective relationships with industry, government and other key external stakeholders. In accordance with relevant university policies including the recently approved Intellectual Property policy, the Director will also manage inherent risks while leading the university’s business development efforts related to technological innovations, such as strategic evaluation, intellectual property protection, technology and knowledge transfer, disclosures of ideas and inventions from university employees including faculty, staff and students.
The Director will lead the operations of the Technology Transfer and Commercialization Office (TTCO). This position will also provide advice and assistance to faculty, staff and students engaged in research by explaining and interpreting complex matters pertaining to technology transfer and commercialization, as well as all related aspects of innovation and entrepreneurship. The Director will oversee the implementation of the key actions of Memorial University's Technology Transfer and Commercialization Strategy, including the identification and establishment of appropriate metrics to track the success of the Strategy and TTCO goals and objectives. This position will also provide leadership to the TTCO budget management and strategic fiscal direction, including Springboard reporting and application renewal.
THE CANDIDATE
You are an accomplished leader in the areas of technology commercialization, innovation and entrepreneurship and possess a graduate level degree. You have a thorough understanding of the provincial entrepreneurial ecosystem and the university community and a demonstrated ability to develop partnerships and work collaboratively with industry, government and other stakeholders to support commercialization and economic development. A strategic thinker with well-developed business acumen, you have a proven record of management and leadership effectiveness and the ability to build strong teams to strengthen organizational health. You have superior negotiation, communication and interpersonal skills, and you naturally build relationships based on listening, adding value and seeking solutions. An effective project and change manager, you have a collaborative approach, motivating, inspiring, and guiding people to achieve operational excellence. You are focused on realizing results and committed to innovation and continuous improvement by respectfully challenging others to think creatively.
THE REWARDS
Memorial University is a progressive employer at the forefront of the university sector in Canada, with competitive compensation and wide range of benefit programs. The work environment is stimulating and dynamic and employees are encouraged to partake in the diverse intellectual, cultural, social and recreational offerings.
SALARY $85,454 - $112,440 per annum CLOSING DATE September 6, 2019 COMPETITION NO. MUN00234
All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority. Memorial University is strongly committed to employment equity and especially welcomes applications from all qualified candidates, including women, members of visible minorities, Aboriginal persons, members of sexual minorities and persons with disabilities.
The personal information requested in your application is collected under the authority of the Memorial University Act (RSNL 1990 c M-7) for the purpose of identifying and recruiting candidates; assessing applicant qualifications; and maintaining records pertaining to the administration of employment with Memorial University of Newfoundland.
If you are a successful candidate, this information will form part of your permanent employment record and will be used for other activities related to the employment process. This information may be disclosed to government departments and agencies as legally required; and to third party service providers, as necessary to administer programs and activities.
If you have any questions about the collection, use and disclosure of the information on this form, please contact MyHR, Department of Human Resources, at (709) 864-2434.
Please be advised that we are unable to provide updates on current competitions.
We thank all applicants for their interest, however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.