Partnerships Development Officer

Reporting to the Director, Research and Innovation Partnerships, the Partnerships Development Officer (PDO) plays a primary role in the business development continuum of knowledge mobilization: (i) identifying and driving partnerships, sponsored research and experiential learning opportunities, (ii) delivering technology transfer activities, and (iii) supporting entrepreneurs, startups and small-medium sized enterprises (SMEs) in Eastern Ontario. Committed to equity, diversity and inclusion the PDO is responsible for enhancing the development of strategic collaborative relationships between Queen’s University, its faculty members and graduate students, and external organizations including the private sector, community entities, non-governmental organizations, and the public sector in supporting the University's research, intellectual property, technology transfer, and economic development activities.

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  • Advanced working knowledge or domain experience in several of the following: artificial intelligence, software, cybersecurity, big data, defense, transportation (aerospace, rail, urban transit, autonomous vehicles, etc.), cleantech, systems integration, advanced manufacturing and robotics, and/or data analytics ideally in private and or public sectors.
  • University Degree in Engineering (any discipline), Computer Science, or Commerce with evidence of strong technical knowledge and skills; PhD preferred.
  • Experience in building and advancing research programs and projects.
  • Experience in a leadership role.
  • Experience in developing and disseminating communications to effectively market products and services.
  • Experience with several of the following knowledge mobilization activities: industry liaison, business development, research partnership development, proposal development, technology licensing, entrepreneurship and startup support/mentorship.
  • Demonstrated ability to build partnerships, collaborations or other knowledge mobilization transactions.
  • Demonstrated ability to effectively engage multiple stakeholders, negotiate potential collaborations, and manage complex projects.
  • Experience using and leveraging Customer Relationship Management tools to inform actions and decision making.
  • Must be able to attend various conferences and meetings, which will require out-of-town travel and nights away from home.
  • A minimum 7 years’ relevant knowledge mobilization and industry research partnerships experience required.
  • Ability to speak and communicate in French is an asset.
  • Consideration will be given to an equivalent combination of education and experience