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Vice Chancellor of Innovation amp Entrepreneurship

Company name
University Of Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh, PA
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Reporting to Dr. Rutenbar, and supervising a staff of 46, the Vice Chancellor of Innovation & Entrepreneurship will be expected to encourage, sustain, and advance institutional efforts that will identify and promote the commercial and societal potential of faculty and student research, discovery, and creation. The Vice Chancellor will be expected to continue to foster and to catalyze industry and institutional relationships; to further advance the knowledge and technology developed at the University of Pittsburgh; to attract venture capital, foundations, and other early stage investment in the intellectual property spun out of the University; and, in partnership with the Office of Corporate Relationships, to pursue expanded relationships with the private sector. Chief among this individual’s responsibilities will be to:

- Establish strong relationships with Pitt faculty and students, understand the complexity of the science, technology or knowledge that they have created; and advocate on its behalf to the appropriate audience;

- Elevate the national and global standing of the Pitt innovation ecosystem and create greater interest in and access to its entrepreneurs;

- Serve as a representative on behalf of University of Pittsburgh to promote the faculty’s research and fuel economic development internally, regionally and beyond;

- Streamline and improve institutional policies and processes to reduce real or perceived barriers to innovation, and better encourage entrepreneurial endeavor among faculty and students;

- Educate Pitt inventors and entrepreneurs on the potential of their intellectual property and the best means to realize its value and benefit society;

- Seek and garner funds from Federal agencies and foundations interested in catalyzing innovation;

- Partner with Principal Investigators on grant proposals to satisfy and capitalize on translational and commercialization requirements;

- Oversee university-wide programs that develop and award seed funds to student-led ventures;

- Identify, receive, prioritize (assess the protectability and commercial potential of), and manage new invention disclosures and patent filings;

- Obtain and maintain intellectual property protection and marketing and licensing IP to commercial entities;

- Approve and sign licenses and other technology transfer agreements;

- Supervise and mentor professional staff to provide proactive and responsive service to all University constituencies;

- Manage the office budget; and,

- Communicate and collaborate closely with senior administrative officials and the governing board on business development-related activities.

To express interest in or learn more about the opportunity, please contact in confidence:

Education Required


Minimum Related Experience Level Required

15 years experience

Additional Education and/or Experience Essential to the Position

The Vice Chancellor of Innovation & Entrepreneurship should have a minimum of fifteen years of experience in technology advancement and transfer, with substantial knowledge in out-licensing. A minimum of five years in a management position is required. An undergraduate degree, preferably in a scientific discipline, is required, and preference will be given to candidates with a Ph.D., M.B.A., or J.D. This individual will have demonstrated success bridging the academic and commercial cultures, exceptional negotiation skills, outstanding written and verbal communication, and strong leadership and judgment. Ideal candidates will have an established network in the innovation economy and experience in advising others how best to realize value from their inventions.

From a cultural perspective, the Vice Chancellor should be adept at working in a highly collaborative environment with faculty, students, and staff to understand their needs and effectively analyze potential options with an eye towards value creation, commercialization, and successful entrepreneurship. This individual should be a self-starter with the interpersonal skills and abilities to proactively engage with a diverse community of researchers. Other desirable qualifications include:

- Working knowledge of intellectual property law, experience in the negotiation of complex technology licensing and related agreements, and an understanding of collaborative research agreements;

- Proven experience and success in the negotiation and conclusion of successful inter-institutional licensing and related agreements. This experience will have been gained from a position of responsibility in either an academic or commercial research environment;

- A demonstrated ability to communicate effectively with academic scientists and technologists as well as with executives in commercial organizations;

- Knowledge of current developments and trends in the biomedical science and engineering fields;

- Heightened intelligence, technical acumen, and strong business sense;

- A demonstrated leadership style that recognizes achievement through teamwork and a high level of collaboration by a professional staff serving diverse constituencies; and,

- An open and honest professional demeanor exhibiting unquestioned ethics and integrity.

Required Licenses/Certifications

Child Protection Clearances

The following PA Act 153 clearances and background checks may be required prior to commencement of employment and as a condition of continued employment: PA State Police Criminal Record Check,


Criminal Record Check, PA Child Abuse History Clearance.

Background Check

For position finalists, employment with the University will require successful completion of a background check.

Assignment Category

Regular, Full-Time

Percent Effort


Scheduled Work Hours

8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

If Varied Work Schedule, Please Specify

If Part Time, Actual Standard Weekly Hours



University Benefits

The University offers an excellent comprehensive benefits package for all full-time and part-time regular employees including:

• Education benefits and a retirement plan with employer match

• Group medical insurance, life insurance, and optional vision and dental insurance

• Free transit service within Allegheny County for employees of the Oakland campus (Port Authority Transit)

• Time off benefits including vacation, sick and personal time

For more information regarding the University’s benefits package, please visit

Company Profile
Founded in 1787, the University of Pittsburgh is one of the oldest institutions of higher education in the United States. Pitt people have defeated polio, unlocked the secrets of DNA, lead the world in organ transplantation, and pioneered TV and heavier-than-air flight, among numerous other accomplishments.

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