Director, Technology Commercialization Office

Job Level
Senior position
Job Category
  • Curriculum / Program
  • Information Technology
Job Status
Areas of Responsibility
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Research
  • Support / Help desk

Grand Valley State University seeks a permanent, 0.5 FTE Director (20 hours a week). The Director of the Technology Commercialization Office, reports directly to the Vice Provost for Research Administration. The Director will oversee Grand Valley State University’s Technology and Commercialization Office which manages GVSU's growing portfolio of inventions and licenses, supports the entrepreneurial and applied research efforts of faculty, students, and staff. The Director facilitates collaborations between GVSU and other institutions (for- and not-for-profit), and leads continuous improvement efforts for Technology Commercialization best practices.   

Essential Functions

  • Include educating faculty/researchers/inventors about, and guiding them through, the technology commercialization process, evaluating new technology disclosures and pursuing patent protection of those with commercial promise.

  • Marketing promising technologies to appropriate commercial development partners, including startups, and negotiating licensing agreements with companies willing to invest in translating GVSU's technology into products. 

  • Handling MTAs, NDAs, DUA's.

  • Helping negotiate industry-sponsored research agreements.

  • Recruiting client/tenants into incubator space.

  • Integrating work with the Office of Sponsored Programs.

  • Managing the technology transfer and industry engagement database.

Non-Essential Functions

Not Applicable

Required Qualifications

  • Master-level trained Individual.

  • Demonstrated knowledge and experience in negotiating business contracts, including industry-sponsored research and technology licensing.

  • Demonstrated ability to interact effectively with academic faculty, administrators, technology commercialization colleagues, and members of industry.

  • Demonstrated ability to lead people and attain results through others.

  • Excellent analytical, marketing, negotiation, and leadership skills.

  • Strong industrial and legislative network.

  • Must be a self-starter capable of handling a docket of highly technical inventions, managing a complex patent and business-sponsored project portfolio, and marketing and licensing of technology with minimal supervision.

  • Experience in project management and successfully leading a multi-disciplinary team through implementation.

  • Personal attributes such as strong leadership and communication skills, high levels of creativity and energy, an ability to inspire others, integrity, and respect for all individuals. 

Preferred Qualifications

  • Earned doctorate in a research-based discipline.

  • Knowledge and experience in life sciences or physical sciences.

  • Experience in funding early stage technology commercialization.

  • Experience in marketing and licensing of intellectual property.

Campus: Allendale

Salary: Position is permanent, part-time at 0.5FTE employment class AC (20 hours a week). GVSU is an employer of choice with excellent benefits. Salary is commensurate with qualifications and relevant experience.

Application Deadline: Open until filled

How to apply: Apply online at and select "Apply now". Include a cover letter, resume (or CV), transcripts, and a list of three references.  The online system will allow you to attach additional documents electronically. If you have any questions or need assistance, call Human Resources at 616-331-2215. Grand Valley State University is an affirmative action, equal opportunity institution.

Grand Valley State University is guided by values for inclusiveness and community which are integral to our mission to educate students to shape their lives, their professions, and their societies, and to enrich the community through excellent teaching, active scholarship, and public service. The University is an affirmative action, equal opportunity institution. It encourages diversity and provides equal opportunity in education, employment, all of its programs, and the use of its facilities. Members of the University community, including candidates for employment or admissions, and visitors or guests have the right to be free from acts of harassment and discrimination, including sexual misconduct, which are prohibited if they discriminate or harass on the basis of age, color, disability, familial status, height, marital status, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sex/gender (including gender identity and expression), sexual orientation, veteran or active duty military status or weight. The University will provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities. See [Include the following for job advertisements:] TDD Callers: Call Michigan Relay Center 1-800-649-3777.

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. Must have the physical stamina to work long hours and/or more than 5 days per week. The requirements listed are representative of the knowledge, skill and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. The information contained in this job description is for compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act as amended by the ADA Amendment Act (2008), Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and other applicable federal and state laws that prohibit discrimination on the basis of disability. GVSU will provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities upon request.

Advertised: Eastern Standard Time
Applications close: Open until filled