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Best Practices Manager Position, Osage University Partners



Philadelphia-based venture capital firm Osage University Partners is looking for a Best Practices Manager to support its activities with its partner universities who are the sources of the companies in which the firm invests. The experience profile for the position includes an undergraduate degree and 3 to 5 years of university technology licensing or research analyst experience.

Company Description

Osage University Partners (“OUP”) is a unique venture fund that has partnered with leading universities and research institutions to invest in their most compelling spin-outs. Over 1,000 start-up companies are launched each year in the U.S. based upon university technologies, resulting in the creation of many notable companies. Osage has established relationships with over 90 top tier institutions, including our founding university partners Caltech, Columbia, Duke, University of Florida, Harvard, University of Michigan, Penn, UC Berkeley, and Yale, to exercise unique investment rights that those institutions hold in their start-ups.

These investments rights provide OUP with truly proprietary deal flow and, more importantly, unprecedented, rights-driven access to some of the most sought after, exciting, and oversubscribed investments funded by top-tier venture capital syndicates.  The portfolio to date is comprised of a mix of late stage and early stage companies (at the time of initial investment). We focus on all sectors of university-originated technology, including materials science, network security, software, electronics, energy, therapeutics, devices, and diagnostics. Our goal is to build a highly diversified portfolio across both sector and stage.

OUP I held its final close in January of 2011, raising its target of $100 million.  OUP II held its final close in March of 2015, raising an oversubscribed $215 million fund. OUP is currently raising its third fund targeting $250M, which is now oversubscribed. OUP expects to start investing out of this fund in early 2019. OUP has invested in over 80 companies, with multiple exits via M&A and IPO.

Osage University Partners is located in Bala Cynwyd, PA, just outside the Philadelphia city limits.

Position Description

Osage University Partners seeks a qualified candidate as our Best Practices Manager. The Manager will be part of a team devoted to maintaining and enhancing our relationships with our current and potential institutional partners, including evaluating new partnerships, managing and optimizing certain existing value-add programs, and creating and implementing new programs, leveraging our broad network across the university technology transfer ecosystem.

The Best Practices Manager will concentrate on services and programs associated with best practices for our university partners. Day-to-day responsibilities consist of coordinating and participating in reviews with institutions regarding their startups, preparing and conducting communications with select partner institutions, maintaining and tracking university contacts, and assisting with the development and management of value-add programs. These programs currently include a proprietary database of licensing terms, a series of educational seminars, an on-site venture capital education program, and engagement with our institutional partners’ researchers and startup communities. The Best Practices Manager will work on updates and improvements on the current offerings. New programs around licensing and the university startup ecosystem are contemplated that would fall under the responsibility of this position.

The position reports to the Senior Vice President for University Relations, but will work closely with Osage University Partners’ nine-person investment team and the Senior Manager for University Relations. Travel for the position may be up to once a month.

Experience Profile

  • Work experience: 3-5 years of experience
    • Work in a dynamic business environment
    • Projects completed above expectations
    • Proven relationship development experience
    • University technology transfer experience a plus
    • Business research and analysis experience preferred
  • Education experience:
    • Bachelor’s degree in science or business field
    • Advanced degree not required
    • Demonstrated record of exceptional academic performance

Skill Set

  • Highly productive
  • Team player
  • Extremely organized
  • Proactive and a self-starter
  • Multitasker
  • Strong communication skills, both written and verbal
  • Proficient in Excel

The position is based in Bala Cynwyd, Pennsylvania.

Application Instructions

Please email your resume to Kirsten Leute at