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Director, UNCW Office of Innovation and Commercialization


The Director of the Office of Innovation and Commercialization (OIC) leads and manages the OIC to facilitate, enhance, and grow technology transfer activities at UNCW. The Director is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the OIC, as well as strategic planning for the unit. The Director will have signature authority for confidentiality agreements and material transfer agreements.

The Director is part of the Research and Innovation Service Team (RIST) leadership, and serves on various university committees including the UNCW Patent Committee, and the UNCW Research and Innovation Counsel. The Director also works with the UNCW Research Foundation, an associated entity to support research and innovation activities.

Minimum Requirements

Post-baccalaureate credentials of a master’s degree or higher is required, although a bachelor’s degree plus alternative or equivalent professional training and experience may be substituted for the advanced degree on an exceptional basis.

Knowledge, skills, and abilities required to perform the essential functions of the position

  • Advanced degree in Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics OR MBA or Law Degree.
  • Minimum 10 years of experience with tech transfer.
  • Knowledge of US Intellectual Property Laws.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills; Demonstrated ability to positively lead a diverse group of professionals; Supervisory skills and experience, and demonstrated ability to work constructively, collaboratively, and diplomatically with many diverse individuals and groups both within and outside the University are expected.
  • Active membership in Association of University Technology Managers and/or Licensing Executives Society (USA/Canada).
  • Experience working in higher education setting.
  • Registered Technology Transfer Professional designation.

Preferred formal education, professional skills and work experience

  • Certified Licensing Professional designation.
  • Successful experience organizing and conducting training and education workshops, and presentations on IP and tech transfer.

The Office of Innovation and Commercialization (OIC) is UNCW’s commercialization and technology transfer office. The OIC serves as an integrated resource for the UNCW Research community (faculty/staff/students). The office is responsible for identifying, supporting, and enhancing the commercialization of technologies and solutions from the UNCW Community. UNCW encourages and supports technology transfer to (1) stimulate economic growth and development, (2) increase the impact of the university’s research and development activities, (3) grow and develop industrial relations, and (4) support high-quality learning opportunities for students.

The OIC serves several key functions:

  • Identifying UNCW intellectual property, and helping to educate the faculty, staff, and students about technology transfer opportunities and process.
  • Protect, promote, and manage UNCW intellectual property, including copyright, patents, and licensing/equity decisions at UNCW.
  • Collaborates with the Sponsored Programs and Research Compliance office and Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship to assist with proposals for extramural funding that have a business component.
  • Assists with screening agreements, collaborative/teaming agreements, material transfer agreements, and non-disclosure agreements.
  • Collaborates with the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship to help find the appropriate business solutions for UNCW generated intellectual property, conducts market assessment studies, providing referrals for incubator space, and providing various types of support including early stage financing.
  • Develops relationships with industry and collaborates with regional and state economic development agencies.
  • Assists with sales, marketing, and out-licensing of commercially-ready innovations (patentable or non-patentable).

The OIC is a part of the UNCW Research and Innovation Services Team, and works closely with other support units including the Sponsored Programs and Research Compliance office, Research Integrity Office, the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, and Marine Biotechnology in North Carolina (MARBIONC).

The University of North Carolina Wilmington, the state’s coastal university, is dedicated to learning through the integration of teaching and mentoring with research and service. Guided by our Strategic Plan, the university is committed to nurturing a campus culture that reflects its values of diversity and globalization, ethics and integrity, and excellence and innovation. A public institution with nearly 17,000 students, the university is focused on supporting and enhancing the student-centered learning experience that has been a hallmark since its founding in 1947. UNCW offers an array of programs at the baccalaureate and master’s levels, and doctoral programs in marine biology, educational leadership, psychology and nursing practice. UNCW is one of the 17 institutions that make up the UNC System.

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