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Innovation Asset Administrator at the University of Oregon


Job no: 531848

Work type: Officer of Administration

Location: Eugene, OR

Categories: Business Administration/Management, Information Technology, Research/Scientific/Grants

Department: Office of the Vice President for Research and Innovation

Appointment Type and Duration: Regular, Ongoing

Salary: $80,000 – $95,000 per year

Compensation Band: OS-OA08-Fiscal Year 2022-2023

FTE: 1.0

Application Review Begins

June 12, 2023; position open until filled

Special Instructions to Applicants

With your online application, please upload a resume and a cover letter describing how you meet the minimum requirements, professional competencies, and any preferred qualifications. You will also be asked to enter the names and contact information of three professional references; candidates will be notified prior to contacting references.

Department Summary

The Office of the Vice President for Research and Innovation (OVPRI) serves as an advocate and catalyst within the University for expanding the range and impact of UO’s research, scholarship, and creative endeavors. The OVPRI oversees sponsored programs, research compliance, technology transfer, economic development, industry engagement, research-based ventures, and research development and administrative responsibility for numerous high-profile research centers and institutes and core research facilities, which provide opportunities for faculty across the university to collaborate on research efforts that are inherently interdisciplinary, and of significant societal importance. As a university that holds the distinction of a “very high research activity” ranking in the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education, the UO is also one of only two Pacific Northwest members of the Association of American Universities (AAU). Visit to learn more.

Industry, Innovation, and Translation (IIT), a unit within the Office of the Vice President for Research and Innovation (OVPRI), helps researchers pursue and disclose inventions and other intellectual property-based assets that show the potential to provide commercial solutions to societal problems. Through IIT’s new Translational Opportunity Program (TOP), researchers can receive mentorship from industry sector experts; work with students in the Lundquist College of Business MBA program to analyze potential markets, evaluate business viability, and identify marketing strategies; and pursue translational research/prototype development with funding from OVPRI’s Translational Opportunity Fund. Once intellectual property is vetted through TOP, IIT licenses it to either a third-party corporation or to Launch Oregon to create a startup company that will bring the technology to market.

The OVPRI is committed to a respectful work environment. We value the cultural, educational, and life experiences of each employee. We believe that a diverse workforce enables us to deliver culturally responsive services to all members of our community. As part of our commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion, we welcome, respect, and foster a sense of belonging for a wide range of identities and experiences in our workforce. We strongly encourage applications from members of historically underrepresented racial/ethnic groups, women, individuals with disabilities, veterans, and/or LGBTQIA+ community members.

Position Summary

The core responsibility of the Innovation Asset Administrator (IAA) is to coordinate all activities associated with the University of Oregon’s intellectual property and agreement portfolio. The IAA is the University of Oregon’s intellectual property coordinator, and work will include supervision and support of innovation disclosure processing, intellectual property tracking, federal reporting, managing annuity services, and processing related legal documents (e.g. patent applications, assignments, declarations, and license, option, teaming, confidentiality, royalty sharing, and other agreements, etc.). This position will also work with IIT project managers to implement copyright registrations, trademark registrations, and the maintenance of existing patents.

The IAA is responsible for managing and supervising the Industry, Innovation & Translation (IIT) database including the asset management noted above and the recording and management of commercialization and other agreements (including financial directives and distribution of royalties). The IAA leads and manages the IIT Online Project Management Tool that organizes rights and revenue management on a project basis for externally funded projects and other projects as recommended by the Office of the Vice President for Research and Innovation.

This is a full-time position located in Eugene, Oregon reporting to the AVP of IIT, collaborating with Associate Directors with respect to applicable portfolios. The IAA will support other projects and programs in furtherance of IIT’s goals and mission as assigned and delegated by the VPRI.

Minimum Requirements

  • A bachelor’s degree, or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Five years of work experience in technology transfer, intellectual property management, or relevant field, including experience in a research project(s) industry or an institution of higher education.

We are most interested in finding the best candidate for the job, and that candidate may be one who comes with relevant transferable skills from a variety of sources and experiences. If you are interested in applying, we encourage you to think broadly about your background and skill set for the role.

Professional Competencies

  • Familiarity or experience working with patents, copyrights, or licensing (including as obtained in a paralegal/legal secretary context, or similar relevant experience).
  • Demonstrated knowledge of state, federal, university, and agency regulations and guidelines for research administration and compliance with federal regulations and policies.
  • Demonstrated impeccable analytical, interpersonal, and communication skills, as well as high ethical standards, mature judgment, and the capacity to foster constructive outcomes in a complex environment involving an array of distinct stakeholders from diverse backgrounds.
  • Demonstrated ability to develop comfortable and productive relationships with academic scientists and science/tech industry representatives.
  • Excellent customer service orientation.
  • Demonstrated ability to build consensus and work in complex teams across divisions.
  • Demonstrated ability and inclination to work as a leader and member of a team.

Preferred Qualifications

  • J.D. or an equivalent combination of education and experience, or other advanced education in the Social Sciences/Humanities.
  • Experience with Inteum software or related innovation management software/tools for reporting, data management, and intellectual property tracking.
  • Experience in entrepreneurship, start-up management, and/or other educational programming in the innovation space.

FLSA Exempt: Yes

All offers of employment are contingent upon successful completion of a background inquiry.

The University of Oregon is proud to offer a robust benefits package to eligible employees, including health insurance, retirement plans and paid time off. For more information about benefits, visit

The University of Oregon is an equal opportunity, affirmative action institution committed to cultural diversity and compliance with the ADA. The University encourages all qualified individuals to apply, and does not discriminate on the basis of any protected status, including veteran and disability status. The University is committed to providing reasonable accommodations to applicants and employees with disabilities. To request an accommodation in connection with the application process, please contact us at or 541-346-5112.

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