University Economic Development Association
Title Economic Development Associate Director
Organization / Institution University of Iowa
City, State Iowa City, IA
Information The University of Iowa (UI), Office of the Vice President for Research (OVPR) seeks a highly motivated individual to serve as an Economic Development Associate Director. The Associate Director will work with the UI Research Foundation (UIRF), OVPR and John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center (JPEC) to identify UI faculty, staff and student entrepreneurs with commercialization potential in this three year term position. The Associate Director will assist clients in navigating through university, state and private sector complexities associated with technology commercialization and new company formation. Primary responsibility will be to act as a central contact point for UI faculty, staff and students regarding the facilitation of technology commercialization.

The University of Iowa is an internationally prominent public research university. Sponsored extramural funding has been increasing steadily for over two decades and with $466.5 M in FY 11. Nearly 70% of this funding is generated by the UI Carver College of Medicine and health science campus. In 2009, the University of Iowa ranked 13th in NIH funding for public medical schools. The University has a total operating budget in excess of $2B, enrolls 30,000 students in 11 colleges including Medicine, Liberals Arts and Sciences, Nursing, Public Health, Dentistry, Pharmacy, Law, Engineering and Education (of which 20,500 are undergraduate students). The UI also employs 14,000 full-time faculty and staff and operates a nationally regarded University Hospital and major interdisciplinary research centers across a variety of disciplines. The University of Iowa is located in Iowa City, a University community of about 70,000 with a cosmopolitan atmosphere, exceptional cultural resources, excellent public schools and libraries, and outstanding medical care. For additional information about the University and the Iowa City community, visit our website.

Required qualifications for the Economic Development Associate Director include:

  • A Master’s degree in an appropriate discipline or an equivalent combination of education and related experience.
  • Demonstrated experience, 3 – 5 years, with the life cycle of startup companies including bridging the academic research environment with new business development.
  • Knowledge of policies related to university processes such as conflict of interest, conflict of commitment, etc.
  • Ability to demonstrate professionalism and attention to detail.
  • Ability to work effectively with a wide-range of constituencies, including faculty, students and business stakeholders.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.

Desired qualifications include:

  • Experience with start-up company formation, SBIR/STTR grant writing and/or seeking investment capital to establish new companies.
  • Demonstrated commitment to customer service.

Additional information about this position is available through on line job posting using UI’s website (Requisition #60459). The University of Iowa is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.