Associate VP – Tech Commercialization at The Ohio State University

Associate VP – Tech Commercialization at The Ohio State University

Job Type
Posting Date
October 23, 2018
Location of Position

Columbus, OH

Company Summary

For 144 years, The Ohio State University's campus in Columbus has been the stage for academic achievement and a laboratory for innovation. It's where friendships are forged. It's where rivalries and revelry are born.

The university's main campus is one of America's largest and most comprehensive. As Ohio's best and one of the nation's top-20 public universities, Ohio State is further recognized by a top-rated academic medical center and a premier cancer hospital and research center. As a land-grant university, Ohio State has a physical presence throughout the state, with campuses and research centers located around Ohio.

Duties and Responsibilities

The Ohio State University supports creativity, innovation, commercialization, and entrepreneurship as essential components of an academic research institution and crucial factors needed to accomplish the mission of a land-grant university.  At Ohio State, the assembly of 15 different colleges on one campus offers possibilities for multidisciplinary teams to address complex technological and social issues, through novel solutions and breakthroughs by incorporating multiple perspectives, backgrounds, and sources of expertise. Students and faculty are key to everything we do.

The Corporate Engagement Office seeks a highly motivated and proven leader to build, develop and sustain the Technology Commercialization Office (TCO). The Associate Vice President (AVP) will lead a diverse TCO team responsible for cultivating and overseeing innovative, collaborative processes for commercializing innovation originating at the university. Forging internal collaborations across Ohio State and development of the TCO leadership team is of paramount importance. The continually changing expectations of students and faculty demand continually evolving approaches that will allow them to compete at the highest levels in a global economy. The AVP will work closely with units and individuals across Ohio State to assure that broad-ranging ideas are merged with those of industry, community, and individuals outside the university to optimize the Ohio State approach to successful commercialization and all its derived benefits.

Responsibilities include driving transformative and sustainable initiatives to facilitate the translation of new discoveries into commercial products that benefit society, impact global public health, and improve the overall quality of life. The AVP will lead a university-wide transformation in the way commercialization is perceived and conducted at The Ohio State University.

Position Requirements


Master’s Degree in business administration, STEMM, or field related to innovation/licensing/technology transfer/technology management.   Proven track record in a leadership position overseeing licensing, innovation, commercialization, venture investing and/or deal structuring. Managed a patent portfolio. Evidence of advocacy for diversity and inclusion. Able to run the business of technology commercialization; can understand and explain financial statements and budgets. Relevant knowledge of the sciences and experience working with researchers and engineers across various disciplines. A record of successful leadership and management experience within a large, complex organization building high-performing teams. Generally considered to be a person who is good to work with and is respected by others. A person team members view as an excellent leader. Proven change agent. Demonstrated ability to interact successfully with faculty, students, and highly skilled professionals. Progressive leadership experience in either a university technology transfer office or industry leadership position responsible for innovation, technology development, and technology commercialization. P&L responsibility in a large organization. Evidence of setting priorities and leading in a dynamic, fast-paced environment.  Demonstrated interpersonal skills; able to diffuse issues; able to coalesce teams to solve big problems or capitalize on large opportunities; a team player whose ego does not impede collaboration. Proven analytical and strategic thinking skills. Demonstrated ability to synthesize disparate information and identify trends or anomalies to help inform strategy development. Proven success in building trust-based relationships and facilitation with senior executives, faculty, staff, administrators, and business leaders throughout their ecosystem. Experienced selling their ideas and overcoming barriers and objections.

Required Experience


Understanding of issues and challenges associated with research and development in a university setting. Trained in negotiating strategies. Multi-year member of Licensing Executives Society (LES). Advanced LES training in technology licensing.

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The Ohio State University is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation or gender identity, national origin, disability status, or protected veteran status.