Assistant Vice President for Research Translation and Commercialization

Colorado State University
Fort Collins, Colorado, United States
06 Jan 2018
End of advertisement period
03 Feb 2018
Contract Type
Full Time

Description of Work Unit

Colorado State University is recognized as one of the premier research institutions and routinely ranks in the top of all American Universities in research expenditures. The Office of the Vice President for Research has overall responsibility for facilitating the research enterprise at Colorado State University. The Office works to encourage and support the development, marketing and application of Colorado State University’s intellectual property and our world-renowned researchers, students and facilities.


The Office of the Vice President for Research will enable the University, its faculty, staff and students to emerge as a world-class research institution complementing our learning, service and outreach missions.


The Office of the Vice President for Research will lead the 21st Century Land-Grant mission of Colorado State University by fostering and supporting the research enterprise, promoting scholarship and artistry, instilling a culture of integrity, and capitalizing on opportunities to address global challenges.

Position Summary

The Assistant Vice President for Research Translation and Commercialization reports directly to the Vice President for Research (VPR) and will serve as the University primary point of contact for translating CSU research and scholarly products into corporate opportunities through industry-based relations, engagement, sponsored research and public-private partnerships. As primary point of contact, the position will serve as a developmental resource to nurture, create and maintain a sustained focus on private sector partnerships and industry relationships in an effort to promote industry business with focus on sponsored research opportunities and partnerships. This position will also serve as a resource to provide guidance and support to OVPR leadership as well as CSU cabinet members deans, department heads, and faculty to strategically build and align various components of industry collaborations and economic development with CSU research interests to form long-term, successful public-private collaborative research partnerships in keeping with the intent of the University Strategic Plan.

Required Job Qualifications

  1. Advanced degree in a business/research related field;
  2. 5 years of technology/science industry experience;
  3. 10 years of senior management or business development experience within industry or a similar position in non profit or academia;
  4. 10 years of extensive private sector research and grant experience;
  5. 10 years direct experience collaborating with regional, state and/or global economic development of organizations and agencies;
  6. Demonstrated capacity to increase public/private relationships with working knowledge of business metrics, dashboards, and performance benchmarking techniques;
  7. Working knowledge of research regulatory and compliance rules, guidelines, procedures, processes and laws;
  8. Working knowledge of export control laws and associated licensing processes
  9. Experience with innovative approaches to alliance-building and public-private partnerships

Preferred Job Qualifications

  1. Industry business development, strategic partnership, and/or commercialization of research experience;
  2. Extensive existing connections to nationally/globally-based capital sources including venture capital firms, private equity firms, investment bankers and angel investors;
  3. Extensive knowledge of academic units, organizational capabilities, research programs, resources and their relationships;
  4. Extensive industry contacts within multiple industry sectors/vertical markets;
  5. Start-up experience in a leadership role;
  6. Experience interacting directly with senior executives from industry and their associated boards
  7. Hands-on experience collaborating with regional and statewide economic development organizations and agencies

Diversity Statement

Reflecting departmental and institutional values, candidates are expected to have the ability to advance the Department’s commitment to diversity and inclusion.

Essential Duties

Job Duty Category Industry Partnerships Duty/Responsibility

  1. Identifying key performance metrics for industry sponsored research and relations, benchmarking CSU’s prior and current progress against these metrics and compared to CSU’s peer institutions, establishing stretch goals for the research enterprise against this set of metrics, and tracking and reporting on future progress against these metrics and rankings to OVPR and CSU leadership;
  2. Reviewing current CSU policies, procedures, legal agreement templates such as the Master Research & Development Agreement, and other infrastructural items related to industry engagement, and recommending any potential changes and new, progressive models for enhanced collaborations and customer/partner satisfaction;
  3. Assessing and cataloging CSU’s research and core facilities, laboratories and incubator space in the context of industry sponsored research and collaborative developments to provide a critical “toolset” for ongoing and future industry collaborations with CSU;
  4. Assisting CSU and its colleges to form long-term, successful public-private collaborative research partnerships (and joint ventures through CSURF) with industry, and seeking innovative new funding opportunities to support and augment these efforts, such as Kauffman Foundation grants and the NSF Grant Opportunities for Academic Liaison with Industry (“GOALI”) program which foster greater industry collaborations, faculty training and sabbatical opportunities within industry, and experiential student internships, and business partnership programs such as the Small Business Innovation Research (“SBIR”) and Small Business Technology Transfer (“STTR”) federal programs;
  5. Working closely with CSU’s commercialization entity, CSU Ventures, and related affiliates (CSURF) to foster an entrepreneurial culture within CSU and its faculty and students, and with the city of Ft. Collins, the surrounding region, and the state of Colorado as a whole by helping to create and mature new technology businesses, create sustainable strategic partnerships, better preparing (and assist) young businesses and start-ups with external fundraising/investments from venture capital firms, strategic/corporate investors and individuals/angel investors;
  6. Promoting greater networking opportunities for faculty, students, university administrators, government officials, business leaders, investors, and Colorado’s economic development leaders around the theme of business development;
  7. Representing OVPR and CSU on private and public sector boards, such as economic development entities, the state’s Venture Capital Authority (VCA), regional business accelerator (Rocky Mountain Innosphere), industry trade associations, and other boards and committees deemed by the Vice President for Research to be important and critical to the success of the office and the university in its public service and outreach mission;
  8. Collaborating with state and federal agencies to:
    1. promote enhanced industry interactions with Colorado’s public institutions,
    2. explore and assist with new legislation directed toward encouraging industry-university collaborative research such as new tax incentive programs, grants, and other forms of business and academic assistance,
    3. assist the colleges with collaborative opportunities among Colorado’s research institutions and with federal laboratories,
    4. better assist Colorado’s small businesses through innovative research and commercialization partnerships and access to funding, and
    5. provide assistance to the state and region in recruiting new companies to Colorado, provide assistance whenever possible to help retain existing Colorado businesses, and promote new business creation within the state of Colorado

Percentage Of Time 80 Job Duty Category Oversight of the Research Acceleration Office (RAO) Duty/Responsibility

  1. Oversee and manage OVPR’s Research Acceleration Office (RAO)
  2. Provide support to all colleges and divisions for research development, teaming, complex proposal assistance, and education and training;
  3. Provide oversight for the OVPR Catalyst (CIP) and pre-Catalyst (PRECIP) programs.

Percentage Of Time 10 Job Duty Category Oversight of CSU’s classified research activity Duty/Responsibility

  1. Oversee and grow CSU’s classified research
  2. Provide support to the colleges for clearances, education and other support

Percentage Of Time 5 Job Duty Category Support OVPR’s HARP, INSTAR and PROPEL initiatives Duty/Responsibility

  1. Support the OVPR through leadership and contributions through INSTAR, PROPEL and HARP
  2. Continue to improve and streamline research processes across the enterprise.

Percentage Of Time 5

Application Details

Special Instructions to Applicants

To ensure full consideration, interested applicants must submit a cover letter which addresses how professional experiences align with identified required and preferred qualifications of the position, resume or CV and the name of three references by 11:59 p.m. on February 12, 2018.

References will not be contacted without prior notification of candidates.

Conditions of Employment

Pre-employment Criminal Background Check (required for new hires)

Search Contact Patsy Harlan,

EEO Statement

Colorado State University is committed to providing an environment that is free from discrimination and harassment based on race, age, creed, color, religion, national origin or ancestry, sex, gender, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or pregnancy and will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. Colorado State University is an equal opportunity/equal access/affirmative action employer fully committed to achieving a diverse workforce and complies with all Federal and Colorado State laws, regulations, and executive orders regarding non-discrimination and affirmative action. The Office of Equal Opportunity is located in 101 Student Services.

The Title IX Coordinator is the Executive Director of the Office of Support and Safety Assessment, 123 Student Services Building, Fort Collins, CO 80523 -2026, (970) 491-7407.

The Section 504 and ADA Coordinator is the Associate Vice President for Human Capital, Office of Equal Opportunity, 101 Student Services Building, Fort Collins, CO 80523-0160, (970) 491-5836.

Background Check Policy Statement

Colorado State University (CSU) strives to provide a safe study, work, and living environment for its faculty, staff, volunteers and students. To support this environment and comply with applicable laws and regulations, CSU conducts background checks. The type of background check conducted varies by position and can include, but is not limited to, criminal (felony and misdemeanor) history, sex offender registry, motor vehicle history, financial history, and/or education verification. Background checks will be conducted when required by law or contract and when, in the discretion of the university, it is reasonable and prudent to do so.