Director of Industry Partnerships – University of Kansas Office of Economic Development

At the University of Kansas (KU), innovative research happens every day. Faculty explore questions in bioscience, engineering, human development, communications and more. KU empowers researchers to bring their ideas and technology to the global community — transforming + saving lives and making businesses work better.

Points of Pride:

  • Over $500M in research expenditures in 2023
  • 50 Startup companies created from KU discoveries
  • One of the top 100 universities for patent activity in the US according to the National Academy of Inventors
  • Broad Corporate Partnerships that include the following engagement activities: workforce, capstone projects, sponsored research, fee-for-service, technology licensing, sponsorship and advisory boards
  • KU Innovation Park and the Crossing at KU combine for a live, work, play research park that is home to over 45 partnering companies.  KU Innovation Park

Read more about the Office of Economic Development: KU Office of Economic Development

Position Summary

  • Organization: The University of Kansas
  • Title: Director of Industry Partnerships
  • Salary range: $110,000-$140,000, commensurate with experience
  • Work environment & Location: Hybrid-Ideally reside Lawrence/Kansas City region
  • Visa Sponsorship: Yes

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Living & Working in Lawrence, Kansas

From the University of Kansas: The city of Lawrence lies in the Kaw Valley, bordered on the north and south by the Kansas (Kaw) and Wakarusa rivers, and overlooked by Mount Oread, the hill on which the KU campus is built. Early settlers called the hill “Hogback Ridge,” but it was later renamed after the Oread Academy in Worcester, Massachusetts. The word “oread” comes from Greek, meaning “mountain nymph.”

Because it is a small city (90,000 people) with a large student population, Lawrence has a small town, friendly atmosphere as well as many of the attractions of a big city. It is known for its art and music scene, along with its wide array of local specialty shops, cafés, and restaurants. In addition, Lawrence is a short one-hour drive to Kansas City, a metropolitan area with a population of over 1.5 million.

Read more about Lawrence here: Explore Lawrence

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