Director of Technology Transfer and New Ventures, Stevens Institute of Technology

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Built on a rich, 142-year heritage in engineering and science, Stevens Institute of Technology has a record of innovation in science, technology and education. Extensive partnerships and collaboration with industry, government and other universities contribute to the dynamic ecosystem which distinguishes the University. It is known for its unique pedagogical model, its distinctive and highly productive research programs and its world-class facilities. One of the central tenets of the Stevens mission is that solutions to many of today’s critical societal problems can be addressed through advanced research and technology development/ commercialization. Read about Research & Entrepreneurship at Stevens.

Director of Technology Transfer and New Ventures Duties & Responsibilities:

Reporting to the Vice Provost of Research and Innovation, the Director of Technology Transfer and New Ventures will lead the continuing development and exploitation of the University’s intellectual property portfolio and will play a significant role in implementing the innovation and entrepreneurship components of the University’s Strategic Plan. Specifically, the Director’s key responsibilities include:

  • Manage the licensing, startup, and entrepreneurial functions of the Office of Innovation & Entrepreneurship and serve as a liaison between the Office and the business and research community.
  • Lead efforts for developing startup and entrepreneurial opportunities for faculty, staff, and students.
  • Facilitate faculty driven startup activities and new venture creation by working with faculty founders, business entrepreneurs, investors, industry partners and other parties.
  • Educate faculty on small business innovation research funding and other opportunities for funding.
  • Maintain and build relationships with business partners and investors.
  • Develop strategies for licensing in focus areas based upon the University’s research (e.g., perform technology valuations, technology marketing and market assessments).
  • Serve as a resource for information about patents and licensing and promote recognition that such functions are meaningful and valuable aspects of university life by planning and implementing programs to stimulate innovative research and intellectual property disclosure among faculty and staff.
  • Manage the activities of the Stevens Venture Center by interacting with member companies and Entrepreneurs in Residence.
  • Assess the current patent portfolio of the University and develop a management strategy for underexploited intellectual property and a strategy for future patent prosecution.
  • Provide guidance on intellectual property issues; engage with attorneys for new patent filings, analyses, responses to Office Actions and Restriction Requirements; comply with federal regulations requiring the submission of reports to federal sponsors.
  • Strengthen and broaden opportunities for Stevens’ relationship with external partners and resources across the state and the region (e.g., NYC Innovation Hub, R&D Council NJ, TechUnited: NJ, BioNJ, NJ CSIT) to identify and engage with opportunities for commercialization and in support of Stevens’ mission.
  • Work closely with Stevens Office of General Counsel to coordinate effective integration between the functions of the two offices.


The successful candidate will have a high level of knowledge of science and technology developments and demonstrated knowledge in one or more scientific disciplines as evidenced by an advanced science, engineering or other relevant degree. The ideal candidate will also have a background in business development and/or law.


  • Five or more years of experience in licensing, technical entrepreneurship, corporate business development, and/or venture capital investments.


  • PhD or MBA is preferred.


  • The target salary for this role is $200,000-$225,000.

Stevens fosters a culture of excellence in all they do and aim to attract, retain and reward outstanding staff who add to the intellectual vibrancy of the campus and help to propel the university to higher levels of achievement. Benefits are one aspect of that program and Stevens provides one of the most comprehensive benefits programs in higher education. Read about their total benefits package here.

Here is the Stevens Institute of Technology Director of Technology Transfer and New Ventures Position Specification with further details.

Director of Technology Transfer and New Ventures Applicants

Stevens Institute of Technology has exclusively retained Gardner Innovation Search Partners to manage this search. Gardner Innovation Search Partners is the top technology transfer recruiter in the world, and is committed to presenting a diverse slate of candidates who possess the skills, expertise, and enthusiasm to thrive in this role. Stevens will sponsor a visa for an outstanding candidate.

Interested applicants should send their resume and any questions to:

Lisa Rooney, Recruiter
(740) 251-7390

Gardner Innovation Search Partners is committed to diversity in both people and ideas. Read more about our commitment to diversity and inclusion.

Stevens Institute of Technology is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Accordingly, Stevens adheres to an employment policy that prohibits discriminatory practices or harassment against candidates or employees based on legally impermissible factor(s) including, but not necessarily limited to, race, color, religion, creed, sex, national origin, nationality, citizenship status, age, ancestry, marital or domestic partnership or civil union status, familial status, affectional or sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, atypical cellular or blood trait, genetic information, pregnancy or pregnancy-related medical conditions, disability, or any protected military or veteran status.

Stevens is building a diverse faculty, staff and student body and strongly encourages applications from female and minority candidates as well as veterans and individuals with disabilities. Stevens is a federal contractor under the Vietnam Era Veterans’ Readjustment Assistance Act (VEVRAA) and the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as well as other federal statutes.

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