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Senior Associate Provost for Entrepreneurship and Innovation New Haven, CT

Yale University seeks a visionary and collaborative leader to serve as the Senior Associate Provost for Entrepreneurship and Innovation. Operating within the Office of the Vice Provost for Research, the Senior Associate Provost (SAP) will lead innovation and technology transfer activities in support of the educational and research mission of Yale, as well as develop and maintain impactful partnerships with external entities expanding Yale’s innovation ecosystem including tech transfer, student entrepreneurship and innovation, and student and faculty entrepreneurship training. The SAP reports to the Vice Provost for Research and works closely with leadership across Yale as well as with regional and national partners.

The SAP oversees the Office of Cooperative Research, which serves as the primary office at Yale to assist the community in protection, commercialization, and dissemination of intellectual property (IP). The OCR’s activities enable commercial investment in and licensing of inventions and discoveries flowing from Yale’s research. These activities foster the economic development and new products that allow Yale’s technology to benefit the common good by balancing IP protection and licensing opportunities with Yale’s wider mission of research, education, and dissemination of knowledge. The OCR also works extensively with Yale’s Office of Sponsored Programs in the negotiation of the intellectual property rights granted to non-federal research sponsors and in checking for conflicts with background IP. In support of student innovation and entrepreneurship, the SAP also oversees the Tsai Center for Innovative Thinking (Tsai CITY), which works to inspire students from diverse backgrounds and disciplines to seek innovative ways to solve real-world problems. Tsai CITY supports student entrepreneurs through programs, funding, and mentoring, catalyzing over 100 projects a year. The SAP will also work in close collaboration with the Office of Corporate Strategy and Engagement to increase coordinated support for business generation, strategic transactions, and corporate relationship management.

Yale seeks an SAP with the experience and vision to provide strategic leadership in the area of technology transfer in support of the institutional mission. The SAP will also act as an ambassador for technology transfer within Yale, as well as externally. The SAP manages more than 30 staff, with 20 in the areas of business development, new ventures, and operations and another 12 in Tsai CITY. To succeed in this challenging role, the SAP must possess a demonstrated record of visionary leadership, insights and understanding of technology transfer in a complex organizational context, knowledge of evolving issues related to patent and other intellectual property, as well as the ability to provide leadership to the University community by engaging in public events on campus and nationally.

All inquiries, nominations/referrals, and resumes with cover letters should be sent electronically below.

Rebecca Kennedy is leading this search with Karen McPhedran.


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University policy is committed to affirmative action under law in employment of women, minority group members, handicapped individuals, special disabled veterans, and veterans of the Vietnam era.


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