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Executive Director of IP & Licensing Services New Haven, CT

Yale University seeks a strategic and collaborative leader to serve as the Executive Director of IP & Licensing Services. Operating within Yale Ventures, the University's central organization supporting entrepreneurship and innovation, the Executive Director (ED) will lead and grow a team to strengthen partnerships with faculty, staff, and students in the facilitation of technology transfer efforts, from disclosure to patenting to licensing of new Yale inventions. The ED will work in concert with Yale Ventures senior leadership and peers, and together their vision, leadership, and expertise will expand commercialization activities and increase Yale’s contributions to the common good. The ED reports to the Managing Director of Yale Ventures and works closely with leadership across Yale as well as with regional and national partners. 

The ED's activities will enable commercial investment in and licensing of inventions and discoveries flowing from Yale’s research. These activities foster economic development and the development of new products that allow Yale’s technology to benefit society. The ED will work in close collaboration with the Provost’s Office, the Deans’ Offices, the Office of Development, the Office of General Counsel, the Office of Sponsored Projects, and the Office of Research Compliance to develop long term strategy related to the commercialization, translation, dissemination, and management of the University's IP. 

Yale seeks an ED with the experience and vision to provide strategic leadership in the area of technology transfer in support of the institutional mission. The ED will act as an ambassador for technology transfer within Yale, as well as externally, and will manage a growing team. To succeed in this challenging role, the ED must possess a demonstrated record of leadership, insight, and understanding of technology transfer in a complex organizational context, knowledge of evolving issues related to patent law and intellectual property, as well as the ability to provide leadership to the University community by engaging in public events on campus and nationally.

Becca Kennedy is leading this search with Ellen Egitton, David Grimes, and Cortnee Bollard. 

Yale University is committed to basing judgments concerning the admission, education, and employment of individuals upon their qualifications and abilities and affirmatively seeks to attract to its faculty, staff, and student body qualified persons of diverse backgrounds. In accordance with this policy and as delineated by federal and Connecticut law, Yale does not discriminate in admissions, educational programs, or employment against any individual on account of that individual's sex, race, color, religion, age, handicap, or national or ethnic origin; nor does Yale discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation. 

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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