Dept Number/Name: 0-7905-000 / USF Technology Incubator
College Division: Research-VP
Salary Plan: Administrative
Job Code/Title: 9547 / Associate Director
Hiring Salary/Salary Range: $85,000 - $110,000
Position Number: 00027622
The University of South Florida supports economic development in the Tampa Bay region and the State of Florida with cutting-edge programs that brings together the strengths of the USF System, the Tampa Bay region, and the State of Florida, providing a critical interface that stimulates high-tech and biotech industries and creates jobs. The Office of Research & Innovation oversees USF's Innovation Enterprise comprised of the USF Research Park of Tampa Bay, Technology Transfer, USF Connect, and the Incubation Program, which includes the Tampa Bay Technology Incubator (TBTI) and Student Innovation Incubator (SII), and collectively, has a $395 million dollar a year impact on the economy of the Tampa metropolitan area and the state of Florida according to a recent external economic impact study.
Technology Transfer, USF Connect, and the Incubation Program are led by the Associate Vice President for Research & Innovation, who is a direct report to the Senior Vice President for Research & Innovation. The Associate Director for Innovation & Incubation is a direct report to the Associate Vice President for Research & Innovation. The successful candidate must be able to demonstrate a record of strong leadership capabilities in economic development and incubation at the local, state, and national levels, preferably as an employee of a higher education institution, and a successful record of coordinating activities and programs with personnel responsible for economic development, technology transfer, workforce development, entrepreneurship, business incubation, and community outreach. Candidates should have experience managing or working with grants and economic development funding programs. Knowledge of technology business incubator best practices and structure, as well as economic development metrics collection, reporting, and analysis is important. Successful grant writing and grant administration experience is highly desirable.
The Associate Director reports to the Associate Vice President for Research & Innovation. The responsibilities of the Associate Director include community and industry engagement in concert with local, regional, national, and global economic; development of programs and activities associated with incubation programs. The Associate Director will establish an agenda and implementation strategy for incubation and serve as one of the University's points-of-contact to facilitate communication and coordination with such community organizations as chambers of commerce, Enterprise Florida, the Tampa Bay Partnership, and the Tampa-Hillsborough Economic Development Corporation to attract new business and industry to the Tampa Bay area and the USF Research Park, in particular. The Associate Director provides momentum for developing and strengthening partnerships with business and industry that have significant impact on the University, the local community, and the State of Florida.
Directs the Innovation & Incubation Program (USF CONNECT, Tampa Bay Technology Incubator and student incubator); tracks and reports program metrics; program budget responsibility; prepares reports for funding; and builds collaborations with the USF System and community to assist TBTI companies and build relationships.
Leads incubation program in support of assisting and developing incubator companies. Coordinates Executive and Entrepreneurs in Residence program, mentors and coaches TBTI companies; evaluates program based on incubation industry best practices and develops strategy and solutions for program development and expansion; and recruits and directs the activities of associated advisory groups.
Works collaboratively with community partners, funding organizations and the university to assist with the assessment of the community needs. Leads efforts for the recruitment of clients for the Tampa Bay Technology Incubator.
Travels to deliver client services, conduct presentations, and for other purposes as required to support the program. Develops business and research relationships that help to identify and support expanded career opportunities in the local, state, national, and International economies. Expands USF's local, state, national, and international business relationships in international areas where the university presently operates.
Performs other duties as required to meet the overall mission, goals, and objectives of the program and build public-private partnerships.
This position requires a master's degree or higher and at least three years of progressively responsible experience in technology and business incubation, or a bachelor's degree and five years of progressively responsible technology and business incubation experience. Candidates should have a strong understanding of local and state laws, policies, business incentives, and opportunities that impact economic development.
The successful candidate must be able to demonstrate a record of strong leadership capabilities in economic development and incubation at the local, state, and national levels, preferably as an employee of a higher education institution, and a successful record of coordinating activities and programs with personnel responsible for economic development, technology transfer, workforce development, entrepreneurship, business incubation, and community outreach. Candidates should have experience managing or working with grants and economic development funding programs. Knowledge of technology business incubator best practices and structure, as well as economic development metrics collection, reporting, and analysis is important. Successful grant writing and grant administration experience is highly desirable.
Information for Applicants
This position is subject to a Level 1 criminal background check.
Job Opening Number: 18704
Posting Date: 11/27/2018 - Re-posted
Posting End Date: 12/11/2018
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