Associate Director Technology Commercialization


University, MS, US, 38677

Department:  Office of Research & Sponsored Programs (10001006)
Employee Designation:  Regular Full-time (Benefits Eligible)

Note for Current UM Employees

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Definition of Class

This position manages the internal operations of the Division of Technology Commercialization. The incumbent oversees the preparation and maintenance of all fiscal and regulatory documents for the Division of Technology Commercialization and maintains relationships with corporate partners for the development and commercialization of University technology and intellectual property.

Examples of Work Performed

  • Oversees the preparation and maintenance of all fiscal and regulatory documents for the Division of Technology Commercialization.
  • Reviews and approves various financial statements and reports.
  • Grants permission to outside legal counsel to incur patent related expenses on University technologies.
  • Approves total requisitions amounts and monitors balances in light of approved budget.  
  • Manages issues related to third party payments.
  • Reports inventions to the federal government in compliance with federal laws and regulations.  
  • Negotiates and drafts collaborative agreements with external partners related to the University’s intellectual property.  Confers with University attorneys and administrators to resolve collaborative agreement issues.
  • Supervises project coordinator, graduate students and postdoctoral associates working on marketing and related patent documents.  
  • Provides guidance and direction to ORSP Accountant regarding Division of Technology Commercialization financial matters.
  • Negotiates material transfer, confidentiality, and inter- institutional agreements with external parties.
  • Identifies potential licensing partners based on preliminary market assessments and initiates contact with potential licensing partners.
  • Establishes formal research and development relationships between companies whose strategic market concerns parallel the University’s research and development capabilities.
  • Manages the Division of Technology Commercialization’s existing licensee relationships and maintains the patent portfolio and external agreement databases.   
  • Coordinates patentability assessments using outside patent counsel.   
  • Represents the Division of Technology Commercialization by participating with various internal and external groups and associations related to intellectual property and economic development.
  • Acts on behalf of the division director in his/her absence.
  • Performs similar or related duties as assigned or required.

Essential Functions

These essential functions include, but are not limited to, the following. Additional essential functions may be identified and included by the hiring department.

  1. Indentifies potential licensing partners and makes initial contact.  
  2. Negotiates and drafts collaborative agreements related to the University’s intellectual property with third parties.
  3. Oversees the preparation and maintenance of all fiscal and regulatory documents for the Division of Technology Management.
  4. Manages Division of Technology Commercialization existing licensee relationships, the patent portfolio and internal databases.
  5. Provides leadership and guidance to support staff in managing internal operations.

Minimum Education/Experience

Master’s degree from an accredited college or university in a business or technical field.



Five (5) years of experience related to the above described duties.


Substitution Statement:

Related experience may be substituted for education, on a basis set forth and approved by the Department of Human Resources.

Salary/Wage Information

Annual salary range for this position is $76,688 - $108,728


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EEO Statement

The University of Mississippi provides equal opportunity in any employment practice, education program, or education activity to all qualified persons. The University complies with all applicable laws regarding equal opportunity and affirmative action and does not unlawfully discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment based upon race, color, gender, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, religion, citizenship, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, or genetic information.


Interview Requirements: Any candidate who is called for an interview must notify the Department of Equal Opportunity/Regulatory Compliance in writing of any reasonable accommodation needed prior to the date of the interview.

Background Check Statement

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