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Director for Industry Engagement
Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey
Date Posted 05/19/2022
Admin-Other Administrative Positions
Employment Type
Application Deadline Open until filled

Position Details
Position Information

Recruitment/Posting Title Director for Industry Engagement
Job Category Staff & Executive - Administrative & Support - Management
Department SAS - Dean's Office
The School of Arts and Sciences (SAS) at Rutgers University is the largest academic unit of the University and is comprised of 41 academic departments spanning humanities, social, physical and life sciences and over 100 different majors, plus programs, centers, bureaus and institutes. SAS has a membership of over 2,000 permanent and temporary faculty (instructional and research), teaching and graduate assistants, part-time lecturers, and post-doctoral appointees, and over 500 administrative staff.
Arts and Sciences delivers a wide array of services in support of the teaching, research, and service missions of the School. We are committed to providing academic departments, programs, and centers in the School of Arts and Sciences with reliable and trusted service, clear policies and procedures, innovative technologies, and a commitment to administrative excellence and efficiency.
Posting Summary
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, is seeking a Director for Industry Engagement for the School of Arts and Sciences (SAS)- Dean’s Office. Reporting directly to the School’s Executive Vice Dean, the Director for Industry Engagement is charged with building a portfolio of programs to connect students and mentoring faculty with start-ups, small and mid-size business, NGOs and non-profit organizations, and/or large corporations across all business and industry sectors. The Director will be a dynamic, highly visible leader charged with working in concert with School leadership to establish an integrated strategic plan for a holistic Industry Engagement (IE) approach that will support, coordinate and advance initiatives aimed at establishing and enhancing industry and other external partnerships.
Among the key duties of this position are the following:
  • Oversees assessments of existing engagement opportunities at the School, with departments or at Centers, with the aim of defining an operational model to support near and long-term engagement objectives which are tied to School priorities.
  • Assesses existing workstreams and creates and operationalizes new workstreams and management tools that will develop internal IE talent and allow matrixed teams to meet IE objectives. These workstreams are expected to develop with other “industry facing” units, including but not limited to: the Office of Research and Economic Development, Career Services, the Foundation/Development units, and the Division of Continuing Studies. Most important, these workstreams must tie together School leadership, faculty and key administrative staff.
  • Works collaboratively with the School’s Development, Communication & Marketing, and Alumni Relations team to build sustained outreach to our external communities.
  • Designs and implements systems to support a centralized IE program for the School that is measurable and stakeholder-centric.
  • Secures funding necessary to build infrastructure to support IE programs/activities.
  • Reports on IE activities and progress.
  • Tracks progress against agreed objectives.
  • Modifies programs based upon feedback from stakeholders.
Position Status Full Time
Hours Per Week
Daily Work Shift Day
FLSA Exempt
Grade 08
Position Salary
Annual Minimum Salary 94016.000
Annual Mid Range Salary 119000.000
Annual Maximum Salary 143984.000
Standard Hours 37.50
Union Description Admin Assembly (MPSC)
Payroll Designation PeopleSoft
Rutgers offers a comprehensive benefit program to eligible employees. For details, please go to http://uhr.rutgers.edu/benefits/benefits-overview .
Rutgers also offers a benefit program to eligible full-time postdoctoral fellow students. For details, please go to https://finance.rutgers.edu/healthcare-risk/insurance/postdoctoral-health-insurance.
COVID-19 Immunization Requirement
Under Policy 60.1.35 , Rutgers University requires all prospective employees to provide proof that they are fully vaccinated and have received a booster (where eligible) against COVID-19 prior to commencement of employment, unless the University has granted the individual a medical or religious exemption.  Prospective employees who are not eligible for a booster at the time of an offer of employment must provide proof they have received a booster within two weeks (14 calendar days) of eligibility .  Based on current guidance, individuals are considered fully vaccinated against COVID-19 two weeks after receiving the final dose of any COVID-19 vaccine authorized or approved for use in the United States by the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and recommended by the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).  Eligibility for a booster against COVID-19 varies and is explained on the University’s web site located at https://coronavirus.rutgers.edu/covid-19-vaccine .  Failure to provide proof of primary vaccination and booster will result in rescission of a prospective employee’s offer of employment and/or disciplinary action up to and including termination.
Seniority Unit
Terms of Appointment Staff - 12 month
Position Pension Eligibility ABP


Minimum Education and Experience
  • Bachelor’s Degree.
  • A minimum of five years of relevant experience.
  • Use of personal vehicle in order to travel for business demands; a valid driver’s license would be required for this position.
Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
  • Extensive industry engagement experience in an academic setting comprising: i) academic technology transfer with demonstrated ability to structure and negotiate patent licenses, sponsored research agreements, collaboration agreements, option/evaluation/materials transfer agreements, start-ups; ii) demonstrable understanding of discovery and commercial-stage firms with ability to define and execute a business development strategy that includes intelligence/scouting initiatives, product licensing, divestment/royalty monetization, exit strategies, new business/product assessment, and alliance management.
  • Demonstrated leadership, supervisory and management capabilities, including extensive experience assembling and managing cross-functional teams comprised of PhD/MD/JD/MBA level professionals.
  • Highly self-motivated professional with exceptional leadership, communication and negotiating skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to structure, negotiate and close complex business deals.
  • Effective communication skills to convey a consistent IE vision to internal and external constituents.
  • Ability to interact effectively in both academic and corporate cultures.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills; written and verbal communication skills.
  • Ability to work independently and in a team environment; to work under pressure with tight deadlines.
  • Commitment to values and strong business ethics.
Preferred Qualifications
  • Masters or Doctoral degree.
  • Direct experience with product development teams.
Equipment Utilized
  • Utilizes Excel, Word, SalesForce, Access, Word, Cornerstone, Oracle financial management and reporting systems, RAPSS, eCert, Expense Reimbursement system, and a variety of SAS online systems.
Physical Demands and Work Environment
  • The demands upon this position are extraordinary, due to the size and nature of the departments, it various Centers, multidisciplinary activities and multi-campus facilities.
  • Ability to walk up and down the stairs.
Special Conditions
  • Will require regular travel to Rutgers University – New Brunswick campuses and occasional travel in and out of state.
  • Clean driving record.

Posting Details

Posting Number 22ST1711
Posting Open Date 05/18/2022
Special Instructions to Applicants
Regional Campus Rutgers University-New Brunswick
Home Location Campus College Ave (RU-New Brunswick)
Location Details
New Brunswick, NJ

Pre-employment Screenings

All offers of employment are contingent upon successful completion of all pre-employment screenings.

Infection Control and Safety

This position is subject to all Rutgers University policies, including TB surveillance and other infection control and safety policies. Please review the Tuberculosis Surveillance Policy for additional information.

Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

It is university policy to provide equal employment opportunity to all its employees and applicants for employment regardless of their race, creed, color, national origin, age, ancestry, nationality, marital or domestic partnership or civil union status, sex, pregnancy, gender identity or expression, disability status, liability for military service, protected veteran status, affectional or sexual orientation, atypical cellular or blood trait, genetic information (including the refusal to submit to genetic testing), or any other category protected by law. As an institution, we value diversity of background and opinion, and prohibit discrimination or harassment on the basis of any legally protected class in the areas of hiring, recruitment, promotion, transfer, demotion, training, compensation, pay, fringe benefits, layoff, termination or any other terms and conditions of employment. For additional information please see the Non-Discrimination Statement at the following web address: http://uhr.rutgers.edu/non-discrimination-statement

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