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FLSA Designation
Date Issued: 2008-07-01
Vice President of Academic Affairs
Title: Director: Intellectual Property and Economic Development
Function and Responsibility
Under general supervision of and directly accountable to the Provost, serves as advisor on all matters of intellectual property, technology commercialization, and related economic development activities. The Director is responsible for coordinating and managing the University’s technology commercialization and related economic development initiatives including relevant offices, policies, and programs and, in so doing, exercises direct line authority over the University‘s major offices and entities involved in technology commercialization and related economic development.

Assist LSSU faculty, staff and students to identify, develop, manage, protect, and commercialize the University’s intellectual property assets so that they can benefit society and spur economic growth for our State and national economies. In addition, the Director will act out the University’s commitment to developing and fostering long-term university-industry relationships.
Duties and Responsibilities
Optimize the environment and incentives for research and for the creation of new knowledge at the University.

Develop a portfolio of current University research activities, foster new research opportunities, and identify research that could lead to University own intellectual property.

Bring technology into practical use for the public benefit as quickly and effectively as possible.

Effectively and fully exploit University-owned resources in response to the needs of industry, the University, and its faculty.

Foster relationships with industrial partners that broaden the opportunities for faculty to engage in collaborative or sponsored research.

Encourage increased entrepreneurialism by faculty and students.

Develop contacts with other business support and commercial partners.

Draft and negotiate legal contracts for staff with third parties.

Advise and raise awareness of the implications of publication and other disclosures.

Ensure that the educational mission of the University is not compromised.

Provide the University with thoughtful and up-to-date counsel concerning its intellectual property polcies and their effectiveness in stimulating faculty participation in the technology transfer and economic development process.

Perform related duties as assigned.
Earned doctorate preferred; five to eight years related professional experience; demonstrated leadership qualities; administrative and teaching experience.
Physical and Mental Demands
Adequate physical fitness to be able to sit and concentrate for long periods of time; use of gross motor skills to perform supervisory and organizational duties; use of fine motor skills to operate computer; problem solving ability; ability to understand and work with numbers; ability to see, hear, and speak with or without the use of aids to perform normal office tasks. Ability to occasionally lift up to 25 pounds.

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