University of Pennsylvania ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR ALLIANCES in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

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Posting Details

Posting Details

Reference Number 83-30420


School Name Provost's Center

Org Penn Center for Innovation

Posted to the Web 12/05/2018

Posted Job/Salary Grade 030

Employment Type Exempt

Hours N/A

Position Type

Position Schedule Mon-Fri

Months 12

Position Length Contingent Upon Funding

Position End Date

University Overview

The University of Pennsylvania, the largest private employer in Philadelphia, is a world-renowned leader in education, research, and innovation. This historic, Ivy League school consistently ranks among the top 10 universities in the annual U.S. News & World Report survey. Penn has 12 highly-regarded schools that provide opportunities for undergraduate, graduate and continuing education, all influenced by Penn’s distinctive interdisciplinary approach to scholarship and learning.

Penn offers a unique working environment within the city of Philadelphia. The University is situated on a beautiful urban campus, with easy access to a range of educational, cultural, and recreational activities. With its historical significance and landmarks, lively cultural offerings, and wide variety of atmospheres, Philadelphia is the perfect place to call home for work and play.

The University offers a competitive benefits package that includes excellent healthcare and tuition benefits for employees and their families, generous retirement benefits, a wide variety of professional development opportunities, supportive work and family benefits, a wealth of health and wellness programs and resources, and much more.

School/Center Overview

The Office of the Provost provides direction on all facets of the University’s academic mission, including education, faculty, research, online learning, global initiatives, admissions, athletics, student life, and arts and culture. The Provost’s Center aggregates programs and offices designed to support University operations, including: the Office of the Provost, the Office of the Vice Provost for Research and its reporting departments (Penn Center for Innovation, Environmental Health and Radiation Safety, University Laboratory Animal Resources, and Regulatory Affairs), the Office of the Chaplain, the Graduate Student Center and Family Resource Center, the Division of Recreation and Intercollegiate Athletics, College Houses and Academic Services, New Student Orientation, the Office of Student Conduct, the Center for Undergraduate Research and Fellowships, the Office of Undergraduate Admissions, the University of Pennsylvania Press, and all of the University’s arts organizations (Penn Museum, Institute of Contemporary Art, Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, Arthur Ross Gallery, and University Art Collection). It also includes interdisciplinary academic centers and institutes that are more appropriately housed centrally than in an individual school, including the Laboratory for Research on the Structure of Matter, the Center for Cognitive Neuroscience, the Center for Neuroscience and Society, the Penn Institute for Urban Research, the Center for Teaching and Learning, Kelly Writers House, and Weiss Tech House.


The Associate Director-Alliances will be a member of the Alliances group in the Penn Center for Innovation and report into the Executive Director of Alliances. The Associate Director will work closely with faculty, student and staff members at Penn to build and manage strategic alliance programs for the University of Pennsylvania. This position will support the evaluation and commercialization of new Penn technologies and manage complex intellectual property and agreement matters arising from large strategic alliances in a variety of areas of strategic strength for the University of Pennsylvania with a specific focus on Penn’s gene therapy program. The Associate Director will have responsibility for managing complex intellectual property and technology transfer activities including being a key liaison between Penn faculty members and their research teams and Penn’s alliance partners. Duties will include assessing new inventions disclosed to PCI by Penn faculty, supporting negotiation and structuring of new alliance partnerships, ensuring compliance with all intellectual property and certain other alliance management responsibilities of Penn under our alliance agreements and negotiating and structuring third party agreements consistent with the provisions of active alliance programs. The Associate Director will also support and coordinate relevant Penn faculty, researcher and staff education as it relates to intellectual property and contractual obligations of Penn under active alliance programs. The incumbent will participate in internal Penn research and clinical development meetings to help identify new intellectual property being developed as well as provide feedback and guidance to faculty and staff on intellectual property and contractual issues related to the alliance program contracts.


Ph.D./M.D. in a biomedical science preferred plus 3-7 years related experience or equivalent combination of education and experience.Required experience in academic technology transfer, corporate business development or equivalent intellectual property/corporate contracts experience. Experience in the gene therapy space is a plus. Must have demonstrated track record of successful negotiating and closing license agreements; knowledge of intellectual property and licensing practice; strategic alliance management experience is a plus. Ability to identify and handle inventions in diverse fields within and outside of area of technical expertise. Excellent time management skills. Excellent verbal & written communication skills. Strong attention to details, follow-through & closing. Position is contingent upon funding.

Affirmative Action Statement

Penn adheres to a policy that prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, creed, national or ethnic origin, citizenship status, age, disability, veteran status, or any other legally protected class.

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