Rolla, MO

Missouri University of Science & Technology

Hiring Department

Technology Transfer, Business Innovation, and Economic Development

Application Deadline

Open until filled with review of applications to begin March 1, 2022

Full Time/Part Time

Full Time, Benefit Eligible


Salary commensurate with education and experience

Job Description

Missouri University of Science and Technology (Missouri S&T), one of the nation's top technological research universities, seeks a collaborative and influential leader to serve as the Director of Technology Transfer, Business Innovation, and Economic Development (TTBIED) for the campus. This individual will oversee Technology Development Center (22k ft2of office space), and lead technology transfer, business development, and entrepreneurial innovation activities for the campus and region, as well as negotiations with industry for master research agreements, Industry/University consortium agreements and serves on UM System Patent Committee.

Reporting directly to the Vice Chancellor for Research and Innovation, this position will work with a wide range of constituents with the primary goal of advancing technology transfer activities across campus, and promoting economic development in the region and state.

The individual will collaborate with the University of Missouri System and other campus Technology Transfer and Economic Development (TTED) directors to implement university-wide initiatives at Missouri S&T.

Key Attributes of the Director of TTED:

Technology Transfer
  • Identify S&T intellectual property to protect, promote and manage such intellectual property, including copyright, patents and licensing/equity decisions at S&T, and help to educate the faculty, staff and students about technology transfer opportunities and process.
  • Collaborate with the Office of Sponsored Programs to assist with proposals for extramural funding that have a business component.
  • Expand efforts to license promising inventions by improving marketing efforts, leveraging alumni resources and exploring creative business creation models.
  • Grow royalty income generated through licensing activities.
  • Identify commercialization partners to license technologies.
  • Negotiate license agreements (legal approval through UM Legal).
  • Ongoing management of active licenses.
  • Lead outreach efforts to faculty, staff, students and others to identify and market opportunities; create systematic ways to reach important constituents with regular updates.
  • Develop new innovation and entrepreneurship programs and support existing ones across campus, including startup challenges, innovation labs, maker programs, coaching/mentoring, incubators, accelerators and venture funding programs.
  • Develop programs to recruit new students to build an innovation-centric campus community.
  • Participate in System Technology Transfer Director meetings.
  • Participate as ex-officio member of UM patent committee.
  • Evaluate decisions related to invention disclosures.
  • Manage patent process interface with outside patent counsel.
Small Business Development Center (SBDC)
  • Provide training and education on entrepreneurship and business development skills to both the campus community and region
  • Form or expand partnerships with regional groups that promote/support entrepreneurship and business development, such as Cortex, ITEN, BioStL, Missouri Technology Corporation, etc.
  • Provide coaching, mentoring training and support to the small businesses in the region to improve entrepreneurial skills and abilities increasing likelihood of success of the business venture. Goals will include training numbers, training satisfaction scores.
  • Serve as Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Director for S&T center responsible for 8 counties.
  • Expand the reach of the SBDC program along the I-44 corridor.
  • Goals established annually with the State Office of the SBDC program; these goals typically include business creation, job creation and investment metrics.
  • Participate in Directors' calls and planning sessions, annual reviews, plan annual metrics and participate in State recertification with the SBA.
  • Supervise Business Counselors in the office, ensure goals are met and counseling is properly documented.
  • Serve as Technology Counselor for region (SBIR/STTR reviews, coaching, pitch reviews).
  • Attend trainings, maintain professional development and certifications.
  • Participate in MOFAST planning and training.
Technology Development Center
  • Oversight of building, building maintenance and custodial issues.
  • Ongoing management and engagement with existing tenants.
  • Identification and attraction of new tenants.
  • Initiation of leasing documents (lease negotiation is currently handled by UM real estate office and UM Legal).
Office of TTBD management
  • Development and management of budget.
  • Oversight and appraisal of staff.
  • Participate in University Research Center Director meetings.
Office of Sponsored Programs support
  • Manage and negotiate campus wide research and technology transfer related NDA/MTA (legal approval through UM legal, delegated signature authority).
  • Negotiate and manage industry research agreements and industry consortia agreements.
  • Support office with miscellaneous agreements, MOUs, letters of intent, IP plans for government contracts, etc.
  • PI of Missouri Enterprise grant
Minimum Qualifications

A Master's degree in a relevant area and 8 years of experience from which comparable knowledge and skills can be acquired OR a Bachelor's degree in a relevant area and 10 years of experience from which comparable knowledge and skills can be acquired is necessary

Preferred Qualifications

Previous experience leading technology transfer and business development activities for campus and region; leading negotiations with industry for master research agreements, Industry/University consortium agreements; and service on Patent Committee.


The final candidate is required to provide copies of official transcript(s) for any college degree(s) listed in application materials submitted. Copies of transcript(s) should be provided prior to the start of employment. In addition, the final candidate may be required to verify other credentials listed in application materials.

Failure to provide official transcript(s) or other required verification may result in the withdrawal of the job offer.

All job offers are contingent upon successful completion of a criminal background check.

Equal Opportunity is and shall be provided for all employees and applicants for employment on the basis of their demonstrated ability and competence without unlawful discrimination on the basis of their race, color, national origin, ancestry, religion, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, disability, protected veteran status, or any other status protected by applicable state or federal law. This policy shall not be interpreted in such a manner as to violate the legal rights of religious organizations or the recruiting rights of military organizations associated with the Armed Forces or the Department of Homeland Security of the United States of America.

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Posted: 06/24/2022