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Scope of Focus:

The Director of Entrepreneurial Ventures will seek to inspire and prepare all members of the Pratt community for innovative leadership through the following: (1) Education - Teaching entrepreneurship courses and mentoring students at all levels on their individual or collective design projects or ideas that could have commercial or market applications; and (2) Translation – Which involves actively encouraging and enabling faculty and students to apply findings from their basic research to provide practical applications and technical solutions that map to both the time scale of industry and Duke’s desire to generate knowledge in the service of society.

Proposed Job Description: 

The Director of Entrepreneurial Ventures will be a highly visible member of the engineering community. He or she will play a key role in developing and implementing best practices in fostering the creation and launch of companies based on innovations generated by the Pratt community.

He or she will work with Pratt faculty, staff and students to assess the business potential of innovations generated within engineering, and advance these opportunities down the path for commercial development, if warranted. Outside of Pratt, the Director of Entrepreneurial Ventures will be responsible for working with entrepreneurs, regional economic development organizations, early stage venture capitalists, corporations, start-ups and other entities, to advance these innovations toward eventually being spun-out of the University.

Other potential duties include evaluating inventions for marketability, working with the University leadership in developing and executing commercialization strategies for inventions that include, but are not limited to: identifying management teams, seeking early-stage investors, participating in company formation decisions, implementing spin-off strategies, and following up and monitoring of licensee performance.

The Director of Entrepreneurial Ventures will broaden the bench of entrepreneurial experts at Duke by holding a joint appointment/affiliation with Duke’s I&E Initiative. He or she will be required to teach entrepreneurship to undergraduate, graduate and professional students through the Initiative’s course offerings and the undergraduate certificate program in I&E.  He or she will host I&E seminars, workshops and networking events as well as develop and teach courses in Pratt through our MD/Inventor and PhD+ programs.

Lastly, the Director of Entrepreneurial Ventures may be asked to provide support to Duke’s Bass Connections program by teaching courses and/or advising Bass Connections students whose design projects and/or design ideas could have commercial applications in the areas of neuroscience, information and data analytics, energy, and global health. https://bassconnections.duke.edu

Applicants should electronically submit a curriculum vitae, cover letter and names and contact information for three references to the following website: https://academicjobsonline.org/ajo/jobs/6511.

Duke University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer committed to providing employment opportunity without regard to an individual's age, color, disability, genetic information, gender, gender identity, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, or veteran status.

Occupational Summary:
This position directs the Pratt School of Engineering’s research collaborations and fund raising activities with private foundations, corporate foundations, industry and corporations. The Director works closely with Pratt School of Engineering leadership, faculty, and staff in initiating, strengthening, and managing strategic relationships to advance research opportunities, student placement, commercial support of research efforts, corporate partnerships and philanthropic support for the school. The Director coordinates efforts with Duke University’s Office of Corporate Relations, Foundation Relations, Office of Research Support and Office of Licensing and Ventures. This position reports to the Dean of the Pratt School of Engineering and works in partnership with the Associate Dean of Research and the Associate Dean of Development and Principal Giving.

Job Responsibilities:
Effectively manage the school’s relationships with top foundation, corporate prospects and industry contacts to enable sponsored research agreements and gifts. Prioritize according to ability, readiness and inclination. Manage cultivation and solicitation strategies.  Establish personal contacts with appropriate corporations and foundations for long-range cultivation and the establishment of viable relations.

Coordinate with University and Health System programs involved in corporate and foundation relations to develop and expand research opportunities, student placement and philanthropic opportunities with corporate and foundation partners.  Generate opportunities for Pratt faculty and students to connect with corporate and foundation representatives.  Secure cash and in kind resources from corporations and foundations in support of the School’s strategic plan.

Analyze and recommend methods to match current interests of corporations and foundations with School of Engineering and department priorities and faculty initiatives. Work with administrators, deans, department heads and faculty to develop proposals. Ensure appropriate contacts between the School of Engineering and corporate and foundation representatives.

Maintain current and up-to-date information on corporate and foundation opportunities; coordinate with the Offices of Sponsored Programs and Research Support for sponsored research agreements negotiated through contacts.

Serve as the School’s liaison to the Office of Licensing and Ventures, maintain a strong understanding of the technology transfer process to advise faculty and students.  Work closely with University and Pratt innovation and entrepreneurship efforts.

Coordinate trips and accompany administrators and faculty to meetings with foundation and corporate representatives. Coordinate campus visits by foundation and corporate representatives.

Organize and facilitate industry related events and boards in support of School of Engineering objectives.

Prepare briefings for senior administrators and faculty for meetings, travel and campus visits.

Work with gift officers on all foundation and corporate related funding requests.

Direct the corporate and foundation acknowledgement process. Coordinate stewardship activity as needed with members of the Development team.

Develop and monitor a budget for the Corporation and Foundation Relations program.

Supervise Associate Director for Corporation and Foundation Relations who is responsible for student programs and career services.

Bachelor's degree required, Master's or advanced degree preferred.

Six years progressive experience in university-industry relations/alumni affairs/public relations/fund raising/grant writing/non-profit or related field. Experience at the intersection of university and corporate partnerships. Knowledge of foundations and/or experience in the non-profit field is desirable. Engineering degree and experience preferred.

Interested Applicants are asked to submit their application on the Duke HR website at https://www.hr.duke.edu/jobs/apply/external.php

Duke University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer committed to providing employment opportunity without regard to an individual's age, color, disability, genetic information, gender, gender identity, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, or veteran status.

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