UMKC's Innovation Center; Small Business Tech Development Center
The University of Missouri develops and promotes programs and collaborative partnerships that support new and existing businesses that bring innovative ideas to market and that elevate our quality of life throughout the state of Missouri.
The Missouri Small Business and Technology Development Center at UMKC is focused around innovation and community organizations, in additon to university technology commercialization and the SBIR/STTR program. The Missouri SBTDC assists the small technology firms in the commercialization of new technology and innovation, encourages and enhances technology research, product development, technology transfer and technology deployment.
This position serves as as statewide specialist to provide guidance, expertise, and training on commercialization of products and development of companies to university faculty and staff, entrepreneurs and business clients. Candidates should have a strong background in evaluating innovative technologies for commercial applications. Experience with technology and commercialization are highly desired. The successful candidate must be able to build relationships with a diverse group of research faculty, entrepreneurial tech community, and equity fund and SBIR/STTR experts. The ability to analyze technologies, collaborate with commercial interest, and determine valuation will be highly valued.
Assist faculty, entrepreneurs and private sector companies with planning and commercialization of technology, including accessing seed and venture capital and conducting market research for potential commercialization.
Effectively work with researchers within multiple colleges with commercialization issues, including Engineering, Agriculture, Life Sciences, Medicine, and Veterinary Medicine.
Responsible for coaching technology clients and SBIR/STTR applicants to address a variety of issues that enable clients to assess, prepare and manage SBIR proposals.
Develop and conduct educational sessions on SBIR/STTR research, commercialization, and technology business development.
Market Missouri SBTDC programs and services to internal and external agencies and partners.
Conduct all activities in accordance with the Civil Rights Act, Title IX, Rehabilitation, Americans with Disabilities Act and local, state and regional affirmative action plans.
As with all positions, involvement with other duties and responsibilities may be expected in order to support the mission and purpose of UMKC Innovation Center.
Leadership is received from the Director of the Missouri SBDC at UMKC and Missouri SBTDC Lead Center.
A Bachelor's degree or an equivalent combination of education and experience and at least 5 years of experience from which comparable knowledge and skills can be acquired is necessary.
A Bachelor's degree in engineering, business, science, or a related area with appropriate coursework is required.
Five or more years of relevant experience working with private sector and/or faculty entrepreneurs.
Ability to travel and to work flexible hours including evenings and weekends is required to fulfill assigned responsibilities.
Additional Preferred Qualifications
Expertise in management, marketing, technology or product development and commercialization are critical.
Experience with, or knowledge of, SBIR and STTR proposals, requirements and agencies.
Entrepreneurial vision and desire to work with entrepreneurs.
Effective interpersonal, communication and presentation skills are critical.
Ability to work as a team with other faculty and staff.
Demonstrated ability to be proactive.
Full Time/Part Time
Full-time, benefits eligible.
$70,000-$80,000 annually, to be commensurate with education and experience.
Open until filled. Review of applications begins July 26.
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