This position reports to the Sr. Director of Collaborations and Entrepreneurship (CE) at Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU). This position will seek to maximize the value of existing OHSU technologies and innovations to encourage, support, and help with the creation of startup companies. The Alliance Manager, New Ventures will work closely with OHSU faculty, the Technology Development Managers (TDMs), Oregon Clinical Translational Research Institute (OCTRI) and other key internal and external stakeholders to lead entrepreneurial efforts at OHSU.
The Alliance Manager, New Ventures will manage the tracking of the company lifecycle of existing OHSU startup companies and engage with the management teams and founders to monitor progress of the startups in order to help reach company milestones and ensure success. They will manage ongoing relationships with existing startup companies and will work with the TDMs and OCTRI colleagues to navigate the complexity and challenging aspects of each of these relationships. With oversight from the Sr. Director, the Alliance Manager, New Ventures will follow new technologies that have potential to establish new OHSU startup companies and will provide the necessary guidance and referral of vetted resources to founding faculty.
The Alliance Manager, New Ventures will be a critical link between OHSU and the local/regional venture capitalist (VC) and business community, including trade organizations, incubators and accelerators. They will represent CE and appropriately ensure the interests of OHSU and CE are preserved within the broader Northwest business community. They must have sufficient knowledge, experience, and business acumen to understand OHSUs strengths and resources to a degree such that they can effectively engage the angel investor and VC community.
1) Work in a team to lead entrepreneurial efforts and advise faculty on startup related programs and resources and provide the necessary ongoing startup support; Act as a main contact for faculty seeking help and guidance with starting new ventures based on their inventions; Engage with key department chairs, faculty, and other stakeholders to maintain positive working relationships and an efficient process to startup formation; Guide faculty through the process of VC interactions, including presenting to investors and pitching their business; Generate programs and materials that can assist faculty in navigating an entrepreneurial ecosystem; Manage communications and timelines for projects related to startup lifecycle management and in partnership with the TDMs and CE colleagues; Understand the viewpoints of diverse stakeholders and address issues that arise during startup formation; Accept new innovative ideas/innovations and understand the basic premise of technologies and their real-world commercial applica tions via commercialization; Work closely and collaboratively with other program managers with business development-type functions within different departments at OHSU.
2) Manage communications and timelines for OHSU startup companies, ensuring that all stakeholders are appropriately included and updated and are able to provide ongoing feedback while managing the tracking of company life cycle development; Develop comprehensive startup support and development programs by capitalizing on OHSUs resources, strengths and capabilities, to attract VCs, companies supported by VC funds, as well as other unique capital raising opportunities.
3) Build community partnerships with different organizations and play an active role to promote OHSU and CE; Work with the CE team to create an entrepreneurial culture within OHSU; Participate in other OHSU programs and managing of new collaboration opportunities that are directed towards entrepreneurial and commercialization efforts as required/needed; Develop and manage education and outreach programs and act as the lead project manager of innovation events/fests and conferences where OHSU startup companies and their technologies can be showcased to VC groups, local industry partners, and business community resources, for collaboration and funding opportunities; Interact professionally with all levels of VC and industry partners, from front-line staff to high-level executives.
4) Develop and implement performance metrics to evaluate progress and success of operational startup companies, including providing updates to Technology Transfer leadership and Research Development and Administration (RDA) leadership as required; Develop necessary Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) to ensure program sustainability and longevity.
5) Provide guidance, management, and training for Startup Development Coordinators and Startup Development Interns, as needed; Lead the and be the primary point of contact for the Entrepreneur-in-Residence (EIR) program, vetting and directing OHSU faculty to the appropriate EIRs for consultation
Masters level degree in life sciences, social sciences, public policy, business or physical sciences or equivalent combination of training and/or education.
Two years of experience in program management or relationship management, ideally in a large public organization managing or coordinating large-scale projects.
Experience in economic development related activities; Experience with hosting visits by industry or VC partners, and in initiating follow-up interactions.
Demonstrated ability to form relationships with faculty, researchers, administrators, and executives at VC groups and industry.
Ability to lead and manage complex projects with high degree of organizational skills.
Ability to understand new inventions and their real-world commercial applications in the market place.
Ability to understand the scientific and operational viewpoints of diverse internal and external stakeholders.
Must be proficient with MS Suite and databases.
Ability to prioritize multiple tasks at one time.
Must have excellent communication, analytical and organizational skills, both written and verbal.
Ability to work independently and as part of a team while being collaborative in resolving problems.
Ability to use tact and diplomacy to maintain effective working relationships.
Masters or Doctorate level degree in life sciences or related field
This is a full-time telework position for the foreseeable future. The employee will be required to attend local and national meetings and conferences to promote OHSU's intellectual property assets, which may require working on evenings and weekends. Travel outside of the greater Portland area is anticipated to be 5% or less of the employee's time. Professional office/cubicle environment with frequent interruptions when this position is working on campus. Located off-campus in the Bancroft building. Some travel to locations at West Campus, CHH or the Hill. Work schedule falls within the normal daytime range of 7:30 AM 6 PM.
Physical Demands & Equipment Usage:
This position requires sitting at a computer for extended periods of time as well as the ability to access standard office equipment and to interact with others both within and outside of the office.
Oregon Health & Science University values a diverse and culturally competent workforce. We are proud of our commitment to being an equal opportunity, affirmative action organization that does not discriminate against applicants on the basis of any protected class status, including disability status and protected veteran status. Individuals with diverse backgrounds and those who promote diversity and a culture of inclusion are encouraged to apply. To request reasonable accommodation contact the Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Department at 503-494-5148 or [email protected]
As the state's only health and research university, OHSU brings together patient care, research, education of the next generation of health care providers and scientists and community service to improve the health and well-being of all Oregonians.The university is a conduit for learning for more than 2,800 students, providing training to interns, residents and fellows in postgraduate medical and research. It is the only place in Oregon that grants doctoral degrees in medicine, dentistry and nursing. OHSU cares for more than 251,000 patients each year from around the region and takes a leadership role in contributing to solutions involving the health of the state and the nation, such as health care access and transparency, ethics and workforce shortage. Beyond providing critical health care services, quality education and cutting-edge research, OHSU also is a key economic and social force in the Northwest. With an annual operating budget of $2.06 billion and more than 14,000 employees, OHSU is Portland?s largest employer. Its size contributes to its ability to provide... many services and community support activities not found anywhere else in Oregon. For more information visit http://www.ohsu.edu/xd/about/index.cfm