Reporting to the Sr. Director, FastForward, the Director, Ventures provides leadership to Johns Hopkins Technology Ventures (JHTV) to actively support the development of high value start-up companies commercializing JHU technology and to support/stimulate the growth of the startup ecosystem in Baltimore, Maryland. The Director, Ventures maintains strong business entrepreneur, venture/angel capital, industry, and faculty relationships to facilitate technology commercialization activities.
Essential Job Functions:
Creates and executes on venture capital outreach strategy for driving and managing the venture capital relationships for the University and FastForward Startups
Builds strong relationships with faculty, in collaboration with JHTV colleagues, in order to build a pipeline of high value projects with potential commercial impact
Builds strong relationships with FastForward company management teams to support the growth of FastFoward portfolio companies
Educates, guides, and mentors faculty and company management teams on fundraising and other business related topics
Creates and delivers educational programs on financing and funding for early stage companies for faculty, students, staff, entrepreneurs, and others in the JHU community
Establishes and maintains relationships with key Baltimore area stakeholders related to building and growing the Baltimore startup ecosystem
Identifies, vets, and connects technology development resources such as regulatory, product development, and other consulting services to faculty and startups
Represents JHTV and the University as an industry leader in technology transfer and entrepreneurial activities at conferences and meetings, and promotes and enhances the reputation of the office by speaking and writing in industry related forums
Guides and mentors licensing associates and other JHTV staff in evaluating opportunities to license technologies to start-ups and venture funded entities
Builds a business entrepreneur network to facilitate start-up vetting and formation
Maintains substantial expertise and understanding of fundraising and financing of startup companies, including knowledge of federal and Maryland State programs
Tracks, records, and communicates funding data regarding JHU startups, university peers, and industry trends
Minimum qualifications (mandatory):
PhD in life or physical sciences, MBA or, law degree required. Minimum of 7 years technology commercialization and/or investment experience in industry or higher education is required.
Undergraduate or graduate degree in life or physical sciences preferred. Other advanced degrees or combinations with directly related industry experience will also be considered.
Special knowledge, skills, and abilities:
U.S. Citizen or legal permanent resident required due to Federal Export Controls.
Must have the ability to understand complex technologies, demonstrated by relevant technical training or industry or technology transfer experience.
Must have extensive venture or corporate senior management experience. Venture funding experience strongly desired.
Must have extensive knowledge of the startup development and funding lifecycles.
Ability to multi-task under deadline pressure.
Must demonstrate a collegial and cooperative nature to be able to work effectively with senior and junior licensing associates, JHTV and University senior management, JHU faculty and outside companies and entrepreneurs.
Must be sensitive to faculty and early venture needs and work in accordance with university wide policies.
Any specific physical requirements for the job:
Sitting in a normal seated position for extended periods of time.
Reaching by extending hand(s) or arm(s) in any direction.
Finger dexterity required to manipulate objects with fingers rather than with whole hand(s) or arm(s), for example, using a keyboard.
Communication skills using the spoken word.
Ability to see within normal parameters.
Ability to hear within normal range.
Ability to move about.
Classified Title: Director Technology Transfer
Working Title: Director, Ventures
Starting Salary Range: Commensurate with Experience
Employee group: Full Time
Schedule: M-F, 8:30am-5pm
Exempt Status: Exempt
Location: 04-MD: School of Medicine Campus
Department name: 60006027-Fast Forward
Personnel area: Academic and Business Centers
The successful candidate(s) for this position will be subject to a pre-employment background check.
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