Senior Vice President, Research and Innovation

Posted on Jan 24, 2019 by THE UNIVERSITY OF ARIZONA

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The University of Arizona (UA) seeks an outstanding individual for the new position of Senior Vice President Research and Innovation ("SVP") reporting to the President of the University, Robert C. Robbins, MD. The SVP will have principal responsibility to lead, stimulate, and nurture the culture and capacity for knowledge creation and discovery at the University, creating industry and public partnerships, and moving inventions and technologies to the marketplace. The SVP's goals will include increasing total research funding and expanding the University's reputation as the premier innovation center in the Southwest. The University of Arizona is classified as a Carnegie Foundation "RU/VH: Research Universities (very high research activity)" university (formerly "Research 1" university). UA has more than $622 million in research investment each year and ranks 22nd nationally among all public universities. The pillars of Arizona's new strategic plan research initiatives are (i) Space Technology, Development and Defense for the Fourth Industrial Revolution; (ii) Future Earth; Shaping a Resilient Natural and Built Environment, (iii) Healthier Communities, Aging and the Brain, and Resilient Humans; (iv) Humans, Society, and Intelligent Systems; and College of Data, Computing, and Network Science. Senior Vice President, Research and Innovation Bookmark this Posting | Print Preview | Please see Special Instructions for more details. Qualified candidates should forward an electronic version of a curriculum vitae and an optional letter of interest to: * Jennifer Biehn, Nicholas Brill, and Ora Smith * Odgers Berndtson * Position Details CAPTION: Position Information Title Senior Vice President, Research and Innovation Department Government&Community Relations (9934) Location Main Campus Position Summary The University of Arizona (UA) seeks an outstanding individual for the new position of Senior Vice President Research and Innovation ("SVP") reporting to the President of the University, Robert C. Robbins, MD. The SVP will have principal responsibility to lead, stimulate, and nurture the culture and capacity for knowledge creation and discovery at the University, creating industry and public partnerships, and moving inventions and technologies to the marketplace. The SVP's goals will include increasing total research funding and expanding the University's reputation as the premier innovation center in the Southwest. The University of Arizona is classified as a Carnegie Foundation "RU/VH: Research Universities (very high research activity)" university (formerly "Research 1" university). UA has more than $622 million in research investment each year and ranks 22nd nationally among all public universities. The pillars of Arizona's new strategic plan research initiatives are (i) Space Technology, Development and Defense for the Fourth Industrial Revolution; (ii) Future Earth; Shaping a Resilient Natural and Built Environment, (iii) Healthier Communities, Aging and the Brain, and Resilient Humans; (iv) Humans, Society, and Intelligent Systems; and College of Data, Computing, and Network Science. The Research Office provides services to the University for proposal development, compliance and integrity, and core facilities. The Vice President for Research will report to this SVP position. Key Responsibilities For this challenging opportunity, the University seeks a leader who has a keen understanding of the research/innovation process from inception to commercialization, the ability to marshal the University's resources and create major partnerships with external organizations, the ability to lead through influence and persuasion in the face of uncertainty and ambiguity, and the acumen to understand and use the University's intellectual capital to achieve greater connectivity with external collaborators. The SVP will be fluent in science across traditional disciplinary boundaries and will have a successful track record spotting, conceptualizing, and commercializing opportunities for greater impact by molding together programs and research from a variety of disparate groups and completing large scale partnership deals. The SVP must also possess the ability to integrate efforts by faculty, students, staff, and executive leaders to move discoveries into use for the benefit of the University, Arizona, and the nation. Benefits Outstanding UA benefits include health, dental, and vision insurance plans; life insurance and disability programs; paid vacation, sick leave, and holidays; UA/ASU/NAU tuition reduction for the employee and qualified family members; state and optional retirement plans; access to UA recreation and cultural activities; and more! The University of Arizona has been listed by Forbes as one of America's Best Employers in the United States and WorldatWork and the Arizona Department of Health Services have recognized us for our innovative work-life programs. For more information about working at the University of Arizona, please click here. Duties & Responsibilities The SVP will work to: * Integrate research and development funding across government, commercial, and not-for-profit funding sources to bolster new discoveries. * Manage the University's Office of Research, the Corporate Engagement Programs, Tech Launch Arizona, and the University's research parks and Center for Innovation. * Bring discoveries to market through collaborative research, licenses to growth companies and creation of new companies. * Enhance the innovation economy in southern Arizona. These goals will be achieved in close collaboration with the Provost and other members of the Senior Leadership Team to ensure strong alignment to the academic program and broader mission of the University. In the near and mid-term, the SVP's aspirational goals include: * Growing the University's externally-funded research programs and increasing its scholarly, economic, and social relevance. * Working with University faculty and business leaders to complete signature deals and streamline contractual engagements with commercial and not-for-profit partners which build on the University's areas of excellence. * Working with faculty to increase invention disclosures. * Accelerating license agreements with both new and established companies. * Increasing the number of start-ups which achieve substantial first round, professional funding. * Further developing the regional ecosystem for innovation, new company creation, alignment with major outside organizations, and linkages to other research and educational institutions. Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities Minimum Qualifications A doctoral degree, or at a minimum master's degree with experience comparable to the attainment of a doctoral degree. Fifteen or more years of related work experience, including ten years of management experience, typically in large complex institutions. The SVP will be goal-driven, demonstrate a strong commitment to achieving UA's broad goals, and adept at working with leading researchers, senior executives, boards of major organizations, and investors. He/she must have the capacity to understand the complexities of an AAU research university with an affiliated health system and the ability to anticipate and articulate the critical issues, opportunities, and threats in the foreseeable future. Significant experience working with or in private industry, strategy development, business development, investing, corporate partnerships, alliance management and university research is required. Preferred Qualifications * Exemplary leadership skills with a record of achieving results; * Participatory management and leadership styles that model the values of service, initiative, and collaboration; * Thoughtful risk-taking which relies on data and input from others to foresee possible threats or unintended consequences from decisions; * Strong verbal and written communication and advocacy skills, equally effective with both internal and external constituents; * A problem-solving style based on personal integrity, professional confidence, and excellent relationship management skills; * Nuanced business judgment and personal maturity; and * Strong ethics and high integrity. FLSA Exempt Full Time/Part Time Full Time Number of Hours Worked per Week 40 Job Category Administrative and Professional Benefits Eligible Yes - Full Benefits Posted Rate of Pay DOE Type of criminal background check required: Fingerprint criminal background check (security sensitive due to job duties) CAPTION: Posting Detail Information Posting Number A23250 Number of Vacancies One Desired Start Date Position End Date (if temporary) Limited to Current UA Employees No Contact Information for Candidates Confidential inquiries and nominations should also be directed to: * Jennifer Biehn, Nicholas Brill, and Ora Smith * Odgers Berndtson * Open Date 12/21/2018 Close Date Open Until Filled Yes Review Begins On 01/07/2019 Special Instructions to Applicant Qualified candidates should forward an electronic version of a curriculum vitae and an optional letter of interest to: * Jennifer Biehn, Nicholas Brill, and Ora Smith * Odgers Berndtson * Diversity Statement At the University of Arizona, we value our inclusive climate because we know that diversity in experiences and perspectives is vital to advancing innovation, critical thinking, solving complex problems, and creating an inclusive academic community. As an Hispanic-serving institution, we translate these values into action by seeking individuals who have experience and expertise working with diverse students, colleagues, and constituencies. Because we seek a workforce with a wide range of perspectives and experiences..... click apply for full job details

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