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Director of Commercialization Programming

The Director, Commercialization Programming will design, develop, and execute a strategy to help expedite the commercialization of technology in the greater Philadelphia region through the Science Center’s commercialization continuum. The Director will serve as a liaison between multiple divisions of the Science Center and evaluate and build upon Science Center programming to assist companies in developing and delivering products; beginning pilots, sales and supporting corporate partnerships; and seeking and obtaining investments. The Director will leverage existing programs and processes to deliver growth opportunities for early-stage companies and oversee the sourcing, due diligence, and selection of early-stage investments with the VP of Commercialization and New Ventures.

The Director will have cross-industry knowledge of the needs of technology-based startup companies in the information technology, life/health sciences, and/or healthcare industries; will be a competent project and process manager with an interest in “innovation ecosystems”; will be an enthusiastic developer and manager of highly integrated networks of key people including entrepreneurs, inventors, investors, and industry professionals.

The Director will:

  • Support the development and operation of a suite of programs for academic partners that will provide mentoring/funding/support to commercialize technologies from universities.
  • Oversee strategy and execution of the above outlined programs. New programs may be developed and funded to fill additional gaps in streamlining commercialization.
  • Oversee specific programming content for the accelerator program companies. The Director will partner with other Science Center pillars to develop and tailor programming content specific to the needs of companies.
  • Support sourcing, due diligence, and selection of companies for investment in partnership. The Director will partner with the VP of Commercialization and New Ventures in addition to other members of the leadership team as needed to build an investment thesis.
  • Support partnerships with external health IT organizations, including, but not limited to HealthShare Exchange, to expand commercialization nationally and internationally.

The Director will report to the Vice President of Commercialization and New Ventures and will partner with the VP of Ecosystem Development to bridge the two programs, as well as explore community, partnership, and sponsorship opportunities as appropriate. This position will participate in department activities as necessary. Infrequent travel may be necessary.

Key responsibilities of this role include:

  • Work in tandem with Commercialization and other Science Center pillars to create and bring specific programming to various accelerator program companies.
  • Create programming to support the Science Center’s commercialization continuum strategy.
  • Lead teams to conceive, shape, refine and prioritize enterprise-wide initiatives and innovation opportunities and provide ongoing program management
  • Develop a strategy and provide oversight for in-depth market analysis to source companies, perform due diligence, and select companies for investment.
  • Participate in or oversee the preparation of financial models and ROI analyses for senior management.
  • Develop technical knowledge and provide programmatic design expertise for the team.
  • Play a key role in driving enterprise-wide corporate strategy and innovation initiatives as well as short and long-range planning processes.
  • Manage outreach to, screening and intake of, and participation by start-up businesses.
  • Monitor and directly promote business growth and development of companies participating in programs, including by providing concierge services for participants that connect them to academic, professional services, investor, and other resources as appropriate.
  • Create and maintain networks of entrepreneurs, mentors, professionals, funders, and B2B contacts, and facilitating their strategic interaction with participating start-up companies.
  • Connect and integrate incubation program participants with existing Science Center and regional initiatives, events and meet-ups, work with Science Center pillars to develop dedicated events and meet-ups as appropriate to meet the needs of participating start-ups.
  • Collaborate with accelerator programs, including international and university, to:
  • Develop and administer a program plan, operating policies, and outreach documents, consistent with the Science Center’s existing funding program parameters;
  • Charter and convene a governance/oversight committee;
  • Recruit domain-specific experts and entrepreneurs to act as mentors, and define their roles and relationships;
  • Solicit technology investment opportunities among existing companies that are at, or move to, the Science Center;
  • Manage participants throughout their engagement with the program;
  • Develop opportunities to showcase participating companies and facilitate their graduation to post-program opportunities;
  • Engage in investor sourcing and funding activity;
  • Collaborate with internal colleagues to:
    • Establish and track key metrics and measurements of programs
    • Create progress reports for public/private funders and other stakeholders as necessary;
    • Assist in the preparation of documentation or other materials for use in fundraising efforts, as required;
    • Manage accounts and program budget.
  • Manage internal communications and messaging regarding commercialization and new venture programs and initiatives
  • Work with the Marketing team to support external communication, marketing and promotion
  • Represent the Science Center externally to promote business incubation and venture acceleration programs.
  • Support business incubation activities of the team as needed.

Management Duties

  • Provide management of department and administrative support staff through independent judgment and decision-making.
  • Participate in the development of a departmental budget as part of the organization’s budget preparation process and operate within budget limitations.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Passion for science, technology and entrepreneurship, and a strong understanding of practices and concepts of growing early-stage technology companies.
  • Demonstrated ability to combine analytic, strategic, and communication skills to drive group results.
  • Demonstrated ability and willingness to build relationships with key actors in innovation and entrepreneurship ecosystems.
  • Demonstrated willingness and ability to optimize facts, judgment, and desire to create new programs and enterprises, with an entrepreneurial and disciplined approach to “make it happen”.
  • Demonstrated ability to lead and execute daily and special project goals by carefully setting priorities, meeting deadlines, delegating appropriately, and scheduling time efficiently.
  • Ability to analyze complex network, data, and computer issues and use critical thinking to identify strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions, or approaches to problems.
  • Ability to lead change in a positive and productive manner.
  • Ability to communicate effectively, verbally and in writing, about scientific, technical, and business issues, with the Science Center management team, Sc staff, and a wide variety of external stakeholders.
  • Ability to organize multiple tasks in an efficient manner and follow-up and follow- through with strong attention to detail.
  • Demonstrated ability to lead other people through a cooperative effort.
  • Possesses strong interpersonal skills as demonstrated by compassionate, courteous, cordial, cooperative, and professional interaction with diverse groups of co-workers, external business partners, and the community.
  • Ability to operate a computer and use a variety of common software programs including Microsoft Office, spreadsheets, and customized databases.
  • Adheres to all UCSC and departmental policies and procedures.
  • Attends all UCSC in-services as required.

UCSC Leadership Competencies

Embodies and Models Science Center Values:

  • Unity: Promotes one Science Center, united and guided by our mission.
  • Open Communication: Practices open communication by encouraging a diversity of ideas and recognizing the value of sharing opinions and experiences in our work.
  • Integrity: Creates an environment of trust and integrity. Honest and ethical in everything.
  • Impact: Works to make a meaningful and measurable difference in the lives of others.
  • Equity & Inclusion: Fosters an environment that embraces the strength in the diversity of our team and our community.
  • Innovation in Action: Committed to continuous learning and open to new ideas that drive positive change.

Judgement and Problem Solving:

Makes decisions that are sound, accurate, timely and supported by the reasoning and inclusion of others. Effectively balances individual needs and those of the organization in decision-making.

Resourcefulness/Initiative:

Identifies opportunities and issues, proactively acts and follows through on work activities to resolve or capitalize on them. Thinks strategically and anticipates needs of the organization. Leads with initiatives and ideas, gathers support from others to meet common goals.

Develops Self and Others:

Fosters a climate for the learning and development of self and others. Actively plans for the development of others to perform and contribute to the organization by providing opportunities to learn through both formal and informal methods. Develops and manages the departmental function to meaningfully contribute to the organization's overall growth.

The successful candidate will have 5+ years of experience in facilitating technology start-up business growth. Operations experience in commercial product development is desired. Experience in both non-profit and for-profit organizational environments desired. Master’s level degree in business, finance, law, or science desired. Candidate must be fully vaccinated by date of hire.

The Science Center offers a comprehensive employee benefit package which includes Medical, Dental, Short and Long-Term Disability, Flexible Spending, Life Insurance and 403(b) with a significant company match.

We are an Equal Opportunity Employer

Interested candidates should forward a resume and salary requirements to: Human Resources, University City Science Center 3675 Market Street, Suite 400 Philadelphia, PA 19104 or email resumes@sciencecenter.org.

About the Science Center
Established in 1963, the Science Center is a mission-driven nonprofit that commercializes promising technology, cultivates talent, and convenes people to inspire action. With partnerships across top academic and research institutions, industry, and healthcare systems, the Science Center is helping life-saving technologies transition from bench to bedside and nurturing a workforce that supports a 21st century economy. For more information, visit sciencecenter.org and follow @UCScienceCenter.