Executive Director of Innovation Projects - Office of the Provost
- Philadelphia Pa
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Work type: Full-Time
Location: University City - Philadelphia, PA
Categories: Drexel University, Office of the Provost
The primary role of the Executive Director of Innovation Projects for the Drexel Solutions Institute (DSI) is to build a project pipeline of interdisciplinary innovative research projects with industry for the Innovation Engine. Drexel University’s approach to external partnerships has traditionally included a strong focus on six-month co-op experiences for students. The launch of DSI in 2019 was an important step in the University’s evolution to establishing more formal mechanism for cultivating and expanding relationships by establishing a central unit to facilitate comprehensive, interdisciplinary partnerships. The Innovation Engine builds upon the work of DSI and our Strategic Plan by bringing together teams of students, faculty, and external partners to develop projects shaped by student interests, faculty expertise and partner needs. The director will provide oversight on the identification of new projects and manage the completion and delivery of the interdisciplinary industry projects. This individual will be responsible for developing and cultivating partners that will drive and support the University’s strategic plan and its implementation and grow opportunities to solve real-world industry challenges.
The Executive Director will nurture and oversee business development of the “Engine Projects” and will have a history of successful delivery of a portfolio of projects in collaboration with academic and external partners (for-profit/non-profit organizations). The Executive Director will be responsible for identifying project opportunities that would be sponsored by organizations or donors. Upon completion of project contracting the Executive Director will guide multiple interdisciplinary project teams comprised of expert faculty and students (undergraduate, graduate, doctoral) as well as program coordinator(s), to drive innovative and impactful customized research driven solutions.
The Executive Director is also required to gain a deep understanding of Drexel’s R1 research capabilities and collaborate with DSI leadership to identify and present existing research capabilities to prospective and current partners to uncover potential opportunities for collaboration. The Executive Director works with C- level industry partners, alumni, faculty, students, and technical staff.
Thorough knowledge of a consultative sales approach, project management, the market, the solutions/services that the university can provide, and the products and services offered by other competitors are necessary for this role. The Director will seek to build partnerships with external partners that will support/enhance students’ exposure to experiential learning through research and curriculum development embodied in the projects and innovation challenges.
The Executive Director will report to the Senior Vice Provost, Academic Industry Partnerships.
Please make sure you upload your CV/resume and cover letter when submitting your application.
Review of applicants will begin once a suitable candidate pool is identified.
Advertised: Oct 11 2022 Eastern Daylight Time
Applications close: Nov 11 2022 Eastern Standard Time
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