Albany, New York - Posted on: Wednesday 11/13/13
This is a full time, 12-month calendar year professional staff position responsible for identifying, implementing, and successfully completing external funding initiatives at The RNA Institute, directly reporting to the Senior Program Officer. The incumbent will be responsible for identifying external funding opportunities aligned with Institute programs and needs from a variety of sources including Federal, State, Corporate, Foundations, and Individuals.
The successful applicant will be responsible for developing and implementing a sustainability strategy by cultivating relationships with various on-campus and off-campus stakeholders including but not limited to funding agencies, associated and affiliated faculty researchers, congressional and legislative staffers, Foundation Program Officers, Regional Economic Development Council director, etc. Strategy implementation requires the incumbent to be responsible for coordinating proposal application preparation, writing, and submission in collaboration with various stakeholders and to be the liaison at a high level to a variety of University offices. The successful applicant will be responsible for incorporating and implementing technology commercialization as part of the sustainability strategy. As such, s/he will be responsible for developing a corporate prospect list and identifying and cultivating relationships with points of contact at multiple levels, qualifying prospects and then matching research affiliates of the Institute and corporate prospects with potentially overlapping research and technology development interests. To facilitate sharing of research and technology ideas, s/he will liaison with the VRP Office to implement Confidentiality and Research Agreements between the University and corporate prospects, coordinate and organize meetings between matched corporate and Institute researchers and business development groups for sharing technology development and research ideas, create and pitch ideas (programs) for structuring public-private partnerships. S/he will also be responsible for creating and marketing an Institute IP portfolio with the goal of out-licensing technologies to companies and forming public-private partnerships for proof-of-concept.
The incumbent will also be involved in interviewing, hiring, training, and making recommendations concerning evaluation, promotion, and termination of support staff and assist in planning, reviewing and supervising the work of support staff.
- Bachelor’s degree in Life Sciences from a college or university accredited by a U.S. Department of Education or internationally recognized accrediting organization
- Three to five years of laboratory research experience (experience can be substituted with a PhD in biological/biochemical sciences at an academic institution and/or company)
- Five years of progressive business development experience that demonstrates increasing complexity of responsibilities and experience and success in relationship management
- Successful candidates must demonstrate proficiency with Excel, Word, Powerpoint, and contact management databases and demonstrate successful experience with relationship management.
- Excellent organizational, verbal and written skills and interpersonal skills
- Budget, project management, and grant writing experience
- Applicants must address in their applications their ability to work with a culturally diverse population.
- MBA degree
- Experience with University policies and procedures, purchasing, and accounting a plus