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University of South Florida
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Posted: 03/17/2016
Associate Director for Innovation & Incubation

The University of South Florida supports economic development in the Tampa Bay region and the State of Florida with cutting-edge programs that bring together the strengths of the USF System, the Tampa Bay region, and the State of Florida, providing a critical interface that stimulates high-tech and biotech industries and creates jobs. The USF Research Foundation, a not-for-profit, direct-support organization, promotes and operates the USF Research Park of Tampa Bay. The Research Foundation also supports the Innovation & Incubation Program, which includes USF CONNECT, the Tampa Bay Technology Incubator (TBTI), the Student Innovation Incubator, and the Florida High Tech Corridor Matching Grants Program.

The USF Research Foundation is seeking a highly motivated, visionary individual to serve as the Associate Director for Innovation & Incubation. Reporting to the Associate Vice President for Technology Transfer & Business Partnerships, the responsibilities of the Associate Director include community and industry engagement in concert with local, regional, national, and global economic; development of programs and activities associated with incubation programs; and the grants program, including the development of funding opportunities and the Florida High Tech Corridor Matching Grants. The Associate Director will establish an agenda and implementation strategy for incubation and serve as the University's point-of-contact to facilitate communication and coordination with such community organizations as chambers of commerce, Enterprise Florida, the Tampa Bay Partnership, and the Tampa-Hillsborough Economic Development Corporation to attract new business and industry to the Tampa Bay area and the USF Research Park, in particular. The Associate Director provides momentum for developing and strengthening partnerships with business and industry that have significant impact on the University, the local community, and the State of Florida.

Directs the Innovation & Incubation Program. Develops business and research relationships that help to identify and support expanded career opportunities in the local, state, national, and International economies. Expands USF's local, state, national, and international business relationships in international areas where the university presently operates. Works collaboratively with community partners, funding organizations and the university to assist with the assessment of the community needs. Builds collaborations with the USF System and community to assist incubator companies and build relationships, mentors and coaches incubator companies, evaluates program based on incubation industry best practices and develops strategy and solutions for program development and expansion, recruits and directs the activities of associated advisory groups. Assists with the recruitment of clients for the incubator. Tracks and reports program metrics, prepares funding reports.

Consults with the Office of General Counsel on matters of regulations and policies; develops and implements pertinent policies. Consults with the Associate Vice President on major policy changes and represents the unit in cross-functional policy development. Travels to deliver client services, conduct presentations, and for other purposes as required.

Acts on behalf of the Associate Vice President in her absence and serves as Accountable Officer for unit budget, revenue, and expenditures. Researches grant funding opportunities, prepares proposals, manages grants to achieve desired outcomes, and develops reports. Manages unit employees.


This position requires a master's degree or higher and at least three years of progressively responsible experience in technology and business incubation, or a bachelor's degree and five years of progressively responsible technology and business incubation experience. Candidates should have a strong understanding of local and state laws, policies, business incentives, and opportunities that impact economic development.

The successful candidate must be able to demonstrate a record of strong leadership capabilities in economic development and incubation at the local, state, and national levels, preferably as an employee of a higher education institution, and a successful record of coordinating activities and programs with personnel responsible for economic development, technology transfer, workforce development, entrepreneurship, business incubation, and community outreach. Candidates should have experience managing or working with grants and economic development funding programs, such as matching grants, preferably in Florida. Knowledge of technology business incubator best practices and structure, as well as economic development metrics collection, reporting, and analysis is important. Successful grant writing and grant administration experience is highly desirable.

Information for Applicants:
This is a 12-month, full-time, benefit-eligible position. For consideration, a cover letter explaining the applicant's background and interest in the position, a resume, and a list of references with contact information must be included (employers will not be contacted without permission of the applicant). Examples of grant writing may be requested at the point of interview.

USF Research & Innovation views its positions as career track and affords our employees educational and professional opportunities for growth. If you are interested in working in a dynamic, highly visible administrative field, we encourage your application.

This position is subject to a criminal background check.

Job Opening Number: 9725
Posting End Date: Open Until Filled

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Equal Employment Opportunity:
USF is an equal opportunity, equal access academic institution that embraces diversity in the workplace.

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About USF:
The University of South Florida is a high-impact, global research university located in beautiful Tampa Bay on Florida's spectacular west coast. It is one of the largest public universities in the nation, and among the top 50 universities, public or private, for federal research expenditures. The university is one of only four Florida public universities classified by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching in the top tier of research universities, a distinction attained by only 2.3 percent of all universities.

At the heart of USF is a vibrant, diverse and engaged student body. More than 47,000 students are enrolled in the USF System, a system of three separately accredited institutions – USF Tampa, USF St. Petersburg and USF Sarasota-Manatee – with an annual budget of $1.5 billion and an annual economic impact of $3.7 billion. The university's main Tampa campus is home to USF Health, including the Colleges of Medicine, Nursing, Public Health and Pharmacy.

With over 230 degree programs at the undergraduate, graduate, specialty and doctoral levels, including the doctor of medicine, there's something for everyone at USF. The university offers a dynamic learning environment that inspires innovation, creativity and collaboration and is focused on student success. More than 2,000 distinguished scholars, researchers and expert teachers, nearly all holding PhDs or the highest degrees in their fields, make up the USF faculty – including the 2012 U.S. Professor of the Year.

USF is a member of the American Athletic Conference, with 17 men's and women's varsity teams competing at the NCAA-level. New facilities for practice and competition, along with a completely renovated USF Sun Dome, put the university's athletic facilities on par with virtually every top program in the country. For more information about USF please visit:

Working at USF:
With more than 16,000 employees in the USF System, the University of South Florida is one of the largest employers in the Tampa Bay region. At USF you will find opportunities to excel in a rich academic environment that fosters the development and advancement of our employees. We believe in creating a talented, engaged and driven workforce through on-going development and career opportunities. We also offer a first class benefit package that includes medical, dental and life insurance plans, retirement plan options, tuition program and generous leave programs and more.

To learn more about working at USF please visit: Work Here. Learn Here. Grow Here.

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