Director of Industry and Technology Transactions

Stanford University   Stanford, CA   Full-time     Management
Posted on May 15, 2024
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Stanford University, Office of Technology Licensing

Stanford, CA




Stanford University seeks a strategic and collaborative leader to serve as the Director of Industry and Technology Transactions, leading the Industrial Contracts Office. Operating within Stanford’s Office of Technology Licensing (OTL), the University's central organization supporting entrepreneurship and innovation, the Director will provide strategic direction, cross-functional coordination, and oversight for Stanford’s industry research and alliance contracting. The Director will work in concert with OTL senior leadership and peers and will have the opportunity to assess current structures and develop a long-term strategic plan to best support the University in the growing number and complexity of industry partnerships. Reporting to the Associate Vice Provost of the Stanford Office of Technology Licensing, the Director works closely with leadership across Stanford as well as with regional and national partners.


Stanford seeks a leader with the experience and vision to provide strategic leadership in the area of industry research and alliance contracting in support of the institutional mission. The Director will act as an ambassador within Stanford, as well as externally, and will manage a growing team. To succeed in this challenging role, the Director must possess a demonstrated record of leadership, insight, and understanding of multifaceted research agreements and technology transfer and industry and alliance partnerships in a complex organizational context; knowledge of evolving issues related to patent law and intellectual property; as well as the ability to provide leadership to the University community by engaging in public events on campus and nationally.


Stanford University, located in the heart of California's Silicon Valley, is one of the world's leading teaching and research universities. Since its opening in 1891, Stanford has been dedicated to finding solutions to societal challenges and to preparing students for leadership in a complex world. The Stanford community includes approximately 7,800 undergraduates, 9,700 graduate students, 2,300 faculty, and over 12,000 staff. The University has a fundamental mission of teaching, research, and learning, and has produced numerous Nobel Laureates and other leaders in every field of science, art, education, and business.


Stanford has retained Isaacson, Miller, a national executive search firm, to assist in the recruitment of this important position. Screening of complete applications will begin immediately and continue until the completion of the search process. Electronic submission of materials is strongly encouraged.


Applications accepted through Stanford careers:


Becca Kennedy, Partner (she/her)

Karen McPhedran, Managing Associate (she/her)

Cortnee Bollard, Senior Search Coordinator (they/them)

Isaacson, Miller


The expected pay range for this position is $205,000 to $280,000 per annum.
Stanford University provides pay ranges representing its good faith estimate of what the university reasonably expects to pay for a position. The pay offered to a selected candidate will be determined based on factors such as (but not limited to) the scope and responsibilities of the position, the qualifications of the selected candidate, departmental budget availability, internal equity, geographic location and external market pay for comparable jobs.


At Stanford University, base pay represents only one aspect of the comprehensive rewards package. The Cardinal at Work website ( provides detailed information on Stanford’s extensive range of benefits and rewards offered to employees. Specifics about the rewards package for this position may be discussed during the hiring process.


The job duties listed are typical examples of work performed by positions in this job classification and are not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, tasks, and responsibilities. Specific duties and responsibilities may vary depending on department or program needs without changing the general nature and scope of the job or level of responsibility. Employees may also perform other duties as assigned.


Stanford is an equal employment opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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