NOW HIRING: Program Manager, Maryland Innovation Initiative (MII)

You are here: Home » Jobs » NOW HIRING: Program Manager, Maryland Innovation Initiative (MII)

Do you want to be a change agent in Maryland’s economy and help promote commercialization and job creation?  Well then, this may be the job for you…

Come out to BioBuzz on August 22nd in Rockville to speak with Dan Gincel of the Maryland Stem Cell Research Fund, as well as other representatives from TEDCO and learn more about what it’s like working for an organization that makes a real impact in our economy; They promote commercialization within Biotech, Technology, Healthcare and many more of Maryland’s high tech industries.


Program Manager, Maryland Innovation Initiative (MII)
Maryland Innovation Initiative Background
The Maryland Innovation Initiative (MII) was passed in the 2012 General Assembly session
(SB239/HB442). The bill designates the Maryland Technology Development Corporation (TEDCO) to be
the administrator of the MII.

The purpose of MII is to: promote the commercialization of research conducted in participating universities; encourage qualifying universities to partner on commercialization proposals, strategies, and funding sources, including with federal laboratories located in Maryland; and facilitate technology transfer from university labs to start-up companies.

MII is a first-of-its-kind partnership between the State and Maryland and five of its academic research institutions designed to accelerate commercialization of technology, including, but not limited to, medical devices, imaging, informatics and cyber-security. Proof-of-concept and prototyping grants will be awarded to innovators and innovations best positioned to quickly create products that will meet needs present in the commercial marketplace. By supplying the right expertise and incentives, a relatively modest investment by the program can facilitate the transfer of new technologies from the lab to the marketplace within two years.

For fiscal year 2013, the State has appropriated $5M to establish MII. Additionally, all five of the state’s academic research institutions [University of Maryland College Park (UMCP), University of Maryland Baltimore (UMB), University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC), Morgan State University (MSU) and Johns Hopkins University (JHU)] are also investing an aggregate $800K into the program. Combined, this provides an annual budget of $5.8M for the program.

Position Summary
The Program Manager for the MII is primarily responsible for the day-to-day management of the MII program. This includes performing all tasks necessary to ensure that the MII program is run efficiently and consistent with the vision and policies established by the MII Board and the MII legislation (SB239/HB442).

Specific duties include, but are not limited to:
1. Reviewing and managing all MII proposals, including assisting applicants with the application process and TEDCO’s on-line proposal management system, coordinating reviews with the TEDCO review committee, and keeping applicants notified as to the status of their proposals;

2. Managing and tracking all awards resulting from the program, including working with TEDCO’s counsel to coordinate the execution of funding agreements, processing payments to awardees, and ensuring that awardees submit any required reports and otherwise comply with the terms of the awards;

3. Providing administrative and technical support for meetings of the MII Board, including scheduling meetings, taking minutes, and keeping Board members updated on the status of the MII program;

4. Promoting the MII program to university administrators and faculty in coordination with university site miners and technology transfer officers, and to other potential applicants through presentations and the development of content for marketing materials;

5. Defining, collecting and analyzing metrics for the MII program;

6. Generating all required reports for the program including reports for the MII Board, the TEDCO Board, reports required by the MII legislation, and any other required reports;

7. Managing a portfolio of the MII awardees, including obtaining technology transfer and economic impact data from any resulting companies, maintaining relationships with companies commercializing technologies developed through the MII program, and encouraging such companies to take advantage of TEDCO’s other funding programs;

8. Establishing and maintaining relationships with all of the participating universities; and

9. Other duties as needed or assigned.

For administrative issues, the MII Program Manager reports directly to the TEDCO vice president responsible for overseeing university programs. The Program Manager will also be responsible to the MII Board for policy implementation.

Position Requirements:

The ideal candidate will possess the following:

● A bachelor’s degree (graduate degree preferred) in the biological, physical, or engineeringsciences;

● At least five years’ experience in the private sector with product development or marketingexperience;

● Experience in university technology transfer or commercializing technologies from research universities;

● Experience in managing grants, the administration/management of grant programs, or grant reviews;

● Excellent relationship-building and communications skills (oral and written); and

● Experience working with boards or commissions.Compensation

Salary range of $75,000 to $100,000 commensurate with experience, plus full benefits package.
Funding for the MII program is contingent upon annual State appropriations. This position will be
housed at TEDCO’s office in Columbia, MD.

How to Apply for this Position
Interested applicants that meet the eligibility criteria above should forward an electronic cover letter
and resume to John Wasilisin, TEDCO Executive Vice President/Chief Operating Officer, at by 5:00 pm Friday, August 24, 2012.
August 1, 2012

Comments are closed.