Director of Contracts, Technology Development Group
University of California, Los Angeles
Los Angeles, California
The University of California, Los Angeles Technology Development Group (UCLA TDG) has initiated a search for its first Director of Contracts. The Director will be a key member of a new team charged with driving and guiding TDG's strategy and execution of commercializing intellectual property.
The Director handles a broad range of corporate transactions and technology commercialization issues, including advising and drafting intellectual property licenses and sponsored research agreements. S/he is responsible for assisting the group on legal matters relating to the licensing of technology to existing companies, formation of new companies, establishment of research and technology partnerships, and enhancing the value of UCLA's technological assets. Serving the entire UCLA campus, UCLA Health Sciences, and the UCLA Technology Development Corporation (TDC), the Director provides legal support and guidance, including aiding in negotiations, drafting, strategy, and providing IPrelated advice on copyright, trademark, patent matters, and use of name.
Reporting to the Associate Vice Chancellor and President & CEO of the Technology Development Corporation, the Director will receive and review the best inventions from the UCLA faculty and execute productive arrangements with industry. This position will play a crucial role in bringing significant new technologies to market and in lessening the distance between the research occurring at a major research university and the needs of the public. Working closely with faculty TDG colleagues, the Director of Contracts will work to forge equitable arrangements that reward the hard work and talent necessary for creation.
The Director will independently handle a full range of legal matters and projects, serving as a trusted strategic partner advising University business units; providing practical advice and alternative solutions to business issues; interpreting complex facts and the law in areas of moderate to high ambiguity; and directly negotiate matters on behalf of the University and act as a liaison with outside counsel.
A J.D. from an accredited law school is required. Candidates should have 58 years of legal experience as a commercial lawyer in a private law firm, or in-house counsel for an academic institution, corporation, or other entity, or equivalent experience.
Inquiries, nominations, and/or applications should be directed in confidence to: