Turner Center for Entrepreneurship - Director of Technology Commercialization

The Turner Center for Entrepreneurship invites applications for a Director of Technology Commercialization.

Established in 2001 by a gift from Robert ’77 MBA ’78 and his wife Carolyn, the Turner Center for Entrepreneurship builds on the college’s historic strength in small business assistance.  The center brings together educational, research, and related programs and services to help entrepreneurs and family business owners create more successful businesses.  The Turner Center houses the Illinois Small Business Development Center and Illinois SBDC International Trade Center which provide business training and technical assistance to start-up and existing businesses by offering counseling and training programs.

The Director of Technology Commercialization is based within the Turner Center.  It is funded through a cooperative agreement the State of Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO), with additional funding from the Illinois Manufacturing Extension Center (IMEC) and Bradley University.

The primary task of the Director of Technology Commercialization is to:

  • Facilitate the commercialization and acceleration of technology generated by the region’s manufacturers and businesses, academic community, technology research centers, and entrepreneurs.
  • Assist in assessing the economic potential of new technology, define potential markets, identify funding needs and potential funding sources, and assist clients in planning and implementing technology development plans.
  • Collaborate with public and private resources in support of program and client needs.
  • Facilitate training programs to support technology commercialization and acceleration within the community.
  • Facilitate impact surveys of the success of technology commercialization and/or acceleration and its economic impact.
  • Assist with student-based new-technology development projects

The Director reports to the Turner Center Director of Operations, with indirect reporting to IMEC.  The Director is a liaison to partner organizations and facilitates building strong relationships with small businesses, area manufacturers, research laboratories, faculty, and community economic development organizations.

A Bachelor’s Degree is required, preferably in engineering, the sciences, technical, or business related field; master’s degree is desirable. Candidates must possess strong communication skills - both verbal and written; experience with basic computer programs including word processing and spreadsheets and ability to interact effectively with a diverse constituency including inventors, investors, entrepreneurs, faculty and staff at Bradley, IMEC clients and partners, and other area agencies including the University of Illinois College of Medicine and the USDA-ARS-NCAUR, state officials, and industry representatives.

Additionally, competitive candidates should have:

  • Experience in bringing to market, managing, and/or commercializing new technologies and innovations. 
  • Experience in product development process management, intellectual property, business and financial planning, and the funding of new ventures through grants, loans, angel investors, or venture capital
  • A sincere interest in working with entrepreneurs and start-up/early stage technology ventures.

Local, regional and national travel is required and occasional commitments before 8 a.m. and after 5 p.m. and on weekends both off and on campus.

Salary is commensurate with experience and qualifications.  Qualified applicants should send a cover letter addressing qualifications for the position, resume and complete contact information for three professional references electronically to techdir@bradley.edu.

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Employment with Bradley University is contingent upon the satisfactory completion of a criminal background check.

Bradley University is a distinctive, medium-size, comprehensive private institution of higher learning. The University is located on an 85-acre campus in Peoria, the largest metropolitan area in central Illinois. With approximately 5,000 undergraduate and 800 graduate students, Bradley offers the opportunities and choices of a larger university (with over 130 programs in five colleges, plus a graduate school) and the quality, personal attention, and challenge of a small private college. Bradley is rich in tradition and full of promise to become one of the nation's best comprehensive universities. For additional information about the University visit www.bradley.edu.

Bradley University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. The administration, faculty, and staff are committed to attracting qualified candidates from underrepresented groups.