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Director, Invention to Innovation Center (I2C)

The University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH) is seeking a qualified candidate for the position of Director to lead the new Innovation to Invention Center (I2C), a university-led high-tech business incubator, established in partnership with the State of Alabama and the U.S. Economic Development Administration. The Director of I2C will set an inspiring and sustainable course for the organization’s future as it is established and grows in reach, impact, and significance for the region. The Director will have a highly-rewarding opportunity to establish programs to spur innovation and entrepreneurship in collaboration with UAH Colleges and Research Centers, local, state, and regional economic development organizations, federal partners, and businesses within the region. The position is located in Huntsville, Alabama, and reports to the Vice President for Research and Economic Development.

This innovation hub will be housed in a soon-to be constructed 45,000 sq. ft. facility, designed specifically to incubate high-tech start-up and early-stage companies and to support relevant business and entrepreneurial programs. The I2C will serve as a major source of growth for North Alabama’s and Middle-Southern Tennessee’s entrepreneurial ecosystem and economy, leveraging UAH’s position as a premier research university located within Cummings Research Park.  Building upon UAH’s strengths, and the technology development associated with $100B of federally-funded science and technology activities at the adjacent Redstone Arsenal, I2C will be a catalyst in nurturing high-tech startup and early stage companies, creating jobs, and diversifying the regional economy.

UAH is a Tier 1 research university that prepares students for demanding positions in Engineering, the Sciences, Business, Nursing, Education, and the Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences. Located within the second largest corporate research park in the United States and the fourth largest in the world, UAH is considered a premier research university, and is listed in "America's 100 Best College Buys" and "The 150 Best National Doctoral Universities" by US News and World Reports. 

Huntsville is a major innovation hub for the surrounding North Alabama and Middle-Southern Tennessee region. It is a technology-rich city with over 300 high-tech companies, including many Fortune 500 companies. Nicknamed “The Rocket City” because of its long and significant role with the U.S. space and missile programs, the city has been at the forefront of innovation in space and technology. Huntsville is consistently ranked among the top cities in the nation to live and work.

For a more detailed description of this position, please visit:, and apply for the position of Director, Invention to Innovation Center (I2C), and RW3489.



Position:             Director of Advancement
Reports to:        President
Start Date:         October 15, 2016
Job Level:          Senior Management
Job Type:           Employee
Job Status:        Full Time Exempt

Institutional Background

The BioInnovation Center is a not-for-profit business incubator dedicated to fostering entrepreneurship and supporting Louisiana innovators as they develop technologies related to the life sciences and the environment.

Clients supported by the BioInnovation Center program teams include startups developing innovative new medical devices, therapeutics, diagnostics, digital health platforms, clean technologies, and more. All promising to improve global health, these technologies range from cancer and diabetes treatments to urban farming and water remediation solutions.  The organization currently supports over 100 clients and has helped them to raise approximately $100 million from a variety of capital sources. The BioInnovation Center works closely with independent innovators and researchers from major institutions including Tulane, LSU Health, Xavier and UNO. 

The Commercialization team offers various types of business assistance, in addition to running regular public workshops on entrepreneurship topics. Assistance services including business planning, intellectual property and market analyses, support in accessing various capital sources, and connecting entrepreneurs to external resources and key industry players.

The organization also operates a LEED Gold wet-lab facility located on Canal Street in downtown New Orleans.  The building currently houses over 30 companies in areas such as diagnostics, medical devices, IT, and venture capital. The facility is housed in downtown’s burgeoning medical district, where more than $2.3 billion has been invested in new hospital and medical research construction.

Finally, the BioInnovation Center runs the New Orleans BioFund, an innovative program that offers various capital options to startups who are unable to access capital elsewhere. These investments help bridge a critical funding gap and allow companies to better position themselves for more traditional funding opportunities in the future.  With over $3 million deployed, BioFund has helped nearly two dozen companies with financing in areas such as working capital, equipment financing, and inventory support.

Position Description
The newly created Director of Advancement position is a professional fund-raising position reporting directly to the President. The position will be responsible for overseeing and providing strategic direction for the BioInnovation Center’s fundraising and communication programs; and identifying, cultivating, soliciting, and stewarding a personal, targeted portfolio of priority prospects.

The position will promote the mission and vision of the organization through creating communication/marketing success and securing funding from grants, sponsorships, and other individuals in a team-based approach in support of the Center’s goals and strategic priorities. The position will manage grant reporting and compliance in concert with other senior level staff.

The Director of Advancement will work with the President and the Board of Directors to promote targeted, interdisciplinary giving opportunities and further the goals of the institution.

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Excellent oral, written, and interpersonal communication skills
  • Excellent organization skills, including the ability to manage multiple demands and/or projects simultaneously
  • Experience in managing frontline event/communication staff and support staff
  • Demonstrated experience in cultivating and expanding existing donor relationships over time
  • Demonstrated ability to influence and engage a wide range of donors and build long-term relationships
  • Demonstrated ability to write and steward grants, including coordinating budget development and reporting
  • Demonstrated ability to maintain proper donor data, gift records, and donor recognition processes
  • Proven track record of consultative management capabilities
  • Knowledge of the New Orleans and Louisiana philanthropic landscape a plus


  • High School diploma or equivalent and 9-12 years directly related work experience


  • Bachelor’s degree and 7-10 years direct fund-raising or related experience in the solicitation and closing of gifts of $100K+ in an entrepreneurial environment preferred. Transferable, related experience such as marketing, public relations, alumni relations, trust officer, or sales may be considered


  • Ability to create, implement, and manage an integrated fund raising and communications plan
  • Commitment to the values of an organization focused on entrepreneurial development and creating a knowledge-based regional economy with higher paying jobs and better opportunities for Louisianans of all backgrounds.
  • Knowledge of various software systems, such as Word and Excel preferred, in addition to fundraising software
  • Self-starter who has the ability to communicate (written and oral) well, handle multiple tasks and a diverse staff.
Opportunities and Challenges Facing the Director of Advancement
  • As the founding Director of Advancement, the opportunity to shape the office structure and procedures, which you believe will work best to meet the goals of the organization, is on your shoulders.
  • Challenge: You will be taking fund raising from events and limited sponsorships to a full advancement operation.
  • Opportunity: You have communications staff ready to help. You will lead the integration of communications into the organization’s first full development plan. The development plan will create balance between organizational funding and client funding.
  • Challenge: You will need to balance the needs for organizational funding with the client’s need for funding for start-up and commercialization purposes.  Seeking the balance will be key.
  • Opportunity: In the fulfillment of BioInnovation Center mission, you will play a large role in the creation of new businesses and high paying jobs for the Louisiana economy.
  • Challenge: The needs are great for Louisiana on the economic front. You must be able to bridge the gap between the needs of the community, the possibility brought by the BioInnovation Center, and the desire of the benefactor.  If you are successful, change for the good happens, the economy grows, and Louisiana is more than sustained.
  • Opportunity: There are opportunities to work in collaboration with several university development offices to garner support for BioInnovation Center programs.

Salary is commensurate with experience.  A complete benefits package, including full medical and retirement, is offered to the successful candidate.

How to Apply
Please send cover letter, resume, 3 professional references, salary history and salary requirements to

For more information on the New Orleans BioInnovation Center please visit our website at  We thank you for your interest.


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