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Columbia University Manager-Alliance in New York, New York

  • Job Type: Officer of Administration

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  • Regular/Temporary: Regular

  • End Date if Temporary:

  • Hours Per Week: 35 hrs/wk

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Position Summary

Columbia Technology Ventures is the technology transfer office for Columbia University and a central location for many of the technology development initiatives, entrepreneurial activities, external industry collaborations, and commercially-oriented multidisciplinary technology innovations across the university. CTV’s core mission is to facilitate the transfer of inventions from academic research labs to the market for the benefit of society on a local, national, and global basis. Each year, CTV manages more than 350 invention disclosures, 100 license deals, and 20 new IP-backed start-ups, involving over 750 inventors across Columbia's campuses. CTV currently has over 1200 patent assets available for licensing, across research fields such as bio, IT, clean tech, devices, big data, nanotechnology, materials science, and more.

Over the years, CTV has been involved with launching well over 200 companies based on Columbia's technologies, and has also founded several technology initiatives to accelerate the path to market for promising technologies through our Lab to Market Network ( . CTV has worked with Industry partnerships to develop collaborations and funding programs for translational research in the life sciences.

CTV’s efforts are backed by 45 full time staff and an additional 30+ graduate student interns (CTV Fellows ( ), providing broad support to the Columbia community and other stakeholders. CTV also runs an Executive-in-Residence program ( , which brings seasoned industry executives, serial entrepreneurs, and investors to campus to support faculty and student entrepreneurial activities.

The Alliance Manager will report to the Assoc. Director, Business Development and support the growing portfolio of technologies advancing towards start-up formation. The Alliance Manager will join CTV’s efforts in developing, managing and translating Columbia’s oncology research portfolio with a focus on projects that are 12-18 months from a license to industry or start up as well as support initiatives at CTV focused on diversity, equity and inclusion within technology transfer as well as accelerating the path towards commercialization for early stage technologies. The Alliance Manager will work closely with the newly formed Industry Relations Group (IRG) initiative, which is focused on developing significant, lasting and often multi-disciplinary collaborative partnerships on the cutting edge of university innovation and scholarship.

Additionally, the Alliance Manager will work closely with Industry, Investors, CTV licensing officers, the Lab to Market Accelerator Network, the Herbert Irving Comprehensive Cancer Center as well as other organizations within Columbia to develop strategic relationships with industry as well as identify a pipeline of oncology-related projects for licenses.

The Assoc. Director for Business Development may request the Alliance Manager to perform other roles as needed.

The Alliance Manager will report directly to and receive assignments from the Assoc. Director, Business Development.


Columbia is dedicated to increasing diversity in its workforce, its student body, and its educational programs. Achieving continued academic excellence and creating a vibrant university community require nothing less.

Both to prepare our students for citizenship in a pluralistic world and to keep Columbia at the forefront of knowledge, the University seeks to recognize and draw upon the talents of a diverse range of outstanding faculty, research officers, staff, and students and to foster the free exploration and expression of differing ideas, beliefs, and perspectives through scholarly inquiry and civil discourse. In developing its academic programs, Columbia furthers the thoughtful examination of cultural distinctions by developing curricula that prepare students to be responsible members of diverse societies.

In fulfilling its mission to advance diversity at the University, Columbia seeks to hire, retain, and promote exceptionally talented women and men from different racial, cultural, economic and ethnic backgrounds regardless of their sexual orientation or disability status. Through effective and fully compliant affirmative action and equal opportunity policies, Columbia strives to recruit members of groups traditionally underrepresented in American higher education and to increase the number of minority and women candidates in its graduate and professional programs.


(1) Working with the licensing and patent teams at CTV to review projects that are high priority candidates for industry licenses or new company formation, working with CTV’s Lab to Market team, Executives in Residence and industry contacts to develop a path for research funding and industry partnerships for high priority oncology-related projects. The AM will assist the research teams and licensing officers with administrative tasks, project management, industry outreach and preparation of pitch material.

(2) The AM will support accelerator programs aimed at supporting early-stage oncology-related projects as well as other programs offered by CTV in the area of early stage commercialization.

(3) The AM will work with IRG to establish and maintain a central dashboard of industry relationships, conduct prospective research to identify potential industry partners, coordinate events and meetings with industry partners and faculty, and attend local networking events and conferences to deepen relationships with industry around oncology.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree and/or equivalent 2 years of minimum related experience.

  • The most important criteria for this job are an extraordinary ability to multi-task effectively and efficiently, and to track projects over time at varying degrees of detail. Accordingly, candidate must have outstanding organizational skills and be extremely detail-oriented in a high-volume dynamic environment.

  • Experience at working both independently and in a team-oriented, collaborative environment is essential.

  • The candidate must be able to conform to shifting priorities, demands and timelines through analytical and problem-solving capabilities, and react to project adjustments and alterations promptly and efficiently.

  • The candidate must be able to interact in oral and written form with a wide variety of stakeholders, including faculty, industry representatives, external consultants, and Columbia’s project administrators.

Preferred Qualifications

  • PhD, JD, MBA, or other graduate degree preferred.

  • Individuals from Underrepresented Minority Groups are strongly encouraged to apply.

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Columbia University is committed to the hiring of qualified local residents.