Office of the Chair

Term: Three years (one-year term as Chair-Elect with automatic succession to one year terms as Chair and Immediate Past Chair)

Chair: The Chair shall be the Chief Executive Officer of and shall represent AUTM. The Chair shall have the power to make, as directed by and subject to the approval of the Board, contracts for and in the name of AUTM. The Chair shall have the power to create ad hoc committees and task forces and appoint members thereof, and perform such other duties as are usually required by the Chair's office or as may be delegated to the Chair by the Board.

Chair-Elect: The Chair-Elect shall occupy the office of the Chair at the conclusion of the Annual Meeting at which the incumbent Chair's term of office expires. The Chair-Elect shall assume the duties of the Chair in her/his absence or inability to act. Chair-Elect is the primary supporter of the Chair and shall oversee the administration activities of the Association.

Immediate Past Chair: The Immediate Past Chair shall act in an ambassadorial role for the Association. The Immediate Past Chair shall provide support and advice to and serve on committee and task forces as directed by the Chair.

Mission: Provide for a seamless Association leadership succession and foster Board development with a focus on issues of critical importance to the Association and, by doing so, optimize the talents and resources available to these issues. Coordinate, implement and monitor the Association’s strategic plan.

Office of the Chair Responsibilities:

  • Oversee and guide Board in implementing its responsibilities to further AUTM’s goals.
  • Monitor implementation of strategic plan and report to members annually on progress related to Vision, Mission and Goals.
  • Build relationships with external and affiliated organizations and serve on their boards and committees as appropriate.
  • Update strategic plan.
  • Maintain and monitor relationship with Chief Staff Officer.

Chair’s Responsibilities:

  • Serve as official spokesperson for AUTM.
  • Serve as Chair of the Board of Directors, providing strategic and operational leadership in all its functions. Support Cabinet in implementing respective missions and achieving respective goals.
  • Serve as Chair of the Executive Committee.
  • Ex officio member of all committees.
  • Other duties as assigned by the Board of Directors.

Chair-Elect’s Responsibilities:

  • Support Cabinet in implementing respective missions and achieving respective goals.
  • Review and increase personal understanding of Association operations and increase Board understanding accordingly.
  • Serve as a member of the Executive Committee.
  • Serve as official spokesperson for AUTM when President is unavailable.
  • Other duties as assigned by the Board of Directors.

Immediate Past President/Chair Responsibilities:

  • Chair Leadership Development Committee.
  • Serve as a member of the Executive Committee.
  • Support Cabinet in implementing their mission and achieving goals.
  • Other duties as assigned by the Board of Directors. 

Qualifications:

  • Must be a member in good standing and employed by an academic, teaching, governmental, non-profit research entity, or a related organization of such an entity established for the purpose of facilitating technology transfer, or an international counterpart thereof.
  • Must be an experienced and recognized senior leader in academic technology transfer.
  • Must have a minimum of seven years as an AUTM member when elected as Chair-Elect.
  • Must have served at least one two-year term on the Board before serving as Chair.
  • Must be able to devote approximately 15 hours per week to AUTM activities for the three-year term of Chair-Elect/Chair/Immediate Past Chair.
  • Must have the written support of his/her institution for the three-year term of Chair-Elect/Chair/Immediate Past Chair before accepting a nomination for the office of Chair-Elect.
  • Must have strategic planning capabilities.
  • As Chair, must be able to devote at least 33 percent of his/her time to AUTM activities, which includes travel to Regional Meetings, Professional Development Courses, Annual Meetings, Board meetings and other events in the United States and worldwide.
  • Must be able to demonstrate a clear track record of leadership in effective and creative academic technology transfer/innovation management.
  • A Chair-Elect may be a former President/Chair of the Association, but may not be nominated for Chair-Elect until she/he has been out of the Office of the Chair for at least four (4) years.

Preferences:

  • 10+ years in technology transfer or similar role
  • Record of service to AUTM
  • Experience managing a team of 5+ Full Time Equivalents
  • Credible record of strong industry engagement and Intellectual Property expertise
  • RTTP or CLP credentials
  • Demonstrated excellence in communications, policy advocacy, program development, or thought leadership beyond institution (conferences, articles, expert witness, boards or committees at national level of other related organizations, etc.)
  • Exposure to and/or interest in fundraising, strategic planning, public speaking