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AT WRIGHT BROTHERS INSTITUTE

WBI hires self-starters, purpose-driven employees that align to our culture and have or develop deep AFRL knowledge and experience. Employees are reliable ambassadors. Through their commitment we will demonstrate our national defense knowledge and innovation leadership to our customers, partners and community to differentiate from the competition. 

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EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR POSITION OPENING

Job Purpose
Activities and Responsibilities
Qualifications
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Job Purpose
Wright Brothers Institute (WBI) is a cutting-edge innovation and technology commercialization center for the Air Force Research Laboratory, with facilities located just outside of WPAFB in Dayton, OH.  We drive fast, agile innovation that enables successful technology development to solve the Air Force’s most complex challenges by leveraging resident experts, unique facilities, disruptive innovation processes and extensive networks.


WBI is looking to identify an Executive Director to sustain, expand and lead the institute’s innovation and commercialization impact for the Air Force.
Activities and Responsibilities
The Executive Director will:
Plan, develop and oversee implementation of the policies and objectives of the Institute in accordance with Board of Trustee directives and the Institute’s code of regulations.  Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
  • Setting the strategy and direction of the Institute.
  • Planning, coordinating and evaluating the Institute's programs and services.
  • Developing the Institute’s human resources.
  • Assuring the financial health of the Institute.
  • Proactively interacting with the regional and statewide community.

Qualifications
The successful candidate should have the following skills, education and experience:
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Science, Engineering or related discipline.  Master’s Degree in Science or Engineering, or an MBA is highly desirable.
  • Minimum 10 years of experience with Government and 5 years as Chief Operating Officer or another relevant role.  Demonstrated experience in the following area:
    • Expert knowledge of relevant legislative and regulatory requirements, as well as understanding of standard contractual terms and conditions to mitigate legal risk.
    • Working knowledge of finance and/or accounting in terms of budgeting, cost management, financial accounting and risk management.
    • Team player at executive levels to collaborate with business units and functional partners like IT, finance, human resources, legal, etc.
    • Well connected with relationships of key stake holders in the Department of Defense, the regional and state-wide community.
    • Participation and leadership in technology development programs, from technology/product conception through commercialization.
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Must be an exclusive U.S. Citizen.
  • Must be eligible to obtain a DoD Security Clearance.

WBI Offers
  • An exciting work environment with a great organizational culture and highly engaged employees
  • 25 days paid time off, Medical, Dental, Simple IRA with organizational match
If you have an interest in applying for this position, please send your resume, cover letter, citizenship and salary history NO LATER THAN May 8, 2020 to: opportunities@wbi-innovates.com with subject line of “WBI Executive Director Position.”

INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY SERVICES PROGRAM MANAGER

Job Purpose
Activities and Responsibilities
Qualifications
WBI Offers
Job Purpose

Wright Brothers Institute (WBI) is a cutting-edge innovation and technology commercialization center for the Air Force Research Laboratory, with facilities located just outside of WPAFB in Dayton, OH.  We drive fast, agile innovation that enables successful technology development to solve the Air Force’s most complex challenges by leveraging resident experts, unique facilities, disruptive innovation processes and extensive networks.


WBI is looking to identify an Intellectual Property Services Program Manager to work with Air Force Research Lab (AFRL) personnel to identify, enable, accelerate and support AFRL technology transfer and commercialization opportunities.  The incumbent will work closely with other WBI personnel and AFRL Technology Transfer personnel (ORTAs); AFRL scientists, engineers and program managers; as well as businesses, universities, and regional and state-funded economic development programs.

Activities and Responsibilities

Activities and Responsibilities of the incumbent may include, but are not necessarily limited to the following:

  • Plan and execute Innovation Discovery Events (IDEs) for AFRL scientists and engineers to facilitate invention identification and commercial application ideation;
  • Assist WBI and Air Force personnel with the invention disclosure process, which includes identifying inventions, assisting with drafting invention disclosure documentation, and facilitating the patent application drafting process;
  • Advise AFRL scientists and engineers on technology transfer activities, such as preparing invention disclosure forms, evaluating patent correspondence, and presenting IP;
  • Facilitate IP and technology transfer education, training and mentoring programs, and design associated workshops for AFRL personnel, inventors, and entrepreneurs;
  • Assist WBI and AFRL in setting IP licensing strategies and plans, and work toward facilitating improved patent license administration; 
  • Assist in writing sections of grants, reports, presentations, and marketing summaries;
  • Support AFRL and WBI in patent related communications and marketing; and

  • Implement and maintain a database of technology transfer data and workflow activities.
Qualifications
Candidates must have an undergraduate degree in a science, technology, or engineering discipline.  A post graduate degree in science, technology, engineering, business or law is preferred.  Also preferred is technical understanding in areas that align with AFRL research areas (e.g. mechanical, electrical, chemical, or aeronautical engineering and material science).  The ideal candidate should also have a strong working knowledge of intellectual property protection methods and regulatory requirements in federal labs.  A minimum of five years of technology transfer or intellectual property management experience is required.  Experience with technology transfer agreements or government contracts is a plus. 

The successful applicant must have the confidence and competence to work well with senior level internal and external personnel including scientists and engineers, lawyers, business executives, government employees, university administrators, and entrepreneurs.  Accordingly, the selected applicant must be personable, a good listener, possess strong verbal and written communication skills, and be capable of working and excelling in a highly diverse, professional environment.  Additionally, the selected applicant must have the initiative to identify new opportunities and the capability to manage multiple detailed tasks simultaneously to completion in order to meet deadlines.

The Intellectual Property Services Program Manager reports directly to the Director of Technology Commercialization Services for WBI. The incumbent must be a U.S. Citizen.  
The primary place of work is WBI’s Springfield St location in Dayton, Ohio.
WBI Offers
  • An exciting work environment with a great organizational culture and highly engaged employees
  • 25 days paid time off, Medical, Dental, Simple IRA with organizational match

If you have an interest in applying for this position, please send your resume, cover letter, citizenship, and salary history to: commercialization@wbi-innovates.com with subject line of “Intellectual Property Services Program Manager”


Wright Brothers Institute provides equal employment opportunity to all individuals regardless of their race, color, creed, religion, gender, age, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by state, federal, or local law.​