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Fund Director

Apply now Job no: 503593
Position Type: Staff
Location: Boston Main Campus
Categories: Provost’s Office

About Northeastern:

Founded in 1898, Northeastern is a global research university and the recognized leader in experience-driven lifelong learning. Our world-renowned experiential approach empowers our students, faculty, alumni, and partners to create impact far beyond the confines of discipline, degree, and campus.

Our locations—in Boston; Charlotte, North Carolina; London; Portland, Maine; San Francisco; Seattle; Silicon Valley; Toronto; Vancouver; and the Massachusetts communities of Burlington and Nahant—are nodes in our growing global university system. Through this network, we expand opportunities for flexible, student-centered learning and collaborative, solutions-focused research.

Northeastern’s comprehensive array of undergraduate and graduate programs— in a variety of on-campus and online formats—lead to degrees through the doctorate in nine colleges and schools. Among these, we offer more than 195 multi-discipline majors and degrees designed to prepare students for purposeful lives and careers.


The primary responsibility of the role of Spark Fund Director is to create and operationalize an investment program for early tech commercialization opportunities in order to advance research from concept to proof of concept. This program will serve as the basis to inspire action on the part of researchers to commercialize their work. The Director will accomplish this by conceiving, planning, managing, reporting and improving related programs. This position will report to the Director, Entrepreneurship.

The ideal candidate will have a exceptional business sense and work experience related to early research-based market development opportunities, a deep understanding of research to market challenges (associated with the life cycle of spinouts and technology licensing), and a passion around the commercialization of research. S/he will bring an ability to balance financial and business acumen with an aggressive, creative, and dynamic approach to research commercialization.

S/he will support CRI’s goal to increase real-world impact in the form of high-potential spinouts and industry licenses. This role will be responsible for creating programs which enable the researcher to develop their high opportunity research to more closely address market needs. Specifically, but not limited to funding of early tech development, providing market direction, and assessment of commercial opportunity.


• Highly self-driven and track record of success
• A passion for the entrepreneurial mission and vision for commercialization.
• Solid grounding in technology and deep understanding of challenges researchers face
with the research to market process.
• Master’s degree in business, marketing or a related field.
• 10 Years’ experience in related technology transfer areas
• Demonstrated business and investment acumen, experience as a fund manager or a similar role.
• Experience in developing and implementing strategic and business plans.
• Excellent communication, negotiation, presentation skills and demonstrated ability to
inspire people to action
• Strong analytical, critical thinking, and problem-solving skills.
• Able to excel in high-pressure situations.
• Exceptional organizational and leadership skills.
• Highly organized, metrics driven
• Self-motivated, able to multi-task


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Additional Information:


Northeastern University is an equal opportunity employer, seeking to recruit and support a broadly diverse community of faculty and staff.  Northeastern values and celebrates diversity in all its forms and strives to foster an inclusive culture built on respect that affirms inter-group relations and builds cohesion. 

All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply and will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, age, sex, sexual orientation, disability status, or any other  characteristic protected by applicable law.

To learn more about Northeastern University’s commitment and support of diversity and inclusion, please see



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