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Business Development Officer (Nanotechnology)

Department: Faculty of Engineering Effective Date:

January 16,2007

Grade: USG 11 Reports to: The Director of the Nanotechnology Program and the Associate Director-Field Services of CECS.

General Accountability

This position is accountable to the Director of the Nanotechnology Program and the Associate Director-Field Services of CECS.  Primary responsibilities will include the cultivation and development of leads for work term employment opportunities for Nanotechnology Engineering undergraduate students, development of and securing research partnerships, and cultivation, solicitation and stewardship of major corporate donors for nanotechnology.  The Business Development Officer will work with Co-operative Education & Career Services, the Nanotechnology Program, the Office of Research and the Office of Development and Alumni Affairs to develop long term relationships with corporations and government agencies who have an interest in the Nanotechnology Engineering Program.

 

The position requires professional expertise in sourcing, researching, and analyzing corporate mandates to assess the company’s suitability as a co-op employer and/or research partner and in planning and implementing communication strategies and vehicles to effectively promote the Nanotechnology Engineering Program.  Working in a collaborative team environment, the individual will work closely with other staff in CECS, the faculties and within the campus community (senior administrators, deans, faculty, staff, students and volunteers).  The position requires proactive leadership skills and outstanding communications, marketing and interpersonal skills.  A key objective is to advance the cause of the Nanotechnology program through the development of employment leads for undergraduate Nanotechnology Engineering (NE) students, research partnerships and philanthropy.

Nature and Scope

The purpose of this position is two-fold: 1) to identify, attract and secure co-op employment for NE students in corporate industry and government; 2) to broaden the relationship between industry/government and NE and to foster meaningful interactions that will lead to collaborative research projects, research chairs, co-operative education links and graduate recruitment opportunities.  The balance between these two objectives may shift over time, but the initial priority of the Business Development Officer (Nanotechnology) is expected to be the cultivation and development of leads for work term employment opportunities for Nanotechnology Engineering undergraduate students. 

 

General

 

Complexity, Judgment and Planning

 

Works with the Director of the Nanotechnology Program, the Associate Director-Field Services of CECS, and with the Associate Dean Research and External Partnerships and the Director of Development and Alumni Affairs, as required, to ensure that the communications materials are targeted and consistent with University messaging

 

Provides advice to the Director of the Nanotechnology Program and the Associate Director-Field Services of CECS on all issues related to Co-op employment of NE students

 

Develops strong working knowledge of the Co-op Program, Research Office and Research Contract process, Intellectual Property and Philanthropy policies of the University to facilitate engagement of corporations, associations and government in the Nanotechnology Engineering Program

 

 

 

Significant Internal Relationships

    • Dean of Engineering
    • Dean of Science
    • Director and Associate Director of the Nanotechnology Program
    • Associate Director – Field Services of Co-operative Education and Career Services
    • Director of Development and Alumni Affairs – Engineering
    • Associate Dean Research and External Partnerships
    • Office of Research
    • Business Development Manager of the R&TPark
    • Vice President – External Relations
    • Dean’s Advisory Committee
    • Department Chairs and faculty members (Electrical and Computer Engineering, Chemistry and Chemical Engineering)
    • Faculty of Engineering Advancement Team
    • Associate Dean – Undergraduate Studies
    • Communication and Public Affairs

 

Significant External Relationships

 

Waterloo Engineering is a multi-faceted engineering school with eight academic units, home to about 225 faculty, 1100 graduate students, and 5100 undergraduate students.  Over 27,000 alumni have made their mark in industry, academe, and the public sector, in Canada and around the world.  Waterloo’s undergraduate engineering program is Canada’s largest, offering bachelor’s degrees through 13 programs, in core disciplines like chemical engineering and architecture and in emerging multidisciplinary areas like mechatronics and nanotechnology. 

Waterloo’s co-operative education program is world famous.  Because of the co-op system, all undergraduate engineering students alternate between academic and work terms. Waterloo engineering students are leaders and innovators: Engineers without Borders was founded at Waterloo, and student teams consistently take home top honours in national and international competitions.

A growing research portfolio of the Faculty of Engineering attracted $32.3 million in research funding in 2005/06.   Waterloo’s unique inventor-owned intellectual property policy makes us a leader in the transfer of ideas and technology. In our research, as in all else, we are oriented to the needs of society, and work closely with industry, government, medicine, and more. 

Waterloo Engineering faculty members have an impressive record of achievement, including 14 Canada Research Chairs, 19 Premier's Research Excellence Awards, six Early Researcher Awards, six NSERC industrial research chairs, and an NSERC design chair.

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Waterloo Engineering is a multi-faceted engineering school with eight academic units, home to about 225 faculty, 1100 graduate students, and 5100 undergraduate students.  Over 27,000 alumni have made their mark in industry, academe, and the public sector, in Canada and around the world.  Waterloo’s undergraduate engineering program is Canada’s largest, offering bachelor’s degrees through 13 programs, in core disciplines like chemical engineering and architecture and in emerging multidisciplinary areas like mechatronics and nanotechnology. 

Waterloo’s co-operative education program is world famous.  Because of the co-op system, all undergraduate engineering students alternate between academic and work terms. Waterloo engineering students are leaders and innovators: Engineers without Borders was founded at Waterloo, and student teams consistently take home top honours in national and international competitions.

A growing research portfolio of the Faculty of Engineering attracted $32.3 million in research funding in 2005/06.   Waterloo’s unique inventor-owned intellectual property policy makes us a leader in the transfer of ideas and technology. In our research, as in all else, we are oriented to the needs of society, and work closely with industry, government, medicine, and more. 

Waterloo Engineering faculty members have an impressive record of achievement, including 14 Canada Research Chairs, 19 Premier's Research Excellence Awards, six Early Researcher Awards, six NSERC industrial research chairs, and an NSERC design chair.

Specific Accountabilities

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