Website SCRA: South Carolina Research Authority

Reports to: Director, SC Academic Innovations
Supervises Others: No
Employment Type: Full-time
Travel Requirements: Moderate, In-state
Location: Charleston

South Carolina Research Authority, SCRA, was chartered in 1983 by the State of South Carolina as a public, non-profit corporation, to fuel South Carolina’s innovation economy by accelerating technology-enabled growth in research, academia, entrepreneurship, and industry. Through the SC Launch program, early-stage companies are provided mentoring and grants and may be eligible for an investment from SC Launch, Inc. The SC Launch program is open to qualified South Carolina companies in the Advanced Materials/Manufacturing, Information Technology and Life Sciences sectors.

Established in 2006, SC Launch, Inc. is an independent, non-profit corporation affiliated with SCRA, which provides loans and investments to selected South Carolina-based companies participating in the SC Launch program.

Who you are:

You are a part of the SC Academic Innovations team and your passion for problem solving and providing exceptional service to our customers, contributes to our mission to fuel the innovation ecosystem in South Carolina.
You are self-motivated through curiosity, a passion for progress, and a desire for public good. You are a good team player with strong organizational skills. Varying levels of responsibilities and challenging objectives allow your true strengths to shine. You possess the ability to communicate in an open, helpful, and engaging tone to effectively support the needs of our stakeholders.
You connect with a variety of stakeholders including academic institutions, researchers, and entrepreneurs, to provide support, resolve concerns, and serve as an ambassador for SC Academic Innovations and SCRA. While your focus is in on project management for grant programs within Academic Innovations, your broad understanding of SCRA’s capabilities and your collaboration skills enable you to align the right resources to best support entrepreneurs and startups.
Essential skills and experience:
Education: Bachelor’s degree, Masters preferred, in a technical field and three to five years of relevant work experience.
Work experience: Experience in one or more of the following areas: Information Technologies, Cybersecurity, Life Sciences, Advanced Manufacturing, Material Sciences, Alternative Energy. Prior academic technology transfer experience in handling wide variety of technologies would be a plus.
Intellectual talent: Smart, open-minded, and creative. Deals with complexity and various concepts easily. Awareness of business practices and marketplace trends. Demonstrates emotional intelligence.
Communication skills: Ability to speak and write clearly, both formally and informally, at all levels within the organization. Expertise in writing business reports and some level of technical report writing.
Customer focus: Dedicated to building strong internal and external customer relationships and delivering customer-centric solutions. Gains insight into customer needs; identifies opportunities to build and deliver solutions that benefit internal and external customers.
Project management skills: Competence in managing complex and technical projects, including scope, budget, risk, resource allocation, deliverables, and metrics. Project management experience in academic, industry, or non-profit.
Data analysis skills: Ability to design and implement tools to analyze data, as well as interpret and communicate meaningful strategic and technical insights.
Collaboration and teamwork: Build constructive and effective relationships with a variety of stakeholders, internal and external, in academia and industry. A team player with ability to identify, address, and resolve complex issues in a professional manner.
Organization and time management: Ability to use time effectively and efficiently, including prioritizing, organizing, and communicating plans and goals.
Results driven: Steadfastly pushes self and others for results. Proactively identifies and responds to opportunities within the organization. Accepts accountability for achieving individual goals, as well as shared outcomes.
Ethics and values: Operate with highest personal standards of performance, confidentiality, and work ethic.

Primary job functions:

Support the development and execution of SCAI strategic and operating plans
Execute SCAI grant programs to support translational academic research and early-stage startup companies
Cultivate relationships with academic stakeholders to promote program outreach and to ensure alignment of SCRA’s programs and services with their needs
Identify and support the delivery of SCRA services to promote business development and growth among academic startup companies
Participate in strategic planning, funding decisions, and monthly SCRA Review Committee Meetings
Represent SCRA in public forums and outreach engagements
Other duties as assigned by Director of SC Academic Innovations
Physical efforts:
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.
Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Regular physical activity to include walking, bending, stooping, reaching, standing and prolonged sitting.
Ability to use phone and computer systems, copier, fax, and other office equipment.
Must be able to occasionally move/lift to 25 pounds with or without reasonable accommodation.
Travel: Ability to travel in-state principally and, if necessary, work some extended hours in support of program objective

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