ASSISTANT DIRECTOR, BRAND PARTNERSHIPS & TRADEMARK MANAGEMENT

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ASSISTANT DIRECTOR, BRAND PARTNERSHIPS & TRADEMARK MANAGEMENT

Senior Administrative Program Support [P5]

Purpose: 

Under the general direction of the Director of Brand Partnerships and Trademark Management, the incumbent will assist in the generation of maximum value through the University’s trademark licensing program, corporate partnerships and strategic brand partnerships while strengthening and protecting the reputation and brand of the University. 

 

Characteristic Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Conduct licensing and artwork approvals for the University licensing program. Set conditions on licensing renewals, as needed, and track the satisfaction of the conditions prior to the renewal term and communicate with licensees on status. Review licensee request submissions to determine if new licensees have met benchmarks set by the University. Track royalty payments and identify areas for improvement or possible marketing campaigns to boost sales. Serve as a liaison for licensees regarding University brand standards and requirements.

 

  • Assist in and / or independently lead specific components in the management of current University brand and strategic partnerships to guarantee the most positive impact on the University. Duties include conducting business reviews, tracking the financial aspects of the relationship to make sure the University is receiving all value and incentives under the agreements and reviewing current operations/process to identify additional areas of improvement, and coordinating the implementation of any necessary changes. 

 

  • Work with various departments and stakeholders to identify potential third-party relationships and guide them through the process in consultation with University Business Services and/or the Office of the General Counsel, as needed. 

 

  • Manage and monitor the use of marks by nearly 700 student organizations, in conjunction with Student Activities, as well as the use of marks by University departments, in conjunction with University Communications and Procurement, which requires the review of nearly 5,000 requests annually.

 

  • Supervise and direct academic interns and brand ambassadors. Determine project topics based on areas of study, set benchmarks and goals for the semester, approve hours, and provide a final assessment of work completed.

 

  • In collaboration with the Office of General Counsel and University Business Services, this position will be involved in the development, writing, or editing of contracts and partnership agreements, as well as the management of the University Trademark Portfolio.

 

  • Performs related work as required.

 

 

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS 

  • Bachelor’s degree in related field. 
  • Five to six years of related experience.  Two years of experience must be serving as an advanced/senior team member or working as a project lead. An equivalent combination of education and experience may be substituted for the degree and years requirement.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Capacity to manage multiple projects at one time.

 

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS 

  • Experience with licensing, branding and/or marketing in higher education
  • Demonstrated understanding of intellectual property rights and contracts 
  • Experience working in collaborative team environments 
  • Considerable critical thinking, problem-solving, and decision-making abilities

 

APPOINTMENT

This is a permanent, full-time position at the Storrs Campus.  Salary will be commensurate with the successful candidate’s background and experience and is accompanied by an excellent benefits package. For more information regarding benefits please visit: https://hr.uconn.edu/employee-benefits-overview/. Other rights, terms, and conditions of employment are contained in the collective bargaining agreement between the University of Connecticut and the University of Connecticut Professional Employees Association (UCPEA).

University Communications is committed to being a welcoming community that reflects and enacts the values of diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging. We seek skilled, engaged candidates who will enhance our representational diversity and contribute to diverse, equitable, inclusive, and belonging environments throughout the University. 

 

TERMS AND CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT

Employment of the successful candidate is contingent upon the successful completion of a pre-employment criminal background check.

 

TO APPLY

Please apply online at https://hr.uconn.edu/jobs, Staff Positions, Search 497190 to upload a resume, cover letter, and contact information for three (3) professional references.

 

This job posting is scheduled to be removed at 11:55 p.m. Eastern time on February 6, 2023.

 

All employees are subject to adherence to the State Code of Ethics which may be found at http://www.ct.gov/ethics/site/default.asp.

The University of Connecticut is committed to building and supporting a multicultural and diverse community of students, faculty and staff. The diversity of students, faculty and staff continues to increase, as does the number of honors students, valedictorians and salutatorians who consistently make UConn their top choice. More than 100 research centers and institutes serve the University’s teaching, research, diversity, and outreach missions, leading to UConn’s ranking as one of the nation’s top research universities. UConn’s faculty and staff are the critical link to fostering and expanding our vibrant, multicultural and diverse University community. As an Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity employer, UConn encourages applications from women, veterans, people with disabilities and members of traditionally underrepresented populations.