Director, Rensselaer Technology Park

Troy, NY

Posted: 2/10/21
Deadline: 6/1/21
Salary: Competitive
Reference Number: 492506

About This Organization

Founded in 1824, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute is America’s first technological research university. Rensselaer encompasses five schools, 32 research centers, more than 145 academic programs, and a dynamic community made up of more than 7,500 students and over 100,000 living alumni. Rensselaer faculty and alumni include more than 145 National Academy members, six members of the National Inventors Hall of Fame, six National Medal of Technology winners, five National Medal of Science winners, and a Nobel Prize winner in Physics. With nearly 200 years of experience advancing scientific and technological knowledge, Rensselaer remains focused on addressing global challenges with a spirit of ingenuity and collaboration. To learn more, please visit

Job Duties

About the Rensselaer Technology Park

Rensselaer Technology Park (the “Tech Park”) boldly embraced an unparalleled new direction for higher education when it opened its doors to its first tenant in 1983. Rensselaer Technology Park has since created an opportunity for the seeds of technological innovation formed in its research laboratories and interdisciplinary research centers to develop and grow viable business enterprises.

A fundamental objective of the Tech Park is to develop interactions between tenant companies and the university, with a focus on partnerships with signature thrust research initiatives. Such interactions enrich the educational environment of the university and help the companies stay on the leading edge of their technologies. The Tech Park is home to world-renowned companies working to solve global challenges including GE Healthcare, Pitney Bowes, MetLife, Vital Vio, Lithoz America, Regeneron Pharmaceutical, New York State Museum, and Verizon Wireless

About the Position

The Director of Rensselaer Technology Park, reporting to the President of Rensselaer, is responsible for establishing a strategic vision that is aligned with Rensselaer and for leading commercial real estate and economic development programs to attract diverse industry partners. The Director is responsible for all fiscal management of the Technology Park including budget development, financial controls and oversight and funding of capital construction and repairs to achieve these goals. The Director will establish sustainable partnerships between education and industry in economic development; ensure financial goals of the Technology Park are met; foster an exchange of ideas between community leaders, industry partners, researchers and students; and to enrich the economy of the Capital Region.

The Director will build on Rensselaer’s commitment to host and support entities conducting research, technology development, commercialization and entrepreneurial business creation and will chart the course for the Park growth, the generation of jobs, and the overall economic improvement of the region.

The Director will provide leadership for all phases of Rensselaer Technology Park operations and strategic planning and, will be responsible for the identification of new clients and to ensure the occupancy rate of the Park is maintained at 90% or higher.  The Director will negotiate and approve leases and lease related documents and interface with, federal or state agencies, or other organizational entities and, will ensure that all organizations comply with state and federal government regulatory requirements

Required Qualifications

The successful candidate will have proven leadership, coaching, and relationship management experience. He/she must have the demonstrated ability to cultivate existing corporate relationships; and demonstrated experience in the management of a Technology Park, real estate including lease agreement, property management and facility fit-up.  Experience with working with the relationships between academia, businesses and governmental entities a plus.

The successful candidate will possess a bachelor’s degree  (master’s preferred), with ten or more years of progressively responsible experience. An educational background in business administration, public administration, or engineering is preferred.

Applicants must meet stated minimum education and experience requirements.

The following knowledge, skills, and abilities are critical to the success of the incumbent:

Demonstrated ability to cultivate existing corporate relationships

Ability to work as a member of a team, incorporating the institutional mission and priorities as the broad context for decision making at the Rensselaer Technology Park

Strong demonstrated skills in oral and written communication, particularly in relation to: negotiation, marketing, sales, and representing the Tech Park to external constituencies and internally throughout the Institute

Adeptness at managing interpersonal relationships and all forms of problem solving, supported by the intellectual agility to make tactical on-the-spot adjustments consistent with strategic objectives

Effective time management skills and the ability to work independently and effectively under pressure to meet established goals and objectives

Financial skills, including budgeting, reporting, and understanding financial statements

Knowledge of real estate practices related to marketing, leasing, fit-up, and property management

Familiarity with design and construction, including determining programmatic needs, interpreting drawings, and construction scheduling and management, including oversight of sub-contractors

Ability to maintain strong government and community relations, particularly in relation to land use development regulations, permitting requirements, and environmental matters; demonstrated ability to maintain a respected profile in the local business community



Other Info

To apply use the “Apply Now” button to complete a short online application, and to upload a current resume and a letter of interest

Confidentiality will be maintained. Applications will be reviewed as they are submitted, and will be accepted until the position is filled. Individuals who apply before April 15, 2021 will receive first consideration.

Confidential inquiries or questions about the application process to Ms. Brandy Pascazio, Sr. Recruiter,, or Ms. Kathy McNamara, Manager of Employment Operations at

Required Application Materials

Resume and Cover Letter