(Sr.) Director of Investments (Mission-related) Location:
Bethesda, MD - National Headquarters
Company Order Number: 3370
# of openings: 1
Description The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation (CF Foundation) and
its employees embrace their commitment to its core values. These
core values are the pillars on which the CF Foundation stand and
will continue to sustain us as we move forward.
Keep sight of what really matters: Our decisions are based on
what is best for people with cystic fibrosis and their
Aspire for excellence in all we do: We take pride in our work.
We are committed to continuous learning and improvement.
Stronger together: We collaborate and work together so that we
can learn more and achieve more.
Innovate with courage: We embrace challenges. We reach beyond
boundaries in pursuit of our vision.
Care about our people: We deeply care about each other and all
who support our shared mission. We listen with respect. We support
The mission of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation (CF Foundation) is
to cure cystic fibrosis (CF) and to provide all people with the
disease the opportunity to lead full, productive lives by funding
research and drug development, promoting individualized treatment,
and ensuring access to high-quality, specialized care. A nonprofit,
donor-supported organization, the CF Foundation is the world’s
leader in the search for a cure for CF, a life-threatening genetic
disease that primarily affects the lungs and digestive system.
Established in 1955 by parents and families of people with CF, the
CF Foundation supports a nationwide network of 114 care centers and
best-in class research centers, as well as 70 local offices that
strive to fund and support the mission. The CF Foundation is widely
recognized for pioneering the venture philanthropy model –
leveraging its scientific and clinical expertise to fund
ground-breaking research with biotechnology and pharmaceutical
companies as well as academic medical centers, in its pursuit of
novel treatments and a cure for CF. As a result of this approach,
the CF Foundation has been involved in the development of nearly
every CF-specific medication and in late-2014, it successfully
monetized royalties on several drugs that treat the underlying
cause of CF. The proceeds from this monetization and subsequent
capital gains have contributed to an investable portfolio of
approximately $4 billion, which is being invested solely to advance
the CF Foundation’s mission.
The CF Foundation is currently recruiting a Director of
Investments to help advance the CF Foundation’s mission-related
investments. The Director will be responsible for sourcing,
negotiating and executing a range of transactions involving
companies, products and technologies that are aligned with the CF
Foundation’s strategic priorities. This is a crucial role and this
individual will be part of a highly collaborative and
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
The Director of Investments will have a key role in advancing
the mission of the CF Foundation. Specific responsibilities
include, but are not limited to:
Transaction responsibilities include:
Analyzing and proposing deal structures and financing options
for transactions involving companies, products and technologies by
using financial models, relevant comparables, and other tools and
information, as appropriate, while recognizing that mission is the
primary driver for all transactions.
Leading deal negotiations on financial terms for proposed
Working closely with legal counsel on term sheets and other
Collaborating with the Medical team to ensure financial terms
and expected returns are aligned with an investment’s strategic
Monitoring industry trends in capital flows and required returns
by attending industry, banking and medical conferences.
Monitoring financial returns on completed transactions in a
cost-effective and time-efficient manner.
Investment sourcing and analytics responsibilities:
Collaborating with the Medical team to develop and maintain a
database of companies with early-stage opportunities in key
Developing and maintaining relationships with leading Biotech
venture capital firms to identify potential opportunities for
investment through Limited Partnerships, Co-investments and Special
Assessing and tracking emerging leaders in promising drug
Conducting pro-active outreach to prospective partners that are
pursuing promising approaches outside the CF field.
Building market maps in key therapeutic areas to support
Developing scalable sourcing processes to accelerate investment
in new opportunities.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES REQUIRED:
Minimum of 8 to 10 years of experience working for a venture
capital, biotechnology, pharmaceutical, or private equity firm in a
business development role; comparable experience in
healthcare/biotechnology investment banking also considered.
Bachelor’s degree required with strong preference for life
sciences major, graduate degree in business administration
Advanced skills in Excel, Word and PowerPoint required; Working
knowledge of private markets data base(s) required; Proficiency
with FactSet and/or Bloomberg preferred.
A broad business understanding of biomedical and pharma drug
development including knowledge of deal structures and terms used
to fund early-stage projects.
Strong project management skills, including an ability to
coordinate work across medical, financial and legal functions.
Strong analytical and communication skills, including an ability
to perform complex financial analyses and to present results
Ability to understand biological scientific concepts relevant to
drug development and to analyze limited data sets to make
significant judgments about investment opportunities and
Self-motivated and results oriented with ability to quickly
analyze data and communicate results.
Ability to assess competing priorities and manage multiple
Able to build and foster trusting, sustainable relationships
with key stakeholders.
Able to collaborate and partner with other subject matter
experts and business leaders from widely varying backgrounds,
including scientific, legal and business disciplines.
Comfortable interacting with the highest levels of senior
Normal office environment with little exposure to excessive
noise, dust and temperature.
No heavy lifting required.
The above is intended to describe the general content of and
requirements for the performance of this job. It is not to be
construed as an exhaustive statement of essential functions,
responsibilities or requirements.
The CF Foundation is an equal opportunity employer that is
committed to being an employer of choice, not just a good place to
work, but a great and inclusive place to work. We strive to recruit
and maintain a diverse workforce. Qualified applicants will receive
consideration for employment without regard to race, physical or
mental disability, color, religious creed, ancestry, national
origin, religion, age, sex, marital status, genetic information or
testing, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation or
status as a Vietnam-era or special disabled veteran or any
characteristic protected by law.
Reasonable Accommodation Notice
The CF Foundation is committed to providing reasonable
accommodations for qualified individuals with disabilities in our
job application procedures. If you need assistance or would like to
request an accommodation due to a disability, please contact us at
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