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 duties of this position are to carry out the mission of the
CF Foundation to facilitate discovery and development of new
genetic-based therapies that will benefit all people with CF. This
individual will work as part of an integrated team and to identify,
evaluate, and develop promising new programs with pharmaceutical
and biotechnology companies. The role will include seeking out and
evaluating new opportunities, leading exploratory discussions,
structuring complex partnerships, and participating in contract
negotiation to secure mutually beneficial agreements that enhance
opportunities for CF-relevant drug development programs. The
successful candidate will have strong scientific knowledge and a
track record in drug development in areas related to nucleic acid
delivery, gene editing technologies, and/or stem cell therapies.
Other areas relating to cystic fibrosis drug discovery such as,
inflammation, infection, nutrition and mucocilary clearance, etc.
are a plus. This individual is expected to contribute in-depth
knowledge in these areas and exhibit superior analytical, strategic
and communication skills. Well organized, detail oriented, with a
strong sense of urgency, this individual will be a team player who
is comfortable exerting leadership through consensus building and
identification of innovative solutions.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
Work with Medical team to seek out, identify, critically
evaluate, and cultivate partnerships with academic and for-profit
entities, with the goal of developing improved genetic-based
therapies for CF.
Assess and prioritize Program opportunities including
risk/benefit for CF population, technology potential, financial
resources, scientific merit, and management structure.
Coordinate review for therapeutic development opportunities.
Survey advancements in basic/clinical research, understand their
applicability to cystic fibrosis and identify and shepherd
opportunities for assisting CF research and therapeutic
Monitor and maintain advancement of currently funded CF
Provide regular assessments and recommendations to the senior
management and Board members regarding potential partnership
With input from medical team and CFFT legal counsel, participate
in the end-to-end process of partnership development by aligning
needs, coordinating requirements, building internal consensus,
structuring and negotiating contracts and leading advisory
Together with Grants and Contracts team, ensure payment terms
are met, monitor predicted and actual expenses, and assist in
budget assessment and projections.
With Medical Group Compliance officer, ensure that contract
terms meet internal and external compliance standards.
Ensure that appropriate royalty payments are made.
With Project Management staff, track project status, archive and
summarize correspondence, and monitor and update progress.
Assist in preparing annual reports, progress reports, and budget
projections, as needed.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES REQUIRED:
M.D., Ph.D., or equivalent level of formal training required.
Chemistry or life sciences discipline preferred.
Strong knowledge and minimum of 3-5 years of experience in
preclinical/clinical drug discovery and development, particularly
in areas related to genetic-based therapies.
Strong aptitude for investigating and identifying new scientific
approaches and emerging technologies relevant to therapeutic
Demonstrated experience in partnership building and business
Problem-solving, strategic and analytical capabilities are
Ability to manage multiple projects and tasks and meet stated
Creative thinker, resourceful, team player, self-starter.
Excellent networking and interpersonal skills.
Highest degree of integrity and honesty.
Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
Demonstrated high competency for organizational skills and
attention to detail.
Ability to collaborate and be creative with a professional and
~20% travel (to conferences and meetings with overnight stays,
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
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accommodations for qualified individuals with disabilities in our
job application procedures. If you need assistance or would like to
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