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Associate Program Officer, Research Affairs

Company: Cystic Fibrosis Foundation
Location: Bethesda
Posted on: January 21, 2023

Job Description:

The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation is a leading healthcare nonprofit organization like no other. For decades, we have been taking major steps and pioneering new ways to find a cure for cystic fibrosis.We are the global leader in the search for a cure for cystic fibrosis and nearly every CF drug and therapy available today was made possible because of CF Foundation support. We did this not only for the more than 30,000 people living in the U.S. with CF - and the estimated 70,000 people worldwide - but for the families who have worked tirelessly to find a cure for their loved ones living with CF.These achievements have required dedication and unwavering commitment from a talented team of CF Foundation employees. We have created an environment that attracts -- and retains -- a diverse group of talented people who are passionate about changing the face of this disease. Join us and you will partner with colleagues of varying backgrounds and expertise, all united in our mission.Job 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 families.
  • 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 one another.We are a nonprofit, donor-supported organization that has raised and invested billions of dollars to help develop cystic fibrosis therapies that have changed the lives of people with this disease. Nearly every CF medicine available today was made possible because of Foundation support.POSITION SUMMARY:This role will assist with research and project management activities related to the managing and monitoring the portfolio of drug discovery and development projects, research programs, clinical trials, and medicals programs being supported by the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation (CFF) and the Therapeutics Development Network. They will work as an integral part of the Research Affairs Scientific and Project Management Team.ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
    • Serves as the lead in overseeing project management activities within the Supportive Care Research Portfolio (Anti-Infective, Mucolytics, GI, Nutrition).
    • Takes initiative in proactively reviewing and preparing scientific materials to support the scientific team and advance the defined strategic priorities of the Research Affairs Team.
    • Proactively engage with portfolio companies funded by the CFF to ensure a strong and supportive collaboration throughout the investment period.
    • Participates in teleconferences, on-site and off-site visits of CFF supported research, clinical trials, and drug discovery programs.
    • Collects monthly/quarterly progress updates from funded companies and Program Officers to update internal data systems, including operational and financial updates.
    • Provides Therapeutic Development Portfolio support to Director, BioPharma Portfolio Management, as needed.
    • Collaborates with other CFF departments (e.g., Investments/Business Development, Communications, Finance, Strategy and Legal) related to ongoing mission-related investment activities and initiatives.
    • Assists other PM Team members in the future development and progress of the TDA Process Improvement Project.
    • Prepares portfolio report documents and presentations for monthly/quarterly progress updates to senior management.
    • Engages with the Investments/Business Development Team to facilitate meetings with Program Officers and biotech/pharma companies for initial scientific diligence of opportunities.
    • Lead in monitoring project milestones, associated expenses, and budget projections for anti-infective programs to ensure achievement of goals.
    • Completes data entry into systems tracking the progress of medical projects, grants, and CF clinical trials.
    • Adheres to internal and external compliance and security standards including but not limited to HIPAA, IT security and GDP (Good Document Practices).KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES REQUIRED:
      • Ph.D. with three (3) or more years of related experience as a project lead/project manager within a health or science driven organization.
      • Experience in project execution including implementing projects, budget management, process integration, and system support.
      • Experience monitoring, maintaining schedules, and reporting progress for concurrent projects (project execution experience a plus, including implementing projects, budget management, process integration, and system support).
      • Demonstrates analytical, problem-solving, and facilitation skills, with the ability to analyze a system, and document its processes, through integration with technology.
      • Experience in developing, launching, and maintaining project management applications.
      • Proficient in Excel, PowerPoint, Word, SharePoint.
      • Basic understanding of biomedical scientific principles and their applications for drug discovery and development.
      • Basic knowledge of clinical trials, FDA regulations, pharma business model (patient care models a plus).
      • Excellent verbal and written communication skills: must be able to communicate confidently and effectively with project team members and executive management.
      • Strong interpersonal skills with the ability to work in team-based settings,
      • High attention to detail and organization.
      • Travel up to 10-15%.REPORTING RELATIONSHIPS: Reports to the Senior Director, Research Operations and Advisor to the Chief Scientific Officer. No direct reports.
        WORKING CONDITIONS:
        • Normal office environment with little exposure to excessive noise, dust, and temperature.
        • No heavy lifting required.
        • Minimal travel (e.g., 2x/yr.) to conferences and meetings, as necessary.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.Total Rewards: The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation is committed to offering competitive compensation (base pay and incentive), benefits, and professional development opportunities that maximize our ability to recruit, retain, reward, and motivate a highly-qualified and diverse workforce. Our comprehensive benefits package includes medical, dental, and vision coverage; generous time-off and leave policies; a holistic well-being program; health savings and flexible spending accounts; employer-provided life and disability insurance; retirement savings benefits; and a variety of work-life benefits to support employees and their family members.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: 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 HROps@cff.org.

Keywords: Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, Bethesda , Associate Program Officer, Research Affairs, Other , Bethesda, Maryland

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