Harvard Medical School (HMS) seeks an experienced, creative, and effective administrator to make a major contribution to advancing a multipronged Boston-based Consortium to combat the global COVID-19 pandemic and future emerging pathogens. The position reports to the HMS Dean for Research Operations and Global Programs (DROGP) with a dotted-line relationship to the Faculty Co-Leaders of the Greater Boston Consortium on Pathogen Readiness (GBCPR). The Executive Director will work with the Faculty Co-Leaders and DROGP to build an organization whose objective is to create, invest in, and develop a research process and related infrastructure to address the current global COVID-19 pandemic and better position the Consortium for as yet unknown future outbreaks.
The initial efforts of the GBCPR are aimed at elucidating the basic biology of the SARS-CoV-2 virus and the pathogenesis of the resulting disease, developing new diagnostic tools, vaccines, and antiviral therapies, creating and using animal and other model systems, understanding disease epidemiology, and leveraging clinical expertise to improve medical management. The overarching collaboration is part of a five-year, $115 million research initiative funded by China Evergrande Group and it involves colleagues at the Guangzhou Institute of Respiratory Health in China.
The Executive Director is the administrative leader for program planning and development and works with the HMS Office for Research Operations to oversee the governance, finance, and management activities for the GBCPR. The Executive Director collaborates with the program's Faculty Co-Leaders, Executive Committee (including the DROGP), Steering Committee, and Advisory Committee to provide general administrative direction and oversight for the GBCPR. The Executive Director oversees the practical implementation of all of the GBCPR's logistical and administrative needs and ensures that the operations of the Consortium are functional and streamlined.
The position's related duties will continue to evolve and expand, but broadly include:
Administrative responsibilities for development and launch of all elements relating to the COVID-19 program, including staff management ensuring all parties are moving forward in meeting research milestones.
In consultation with the Steering Committee, Faculty Co-Leaders, and DROGP, developing the three-month, six-month, one-year, and five-year administrative and financial plans for the COVID-19 program and identifying any roadblocks that might complicate the execution of these plans, and executing on the administrative and financial plans.
Serving as the primary point of programmatic contact for faculty and other program participants who serve as internal and external stakeholders in the COVID-19 program. These participants are based both in the United States and China.
Contributing to the identification and prioritization of new opportunities related to fundraising from corporate, government, and philanthropic sources, to be accomplished in collaboration with existing HMS offices.
Implementing a Request for Proposals internal awards process to identify and fund the most innovative and promising research projects pertaining to COVID-19.
Developing and maintaining a communications function for the GBCPR, including a website and coordination of press relations.
Working collaboratively with other staff to plan and execute symposia, workshops, and other coordinating meetings.
Ensuring compliance with relevant local and federal laws and regulations pertaining to the project.
The position is grant-funded and will be a three-year term position, with the possibility of extension.
Harvard offers an outstanding benefits package including:
Time Off: 3 - 4 weeks paid vacation, paid holiday break, 12 paid sick days, 11.5 paid holidays, and 3 paid personal days per year.
Medical/Dental/Vision: We offer a variety of excellent medical plans, dental & vision plans, all coverage begins as of your start date.
Retirement: University-funded retirement plan with full vesting after 3 years of service.
Tuition Assistance Program: Competitive tuition assistance program, $40 per class at the Harvard Extension School and discounted options through participating Harvard grad schools.
Transportation: Harvard offers a 50% discounted MBTA pass as well as additional options to assist employees in their daily commute.
Wellness options: Harvard offers programs and classes at little or no cost, including stress management, massages, nutrition, meditation, and complementary health services.
Harvard access to athletic facilities, libraries, campus events and many discounts throughout metro Boston.
The Harvard Medical School is not able to provide visa sponsorship for this position.
Salary Grade: 061
Union: 00 - Non Union, Exempt or Temporary
Master's degree in a biomedical research-related or administrative field required. Five or more years of senior-level professional experience in an academic or similar institution, including demonstrated success in leading organizations in a complex scientific, financial, political, and regulatory environment.
MD, Ph.D. or MD/Ph.D. degree is strongly preferred. Experience and expertise in infectious diseases are preferred. Excellent management skills, including a demonstrated ability to direct and mentor staff across disparate functional areas, a demonstrated ability to support scientific and clinically-oriented faculty, and a creative and proactive approach to problem-solving. Prior experience with foundations, agencies, and fundraising preferred. Proven analytic skills, including the ability to use data to make strategic and policy decisions. Commitment to enhancing diversity, inclusion, and belonging by faculty, staff, and trainees.
EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER: We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.
Internal Number: 52054BR
About Harvard University Medical School
Harvard University is devoted to excellence in teaching, learning, and research, and to developing leaders in many disciplines who make a difference globally. The University, which is based in Cambridge and Boston, Massachusetts, has an enrollment of over 20,000 degree candidates, including undergraduate, graduate, and professional students. Harvard has more than 360,000 alumni around the world. The University has twelve degree-granting Schools in addition to the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, offering a truly global education. Established in 1636, Harvard is the oldest institution of higher education in the United States.