This positon is responsible for proactive and effective communication and governance between Northwestern University (represented in this alliance by Innovations and New Ventures (INVO)) and Deerfield management. This new partnership is meant to catalyze early stage biomedical development. This position will be responsible for all coordinate of efforts across both organizations, to engage faculty and assist in the development of their proposals, management of submission timelines and review teams, assist faculty with budget development, coordinate the relevant resources (internal core facilities or external CROs), pre and post award finances and reporting, facilitate Information-sharing, disclosures, decision-making and communication channels between all stakeholders
Oversees the management of biomedical (e.g. drug discovery) development programs supported by the Northwestern-Deerfield partnership which will include functions, timelines, and deliverables in areas that include but are not limited to: project plans, assays, high-throughput screening, medicinal chemistry, pharmacology, toxicology, and early-stage animal models undertaken at Northwestern Core Facilities and outside Contract Research Organizations (CROs).
Ensures proactive and effective communication and governance between all stakeholders at Northwestern and Deerfield Management.
Coordinates across both organizations to meet both the letter and spirit of the alliance governance provisions.
Directs the process of moving Intellectual Property (IP) through development to commercialization, advising faculty, Northwestern, and Deerfield Management throughout the entire process.
Ensures that faculty and both partnership organizations understand and adhere to their obligations, including resourcing, finances, timelines, reports and Information-sharing, disclosures, and decision-making.
Develops connections with each organization's internal people to understand roles and decision-making processes. Proactively engages in the decision-making process with all stakeholders to help make decisions, push projects through the cores, as well as to know who, how, and when to best engage leadership as unexpected events emerge.
Builds a robust interactive relationship with the faculty and scientific community within Northwestern and manage the process of assessment of new project proposals.
Provides follow-up and feedback to faculty from the Joint Steering Committee (a key component of the partnership) when funding not provided for projects and helps to determine next steps, or other funding sources, to vet faculty projects.
Leads, manages, and coordinates joint meetings with partner organizations, including Joint Steering Committee and functional sub-team meetings, as well as Strategic partner meetings, Investor meetings etc. act as the liaison with the Joint Steering Committee and the faculty as needed.
Assists faculty with budget development, making recommendations on use of internal core facilities and external CROs and/or other relevant resources.
Prepares and executes financial reports for the partnership to review for status and progress.
Performs other duties as assigned.
Ph.D in Life Sciences
6-10 years’ experience in, and demonstrated understanding of, the drug development process
4-5 years’ experience in Project Management
Minimum Competencies: (Skills, knowledge, and abilities.)
Ability to work effectively across organizational levels and functions
Ability to collaborate with all levels of staff and faculty.
Demonstrated ability to work cross-functionally, manage crises, and align Interests of multiple parties
Demonstrated strong written and verbal communication, negotiation, and presentation skills
Excellent judgment, problem-solving, and decision-making skills.
Excellent people skills, including tact and diplomacy, persuasiveness, and negotiation.
Excellent communication skills, both oral and written.
High degree of initiative and ability to prioritize competing priorities.
Ability to exercise high degree of judgment and discretion in handling confidential and sensitive information.
Preferred Qualifications: (Education and experience)
Experience in alliance management.
Demonstrated understanding of the drug development process with experience in pharmaceutical industry preferred.
Northwestern University is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer of all protected classes, including veterans and individuals with disabilities. Women, racial and ethnic minorities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply. Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to work in the United States.
Internal Number: 33788
About Northwestern University
Northwestern University is a major private research university with 12 academic divisions located on three campuses in Evanston, Chicago, and Education City in Doha, Qatar. We have approximately 2,500 full-time faculty members, 17,000 graduate and undergraduate students, and over 5,700 full and part-time staff. Northwestern University combines innovative teaching and pioneering research in a highly collaborative environment. It provides students and faculty exceptional opportunities for intellectual, personal and professional growth.