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Associate Director of Translational Research

Foundation for Prader Willi Research

Location:
anywhere, CA
Posted Date:
11/15/2016
Position Type:
Full time
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Salary:
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Job Description

Associate Director of Translational Research

The Foundation for Prader-Willi Research (FPWR) was founded in 2003 to eliminate the challenges of Prader-Willi syndrome (PWS) through the advancement of research. Since its inception, FPWR has committed more than $8,000,000 to support PWS-related research though its dedicated Grant Program. FPWR has recently developed an ambitious five-year strategic plan (https://www.fpwr.org/5-year-plan/) to accelerate the development of meaningful therapies for PWS. In addition to the management of a world-class grant program, the Foundation is implementing a new translational research program to accelerate discovery and streamline the therapeutic development pathway for PWS. To accomplish its goals, FPWR is seeking an Associate Director of Translational Research who will play a key role in implementing the translational research program, with a particular focus on developing and managing a clinical program to evaluate existing or novel therapies in clinical studies.

The individual will report to the Director of Translational Research and assist the Director of Research programs on selected programs. The ideal candidate will have a strong experience managing research programs and/or network or consortia involving multiple stakeholders from academia, industry and patient organizations. He/she will have a solid scientific and clinical background and experience with drug development and/or translational and/or clinical research. Key areas of focus will be developing and implementing programs and projects, including project execution monitoring and project budget, tracking progress against defined time-lines, program goals, as well as effective communication internally and externally. Knowledge of rare diseases and/or clinical research is preferred.

Responsibilities will include:

1. Implement a clinical care research program. This program is of high priority for FPWR and aims to better characterize and improve care management for common PWS complications (e.g. gastro-intestinal, sleep disorders, hypotonia, mental health and behavioral problems). Tasks will include:
?   Developing and managing an expert panel of clinicians and caregiver advocates
?   Performing a literature review and conduct informational interviews with key opinion leaders from academia and industry to develop evidence-based scientific material for establishing a list of clinical studies priorities
?   Providing clinical expertise upon request (protocols, regulatory information…)
?   Establish goals, time-lines and budget
2. Implement a clinical trial development program for repurposed drugs and medical devices. The goal of this program is to foster the development of approved drugs for other diseases that can alleviate the symptoms of PWS.  Tasks will include:
?   Establishing relationships with investigators or companies involved in clinical trials for PWS.
?   Managing a pharmacological therapeutic group composed of experts from industry and patient representatives to assess drugs of potential interest for PWS that are currently under clinical development for PWS or are on the market for other disorders.
?   Monitoring industry to identify new drugs possibilities and engage industry partners
?   Assisting in protocol development
?   Assisting in identifying/supporting funding efforts
?   Establishing privileged relationships with industry partners or academic clinicians conducting trials
?   Supporting the development of contracts and partnerships.
3. Assist Director of Translational Research in managing activities of the PWS- clinical trial consortium (www.pwsctc.org)
4. Help in the development of a biomarker program aimed at improving the understanding of PWS pathophysiology and the development of tools that provide novel measures of treatment efficacy for PWS clinical trials.
5. Provide effective and up-to-date scientific reports to internal and external audiences, scientific and lay communities

Requirements:
The successful candidate will possess:
?   Ph.D. in Biological or Clinical Sciences and/or M.D or Master’s Degree + 8 years of relevant experience.
?   5+ years post-degree experience in clinical research management within biotech, pharmaceutical industries, healthcare sector or a similar non-profit foundation strongly preferred
?   Previous experience in managing multi-stakeholders collaborative network or consortia
?   Must have significant project management experience – must be very organized and capable of developing and managing independently multiple projects to ensure timely delivery of projects
?   Excellent judgment and decision making skills
?   Entrepreneurial approach; proactive and action-oriented personality; proven problem-solving skills; strong sense of pace and urgency
?   Intellectually curious – will be surveying the scientific landscape for new and relevant opportunities for research or collaboration
?   Ability to understand the “big picture” while paying attention to details
?   Articulate in written and verbal communication with excellent presentation skills – to both large and small, technical and non-technical audiences
?   Strong interpersonal skills with the ability to accomplish challenging objectives in a timely manner
?   Ability to work productively and proactively, both independently and within a team environment

Additional Details
This is a virtual position requiring work from a home office.
Travel (10%) will be required.

Please send cover letter and resume to Melissa.Demand@fpwr.org. We offer a competitive salary and benefits, as well as a terrific team to work with! FPWR is an equal opportunity employer.

Requirements

The successful candidate will possess:
?   Ph.D. in Biological or Clinical Sciences and/or M.D or Master’s Degree + 8 years of relevant experience.
?   5+ years post-degree experience in clinical research management within biotech, pharmaceutical industries, healthcare sector or a similar non-profit foundation strongly preferred
?   Previous experience in managing multi-stakeholders collaborative network or consortia
?   Must have significant project management experience – must be very organized and capable of developing and managing independently multiple projects to ensure timely delivery of projects
?   Excellent judgment and decision making skills
?   Entrepreneurial approach; proactive and action-oriented personality; proven problem-solving skills; strong sense of pace and urgency
?   Intellectually curious – will be surveying the scientific landscape for new and relevant opportunities for research or collaboration
?   Ability to understand the “big picture” while paying attention to details
?   Articulate in written and verbal communication with excellent presentation skills – to both large and small, technical and non-technical audiences
?   Strong interpersonal skills with the ability to accomplish challenging objectives in a timely manner
?   Ability to work productively and proactively, both independently and within a team environment