Director of Institutional Relations

Farmington, Connecticut (US) 06032
Apr 25, 2018
Required Education
Position Type
Full time



Farmington, Connecticut

The Aspen Leadership Group is proud to partner with The Jackson Laboratory (JAX) in the search for a Director of Institutional Relations.

The Director of Institutional Relations will work in partnership with JAX scientific leadership to establish and advance relationships with key institutional partners and funders, including private, operating, and corporate foundations, public charities, and corporations. The incumbent will have a record—as a fundraiser, a program officer, a principal investigator, or otherwise—of shaping institutional relationships involving seven-figure gifts or greater in the basic or life sciences sector.

The Director of Institutional Relations is an externally facing position responsible for initiating, building, and soliciting a pool of key and high-level institutional relationships to secure high impact philanthropic investments in JAX science, research, and programs. The incumbent will possess a deep understanding of sciences and research, an advanced scientific degree, and fundraising or investment experience with basic or life sciences organizations and institutions. This position will considerably advance the Development office’s effectiveness and success in connecting JAX science and scientists with leading sources of institutional philanthropy to support JAX’s mission and research goals and will do so by initiating and building funding relationships with leading philanthropists, national foundations, and other non-federal sources of philanthropy and scientific investment.

The Jackson Laboratory is an independent, non-profit organization focusing on genetic and genomic research to advance human health. Its mission is to discover precise genomic solutions for disease and empower the global biomedical community in the shared quest to improve human health. This bipartite mission statement reflects its focus on conducting impactful genetic research improving human health and its commitment to serve the larger biomedical community with its scientific products and genetic resources.

The Jackson Laboratory employs more than 2,000 employees on three campuses: Bar Harbor, Maine; Sacramento, California; and Farmington, Connecticut. The Jackson Laboratory for Mammalian Genetics in Bar Harbor, Maine deploys the mouse as a research tool to understand normal mammalian development and the mechanisms of disease. Because mice and humans share 95 percent of their genes, the mouse is an effective and efficient model of the human condition. The Jackson Laboratory for Genomic Medicine in Farmington, Connecticut, focuses on human genetics and genomics as well as computational biology. In addition, both campuses in Bar Harbor and Sacramento provide services and products (primarily mouse models) for the external scientific community. Thus, along with its research, The Jackson Laboratory provides scientific resources, techniques, software, and data to scientists around the world, and it educates students and professionals through courses, internships, and other programs.

A Ph.D. is required for this position as is at least five years of experience related to philanthropic support of non-profit or research-based organizations. All applications must be accompanied by a cover letter and résumé.