Director of Government and NGO Partnerships

Washington, District of Columbia
May 06, 2022
Required Education
Bachelors Degree
Position Type


At GreenLight we are working to solve two of the world's greatest problems: global food insecurity and equal access to vaccines and the associated health benefits. Unlike most corporations who can be required to put profits ahead of other principles, GreenLight is one of the first Public Benefit Corporations to be publicly traded and have a charter that requires a focus on how it benefits its employees, community and society and has a broad portfolio addressing key issues in plant health and human health (Nasdaq: GRNA) by leveraging the full potential of dsRNA and mRNA. The GreenLight team is over 300 people across our headquarters in Medford, MA, an R&D facility in Woburn, MA and an R&D facility in Research Triangle Park, NC. GreenLight also has a biomanufacturing plant in Rochester, NY. Initiatives include finding ways to support biodiversity, protect bees and other pollinators, treat rare diseases as well as develop vaccines.

At GreenLight, we believe inclusion is the way forward. We celebrate the power of working together to address humanity’s challenges, meet the needs of underserved populations, and push the boundaries of scientific discovery. Fueled by our aspiration for a true sense of belonging, our talented teams embody the principles of diversity and equality as we strive to bring food security, medicine, and healthcare to everyone—paving the way for a sustainable future. For more information, visit


The Director of Government and NGO Partnerships position offers a unique opportunity to diversify the funding strategy for an innovative company seeking to address humanity’s challenges, meet the needs of underserved populations, and push the boundaries of scientific discovery. This role is for a highly strategic leader with deep business expertise and knowledge of global industry funding trends in the fields of medicine, and healthcare. The qualified individual will be able to assemble and execute a detailed non-dilutive funding strategy in order to advance GreenLight into its next stages as an integrated life sciences company.

We are looking for a highly organized, highly collaborative, multi-tasker with excellent communication skills. This is an exciting opportunity for an individual with an entrepreneurial spirit. The Director of Government and NGO Partnerships possesses strong leadership qualities and is a detail-oriented, organized, analytical, and strategic thinker.




This position, reporting to Corporate Affairs, works in tight collaboration with the CEO as well as the scientific and business development teams.

  • Work alongside the leadership team to develop a non-dilutive funding strategy tailored for human health
  • Identify relevant non-dilutive funding opportunities (e.g., federal funding, grants, private foundations, etc.) for each pipeline project in the portfolio
  • Create and implement a grant development and submission process
  • Lead the preparation, writing and review process for grant applications
  • Engage relevant internal and external stakeholders to ensure all information is factual and appropriately tailored to the opportunity
  • Manage relationships and joint work plans with non-dilutive funding consultant agencies
  • Support in the project management workstream for all grants and funding received
  • Create and implement accurate plans and develop success metrics and communication approach for these initiatives and projects
  • Lead the preparation and production of presentations, for internal and external speaking engagements and meetings leveraging executive-level communication skills, both written and verbal
  • Assist and communicate with the executive team in decision-making, program management, and initiative implementation with regards to non-dilutive funding opportunities



  • At least 10+ years of related experience in the biotech, health or international development industries.
  • Experience collaborating with large philanthropic and development funding agencies is required and working in Africa and Asia is considered a strong plus.
  • Experience in Project Management and ability to lead multiple high-profile projects of varying timelines simultaneously across a distributed set of stakeholders without direct ownership of resources.
  • Strong understanding of the healthcare environment is required, combined with a natural ability to build trust, influence, and relationships with diverse team members at all levels.
  • Exceptional written, presentation, and verbal communications skills, including the ability to build comprehensive and compelling presentation and communication materials that span functions and groups.
  • Experience with data analysis and budget management.
  • The ideal candidate will exhibit a passion for equity, diversity and inclusivity and a desire for continuous improvement.



  • Master’s degree in Business Administration or similar field preferred



  • Drives execution: Translates strategic priorities into operational reality, aligning communication, accountabilities, resources, internal processes, and ongoing measurement systems to ensure that strategic priorities yield measurable and sustainable results.
  • Embraces the principles of equality, diversity, and inclusion: Demonstrated ability to build trust and credibility with team members by creating an inclusive and respectful environment. Encourages diverse thinking to achieve greater results. Has the ability to come up with unique, better ideas as well as the capability of taking new ideas and putting them into practice. Develops a powerful sense of shared purpose that motivates the team to achieve higher levels of performance. Inspires others with or without direct reporting lines. Adept at working across functional and cultural boundaries to positively impact business performance.
  • Embodies Collaboration: Demonstrates a highly collaborative style by balancing between an entrepreneurial spirit and a team mind-set, i.e. both the ability to operate comfortably in a start-up environment and the requisite ability to influence and bring people along.
  • Drives results: Strong bias for action and execution. Sense of urgency and focus on improving business results; ability to solve problems in a way that consistently meets or exceeds established goals; exploits opportunities to exceed goals and works towards them, even under adverse circumstances; motivated by creating better ways of doing things, so that higher levels of performance are possible. Proactively communicates with the stakeholders and teams about value generation, market trends and insights, and all issues related with business development.

Greenlight Biosciences Inc. provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws.

This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation, and training.

GreenLight requires proof of COVID-19 vaccination for its employees.