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Executive Director, Program Leader

Moderna, Inc.
Cambridge, MA
Start date
Jul 29, 2022

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Science/R&D, Oncology, Pathology
Required Education
Position Type
Full time
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The Role:

Moderna is seeking a motivated and energetic Program Leader for our Oncology programs to drive the program strategy and maintain accountability of program execution. The successful candidate will work in close coordination with the program manager to drive the strategy of the program and enable the execution of the set timelines. The Program Leader will lead a cross-functional team across clinical operations, regulatory affairs, clinical pharmacology, biomarkers, CMC, non-clinical, and medical to deliver against the program strategy. The successful candidate will have experience in development of Oncology programs from early to late stage.

The successful candidate is able to work independently and thrive in a proactive can-do culture and team milieu to lead the clinical development activities for mRNA-based therapies for our current and emerging Oncology programs while leveraging success in those to catalyze development across the most promising programs for accelerated development. You will work closely with colleagues in Oncology Development and other therapeutic areas in Moderna as needed. The candidates will be a highly effective internal and external team player and terrific communicator and collaborator.

Heres What Youll Do:

The Program Leader will be involved in high-level leadership of the assigned program(s):

  • Lead the cross-functional teams for Oncology program(s)

  • Represent the program status, scenarios, and trade-offs with senior leadership, internal stakeholders, and external stakeholders

  • Align on a program direction in coordination with senior functional leaders and program representatives

  • Support development of regulatory documents and HA interactions

  • Engage external stakeholders including KOLs and key PIs; engage advisory boards in order to develop an effective program strategy

  • Accountable for the integrated development plan for the Oncology program(s)

  • Develop a program budget in coordination with the program manager, finance and functional representatives; identify trade-offs

  • Work with senior leadership to support late-stage development activities including endpoints for registration, patient reported outcomes, and health-economics

  • Provides strong scientific and project leadership, balancing pragmatism and innovation consistent with the R&D strategy

  • Creates, leads and delivers continuous improvement of the R&D mission and improve productivity within each phase of development

  • Model and expects effective team behavior to achieve the project goals

Heres What Youll Bring to the Table:

  • MD or Ph.D with 10 years of experience in a biotechnology or pharmaceutical setting

  • Experience in oncology drug development including the transition of novel candidates from discovery through licensure

  • Proven track record of successful cross functional program leadership or management supporting early- and late-stage programs through regulatory milestones(IND/BLA)

  • Strong ability to lead cross-functional teams; engage senior leadership, health authorities, and KOLs

  • Prior experience managing or working within cross-functional project teams with timeline management and budgetary responsibility

  • Must be adept at working in a fluid environment and foster a strong collaborative spirit internally and externally.

  • Strong written and oral communication skills as well as demonstrated organizationalaptitude

  • Ability to manage multiple projects in a fast-paced environment.

  • Ability to effectively collaborate in a dynamic, cross-functional matrix environment.

Moderna is pleased to provide you and your family with a comprehensive and innovative suite of benefits, including:

  • Highly competitive and inclusive medical, dental and vision coverage options
  • Flexible Spending Accounts for medical expenses and dependent care expenses
  • Lifestyle Spending Account funds to help you engage in personal enrichment and self-care activities
  • Family care benefits, including subsidized back-up care options and on-demand tutoring
  • Free premium access to fitness, nutrition, and mindfulness classes
  • Exclusive preferred pricing on Peloton fitness equipment
  • Adoption and family-planning benefits
  • Dedicated care coordination support for our LGBTQ+ community
  • Generous paid time off, including:
    Vacation, sick time and holidays
    Volunteer time to participate within your community
    Discretionary winter shut down
    Paid sabbatical after 5 years; every 3 years thereafter
  • Generous Paid Leave offerings, including 18 weeks of 100% paid parental leave for all new parents
  • 401k match and Financial Planning tools
  • Moderna-paid Life, LTD and STD insurance coverages, as well as voluntary benefit options
  • Complimentary concierge service including home services research, travel booking, and entertainment requests
  • Free parking or subsidized commuter passes
  • Location-specific perks and extras!

Candidates should be aware that Moderna currently maintains a policy requiring all US-based employees to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and receive a booster shot once eligible. Newly hired employees must be vaccinated and boosted prior to their employment start date. Moderna is an equal opportunity employer and will provide a reasonable accommodation to those unable to be vaccinated or receive a booster where it is not an undue hardship to the company to do so as provided under federal, state, and local law.

About Moderna

In over 10 years since its inception, Moderna has transformed from a research-stage company advancing programs in the field of messenger RNA (mRNA), to an enterprise with a diverse clinical portfolio of vaccines and therapeutics across seven modalities, a broad intellectual property portfolio in areas including mRNA and lipid nanoparticle formulation, and an integrated manufacturing plant that allows for rapid clinical and commercial production at scale. Moderna maintains alliances with a broad range of domestic and overseas government and commercial collaborators, which has allowed for the pursuit of both groundbreaking science and rapid scaling of manufacturing. Most recently, Moderna's capabilities have come together to allow the authorized use and approval of one of the earliest and most effective vaccines against the COVID-19 pandemic.

Moderna's mRNA platform builds on continuous advances in basic and applied mRNA science, delivery technology and manufacturing, and has allowed the development of therapeutics and vaccines for infectious diseases, immuno-oncology, rare diseases, cardiovascular diseases and autoimmune diseases. Moderna has been named a top biopharmaceutical employer by Science for the past seven years. To learn more, visit

Moderna is a smoke-free, alcohol-free and drug-free work environment.

Moderna is committed to equal employment opportunity and non-discrimination for all employees and qualified applicants without regard to a persons race, color, gender, age, religion, national origin, ancestry, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation or any characteristic protected under applicable law. Moderna will make reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with known disabilities, in accordance with applicable law.




Moderna is advancing messenger RNA (mRNA) science to create a new class of transformative medicines for patients. Moderna’s platform builds on continuous advances in basic and applied mRNA science, delivery technology and manufacturing, providing the Company the capability to pursue in parallel a robust pipeline of new development candidates. Moderna is developing therapeutics and vaccines for infectious diseases, immuno-oncology, rare diseases and cardiovascular diseases, independently and with strategic collaborators.

mRNA is now a turning point in the history of science, medicine, technology, even humankind itself. With this breakthrough discovery, many of the world’s biggest and most challenging medical problems are no longer a question of “how?” but merely a question of “when?”

Come with us as we pursue the uncharted reaches of possibility and make your mark on the future of medicine.


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