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Director Program Management

Avidity Biosciences
San Diego, California
Start date
Nov 11, 2022
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Avidity Bioscience’s Program Management Department is expanding as the company pioneers oligonucleotide therapeutics for people with rare diseases.  This position will support all aspects of our development programs to ensure our team’s success in developing medicines for patients with unmet medical need.  In collaboration with internal functional leaders and scientific subject matter experts, the program manager will integrate scientific and business priorities to drive effective execution of the program deliverables.  The Program Manager will play a critical role in the resource/financial management and forecasting of individual projects on an ongoing basis.  The ideal candidate is a strong, multifaceted individual that is passionate about empowering teams and driving for results.  The successful candidate will work with the Program Team Leader to create, implement, and lead the integrated clinical development program.

Key Responsibilities:


  • Serve as the Program Manager for cross-functional drug development programs.
  • Be a role model: build high-performing teams, inspire team members to achieve ambitious goals, provide feedback and mentorship to drive high performance, build trust and respect across the team and its members, model corporate culture behaviors and support team members
  • Internally and externally communicate a shared, bold vision for the program; exemplify and build a patient-centric program
  • Work with critical functions to create and manage integrated strategic development plans that define goals, milestones, decision points, critical path, timelines, risks, assumptions, and alternative scenarios
  • Provide drug development and team leadership expertise, and apply program management best practices, to advance development programs.
  • Ensure functional area activities are on track and aligned with broader development strategies, timelines, and regulatory requirements.
  • Effectively communicate with key stakeholders on the status, objectives, risks, and mitigation plans associated with development programs.
  • Contribute to program management departmental initiatives.
  • Provide oversight for program budget and make recommendations on ensuring programs are resourced appropriately to hit the corporate goals
  • Drive teams to effective decision-making and risk/opportunity scenarios
  • Point of contact for integration with corporate processes



  • PhD in life sciences or equivalent clinical development experience. Minimum of 6 years of drug development experience in the biotech/pharmaceutical industry.
  • Minimum of five years of management experience, including experience managing programs or integrated projects
  • Thorough understanding of drug development process including experience managing clinical development programs from IND/CTA to Phase 3; experience with NDA/MAA filings a plus
  • Demonstrated expertise with leading cross-functional development teams and utilizing project management practices and tools.
  • A background in rare disease, antibody delivery or siRNA a plus


Required Skills:

  • Organized and detail-oriented while also retaining the ability to see the big picture.
  • Flexible and able to work in a fast-paced, timeline-driven environment.
  • Able to manage multiple competing priorities and to identify the best path forward.
  • Project management and organizational skills, along with problem solving, negotiations skills, conflict resolution, and team building skills.
  • Must have a holistic perspective to drug development process across different functional areas and workstreams
  • Excellent problem-solving, and decision-making skills.
  • Ability to effectively collaborate with internal team and external collaborators.
  • Will work tirelessly to foster an environment of transparency, direct dialogue, and exceptional teamwork.
  • “Roll up sleeves and get hands dirty” for the benefit of the team and the team’s objectives; be able to wear multiple hats and fill in when needed; hold self as accountable
  • A strong team player with a passion for science and helping discover and develop novel therapies for unmet medical needs.


Our vision is to profoundly improve people’s lives by revolutionizing the delivery of RNA therapeutics. We’re utilizing our proprietary AOC platform to design, engineer, and develop therapeutics that combine the tissue selectivity of monoclonal antibodies (mAbs) with the precision of oligonucleotide-based therapies in order to redefine RNA therapeutics and more effectively target underlying genetic drivers of diseases. We are delivering on this vision by investing in our platform, our pipeline and our people.

Our commitment to rigorous and innovative science is matched only by our passion to see patients’ lives changed. We consistently challenge ourselves to Be AVID – Agile, Visionary, Integrated and Diverse.

We are assembling a diverse team experienced in rare disease and RNA therapies. Our team members bring expertise in research, development and commercial execution. We are focused on cultivating the right team to not only grow the company, but also to reflect the communities we serve. We are dedicated to employing and retaining a diverse and inclusive workforce at all levels of the organization to not only ensure that different backgrounds and perspectives are being heard and acted upon, but that our employees also feel understood, accepted and valued.


Find Us
10975 N. Torrey Pines Road
Suite 150
La Jolla
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