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Sr. Director, Clinical Operations, Therapeutics

Moderna, Inc.
Cambridge, MA
Start date
Apr 17, 2024

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The Role:

Moderna is seeking a Senior Director, Clinical Operations to manage therapeutics programs across the Therapeutics portfolio with a focus on Rare Diseases. The Senior Director, Clinical Operations, Therapeutics will function as a portfolio lead with oversight of programs and the clinical operations team(s) on those programs. This position will work collaboratively across the therapeutics portfolio and cross-functional teams on the overall development programs and related studies to ensure successful execution of assigned projects. This position will be responsible for initiating and leading clinical programs across all phases, including overseeing CROs and vendors and working cross-functionally on clinical operations strategy and related initiatives. Additionally, this position will be responsible for management of clinical operations staff which includes but is not limited to talent management, hiring, management and organization of clinical operations teams assigned to programs and studies. This position reports to the VP, Clinical Operations.

Heres What Youll Do:

  • Serve as a Clinical Operations Portfolio Lead across the Therapeutics, overseeing several programs and the clinical operations team(s) assigned to those programs. These programs may span therapeutic areas such as rare disease, autoimmune, cardiovascular, and other emerging disease areas within Therapeutics. This position will focus on rare disease.

  • Accountable for delivery of programs and studies within the assigned portfolio.

  • Oversee clinical operations teams and provide direction, oversight and mentorship to ensure the development of operational strategy and plans in support of execution of the Clinical Development Plan.

  • Partner and collaborate with cross-functional stakeholders as well as senior leaders at the therapeutic and functional line head level (eg. VP of clinical development, function line heads) to ensure clinical operations effectiveness.

  • Oversee execution of first-in-human through phase 4 trials, depending on lifecycle of program, in compliance with ICH/GCP, local regulations, and Moderna SOPs. May serve as the program clinical operations lead (PCOL) for programs in early development until assignment of additional clinical operations resources.

  • Manage and provide oversight to the cross functional team and CRO/vendor(s) related to all aspects of clinical trial operations.

  • Responsible for budget management for assigned programs/portfolio including ensuring proactive management of all finance activities including but not limited to periodic budget reviews, CRO budget oversight and internal processes related to forecasting at the program and study level.

  • Responsible for representing Clinical Operations as a senior leader on cross-functional project teams and vendor/CRO operational meetings and ensuring compliance with operational standards and procedures.

  • Support and supervise the selection, oversight, and management of CROs and other vendors.

  • Perform and document study level Sponsor Oversight of outsourced clinical activities as assigned/applicable.

  • Oversee program/study team conduct of site feasibility/capability assessments in collaboration with the CRO and cross-functional team.

  • Review and provide clinical operations input into relevant clinical documents such as the protocol, investigator brochure, regulatory documents, clinical study reports and other documents and plans as appropriate.

  • Along with other Clinical Development personnel, represent Moderna externally to Investigators, site staff, and Key Opinion Leaders.

  • Communicate and present to senior leaders on issues, strategies to align, manage and solve issues that arise within the assigned portfolio (program, timelines, budget, other issues as applicable).

  • Oversee/collaborate on and contribute to inspection readiness activities that support audits and regulatory inspections related to clinical trial conduct.

  • Maintain oversight and participate in the creation/review/training/maintenance of departmental and organizational SOPs to ensure compliance.

  • Lead and/or participate in clinical operations workstreams related to departmental and operating model related initiatives.

  • Develop and foster strong, collaborative relationships with key stakeholders both within and external to Moderna.

  • Manage clinical operations staff across program and study roles which includes but is not limited to talent management, hiring, management and organization of clinical operations teams assigned to programs and studies.

  • Strive for continuous improvement and more efficient ways of working in clinical development.

  • Act as a role model for Modernas values.

Heres What Youll Bring to the Table:

  • Minimum of BA/BS with at least 12 years of trial and clinical program experience, including 8+ years of high complexity independent, global trial management experience and 4+ years of program-level management Advanced degree preferred.

  • Experience in complex disease areas (e.g., rare disease, autoimmune, cardiovascular and oncology). Rare disease experience required.

  • Robust experience in early and late phase drug development

  • Multi-dimensional Clinical Operations background with capability of devising plans for operational challenges such as site activation, subject enrollment, monitoring oversight, protocol deviation management, data cleaning, etc.

  • Cross-Collaboration proficiency with other therapeutic areas and functions such as Regulatory, CMC, Biostatistics, Data Management, Finance, Program Management, etc.

  • Experience in GCP inspections/audits

  • Outstanding verbal and written communication skills, in addition to excellent organizational skills

  • Proven track record of effective leadership and team-building skills in the context of a multi-disciplinary team in the biotech or pharmaceutical industry

  • Resilient, Creative, capable problem-solver

  • Excellent organizational skills and ability to work independently

  • Experience in establishing and maintaining relationships with key opinion leaders

  • Some travel required

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 year-end shutdown
    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!

About Moderna

Since our founding in 2010, we have aspired to build the leading mRNA technology platform, theinfrastructure to reimagine how medicines are created and delivered, and a world-class team. We believe in giving our people a platform to change medicine and an opportunity to change the world.

By living our mission, values, and mindsets every day, our peopleare the driving force behind our scientific progress and our culture.Together, we are creating a culture of belonging and building an organization that cares deeply for our patients, our employees, the environment, and our communities.

We are proud to have been recognized as a Science Magazine Top Biopharma Employer, a Fast Company Best Workplace for Innovators, and a Great Place to Work in the U.S.

As we build our company, we have always believed an in-person culture is critical to our success. Moderna champions the significant benefits of in-office collaboration by embracing a 70/30 work model. This 70% in-office structure helps to foster a culture rich in innovation, teamwork, and direct mentorship. Join us in shaping a world where every interaction is an opportunity to learn, contribute and make a meaningful impact.

If you want to make a difference and join a team that is changing the future of medicine, we invite you to visit to learn more about our current opportunities.

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

Moderna is a place where everyone can grow. If you meet the Basic Qualifications for the role and you would be excited to contribute to our mission every day, please apply!

Moderna is proud to be an equal opportunity workplace and is an affirmative action employer.

Moderna is committed to equal employment opportunity and non-discrimination for all employees and qualified applicants without regard to a person's race, color, sex, gender identity or expression, age, religion, national origin, ancestry or citizenship, ethnicity, disability, military or protected veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, marital or familial status, or any other personal characteristic protected under applicable law. Moderna is an E-Verify Employer in the United States. We also consider qualified applicants regardless of criminal histories, consistent with legal requirements.

Belonging, Inclusion, and Diversity are critical to the success of our company and our impact on society. Were focused on attracting, retaining, developing, and advancing our employees and believe that by cultivating diverse experiences, backgrounds, and ideas, we can provide an environment where every employee is able to contribute their best.

Moderna is committed to offering reasonable accommodations to qualified job applicants with disabilities. Any applicant requiring an accommodation in connection with the hiring process and/or to perform the essential functions of the position for which the applicant has applied should contact the Accommodations team at (EEO/AAP Employer)



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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