Senior Director, Project Management
Company: University of California
Posted on: February 25, 2021
University OverviewThe University of Pennsylvania, the largest
private employer in Philadelphia, is a world-renowned leader in
education, research, and innovation. This historic, Ivy League
school consistently ranks among the top 10 universities in the
annual U.S. News & World Report survey. Penn has 12 highly-regarded
schools that provide opportunities for undergraduate, graduate and
continuing education, all influenced by Penn's distinctive
interdisciplinary approach to scholarship and learning.Penn offers
a unique working environment within the city of Philadelphia. The
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offers a competitive benefits package that includes excellent
healthcare and tuition benefits for employees and their families,
generous retirement benefits, a wide variety of professional
development opportunities, supportive work and family benefits, a
wealth of health and wellness programs and resources, and much
more.Posted Job TitleSenior Director, Project Management Job
Profile Title Director DJob Description SummaryThe Gene Therapy
Program (GTP) is entering a new era of unprecedented opportunity
with the great potential to reshape the face of medicine as we know
it. Our discoveries have set the stage for successful treatments
and possibly even cures for devastating genetic diseases.
The laboratory of Dr. Jim Wilson, at GTP of the University of
Pennsylvania, has been a leader in the development of innovative
vector technology for close to three decades. We have emerged as
the "go-to" organization for public and private partners, who want
to participate in the gene therapy space. Currently, we are
positioned to lead another round of vector innovation and establish
pre-clinical and clinical proof-of-concept in therapeutic
applications of in-vivo genome editing.
Continuation of all GTP positions is contingent upon funding. Job
Description We are currently seeking a Senior Director of Project
Management to lead the GTP Project Management organization. This
key role will have overall responsibility for implementing and
executing project management best practices for all GTP therapeutic
development programs which range from early stage discovery through
clinical proof of concept.Reporting to the Chief Strategy and
Business Officer, the Senior Director will lead and enable the GTP
project management team to develop, implement and execute the
overall development strategy and plan for both internal and
alliance partner programs. You will have overall responsibility for
managing and developing a high-performing project management team
that is responsible for the development of project research plans,
program budgets, communication plans, collaboration reporting, and
resource plan development.You will set clear and accountable goals
for direct reports and ensure alignment with GTP's objectives and
mission. You will promote continual learning and team cohesiveness
to optimize the performance of all project management activities.
In addition, you will lead GTP alliance partner joint research
teams. This will require establishing strong relationships with
internal GTP research and functional area leadership as well as
with external alliance partner research teams.This role is highly
cross-functional and will involve close collaboration with external
GTP partners, along with senior leadership, core leadership,
functional area leadership and study directors within GTP.--The
successful candidate will have a proven track record of
successfully leading therapeutic discovery and early development
project teams along with experience managing other project
managers/project management teams. The Senior Director of Project
Management should possess a strong scientific background and
demonstrated therapeutic development experience that includes
planning, executing, and delivering INDs and CTAs to global
regulatory authorities. An emphasis will be placed on superior
leadership, execution, and communication across the GTP
organization and between GTP and GTP alliance
- Master's Degree and 5 to 7 years overall experience in
pharmaceutical development (can include experience with bench
science, CMC, clinical study, etc.) with at least 5 years program
management experience in the biopharmaceutical industry or an
equivalent combination of education and experience required. PhD
(life sciences) or MBA preferred; Project Management Professional
(PMP) certification is a plus.
- Experience leading drug development project teams and managing
other project managers/project management teams.
- Track record and thorough understanding of pharmaceutical
development processes, discovery through clinical proof of
- Experience filing INDs and CTAs.
- Proven ability to balance the strategic needs of the program
with tactical day-to-day activities.
- Strong interpersonal skills with the ability to motivate
others, influence without authority, and negotiate conflict
- Outstanding communication, analytical, and organizational
- Highly collaborative team player who fosters open communication
and facilitates mutual understanding and cooperation between all
- Proven ability to balance conflicting priorities across
multiple programs, and to make sound recommendations for trade-offs
between resources to achieve organizational objectives.
- Self-directed individual who is able to work with limited
direction in a fast-paced environment.
- Experience creating and managing integrated timelines and
- Ability to perform in a fast-paced environment with competing
priorities under tight deadlines.
- Ability to effectively manage multiple diverse cross-functional
teams in a matrix organizational structure.
- Strong written and verbal communication skills.
- Proficient with Microsoft Office (e.g. Word, PowerPoint, Excel,
Outlook, Project). Job Location - City, State Philadelphia,
Pennsylvania Department / School Perelman School of Medicine Pay
Range $88,861.00 - $168,837.00 Affirmative Action Statement--
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creed, national or ethnic origin, citizenship status, age,
disability, veteran status, or any other legally protected class.
Background check required after a conditional job offer is made.
Consideration of the background check will be tailored to the
requirements of the job. Posted 23 Days Ago Full time JR00028585
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