Program Director

Bethesda, Maryland (US) at the NIH main campus
Commensurate with experience in leadership roles and direct years of work experience. Excellent bene
March 06 2018
Position Type
Full Time
Organization Type

The Foundation for Advanced Education in the Sciences (FAES), Inc., is an entrepreneurial non-profit organization, located at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland, which conducts advanced educational programs and activities to promote the productivity and attractiveness of professional life on the NIH campuses. FAES programs complement the work of NIH in accomplishing its mission of research and training in the biomedical sciences and FAES seeks to continue to create and sustain cutting- edge programming in all operational areas.

The Biotechnology, Training and Conferences department runs over thirty biotechnology courses, two  management training courses, four broadly attended conferences each year, and the production and  distribution of educational cell kits (CellServ lab kit products). The current program has successfully expanded and is looking to aggressively grow its enrollments and offerings to the NIH and broader biomedical communities.

This senior role is responsible for spearheading program success for audiences that range from 
large annual conferences of approximately 200 attendees to small, intimate training courses for students at all skill levels. The Program Director provides overall program leadership and supervises the Assistant Program Director. This role interacts regularly with a wide variety of biomedical professionals and oversees 100 instructors and course directors and is a member of the FAES senior management team responsible for the overall performance of the organization.

Overview: Reporting to the Chief Executive Officer/Executive Director (CEO/ED), the Program 
Director is responsible for leading the research, planning, development and implementation of the 
biotechnology lab training, professional development, training and conference service programs and 
activities. This role is responsible for the overall success of the program, including increasing enrollments year-over-year, and for delivering exceptional services to the National Institutes of Health, with emphasis on the program and customer service excellence. Program Director leads a team of four staff members and one contractor.

Current Course Offerings in;
•    Core Molecular Biology Lab Techniques,
•    Immunology & Flow Cytometry,
•    Stem Cell Techniques,
•    Bioinformatics & NGS/ Genomics & Proteomics,
•    Microscopy,
•    Special & Emerging Topics in Biomedical Industry, and
•    BioTech Industry Training & Professional Development for Scientist.

The ideal candidate will have a Ph.D. in a field related to life sciences, as well as lab, teaching, and administrative experience in one of these areas; molecular biology, biotechnology, bioinformatics, genetics, genomics or a related field. The Program Director must have prior teaching and advising experience, preferably at the graduate level, and have the ability to cultivate and maintain relationships and partnerships within the wider research and business biomedical community. This position will require limited evening and weekend work and include travel to events in the D.C. Metro area.

The Program Director will have the following instructional and administrative responsibilities:
•    Oversee all efforts to lead research, plan, develop and implement the biotechnology courses, 
lab techniques and management training, and conference service programs and activities
•     Responsible for annual operating budget development and profit and loss (P&L) for the

•    Recruit and train instructors and evaluate instructor performance and ensure high teaching 
•    Participate in online and onsite student recruitment events
•    Conduct ongoing curriculum development and quality control to ensure that the program is 
current and meets high quality standards
•    Conduct outreach to NIH and educational partners to promote programs, and provide leadership 
to FAES staff in student and faculty services and marketing
•    Be responsible for overall management of the teaching lab, equipment, inventory, and personnel
•    Work with FAES senior team, program instructors, and staff to ensure the delivery of a quality 
•    Complete other administrative or programmatic duties as assigned

Qualifications and Skills:
•    Required: Ph.D. in a field related to life sciences; molecular biology, biotechnology, 
bioinformatics, genetics, genomics or a related field or M.D. with appropriate experience
•    Required: minimum of 5 years of lab experience outside of Ph.D./M.D. program, specifically in 
the areas of cell biology, immunology, or immunotherapy (or similar discipline)
•    Required: minimum of 5 years academic program management experience
•    Required: minimum of 3 years supervisory experience
•    Required: Profit and Loss (P&L) experience
•    Exhibit ethical behavior and appropriate business practices consistent with these standards 
and values of the organization
•    Establish and maintain positive working relationships and partnerships, both internally and 
externally, to achieve the goals of the organization
•    Communicate effectively; speak, listen and write in a clear, thorough and timely manner using 
appropriate and effective communication tools and techniques
•    Cultivate creativity and innovation to achieve program targets
•    Anticipate, understand, and respond to the needs of internal and external clients to meet or 
exceed their expectations within the organizational parameters
•    Foster teamwork, work cooperatively, and effectively with others to set goals, resolve 
problems, and make decisions that enhance organizational effectiveness
•    Provide positive leadership and influence to achieve results that are in the best interest of 
the organization
•    Exhibit willingness to listen to others and encourage creative ideas, regardless of source

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