Director of Institutional Relations, The Jackson Laboratory

Farmington, Connecticut (US) 06032
April 25 2018
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Full Time
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Farmington, Connecticut

The Aspen Leadership Group is proud to partner with The Jackson Laboratory (JAX) in the search for a Director of Institutional Relations.

The Director of Institutional Relations is an unusual and dynamic opportunity to work in partnership with JAX scientific and business leadership to establish and advance relationships with key institutional funding partners. These would include relationships with Pharma, biotechnology companies, corporate and private foundations, public charities, and other corporations, including those in computational science. The incumbent will have a track record of building external relationships, managing alliances or partnerships, capital raising, and business development or licensing. Experience as a fundraiser, a program officer, a principal investigator, or otherwise shaping institutional relationships involving seven-figure gifts or greater in the basic or life sciences sector is a notable advantage. 

The Director of Institutional Relations is an externally facing position responsible for reaching out, building, and soliciting key and high-level institutional relationships to secure high impact investments in the development of JAX science, research, and programs. The incumbent will possess a deep understanding of science and research or drug discovery and development, a network of similar professionals in Pharma and Biotech, an advanced scientific degree, alliance management, fundraising or investment experience with basic or life sciences organizations and institutions. This position will advance the Development office’s effectiveness and success in connecting JAX science and scientists with leading scientists and institutions that possess similar research interests and the institutional philanthropic capacity and aptitude to support JAX’s mission and research goals.

The Jackson Laboratory is an independent, non-profit organization focusing on genetic and genomic research to advance human health. Its mission is to discover precise genomic solutions for disease and empower the global biomedical community in the shared quest to improve human health. This bipartite mission statement reflects its focus on conducting impactful genetic research improving human health and its commitment to serve the larger biomedical community with its scientific products and genetic resources.

The Jackson Laboratory employs more than 2,000 employees on three campuses: Bar Harbor, Maine; Sacramento, California; and Farmington, Connecticut. The Jackson Laboratory for Mammalian Genetics in Bar Harbor, Maine deploys the mouse as a research tool to understand normal mammalian development and the mechanisms of disease. Because mice and humans share 95 percent of their genes, the mouse is an effective and efficient model of the human condition. The Jackson Laboratory for Genomic Medicine in Farmington, Connecticut, focuses on human genetics and genomics as well as computational biology. In addition, both campuses in Bar Harbor and Sacramento provide services and products (primarily mouse models) for the external scientific community. Thus, along with its research, The Jackson Laboratory provides scientific resources, techniques, software, and data to scientists around the world, and it educates students and professionals through courses, internships, and other programs.

A Ph.D. is required for this position as is at least five years of experience related to research and development and alliance management. Experience in fundraising and/or working within a nonprofit institution is highly desirable. All applications must be accompanied by a cover letter and résumé.