Associate Director, Program and Alliance Management, Rare Diseases

August 31 2018
Life Sciences, Biology
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Associate Director, Program and Alliance Management, Rare Diseases

The Role:

Reporting to the CSO of Rare Diseases, the AD will assist in preclinical and development operations, focused primarily on overseeing the organizational and operational components of the Rare Diseases alliance between Moderna and one of its Partners, as well as coordination of early development activities as programs move from proof of concept to IND filing. The successful candidate should have extensive experience in project management within the biotech/pharma environment, experience in alliance and/or CRO management, and be knowledgeable in in vitro and in vivo pharmacology. The ability to effectively collaborate and organize in a fast-paced and results-oriented environment, combined with a passion for drug discovery and development, is a must. Applicants should be outstanding team members with an ability to effectively communicate with internal team members and external partners. The candidate should have knowledge of pre-IND/IND filing activities including interactions with regulatory, clinical and clinical operation functions

Here's What You'll Do:

  • As Alliance Manager, develop and manage relationship with Moderna Partner:
    • Facilitate meetings and coordinate activities across both organizations for projects at the pre-clinical through clinical stages; including invoicing and SOW tracking, JSC and JEC meetings
    • Clearly track and communicate strategy, key deliverables, milestones and timelines
    • Provide scientific expertise, manage timelines, interpret and present data, provide guidance and strategy to successfully bring programs forward. 
    • Coordinate internal activities across Moderna ecosystem to support the alliance, especially with CMC
    • Communicate and present alliance updates to Moderna executives and senior management
  • As Program Manager, coordinate early development activities of internal programs from pre-clinical to IND filing:
    • Collaborate with a team of scientists, clinicians and operational individuals including regulatory, clinical operation, CMC, and marketing/commercial
    • Maintain internal tracking portals, work with program lead on presentations, timelines, deliverables, risks and mitigation strategies, and budget
    • Provide expert level guidance in coordinating pre-IND/IND activities and maintain timelines and deliverables for the programs
    • Lead internal and external collaborations to support programs activities, including academic collaborators and CROs

Here's What You'll Bring to the Table:

  • An advanced degree in Cell Biology, Biochemistry, or related sciences
  • Knowledge of Rare Disease biology and/or development process nice to have but not required
  • 5-10 years of relevant experience with a PhD or 10-15 years relevant experience with a Masters/Bachelor within a scientific research and/or drug discovery experience at pharmaceutical, biotech or CRO
  • Candidate will be curious in exploring new path for drug development, bold in proposing creative designs and ideas to move preclinical programs to IND. Will work collaboratively with multifunctional teams and will be relentless in pursuing successful outcomes
  • Preference will be given to candidate with managerial capabilities and good knowledge and experience in program management and track record of making contributions to advance projects from proof-of concept to IND filing
  • High proficiency in MS PowerPoint and MS Project, excellent writing skills, organizational skills, and attention to detail
  • Excellent interpersonal and collaborative skills, and the ability to work independently and effectively in a highly dynamic environment

Here's What We'll Bring to the Table:

  • Daily on-site catered lunches.
  • Company-provided iPhone.
  • Free parking, monthly subway pass or a subsidized commuter rail pass.
  • Highly competitive healthcare coverage. Including: medical offered through BCBS (HMO/PPO), dental, and vision offered through VSP.
  • Flexible Spending Accounts for medical expenses and dependent care expenses.
  • 401k (traditional and Roth offered) with 50% match on first 6% deferred. Match is vested immediately.
  • A suite of Moderna paid insurance coverage, including: life insurance, short-term and long-term disability
  • Voluntary legal assistance plan
  • 15 days' vacation and 7 sick days per year, in addition to a discretionary winter shut down and 11 company paid holidays.
  • Adoption assistance, competitive parental leave, discount to local childcare centers, as well as access to

Why join Moderna Therapeutics

We are pioneering a new class of medicines made of messenger RNA, or mRNA. The potential implications of using mRNA as a drug are significant and far-reaching. It could transform not only how certain diseases are treated but also how medicines are discovered, developed and manufactured - at a breadth, scale and speed not common in the biopharma industry. 

Since our founding in 2011, we have built the industry's leading mRNA technology platform, the infrastructure to accelerate drug discovery and speed early development, a rapidly expanding pipeline, and an unparalleled team. Our development pipeline includes development candidates for mRNA-based vaccines and therapies spanning several therapeutic areas, and we have multiple clinical trials already underway with other development candidates progressing toward the clinic. In addition, we have a number of discovery programs that are advancing toward the development stage. 

We invite you to explore our site to learn more about our company and how we are advancing the promise of mRNA science to improve health and impact lives around the world. 

Our Mission:
Deliver on the promise of mRNA science to create a new generation of transformative medicines for patients.


Moderna is committed to equal employment opportunity and non-discrimination for all employees and qualified applicants without regard to a person's race, color, gender, age, religion, national origin, ancestry, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation or any characteristic protected under applicable law. Moderna will make reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with known disabilities, in accordance with applicable law.

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