Associate Director/Director, Program Leader, Rare Diseases

Cambridge, MA
May 03 2019
Life Sciences, Biology
Organization Type
Associate Director/Director, Program Leader, Rare Diseases

The Role:

The Director will assist in research and preclinical operations, focused primarily on overseeing the organizational, operational and strategic components of the Rare Diseases programs 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 leadership and management within the biotech/pharma environment 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 must have knowledge of pre-IND/IND filing activities including interactions with regulatory, clinical and clinical operation functions

Here's What You'll Do:

As Program Leader/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
  • Facilitate meetings and coordinate activities across the organizations for projects at the pre-clinical through clinical stages
  • 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
  • Act as a reliable resource providing guidance and mentorship to colleagues on progress of programs.
  • Communicate and present updates to Moderna executives and senior management

Here's What You'll Bring to the Table:
  • An advanced degree in Molecular Biology, Cell Biology or related sciences
  • 7+years 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 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
  • 16 weeks of 100% paid parental leave for all new parents
  • 16 weeks 100% paid family caregiver leave
  • 20 weeks 100% paid medical leave
  • Adoption assistance and discounts to local childcare centers, as well as access to
  • 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

Why join Moderna Therapeutics

At Moderna, we believe messenger RNA, or mRNA, is the "software of life." Every cell in the body uses mRNA to provide real-time instructions to make the proteins necessary to drive all aspects of biology, including in human health and disease. Given its essential role, we believe mRNA could be used to create a new category of medicines with significant potential to improve the lives of patients.

Headquartered in Cambridge, Mass., Moderna currently has strategic alliances for development programs with AstraZeneca, Plc. and Merck, Inc., as well as the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), an agency of the U.S. Department of Defense; and the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA), a division of the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). Moderna has been ranked in the top ten of Science's list of top biopharma industry employers for the past four years. To learn more, visit .

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


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

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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