Program Director – Global Consortium for Reproductive Longevity and Equality

Buck Institute
Novato, California
Competitive salary and benefits package commensurate with qualifications and experience
October 04 2019
Position Type
Full Time
Organization Type

Program Director - Global Consortium for Reproductive Longevity and Equality


The Global Consortium for Reproductive Longevity and Equality (GCRLE) at the Buck Institute for Research on Aging is seeking a nimble and highly motivated individual to serve as Director for a newly formed worldwide consortium funded via a private foundation. Our goal is to advance knowledge about female reproductive aging. The consortium will oversee grants for scientists at the junior and senior faculty level, as well as for postdoctoral fellows. The Program Director will execute the grant-making and all business related to grant-making and coordinate smooth communication between the GCRLE, the Foundation and partner organizations. Grants will be subject to all existing policies and procedures of the Foundation and the Buck Institute. Calls for the first round of grants will go out in late 2019, and grant-making will start in early 2020. The Director will serve as the public face of the GCRLE and will liaise and network locally, state-wide, nationally, and internationally to build the GCRLE community. This might include activities such as public speaking, participation in interviews, conferences, journal articles, talks and panels, etc. The Program Director will assist in recruiting new researchers and institutions to join the GCRLE and working with the Philanthropic Office to identify prospective funders (foundations, agencies, corporate sponsors, etc.).

There are responsibilities related to start-up mode, and then responsibilities related to traditional, ongoing grant administration. This position reports to the Chief Executive Officer and will consult with an Advisory Board on grant recommendations. This position will supervise one Program Coordinator. Since this is a newly formed program at the Buck Institute, prospective candidates should expect that the role may evolve as the current vision adapts to best serve desired outcomes. A high degree of flexibility and willingness to roll up one’s sleeves in a dynamic, small-team environment are essential.


Year 1:

  • Build connections between existing GCRLE/Buck Institute and the goals of this consortium program.
  • Work with the Foundation and the GCRLE Steering Committee to finalize the strategic plan for this new program.
  • Assist with vetting and recruitment of Scientific Advisory Panel, in consultation with the Foundation and the GCRLE Steering Committee.
  • Create landscape assessments for the agreed-upon strategic pillars for the program and put in place policies and procedures.
  • Establish deadlines and coordinate with Buck Institute Communications office and the Foundation to build website for submissions.

Ongoing responsibilities:

  • Solicit and organize grant proposals with the goal of establishing a small portfolio of grantees receiving high level, multi-year support.
  • Organize the Scientific Advisory Panel to meet, review and analyze grant proposals.
  • Oversee program budget and allocation working with the CEO and the Foundation.
  • Present grant strategy and recommendations to the CEO and the Foundation and keep them apprised of the current portfolio.
  • Develop and execute an evaluation feedback framework to measure outcomes and make improvements on consortium program design as needed.
  • Organize and execute annual consortium-member retreat.
  • Maintain/share knowledge of current events in strategic areas as it relates to programmatic outcomes.
  • Build, maintain and expand upon an existing network of thought-partners and advisors.
  • Lead positive and productive partner and grantee relationships with a wide range of stakeholders.
  • Represent the GCRLE and consortium at conferences and gatherings and position us as the leaders in relevant associations and networks.
  • Keep the CEO and the Foundation apprised on all aspects of the consortium program.
  • Prepare and complete grant documentation for approval by the CEO and the Foundation.
  • Maintain grant files, including contact management, evaluations and metrics reporting.
  • Work closely with the Foundation and grantee institutional grants administration and finance teams to ensure grants are processed in a timely, accurate and compliant manner.


  • PhD in Biology, Neuroscience, Biochemistry, Chemistry or related field, with a record that demonstrates suitable preparation for the position
  • 5+ years’ experience within a research setting
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, including a high level of competency with writing and editing public-facing copy and persuasive communication as demonstrated by symposia presentations and research publications in peer reviewed journals as well as previous experience with press releases, web page content, marketing communication materials, and/or articles for corporate newsletters.
  • Critical thinking, conflict resolution and interpersonal skills to interface and coordinate professionally with a number of diverse internal and external contacts
  • Proven experience in program management
  • Demonstrated supervisory and interpersonal skills
  • Grants Administration in lab setting experience highly desirable
  • Fluent in Microsoft Office programs
  • Works effectively in a fast-pace environment and can manage multiple priorities and project timelines
  • In-depth knowledge of Aging Biology and/or reproductive biology, including both theory and practice desirable


Our success will ultimately change healthcare. At the Buck, we aim to end the threat of age-related diseases for this and future generations by bringing together the most capable and passionate scientists from a broad range of disciplines to identify and impede the ways in which we age. We are an independent, non-profit institution located in Marin County, CA, with the goal of increasing human healthspan, or the healthy years of life. Globally recognized as the pioneer and leader in efforts to target aging—the number one risk factor for diseases including Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, cancer, macular degeneration, heart disease, and diabetes—the Buck seeks to help people live better longer. We are an equal opportunity employer and strive to create an atmosphere where diversity of identity, experience, and background are welcomed, valued, and supported. Candidates who contribute to this diversity are strongly encouraged to apply.

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