Senior Project Manager for Drug Development

Rockville, Maryland
The current salary range is commensurate with experience and accomplishments
October 26 2020
Position Type
Full Time
Organization Type
Job Type
Project Manager

The National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS), a major research component of the National Institutes of Health, is seeking applications from highly motivated individuals to serve as a Senior Project Manager, drug development.  The selected applicant will manage investigational new drug (IND)-enabling drug development projects involving collaborations among NIH and academic scientists, industry and nonprofit organizations within the Therapeutic Development Branch of the Division of Pre-Clinical Innovation (DPI).

The scientists within DPI come from a broad range of scientific disciplines—including, among others, therapeutic discovery, medicinal chemistry, pharmacology and preclinical development—to reduce, remove or bypass significant bottlenecks across the entire continuum of translation and to train the future translational science workforce. This position will require expert application of management skills in project planning, execution, and risk management. The senior project manager will work with development teams to define and monitor project goals and go/no-go criteria and participate in data-driven recommendations for project design and prioritization.

Core Responsibilities

The senior project manager is accountable for:

  • Effectively managing the project team and collaborators through project initiation, strategic planning, execution, and closeout phases of projects
  • Developing a comprehensive drug-development plan and budget while proactively monitoring the critical path towards IND filing and clinical trials
  • Solving problems and making key decisions to meet multiple project goals and objectives
  • Balancing scientific and administrative aspects of projects (e.g., contracting)
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, including clear, succinct and timely communication and proven ability to foster important relationships with collaborators and key stakeholders
  • Maintaining integrity and accuracy of project information to meet team, management and portfolio requirements, using collaboration management software such as Microsoft Teams


Applicants must hold a doctoral degree (Ph.D., M.D., or equivalent) in a relevant field, preferred in life sciences, chemistry, biology or a related field.  Significant experience in drug development in the biopharmaceutical industry or equivalent is preferred. The successful candidate must have project management experience on cross-discipline drug development teams and proven leadership and management skills, with an in-depth understanding of project management best practices. Excellent communication, negotiation and facilitation skills—both oral and written—are required. The senior project manager is required to possess excellent interpersonal skills, including the ability to clearly and

succinctly communicate in a timely manner. He or she will be expected to demonstrate a proven ability to foster important relationships with collaborators and key stakeholders and to interact effectively with senior management in public forums and within project teams. Prior experience in developing therapies for rare and neglected diseases or gene/oligonucleotide therapy approaches is highly desirable, but not required.


The current salary range is commensurate with experience and accomplishments; a full civil service package of benefits (including retirement, health, life and long-term care insurance, Thrift Savings Plan participation, etc.) is available.

How to Apply

How to Apply

Please submit a cover letter describing your interest in the position, including a career synopsis (1-3 pages); a current curriculum vitae and complete bibliography; and the names and contact information of three references to: You must cite “NCATS-004” in the subject line. The position will remain open for 60 days. Learn more about intramural research at NCATS 

All information provided by candidates will remain confidential and will not be released outside the NCATS search process without a signed release from candidates. The NIH encourages the application and nomination of qualified women, minorities, and individuals with disabilities. DHHS and NIH are Equal Opportunity Employers.

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