Associate Vice President, Research Partnerships

The Foundation for the National Institutes of Health
Rockville, Maryland
Yearly Salary
March 29 2021
Position Type
Full Time
Organization Type
Job Type

The Foundation for the National Institutes of Health (FNIH) is seeking a full-time Associate Vice President for its Research Partnerships Department. The Associate Vice President will be responsible for:

  • Developing significant new public-private biomedical research partnerships across different disease areas involving the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and other federal agencies, including the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), biopharmaceutical companies, academic medical research institutions, patient organizations and research not-for-profits; and
  • Managing a range of existing partnerships.

The Research Partnerships Department of the FNIH works closely with the Office of the Director as well as the Institutes and Centers of the NIH providing programmatic management and oversight of research collaborations across a broad range of scientific areas. In this role, it leverages financial resources and expertise sourced from the private sector—industry, academia, and non-profit organizations—to build public-private research partnerships that benefit all of the partners and the public health. These partnerships frequently include involvement of other government partners, including the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the European Medicines Agency (EMA).

The collaborations created and managed by the Research Partnerships span the full range of biomedical research disciplines, including basic, translational, and regulatory science and a broad range of disease areas, including cancer, neurological and psychiatric disorders, metabolic diseases, immune and inflammatory disorders, and infectious disease. These partnerships include the Alzheimer's Disease Neuroimaging Initiative (ADNI), the Biomarkers Consortium, the Accelerating Medicines Partnership (AMP), the Partnership to Accelerate Cancer Therapies (PACT), and most recently the Accelerating Covid-19 Therapeutic Interventions and Vaccines (ACTIV) partnership.

The Associate Vice President will report to the Senior Vice President, Research Partnerships and will supervise PhD-level scientific directors, program managers and project managers in the development and execution of these partnerships. This is an executive level management position. It involves strategic, high level interactions with senior level government officials and private sector scientific leaders as well as a detailed understanding of specific research programs and the related science. The position will be based in FNIH's North Bethesda, Maryland offices, and will require moderate, mostly U.S.-based travel.


  • Works closely and collaboratively with the existing AVPs and the SVP of Research Partnerships to manage existing major research partnerships across a broad range of technical knowledge domains and disease areas.
  • Assists in identifying, developing, and evaluating new partnerships.
  • Oversees staff in the selection, development, and execution of project plans, including management support and intervention with key stakeholders where needed to ensure timelines and budget goals are met. Understands and advises staff on issues related to human subjects, data access and sharing, data privacy, and intellectual property.
  • Leads and supports meetings and teleconferences of high-level scientific steering and advisory committees involving a broad array of stakeholders.
  • Assists in providing financial guidance and management of funds for the department.
  • Actively assists the FNIH Development department in fundraising for programs.
  • Develops, manages, evaluates, and motivates a high-performing scientific and administrative staff, maintaining high standards of work.
  • Works within and fosters a collegial work environment with high morale.
  • Articulates programs of the Foundation effectively to external audiences via presentations at conferences, authorship of peer-reviewed journal publications, press and other media.This position requires a PhD or other terminal degree with experience in biomedical science or a related field. Relevant experience (greater than five years) in an executive position in a biomedical research, development or business development role is also required.


The candidate should have a combination of education and experience that provides the following knowledge, abilities, and skills:

  • Background and experience in therapeutic development, preferably including biopharmaceutical company experience and understanding of the clinical development process.
  • Ability to translate scientific concepts into actionable programs and projects.
  • Superior written and oral executive presentation skills; ability to explain and articulate science to different audiences.
  • Solid experience and a proven track record in managing people in a team environment.
  • Ability to think strategically.
  • Ability to demonstrate diplomacy as well as initiative when working with others.
  • Experience in working collaboratively with professionals from diverse sectors (government, academia, and/or private industry); experience working with NIH, FDA, and academic scientists is a plus.
  • Understanding of project management disciplines; complex project management experience is a plus.



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