Director, Program Management

La Jolla, California
Commensurate with experience.
September 24 2021
Position Type
Full Time
Organization Type

POSITION TITLE:  Director, Program Management


Calibr was founded on the principle that the creation of new medicines can be accelerated by pairing world-class biomedical research with state-of-the-art drug discovery and development capabilities. Calibr, a division of Scripps Research, is a first-of-its-kind, nonprofit translational research institute dedicated to creating the next generation of medicines. Scripps Research is ranked the most influential institution in the world for its impact on innovation. Our educational and training programs mold talented and committed students and postdocs into leading edge scientists. Leveraging the unique scientific environment of Scripps Research, impacting translational sciences, Calibr has created a portfolio of drug candidates, and is shaping a new paradigm for advancing nonprofit biomedical research to impact patients while re-investing in further innovative research. We expand basic knowledge in the biosciences and use these fundamental advancements to develop profound innovations that improve wellbeing. Calibr’s drug development portfolio spans a broad range of human diseases, including cancer, autoimmunity and inflammatory diseases, metabolic and cardiovascular diseases, infectious and neglected diseases, as well as age-related and degenerative diseases. If you have a passion for making a difference, this could be your opportunity to join our transformative team.



Calibr is looking for an experienced program manager to lead the planning, management, and execution of Calibr’s drug development projects. Calibr is an independent, not-for-profit institute dedicated to accelerating the translation of basic research to new medicines that address unmet medical needs. This program manager will support the project teams to successfully deliver project milestones within timeline and budgets.



  • Work with the project teams to develop, maintain, and align accurate, integrated project timelines and resource plans
  • In collaboration with project teams, generate and understand critical path activities, anticipate risks, and create contingency plans
  • Partner with Project Team Leader to foster effective team dynamics. Coordinate efforts of cross-functional project teams
  • Facilitate team communications and ensure that all stakeholders are fully informed and knowledgeable of project activities and their status
  • Partner with administrative colleagues to coordinate and manage critical contract activities
  • Facilitate Project Team Meetings and Project Review Meetings with executive leadership, including contributing to and summarizing  discussion of program strategy and execution
  • Interface with external partners and contractors to develop and execute alliances
  • Therapeutic areas of focus will include cancer, immunology, and neuroscience


  • Minimum of a Bachelor’s degree in a scientific or healthcare-related field
  • Minimum of 3 years in project leadership role or with Project Management experience in pharmaceutical/biotech industry. Strong grasp of preclinical drug discovery and development processes. Experience in early-stage clinical studies is highly desirable.
  • Extensive experience managing relationships with contract research organizations (CROs) and consultants
  • Excellent interpersonal and oral/written communication skills
  • Demonstrated timeline and budget management, decision-making and organization skills required
  • Ability to manage multiple projects, prioritize and analyze work flows for efficiency
  • Direct experience in one or more of the therapeutic focus areas (cancer, immunology, and neuroscience) is strongly preferred

The above statements describe the level of work performed and expected in general terms.  The statements are not intended to list all the responsibilities, duties and/or skills required of employees so classified, and the content herein is subject to change due to the business needs of Scripps Research, with or without notice.   Furthermore, nothing in this job description shall be interpreted to be in conflict with or to eliminate or modify in any way the employment-at-will status of Scripps Research staff. 


EEO Statement:
Scripps is an equal opportunity employer.  Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or protected veteran status.


COVID-19 update: 

The safety and well-being of our candidates, our people and their families continues to be a top priority. Until restrictions change, interviews will be conducted virtually. 

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