Program Manager

Location:  Los Angeles, CA or Princeton, NJ; with occasional travel to other CHDI offices including New York, NY as well as to Foundation collaborators

Reports to: Director, Research Operations and Scientific Alliances

Job Description:

CHDI is a privately funded, not-for-profit biomedical research organization devoted to the development of therapies that will slow the progression of Huntington’s disease (HD) and provide meaningful clinical benefit to HD patients. CHDI is a “science first” organization; our foremost consideration is to do the best science as quickly and efficiently as possible by working with a network of academic and industrial laboratories, contract research organizations, and government agencies.  Our preclinical group focuses on all aspects of drug discovery and development, including target identification and validation, animal model development, biomarker discovery and assay validation, lead identification and optimization, and IND-enabling preclinical studies.

We are seeking a highly motivated and organized Program Manager with a background in managing contracts, budgets, and project planning in the biopharmaceutical sector with familiarity in a range of in vivo and in vitro techniques including antibody-based platforms. In addition, the candidate should be detail-oriented and have experience working with PhD level scientists as well as with legal and finance teams.

The position offers professional growth opportunities, engagement in a new model of non-profit rare disease drug discovery, and an entrepreneurial work environment with motivated colleagues seeking an impact on the advancement of treatments for Huntington’s disease.

Salary will be commensurate with experience.

Job responsibilities:

  • Work with Foundation scientists to advance project goals and deliverables within a contract structure tailored to meet those objectives.
  • Work with Foundation scientists and external partners to advance antibody production and validation projects.
  • Work with Research Operations, legal, and individual Science Directors to secure and maintain licenses, including reporting requirements.
  • Liaise with collaborative partners to ensure that work plans are conducted in accordance with corresponding contracts and that deliverables are delivered on time and per allocated budget.
  • Update project management documents such as resource, expenditure, and deliverable trackers and file such documents in CHDI’s document management system.
  • Work with scientists and the legal department to prepare contracts and budgets with collaborators, including fee-for-service companies, academic institutions, pharmaceutical companies and biotechnology companies.
  • Work with Biorepository Managers to ensure that materials are available and can be provided for a given project and that materials generated by collaborators are properly registered in CHDI’s databases, tracked, and transferred/deposited.
  • Use existing tracking tools to monitor the progress of executed contracts in accordance with Foundation’s policies as specified in each contract.
  • Review monthly invoices, cross-reference with financial terms of corresponding contracts, flag discrepancies and resolve issues with collaborators and/or the CHDI financial officer in an expedited fashion to meet the monthly timeline.
  • File scientific reports and project management documents in CHDI’s document management system and distribute internally to relevant individuals.
  • Participate in monthly Project Managers team meetings and host selected meetings in accordance with the pre-established schedule.

Job requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Experience in research project planning and Project/Program management in the pharmaceutical, biotechnology, contract research organization, or translational academic laboratory setting
  • Ability to manage and coordinate new and existing projects, conduct internal and external reviews of ongoing studies, monitor timelines resourcing and budgets, oversee progress reports from associated investigators and develop project milestones in compliance with Foundation policies
  • Knowledge of general immunology including antibody production, purification, and validation technologies
  • Ability to oversee and manage financial budgets and reporting
  • A track record of self-motivation, “problem-solving” skills, with strong organizational and multi-tasking abilities with a high attention to detail
  • Ability to work independently and proactively across all levels of an organization
  • Proficiency in written and oral communication, as well as computer skills including Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook, and Project software applications
  • Ability to travel to CHDI offices as well as to domestic and international partners as work demands