Program Manager

Job Title

Program Manager

 Job Location

The position will be based in Princeton, N.J.

Job Reports To

Vice President, Drug Discovery Genotype & Phenotype Unit

Job Description

The CHDI Foundation is a non-profit organization whose mission is to bring together academic and industrial laboratories, government agencies, and other funding organizations in the search for Huntington’s disease (HD) treatments. We focus on all aspects of drug discovery and development, including target identification and validation, animal model development, biomarker discovery and validation, lead identification and optimization, and IND-enabling preclinical studies, all of which will allow the Foundation to rapidly identify and develop treatment options for HD patients.

At CHDI, we are seeking a highly motivated and organized Program Manager with a strong background managing contracts, oversight of budgets, and project planning in the biopharma sector, familiarity with a broad range of in vivo, in vitro, biochemistry and molecular biology techniques, and experience in the coordination and management of pre-clinical studies. In addition the candidate should be very detail-oriented and have significant experience working with Ph.D. level scientists. 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 disease. Salary will be commensurate with experience.

Job Responsibilities

  • Coordinate, track and monitor studies at Contract Research Organizations (CROs) and academic research labs
  • Management of new and existing projects, conducting internal and external reviews of ongoing studies, oversight of progress reports from associated investigators and development of project milestones in compliance with Foundation policies
  • Work with internal legal and finance functions and external partners including University Technology Transfer Offices and CROs to identify and resolve relevant contracting issues such as material transfers, IP, and budgets in a timely manner
  • Oversight and management of financial budgets and reporting
  • Gather and review scientific information in support of research projects as needed
  • Participate with Scientific teams to formulate and implement strategies
  • Collaborate in coordinating scientific project workplan descriptions with timelines, resourcing, and  budgets


  • Bachelors or master’s degree
  • Project/Program management experience, (professional certification a plus)
  • A minimum of three years of experience in the conduct of research studies in the pharmaceutical or biotechnology industry
  • Experience in an academic laboratory setting, (preferably with experience in laboratory management)
  • Track record of self-motivation and “problem-solving” skills
  • Strong organizational and multi-tasking skills with very high attention to detail
  • Ability to work independently and proactively across all levels of an organization
  • Experience with budgeting and finance for research projects
  • Proficiency in written and oral communication, as well as computer skills
  • Travel to the LA office as well as globally and nationally when needed to work with partners
  • Facility with Excel and  Microsoft Project, and Outlook software applications

Job Experience desired:

  • Experience in coordinating studies with Contract Research Organizations (CROs)
  • Experience in alliance management
  • Experience in licensing and  technology transfer
  • Experience in academic grant submission  (IRB submission a plus)
  • Facility with Excel and  Microsoft Project, and Outlook software applications