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Translational Research Manager

POSITION SUMMARY

The Crohn's & Colitis Foundation of America (CCFA) is focused on finding a cure and new treatments for inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD), including Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis. The translational research efforts include innovative collaborative research projects, a newly developed initiative in entrepreneurial investing, and activities to create a translational research information hub at CCFA. These activities are done in close collaboration with the CCFA Director of Translational Research, CCFA Chief Scientific Officer, the CCFA National Scientific Advisory Committee (NSAC) Chair and Research Initiatives Committee, and the CCFA Business Development team. Since our founding nearly five decades ago, CCFA has remained at the forefront of research in IBD. Today, we fund cutting-edge studies at major medical institutions, nurture investigators at the early stages of their careers, and finance underdeveloped areas of research with the overall  goal of achieving our mission. We are constantly developing and refining our understanding of the therapeutic needs of IBD patients . Our research agenda is conceived around these needs, including a focus on translational research initiatives to  rapidly bridge the gap between basic research and clinical research. The Translational Research Manager is responsible for managing key aspects of this translational research effort to accelerate our ability to advance science towards clinical impact that change patients life's.

Reports To: Director of Translational Research

Location: CCFA is a national organization with headquarters in New York and 40 chapters across the country. The ideal candidate will be located in commuting distance of the Foundation’s headquarters in New York City.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

Translational Research Manager position offers a unique opportunity for a highly organized, detail-oriented scientific project manager to support multiple CCFA translational research initiatives. Through involvement in a wide-range of strategic and operational activities the translational research manager will work closely with the Director of Translational Research to ensure project goals are achieved in an aggressive manner. An outstanding Translational Research Manager is a team player who has a strong scientific background, strong organization skills, excellent written and oral communication skills, solid judgment, excellent prioritization skills as well as sense of pace and urgency and able to work productively and proactively.

Key functions of a translational research manager :

  • Manage key aspects of the CCFA's research initiatives including preparation and administration of request for proposal; managing peer review of these proposals and post award implementation
  • Observe the investigator-initiated grants proposal review committees in order to be familiar with the entire portfolio of CCFA-funded research and to work together with  the Director of Translational Research in the identification of translational research opportunities
  • Support the development and maintenance of a portfolio of translational research opportunities in IBD, including novel targets, diagnostics, biomarkers and devices, based on research funded by CCFA and others
  • Support the new entrepreneurial investment initiative, including managing the applications, review committee and monitoring progress
  • Provide project management for all Foundation research collaborative projects and new research initiatives ensuring timely completion of required progress reports to funders and managing site visits and oversight coordination. Our major collaborative research programs include the Microbiome Initiative, the Genetics Initiative, the Pediatric Risk Stratification Initiative and a newly created Environmental and Epigenetic Determinants of IBD (for more details see http://www.ccfa.org/science-and-professionals/research/current-research-studies/)
  • Respond to information requests on CCFA programs from funders, and prepare lay summaries for periodic progress reports to funders and the CCFA Board of Trustees
  • Attend relevant conferences and events

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Masters degree in life sciences or medically related field, with immunology, genetics, or microbiology preferred
  • 5 +  years experience in pharmaceutical, academic or non-profit setting. Tech transfer office experience is a plus
  • Experience with project management of multi-site research and evaluation projects
  • Experience in developing, writing and managing RFP, research and evaluation of projects
  • Outstanding program management and organizational skills
  • Excellent communication skills across a range of stakeholder, including academic researchers, CCFA staff, industry partners, lay volunteers and donors
  • Ability to work across multiple projects and manage multiple tasks
  • Superior technical writing
  • Work based at the CCFA national office in New York City
  • Immediate availability

CROHN’S & COLITIS FOUNDATION OF AMERICA RESERVES THE RIGHT TO ADD, DELETE, CHANGE OR MODIFY THE JOB DUTIES.

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