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The Innovative Genomics Institute (IGI) is a partnership between the University of California, Berkeley and the University of California, San Francisco. The IGI envisions a world in which genome-engineering innovations benefit humanity and are accessible to all. The Institute's mission is to accelerate genome discovery and translation of resulting technologies in order to ethically and equitably improve human health and sustainable agriculture. Combining the fundamental research expertise and the biomedical talent at UCB and UCSF, the IGI focuses on unraveling the mechanisms underlying CRISPR-based genome editing and applying this technology to cure disease, ensure food sustainability, and provide additional benefits for current and future generations.
The IGI consists of four central programs: Human Health, Sustainable Agriculture, Advancing Genome Engineering, and Public Impact
The PPA reports to the Executive Director of the Innovative Genomics Institute (IGI) working with the Scientific Directors and Partners to develop proposals and recommendations to guide and support the broader strategic direction for the organization, particularly in the human health area. This position will participate with high level organizational or program leaders in the strategic thinking and planning around future business development opportunities for the IGI. The PPA will develop and implement new programs and organizational structure changes required to comply with new policy and regulations particularly in the area of human health, ensuring the highest level of implementation of best practices, organizational strategies, and campus policies, to maximize resources, productivity, and elevate operational effectiveness.
Develops proposals and recommendations to guide and support the broader strategic direction for the IGI central programs. Initially focusing on the IGI goals in the human health arena that permanently correct disease-causing mutations in cells, animal models, and eventually human patients.
Plans, develops, and implements new programs and organizational structure changes required to implement new policy, particularly in the area of human health.
Provides leadership, guidance, education, policy development on a significant policy domain or program and represents the IGI to external constituencies like the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA or USFDA).
Works within the IGI and system wide to attain a coordinated approach to meeting the Human Health goals of the IGI. Be responsive to organization and stakeholder needs. Represents IGI at key meetings or in publications.
Identifies policy issues of importance to IGI which frequently cross organizational lines within UC and require research of state and national organizations (i.e. FDA, NIH, etc.) develops appropriate analytical and procedural framework for addressing the issues identified.
Participates with high level organizational or program leaders in the strategic thinking and planning in policy domain for the IGI program areas with a focus on human health.
Proposes, leads and participates on policy and planning committees and working groups. Makes high level contacts of a sensitive nature, internally and externally, requiring discretion and diplomacy in order to negotiate with or persuade stakeholders to adopt the proposed solution or program and process recommendations.
Working directly with internal and external constituents, drafts proposals generating appropriate budgets. Provides analyses for complex budgets, funding, financial, or academic data. Manages the reporting requirements of funding entity.
Expert knowledge of common organizational- or research-specific and other computer application programs (eg. MS Office, Google platforms and grant proposal systems).
Advanced communication and interpersonal skills to communicate with and influence others, both verbally and in writing.
Ability to use discretion and maintain confidentiality.
Expert in project management.
Expert knowledge of research development of therapeutics and biologics (eg. processes, protocols and procedures) and knowledge in the scientific and regulatory pathways to take laboratory discoveries to pre-clinical Investigational New Drug application (IND) packages and then to human clinical trials.
Ability to multi-task in a fast paced environment with demanding and critical deadlines.
Expert analytical and problem-solving skills.
Bachelor's degree in related area and / or equivalent experience / training.
Advanced knowledge in gene editing and related technologies.
Masters degree in molecular biology or genome editing area.
PhD in molecular biology or genome editing area.
Salary & Benefits
Salary commensurate with experience. For information on the comprehensive benefits package offered by the University visit:
Please submit your cover letter and resume as a single attachment when applying.
The minimum posting duration of this position is 14 calendar days. The department will not initiate the application review process prior to 8/23/2021.
Equal Employment Opportunity
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