Northwestern University — Senior Associate Director of New Program Innovation & Entrepreneurship in the Chicago Biomedical Consortium

Job ID: 42563
Location: Evanston, Illinois

Department: Provost’s Office/CBC
Salary/Grade: EXS/10

Job Summary:
The Senior Associate Director works alongside the Executive Director to oversee and manage the many activities of the Consortium, which involves Northwestern, UIC, and the University of Chicago. The AD will help develop and execute programming strategy with respect to Catalyst Awards and the Entrepreneurial Fellows, two key programs of the Chicago Biomedical Consortium. Charged with connecting people, managing projects and communications, and providing oversight for CBC-supported facilities in this multi-institutional organization, the Associate Director will (1) have primary responsibility for developing insight into the key research areas the CBC will fund with the Catalyst Awards which involves administrative oversite of the program, stakeholder relationships, data analysis, and a good understanding of key research areas that are emerging in the biomedical landscape and where the Chicagoland research community is strong and (2) administer and execute the Entrepreneurial Fellow program. These programs will be critical to the CBC’s ability to attract and maintain partnerships, enhance local and regional economic development, build engagement, elevate the reputation of our member institution scientists, inspire donations, and increase funding support.

Please note: Associate Director must have transportation available to regularly visit UIC & U.Chicago.

Specific Responsibilities:

  • Collaborate with faculty to plan and direct the CBC symposia and workshops in areas of interest.
  • Act as program liaison to coordinate collaborative activities involving individuals at NU, UC, and UIC, which will require i) establishing strong working relationships with faculty members who are award recipients or members of advisory boards, and ii) facilitating interactions between faculty at different institutions who are interested in forming inter-institutional collaborations, and iii) staying in close contact with managers of past, current and future CBC-supported infrastructure projects to enhance collaborative use. (iv) based on literature review, funding databases, and industry trends, develop insights into shifting trends in biomedical research as it relates to the Chicagoland scientific community. Iteratively refine these insights with other members in the community like Portal Innovations, SmartHealth Catalyst, and Kaleidoscope Health Ventures. (v)identify the researchers in the area that are working on said problems and maintain up to date contact and awareness of their publications, research progress, patent filings, and funding needs.
  • Assume direction of the CBC’s Catalyst Award (CA) program and administrative support for the CBC’s Entrepreneurial Fellow (EF) program.  For the Catalyst program this includes evaluating submissions and making assignments to reviewers, organizing meetings of the Scientific Review Board, and communicating with applicants. For the EF program this includes setting up applications, review committees, and helping operationalize so that EFs can matriculate. Be the single point of contact for EFs that ensure they have all the needed logistics and administration to do their job for the year. Collect data on EFs during the program and afterwards. Update RFAs on the Web Site for the Catalyst and EF programs as needed. 
  • Assist with writing projects such as the annual report to the External Advisory Board; participate in the preparation of updates and proposals; analyze, evaluate and prepare reports on the effectiveness of various funding programs; and, if necessary, review applications requesting funding from the CBC and work with authors to strengthen their applications.
  • Develop measures of effectiveness for CBC programs and monitor project management by setting goals and developing and implementing policies and procedures within program guidelines to ensure that consistent and acceptable standards are met.
  • Manage publicity efforts in local, regional, and national scientific funding communities, create announcements and publicity pieces, and coordinate press releases with the three universities’ press and development offices to cultivate exposure and recognition of the CBC. 
  • Work with the CBC’s website manager to develop and write news items, implement new ways to enhance web-based services, and develop a well-thought-out and executed communications (including overseeing the CBC Newsletter) and public outreach strategy.
  • Work with faculty to develop Graduate-level courses and student activities in CBC-interest areas, integrating as needed with EF curriculum, including working with the CBC Scholars program for advanced graduate students.


  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications: 

  • A master’s degree required preferably in Biomedical or Natural Sciences or the equivalent combination of education, training and experience from which comparable skills can be acquired

Minimum Competencies: (Skills, knowledge, and abilities.)

  • Excellent writing skills
  • Excellent oral communication skills
  • Demonstrated ability to organize, prioritize, and work under pressure to meet deadlines
  • Demonstrated ability to facilitate effective communication, cooperation, respect and teamwork
  • Demonstrated ability to self-motivate, take initiative, and to work with minimal direction
  • Demonstrated attention to detail
  • Strong analytical, quantitative and reasoning skills
  • The ability to maintain confidentiality
  • Excellent decision-making, planning and problem-solving skills

Preferred Qualifications:

  • An MD or Ph.D. in the Biomedical or Natural Sciences
  • Significant experience with academic biomedical research, management of core facilities, and university administration
  • Experience in writing and/or reviewing grant applications
  • Good interpersonal skills 
  • Familiarity with one or more of the CBC institutions
  • Preference for those with applied science experience preferably in bio-pharmaceutical/ life science industry, especially familiarity with early stage drug development
  • Experience mentoring junior scientists and developing talent
  • Experience up-managing multiple people and multiple simultaneous projects within tight timelines
  • Other relevant experience

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