Alliance Project Manager (Gene Therapy Program)

Alliance Project Manager (Gene Therapy Program)

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Posted Job Title
Alliance Project Manager (Gene Therapy Program)

Job Profile Title
Manager Research Project A

Job Description Summary
The Gene Therapy Program (GTP) is entering a new era of unprecedented opportunity with the great potential to reshape the face of medicine as we know it. Our discoveries have set the stage for successful treatments and possibly even cures for devastating genetic diseases.

The laboratory of Dr. Jim Wilson, at GTP of the University of Pennsylvania, has been a leader in the development of innovative vector technology for close to three decades. We have emerged as the "go-to" organization for public and private partners, who want to participate in the gene therapy space. Currently, we are positioned to lead another round of vector innovation and establish pre-clinical and clinical proof-of-concept in therapeutic applications of in-vivo genome editing.

Continuation of all GTP positions is contingent upon funding.

Job Description

We are currently seeking an Alliance Project Manager to support the GTP and Orphan Disease Center (ODC) alliance programs.

Reporting to the Chief of Strategy and Business Officer, the Alliance Project Manager will play a central role in the day to day operations of the GTP alliance management function. They Alliance Project Manager will act as the single point of contact for all GTP alliance operations related communication (internal and external) and will server as a key liaison with all relevant stakeholders, including Finance, PCI, ORS and external GTP alliance partners. The Alliance Project Manager will be responsible for the day to day management of critical alliance business operation functions, including the development and implementation of key performance indicators for the alliance portfolio, performance management processes and alliance operational dash boards. The Alliance Project Manager will also have responsibility for leading select processes that support continued improvement of the GTP alliance management function. The Alliance Project Manager will be responsible for scheduling and leading relevant alliance related meetings and assure that all decisions and actions are captured in order to meet alliance objectives. This role will involve close collaboration with external GTP alliance partners, internal GTP project management, GTP finance, the Penn Center for Innovation (PCI), and the Office of Research Services (ORS).

The successful candidate will have a proven track record and demonstrated experience of successfully managing a range of project activities within a complex organization. Specific experience with university-industry alliance partnerships is a plus. The Alliance Project Manager should possess very well developed communication and organizational skills. Priority will also be placed on problem solving skills, team work, and proven contribution to team performance and efficiency.

  • 5+years of experience working as a project manager, alliance manager or similar position required. Experience in a life science organization or university is a plus.
  • BS degree required. MS degree in relevant area is a plus.
  • Must be experienced in managing day-to-day project/program activities for teams within a complex organization.
  • Experience working within industry-academic partnerships is preferred.
  • Experience managing multiple projects simultaneously is required.
  • Must be a self starter but also have a strong desire to contribute and work collaboratively with team.
  • Must have a track record of success in roles requiring execution of multiple tasks.
  • Must be highly functioning and detail-oriented.
  • Outstanding communication and organizational skills.
  • Highly collaborative team player who fosters open communication and facilitates mutual understanding and cooperation between all internal and external stakeholders.
  • Self-directed individual who is able to work independently in a fast-paced environment with competing priorities under tight deadlines.
  • Ability to effectively manage multiple projects at one time.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skill.
  • Highly proficient with Microsoft Office (e.g. Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Outlook, Project).
  • High level of integrity and professionalism required

Job Location - City, State
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Department / School
Perelman School of Medicine

Pay Range
$50,684.00 - $77,716.00

Affirmative Action Statement
Penn adheres to a policy that prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, creed, national or ethnic origin, citizenship status, age, disability, veteran status, or any other legally protected class.

Special Requirements
Background check required after a conditional job offer is made. Consideration of the background check will be tailored to the requirements of the job.

University Benefits
  • Health, Life, and Flexible Spending Accounts: Penn offers comprehensive medical, prescription, behavioral health, dental, vision, and life insurance benefits to protect you and your family's health and welfare. You can also use flexible spending accounts to pay for eligible health care and dependent care expenses with pre-tax dollars.
  • Tuition: Take advantage of Penn's exceptional tuition benefits. You, your spouse, and your dependent children can get tuition assistance here at Penn. Your dependent children are also eligible for tuition assistance at other institutions.
  • Retirement: Penn offers generous retirement plans to help you save for your future. Penn's Basic, Matching, and Supplemental retirement plans allow you to save for retirement on a pre-tax or Roth basis. Choose from a wide variety of investment options through TIAA and Vanguard.
  • Time Away from Work: Penn provides you with a substantial amount of time away from work during the course of the year. This allows you to relax, take vacations, attend to personal affairs, recover from illness or injury, spend time with family-whatever your personal needs may be.
  • Long-Term Care Insurance: In partnership with Genworth Financial, Penn offers faculty and staff (and your eligible family members) long-term care insurance to help you cover some of the costs of long-term care services received at home, in the community or in a nursing facility. If you apply when you're newly hired, you won't have to provide proof of good health or be subject to underwriting requirements. Eligible family members must always provide proof of good health and are subject to underwriting.
  • Wellness and Work-life Resources: Penn is committed to supporting our faculty and staff as they balance the competing demands of work and personal life. That's why we offer a wide variety of programs and resources to help you care for your health, your family, and your work-life balance.
  • Professional and Personal Development: Penn provides an array of resources to help you advance yourself personally and professionally.
  • University Resources: As a member of the Penn community, you have access to a wide range of University resources as well as cultural and recreational activities. Take advantage of the University's libraries and athletic facilities, or visit our arboretum and art galleries. There's always something going on at Penn, whether it's a new exhibit at the Penn Museum, the latest music or theater presentation at the Annenberg Center, or the Penn Relays at Franklin Field to name just a few examples. As a member of the Penn community, you're right in the middle of the excitement-and you and your family can enjoy many of these activities for free.
  • Discounts and Special Services: From arts and entertainment to transportation and mortgages, you'll find great deals for University faculty and staff. Not only do Penn arts and cultural centers and museums offer free and discounted admission and memberships to faculty and staff. You can also enjoy substantial savings on other goods and services such as new cars from Ford and General Motors, cellular phone service plans, movie tickets, and admission to theme parks.
  • Flexible Work Hours: Flexible work options offer creative approaches for completing work while promoting balance between work and personal commitments. These approaches involve use of non-traditional work hours, locations, and/or job structures.
  • Penn Home Ownership Services: Penn offers a forgivable loan for eligible employees interested in buying a home or currently residing in West Philadelphia, which can be used for closing costs or home improvements.
  • Adoption Assistance: Penn will reimburse eligible employees on qualified expenses in connection with the legal adoption of an eligible child, such as travel or court fees, for up to two adoptions in your household.

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