Associate Director of Alliance Management

Pennsylvania, United States
28 Oct 2018
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28 Dec 2018
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

The University of Pennsylvania, the largest private employer in Philadelphia, is a world-renowned leader in education, research, and innovation. This historic, Ivy League school consistently ranks among the top 10 universities in the annual U.S. News & World Report survey. Penn has 12 highly-regarded schools that provide opportunities for undergraduate, graduate and continuing education, all influenced by Penn’s distinctive interdisciplinary approach to scholarship and learning.

Penn offers a unique working environment within the city of Philadelphia. The University is situated on a beautiful urban campus, with easy access to a range of educational, cultural, and recreational activities. With its historical significance and landmarks, lively cultural offerings, and wide variety of atmospheres, Philadelphia is the perfect place to call home for work and play.

The University offers a competitive benefits package that includes excellent healthcare and tuition benefits for employees and their families, generous retirement benefits, a wide variety of professional development opportunities, supportive work and family benefits, a wealth of health and wellness programs and resources, and much more.

The Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania is the oldest and one of the finest medical schools in the United States. Penn is rich in tradition and heritage and at the same time consistently at the forefront of new developments and innovations in medical education and research. Since its founding in 1765 the School has been a strong presence in the community and prides itself on educating the leaders of tomorrow in patient care, biomedical research, and medical education.

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. GTP is a complex R&D organization consisting of research laboratories supported by multiple core functions which provide internal capacity to perform gene transfer studies from basic research through Phase 1 proof-of-concept human trials.

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 innocation and establish pre-clinical and clinical proof-of-concept in therapeutic applications of in-vivo genome editing.

Due to continued growth of our program, we are searching for a new Associate Director of Alliance Management (ADAM) to be part of a dedicated strategy and business operations team responsible for identifying, transacting and managing strategic alliances with corporate partners for GTP.

As the ADAM, you will have responsibility for the day-to-day relationship management and contract obligation for a portion of the GTP’s Agreements. Your portfolio includes sponsored research agreements and broader multi-program strategic partnerships where Penn is responsible for taking the program through to completion of the Phase 1/2 clinical studies. To enable this, you will work closely with GTP colleagues, as well as the Penn Center for Innovation (PCI; including the Licensing, Corporate Alliance and Corporate Contracts Teams). These may include broad strategic partnerships with multiple research and translational programs, and significant financial responsibilities (individual partnerships include >$60M research funding, $2B in total potential milestone payments), and focused Corporate and Non-for-Profit partnerships. You will manage complex tasks including being a key liaison between GTP, PCI and the alliance partner for compliance with all aspects of the alliance agreement, and for supporting and coordinating relevant intellectual property and contractual management matters between GTP/ODC, PCI and the partner, as well as other research groups at Penn working in the agreement field. Responsibilities will include:

  • Supports the Sr. Director of Alliance and Contract Management in key deliverables, milestones and timelines for all GTP and ODC alliances to ensure they are effectively managed and communicated
  • Is a member of the Alliance and Contract Management Team
  • Has oversight and accountability for the development and negotiation of contracts with biopharm partners including license agreements, sponsored research agreements, CDAs, and MTAs.
  • Work with Sr Director of Alliance and Contract Management to track and execute changes to the agreements including working with the Project Teams to develop workplans and budgets, and track amendment progress.
  • Support finance in budgeting and financial reporting
  • Creates internal tools and communication documents to track contractual obligations for the Sr. Director of Alliance and Contract Management and GTP/ODC
  • The minimum of a Master’s degree (preferably in life sciences) and 5 to 7 years of progressively responsible and applicable experience or an equivalent combination of education and experience required.

Experience in drug discovery/development and project management in a biopharma setting, in particular at the research/early development stage gained within the context of an active industry alliance.

Significant experience in establishing and managing broad strategic partnerships with biopharmaceutical companies, including due diligence process, joint steering committee management, and preparation of data packages for key decision points.

Experienced project manager with broad knowledge of principles in early drug discovery and preclinical development.

Proactive, highly detail-oriented professional with demonstrated track record of strong follow-through.

Excellent interpersonal and collaborative skills, and the ability to work independently and effectively in a highly dynamic environment.

Effective oral and written communication skills.

Established expertise in integrating the activities of distinct functional groups into project plan.

Capable of resolving important organizational problems and/or infusing innovation in a matrix oriented environment.

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.