Executive Director, The Donna and Benjamin M. Rosen Bioengineering Center

California, United States
30 Oct 2018
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30 Dec 2018
Contract Type
Full Time

Caltech is a world-renowned science and engineering institute that marshals some of the world's brightest minds and most innovative tools to address fundamental scientific questions. We thrive on finding and cultivating talented people who are passionate about what they do. Join us and be a part of the diverse Caltech community.

Job Summary

The Donna and Benjamin M. Rosen Bioengineering Center (www.rosen.caltech.edu) promotes and supports creative and cutting-edge research across all bioengineering disciplines at Caltech. The Executive Director will have the opportunity to lead and expand the Rosen Bioengineering Center's efforts, working with faculty, staff and students across the Institute doing innovative research in multiple fields at the intersection between biology and engineering. The Executive Director will collaborate with Caltech development, administration, and communications offices to support bioengineering research and education, and to communicate Caltech advances to the public. The Executive Director reports to the Director of the Rosen Bioengineering Center.

This full-time position requires a responsible leadership professional who will use their experience to develop, adapt, execute and manage programs of the Center. The Executive Director is responsible for oversight of operations and finances, and is expected to provide strong administrative leadership for the Rosen Bioengineering Center’s flagship programs. The Executive Director will oversee and coordinate the Rosen Bioengineering Center’s Pilot Grant Program and other requests for Center support, including proposal reviews and selection processes for scientific projects and scholarships. The Executive Director will coordinate and manage the Biotechnology Leadership Predoctoral Training Program in Micro/Nanomedicine (BLP). The BLP is supported by the National Institutes of General Medical Sciences. The Executive Director position is a hands-on role and requires that the successful candidate be able to directly perform most aspects of the position with limited assistance.

Job Duties

  • Develop and manage annual budgets and reporting for the Rosen Bioengineering Center and its programs.
  • Manage and direct the development, implementation, administration and evaluation of Rosen Bioengineering Center programs. Monitor trends and recommend relevant program changes and direction(s).
  • Collaborate with the Director, the division chairs, and senior campus administrators to support and coordinate programmatic outreach and fundraising efforts.
  • Represent and promote the Rosen Bioengineering Center within the university, at conferences, workshops and regional/national meetings, and/or with external constituencies.
  • Create and maintain calendars of events, workshops, training, and programs for the Rosen Bioengineering Center and for graduate student trainees in the BLP.
  • Collaborate with Caltech’s office of corporate partnership to develop relationships with companies that may serve as site visit or internship hosts for BLP trainees.
  • May perform specific tasks at the Executive Director level for the Jacobs Institute for Molecular Engineering for Medicine, upon request and depending upon skills and experience.
  • Other duties may also be assigned.

We are seeking a professional who:

  • Has outstanding writing and editing skills in highly technical bioengineering contexts.
  • Is able to gain trust and inspire others toward reaching strategic goals.
  • Has great people skills and is able to work well with strong personalities.
  • Is pro-active, can prioritize/organize time well and has attention to detail.
  • Is comfortable interpreting and taking direction via email.
  • Has substantial experience in scientific research administration, including preparing research and training proposals, overseeing awarded projects and programs, communicating with funding agencies, and preparing periodic technical reports

Basic Qualifications

  • MS or PhD in a science or engineering field related to bioengineering.
  • At least 3 years of experience managing scientific research and/or training programs in academic or non-profit institutions, centers or institutes.
  • Familiarity with university operations and administrative practices.
  • Demonstrated outstanding communication and interpersonal relationship skills with administration, faculty, staff, students and the broader university community.
  • Ability to work in a diverse, collaborative environment while also independently managing and administering all Rosen Bioengineering Center programs.
  • Ability to make substantial contributions and work effectively in areas that are new/ambiguous.
  • Strong organizational skills and an ability to handle multiple and complex tasks and projects concurrently, with attention to detail and deadlines.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Demonstrated excellent strategic planning, organizational and analytical skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to successfully implement innovative academic programs.
  • Demonstrated ability to take initiative in program development and evaluation.
  • Experience in student activities, student leadership, mentoring or experiential learning at the university or college level.
  • Experience with university outreach or collaboration with nonprofit, extension services, or underrepresented student groups.
  • Outstanding record of independent publications and a track record of successful fundraising from government and private sources.

Required Documents

  • Resume
  • Cover Letter