Company: Northwestern University
Posted on: April 5, 2021
Executive Director, Chicago Biomedical Consortium Department:
Salary/Grade: EXS/18 Job Summary: The mission of the Chicago
Biomedical Consortium (CBC) is to stimulate collaboration among
scientists at Northwestern University, The University of Chicago,
and the University of Illinois at Chicago, to accelerate discovery
within Chicago to transform biomedical research, and to improve the
health of humankind. The CBC will:
- Stimulate research and education that bridge institutional
- Enable collaborative and interdisciplinary research that is
beyond the range of a single institution,
- Mentor and develop a strong cadre of biomedical leaders,
researchers, and entrepreneurs in Chicago,
- Enhance and promote the development of the biomedical ecosystem
- Facilitate development of therapeutics that will, over the long
term, improve the health of citizens of Chicago and beyond.
- Explore the possibility of transitioning the CBC into a
501(c)(3) devoted to the above aims Currently, we have a career
opportunity as an Executive Director, Chicago Biomedical Consortium
(administration of position based on the Northwestern University
Evanston Campus). The Chicago Biomedical Consortium (CBC) Executive
Director (ED) will be responsible for advancing the principle
mission of the CBC as outlined above with the opportunity to
explore whether the CBC should transition into a 501(c)(3)
non-profit organization. The ED will build on the CBC's foundation
of success in stimulating and supporting collaborative research and
to lead its efforts to strengthen the Chicago biotech community and
foster the translation of university research into the marketplace.
As currently structured, the CBC ED will work closely with the CBC
Scientific Directors from Northwestern University, The University
of Chicago, and the University of Illinois at Chicago for
programmatic aspects of the CBC. The ED will provide administrative
and managerial leadership to the CBC with a reporting structure to
an Executive Oversight Board that includes the Senior Research
Officers of the CBC Institutions, and philanthropic and
biotech/pharma representatives. The CBC ED will also engage an
active Scientific Advisory Board.
The ED will be responsible for maintaining the current programs to
reflect the CBC's emphasis on basic biomedical research,
translational research, commercialization, and mentoring the next
generation of translational entrepreneurs. The ED will strengthen
and establish new partnerships with leaders of the local and
national pharmaceutical and biomedical industries, and maintain
close ties to the CBC's diverse stakeholders and contacts,
including scientists and administrative officers at the member
universities, current and potential donors, and leaders of
regional/national scientific organizations. Specific
- Continuing to build strong, mutually beneficial relationships
between the CBC and partner universities
- Build strong, mutually-beneficial relationships between CBC and
the biotech industry (both local and national).
- Build and maintain relationships with entities in the local
biotech community (e.g. iBIO, MATTER).
- Identify and recruit members of oversight, review, and advisory
boards, especially participants from industry.
- Build an expanded communications and public relations plan.
Program Development and Management:
- Work with universities, community leaders, and CBC staff to
further develop and refine new programs focused on translational
science and commercialization/entrepreneurship.
- Supervise the review process for CBC awards.
- Administration of CBC award funding.
- Supervising the organization of the annual CBC Symposium and
- Supervising and mentoring the work and career advancements of
CBC Entrepreneurial Fellows. Fundraising and Finances:
- Develop and implement a fund-raising effort, either in concert
with university development offices, or as an independent
- Actively explore the option of transforming into a 501(c)(3)
- Monitor CBC's financial affairs. Administration:
- Maintain CBC's strong record of effective administration and
collaborative interactions with the participating
- Maintain close ties with scientists and administrators at
- Advise and supervise CBC staff at three or more locations.
- Submit regular updates and reports of CBC performance to
governing boards, and arrange for regular meetings of governing
- Additional responsibilities as required Minimum Qualifications:
- An advanced degree M.D., Ph.D., M.B.A., or equivalent.
- A strong background with 7-10 years of relevant experience
running a science-based research program in academia,
biotechnology, the pharmaceutical industry, and/or a biomedical
- Strong ties to the biotechnology, venture capital, and
- Familiarity with at least one of the CBC universities.
- Significant management experience with expertise in dealing
with diverse constituencies.
- Demonstrated experience in fund raising and development.
Minimum Competencies: (Skills, knowledge, and abilities.)
- Interpersonal skills to lead a complex organization.
- Excellent written and verbal communication skills
- Team building and leadership
Northwestern University is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action
Employer of all protected classes, including veterans and
individuals with disabilities. Women, racial and ethnic minorities,
individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to
apply. Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to work in the United
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