Senior Director Cell & Gene Therapy

Philadelphia, PA, US, 19146

Job Type: 

ROBERTS - Roberts Ctr Pediatric Research Req ID: 27527

Shift: Days

Employment Status: AF - Active - Regular - Full Time 

Job Summary

CHOP has been at the forefront of cell and gene therapy innovation, including being part of bringing two of the first three products to market in the last several years. The organization is now embarking on an ambitious new strategy to help shape the field over the coming decade. The Senior Director, Cell & Gene Therapy will have accountability for translating the initial strategy into specific milestones/tactics, optimizing program development, and periodically refining the strategy, working closely with the Executive Committee for Cell & Gene Therapy and the leaders of CHOP’s individual cell and gene therapy programs and enabling capability areas. Specifically, this individual will hire a small team focused on administration of new grant programs, accelerating new program development, performance management and analytics, and integration and collaboration across the diverse aspects of CHOP’s cell and gene therapy ecosystem.

Job Responsibilities
  • Executive Committee staff support
    • Define the overall governance approach in collaboration with the Executive Committee
    • Prepare reporting and materials for committee meetings
    • Facilitate committee meetings and ensure appropriate follow-up
  • Strategy and performance management
    • Translate the initial strategy into specific tactics and milestones
    • Evaluate progress of the overall strategy against stated objectives 
    • Assess market, competitor, and technology trends
    • Refresh the overall strategy periodically
    • Support faculty and staff recruitment as needed
    • Define the external engagement strategy in collaboration with marketing and philanthropic teams 
  • Internal grant program design and implementation
    • In collaboration with the Research Institute teams reporting to the VP of Research Administration and Operations, define all aspects of each grant program (eligibility, timing, process etc.)
    • Establish and run the application process and facilitate selection 
    • Work closely with grant candidates to develop their proposals
    • Run new program onboarding processes
    • Conduct performance management and tracking of progress of individual programs in the portfolio
  • Operational and program development
    • Implement new and streamline existing operational processes for bringing products to trial
    • Define and staff shared resources where gaps exist
    • Define and manage our partnership approach in collaboration with the head of business development for the Research Institute
    • Ensure successful program management and execution
  • Administration
    • Prepare and track annual budgets for the program
    • Design and implement new infrastructure as needed (e.g., website, communications) 
    • Manage partnerships with internal CHOP groups (e.g., Marketing, Philanthropy)
    • Develops and mentor staff
Required Education and Experience

Required Education: Master’s degree 


Required Experience: At least five (5) years of progressive responsibility in healthcare and/or life sciences

Preferred Education, Experience & Cert/Lic

Preferred Education: Health-related Masters, MBA, MD, or PhD

Preferred Experience: 

  1. Experience in research operations 
  2. Experience in clinical trials and cell/gene therapy 
Additional Technical Requirements
  • Experience developing strategies and business plans, ideally for clinical research or clinical development programs
  • Demonstrated experience in managing a portfolio of projects, including facilitating teams and driving process
  • Intellectual curiosity and critical thinking skills with ability to synthesize disparate sources of data
  • Outstanding analysis skills – both quantitative and qualitative
  • Outstanding communication skills, including oral, written and presentation.  Ability to synthesize complex trends into easy-to-understand communications
  • Ability to work collaboratively in a complex matrixed organization
  • Ability to understand and anticipate the needs of others and prepare work products appropriate for varied stakeholders
  • Must be able to work independently to drive and complete projects in an efficient and timely manner
  • Strong knowledge of Microsoft PowerPoint, Word, and Excel
  • Commitment to the highest ethical and professional standards; personal and professional integrity above reproach

All CHOP employees who work in a patient building or who provide patient care are required to receive an annual influenza vaccine unless they are granted a medical or religious exemption.

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