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Program Officer

The Burroughs Wellcome Fund (BWF) is an independent private foundation established to advance the biomedical and medical sciences by supporting research and other scientific and educational activities. The foundation serves and strengthens society by nurturing a diverse group of leaders in biomedical sciences to improve human health through education and powering discovery in frontiers of greatest need. The majority of the Fund's grants are channeled through competitive award programs under the review of external advisory panels. The Fund's assets currently exceed $880 million and annual grants are approximately $40 million. We are currently recruiting for an exciting opportunity for a Program Officer to join our dynamic team in our headquarters in Research Triangle Park, NC.
Job description:
Position summary:

The Program Officer will be responsible for developing, executing, managing, and evaluating competitive award programs and ad hoc activities within areas of Reproductive Science and Physician Scientist development. The position requires the ability to develop and maintain relationships with awardees, scientific advisory committees, board members, BWF staff, appropriate biomedical societies and institutions, and the willingness to travel on behalf of the Burroughs Wellcome Fund.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

Major responsibilities of the position include:

  • Initiate, maintain, and develop activities relating to all aspects of programs, initiatives, and ad hoc support related to Physician Scientists, Reproductive Science, and other undervalued and under-funded areas as assigned. These include:
  • Work with the BWF President to develop and continually refine BWF program areas according to the directives and policies of the Board of Directors.
  • With input from the Fund's Board of Directors, assemble and manage committees of outside scientific and educational advisors who will evaluate proposals and make recommendations to the BWF Board for funding.
  • Develop and implement new award programs when directed by the BWF Board.
  • Monitor progress of existing programs, through receipt and review of progress reports, as well as outcome evaluations or other approaches.
  • Participate in a collegial fashion with other Program staff, contributing to strategic planning efforts and sharing ideas and best practices regarding program management.
    • Develop and grow relationships with key players within the biomedical community as appropriate. Seek out opportunities to serve on external boards and committees.
  • Supervise the Program Associate/Assistant for your area.
  • Develop and monitor the budget for your area.
Job Requirements:

Doctorate in the life sciences or equivalent. Experience within the academic or nonprofit sector. Demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion as a core value. Previous experience managing a team required.

Specific Skills/Knowledge:
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication (written, verbal, visual) skills
  • Demonstrated management and administrative experience.
  • Strong team player, able to work with staff at all levels in the organization
  • Ability to build and maintain positive relationships
  • Ability to multi-task and prioritize projects
  • Ability to work with minimal supervision and under varying degrees of pressure
  • Strong attention to detail
  • Demonstrated customer service skills
  • Appreciation of diversity, equity and inclusion as a core value
Physical Requirements:

Requires frequently: sitting, repetitive hand and wrist movement. Ability to travel and work flexible hours.

Durham, North Carolina

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