Director, Global Health Sciences Development

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HJF is seeking a Director, Global Health Sciences Development to support HJF and its subsidiary, HJF Medical Research International (HJFMRI) in supporting international medical research efforts, located at the Rockledge Office in Bethesda, MD. HJF provides scientific, technical and programmatic support services. U.S. citizenship required.

HJF is looking for an experienced infectious diseases researcher with a relatedness to HHS (Health and Human Services) and the CDC for the impetus of expanding HJF's and its subsidiary, HJF Medical Research International's (HJFMRI) engagement in supporting international medical research efforts. As a key subject matter expert within the Global Operations Portfolio (GO), the position will involve utilizing and building valuable relationships with key HHS sponsors and other partners, analyzing the suitability of announcements, and coordinating the efforts of offsite and home office teams to respond to opportunities of interest and support post award activities. The ideal candidate will not only expand and lead the Global Operations Portfolio's engagement with HHS (what is HHS) and its branches, the individual will also help support business development efforts in other areas of the market.

Utilizing networks, past demonstrated experience, and comprehensive knowledge of projected areas for research growth, the candidate will develop and maintain critical business relationships with HHS/CDC and increase connections with global industry, business, and potential collaborators that facilitate building HJF/HJFMRI networks to pursue suitable international research prospects. The candidate will provide senior level direction and strategic planning related to engagement with and growth of opportunities with HHS and in the development of short-term and long-term goals and metrics. The candidate will also identify and pursue global market opportunities for expansion of HJF/HJFMRI's international business, beyond work funded by HHS. The candidate will provide subject matter expertise in areas of infectious disease research during pre and post award periods and serve as principal investigator as appropriate for funding submissions. The incumbent will support ongoing operations to include contract/subcontract proposal support for both HJF and HJFMRI and in accordance with appropriate procurement practices.

  1. Plans, develops, and organizes the HJF/HJFMRIs global business development functions and appropriate marketing strategies related to expanding work with HHS /CDC and elsewhere, working closely with clients, management, creative and content teams.
  2. Evaluates and advises on impact of long-range planning, introduction of new programs/strategies and regulatory interaction.
  3. Identifies/qualifies new global business development prospects and develops capture strategies and plans.
  4. Assesses and reviews funding opportunities for interest and suitability for implementation of announced research and public health projects and advises management and field sites.
  5. Initiates and maintains contacts with various people within HHS and especially CDC as well as partner organizations to create, develop and plan product and process development projects in a multitude of medical and infectious disease disciplines.
  6. Fosters collaborative efforts in research, education, medical services, and consultation in the medical and infectious disease research between HJF's portfolios as appropriate.
  7. Collaborates with the BD and consultants to execute market research, forecasts, and competitive analyses.
  8. Leads proposal development and submission for GO to include technical narratives and budgeting process.
  9. Serves as subject matter expertise in areas of infectious disease research based on background and experience.
  10. Supports development of post award execution to include site start up, recruitment and development of workplans and final budgets.
  11. Serves as a principal investigator as needed for proposals and subsequent awards. Ensures compliance with all contract requirements, schedules, and provisions.
  12. May perform other duties and responsibilities as assigned or directed by the supervisor. This may include attendance of and participation in required training for the role.

Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities: Knowledge of project management principles, and strong communications, customer/client relationship skills and people management experience; Ability to work completely independently, use sound judgement in solving problems, and coordinate many complex systems and requirements simultaneously; Outstanding attention to detail combined with creativity and initiative, with the ability to thrive in an environment of high expectations and driven by a growth mindset; Proven success in a cross-functional position, including strong interpersonal and relationship management skills to ensure collaboration and continuous learning; experience with quantitative analysis, statistics, and/or data modeling preferred; Knowledge of DoD structure, Combatant Commands, Military Health System preferred.

Demonstrated experience of successfully managing relationships with governments and other partners in a complex political environment; Knowledge of infectious diseases and/or public/global health both with international development with a focus on health preferred; Outstanding leadership skills with a proven track record of building, directing, motivating, and managing teams composed of technical experts, program managers, and administrative staff; Strong communication skills; a demonstrated ability to communicate effectively in a variety of contexts: large and small groups, verbal, written and interpersonal skills; Excellent strategic agility, diplomatic, advocacy, and conflict management skills; Program management experience in international settings; Knowledge of applicable USG procurement and contracting policies a plus; Ability to independently troubleshoot tasks and challenges.

Minimum Education: Masters Degree required, PhD preferred.

Minimum Experience / Training Requirements: More than 10 years of experience required. At least 8 years knowledge and experience in infectious disease research and public health program implementations with various partners, communities, donors and sponsors and 5 years working in or execution of work in resource constrained settings.

Required Licenses, Certification or Registration: GCP, HSP, CITI preferred.

Work Environment: Office environment: Primarily office setting. International travel required.

Supervisory Responsibilities: Works under the direct supervision of the Program Manager, AME with regular programmatic and technical guidance from the Principal Investigator. The incumbent will supervise the work of the MEASURE team. Work is evaluated in accordance with HJF policies including, but not limited to, results achieved towards established goals and requirements, effectiveness, timeliness, application of sound business practices, and efficient use of resources.

Background/Security: U.S. citizenship required; eligible to obtain and maintain a Tier III Investigation/ Secret Clearance and Common Access Card (CAC).

Employment with HJF is contingent upon successful completion of a background check, which may include, but is not limited to, contacting your professional references, verification of previous employment, addresses, education, and credentials, a criminal background check, drug screening, and a department of motor vehicle (DMV) check.

Any qualifications to be considered as equivalents, in lieu of stated minimums, require the prior approval of the Chief Human Resources Officer.

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