Senior Vice President, Scientific Strategy, The Arthritis Foundation

Location: Atlanta, GA

The SVP, Scientific Strategy serves as the Arthritis Foundation’s top Scientific and Medical Research Officer and is charged with managing and strengthening relationships with national and international scientific groups, as well as other committees and workgroups.  Reporting to the EVP, Mission and Strategy, the SVP, Scientific Strategy will provide leadership to the larger mission team and will manage the Science team including the Director, Osteoarthritis Programs and work collaboratively with senior management, department heads and National Office and Science Strategy staff members.

The SVP, Scientific Strategy develops and delivers scientific and clinical presentations to major donor groups, the foundation’s Board of Directors, and presents at conferences and scientific meetings.   The SVP, Scientific Strategy also serves as the foundation’s senior science executive and will develop and maintain collaborative relationships with key constituents including: American College of Rheumatology (ACR), Center for Disease Control (CDC), National Institutes of Health (NIH), Childhood Arthritis and Rheumatology Research Alliance (CARRA), Foundation for the National Institutes of Health (FNIH), National Institute of Arthritis Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS), The Osteoarthritis Research Society International (OARSI), Department of Defense (DoD), Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) and other organizations.

Principal Duties And Responsibilities

  1. Lead and direct all aspects of the scientific discovery program, including strategic planning, development and evaluation of all scientific-related programs, management of the scientific awardee portfolio, communication of progress and results, and the oversight of the national peer review system for all awardee scientific proposals and award nominations submitted to the Arthritis Foundation.
  2. Lead and direct all aspects of the Fellowship program including the RFP process with a focus on expansion to address workforce diversity.
  3. Develop innovative approaches building multi-stakeholder consortiums and increasing the contributions of the Foundation to immunology and inflammation translational science.
  4. Provide strategic leadership and work collaboratively with the Director, Patients Insights to ensure the success of the INSIGHTS PRO program.
  5. Provide staff leadership for the Medical & Scientific Advisory Committee, and other scientific committees and workgroups as needed.
  6. Leverage clinical, scientific, and business insights to inform and advise the development and implementation of cross-cutting strategies for consumer information, development and fundraising, advocacy and access, and marketing and communications departments.
  7. Serve as the leading voice nationally for arthritis scientific research, development, and translation in alignment with the Arthritis Foundation’s Champion of Yes brand; serve as a leading voice internationally for arthritis and related disease scientific discovery and represent the Foundation on external workgroups and committees.
  8. Develop and deliver scientific and clinical presentations to major donor groups and at Board meetings. Conduct webinars for individuals and groups relating to scientific and clinical advances to conquer arthritis.
  9. Attend board meetings as required, provide leadership in managing steering and advisory committees and interact with volunteer leadership for the AF, and with members of the Board of Directors and their committees.
  10. Establish strong credibility with donors, the scientific community, and other potential partners.
  11. Position the Arthritis Foundation as a conceptual and programmatic leader in arthritis-related scientific research areas.
  12. Represent the Arthritis Foundation in the arthritis community by developing relationships with appropriate professional organizations and government agencies involved in arthritis scientific research. Develop contacts to meet strategic objectives, including potential partners or sponsors and establish the necessary relationships with other private and governmental organizations with similar goals and interests.
  13. Develop, lead and participate in academic, government, and industry activities, including Advisory Boards and forums; create partnership opportunities and position the Arthritis Foundation as a leader in the implementation of a national arthritis scientific discovery strategy.
  14. Create publications and white papers, consortiums, standards organizations, invited speaker engagements and other events to enhance the visibility and prominence of the Arthritis Foundation in the arthritis scientific community.
  15. The SVP, Scientific Strategy will be responsible preparing and administering the departmental budget and will leverage clinical, scientific, and business insights to inform and develop strategies.
  16. Other duties as assigned by the EVP, Mission and Strategy.

Qualifications

Required Experience & Education: 

  1. Expert knowledge in rheumatology or similar therapeutic area.
  2. Strategic business experience with a healthcare, science or non-profit organization.
  3. Exceptional strategic, analytical and critical-thinking skills, including data mining experience and experience working with large amounts of data to develop innovative solutions.
  4. Demonstrated leadership skills coupled with strong verbal and written communication and interpersonal skills.
  5. Highly developed diplomatic skills and a strong sense of collaboration with the ability to build consensus.
  6. Proven track record of fostering collaborative partnerships with various audiences, including volunteers.
  7. Experience communicating scientific and clinical research concepts to professional and lay audiences.
  8. Demonstrated experience writing statements of work and managing contracts.
  9. Eight to ten years of leading research initiatives, preferably in areas relating to rheumatology, immunology, biochemistry, molecular biology, genetics, or clinical/ translational research, or equivalent pharmaceutical or medical device development experience.
  10. Knowledge of clinical trial methodology, regulatory requirements governing clinical trials or related academia experience or has served as a scientific liaison to doctors or equivalent related experience.
  11. A Bachelor’s degree is required and a M.D. or Ph.D. is preferred.

More Information

Essential Job Functions & Time Allocations: 

Lead and direct all aspects of the scientific discovery program, including strategic planning and serve as the foundation’s senior science executive in developing and maintaining relationships with key constituents. 50%
Provide staff leadership for the Medical and Scientific Advisory Committee, and other scientific committees and workgroups 20%
Lead the implementation of a five-year strategy for scientific discovery and anticipated investments 10%
Develop and deliver scientific and clinical presentations to major donor groups and at Board meetings 10%
Create publications and white papers, consortiums, standards organizations, invited speaker engagements and other events 10%
Total 100%

 

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