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Director, Life Sciences and Genetics

Position Summary

The Director, Life Sciences and Genetics is responsible for catalyzing and generating new philanthropic initiatives and grant programs that span the Foundation’s portfolio in Life Sciences and Genetics. The Director, Life Sciences and Genetics works closely with other senior Program colleagues to lead the Foundation’s core activities in project development and management. The Director, Life Sciences and Genetics oversees and manages a team tasked with implementing strategic priorities and developing high impact projects and programs with special emphasis on basic research, field-building, and academic engagement.

Areas of Responsibility

  • Develop a range of projects and funding opportunities in the life sciences that advance the Foundation’s mission to address big questions by way of cutting-edge research.
  • Develop a distinctive portfolio of projects in genetics, so as to advance the Foundation’s mandate to advance both research and education in this particular field.
  • Cultivate and expand networks within the disciplines of life sciences and related fields that attract both leading researchers and promising younger scholars.
  • Communicate the mission of the Foundation both internally and externally, especially to researchers, academic institutions, global media associations, and related networks, as well as to general audiences.
  • Oversee the development and execution of long-range strategic plans related to the life sciences and genetics portfolios.
  • Participate in all aspects of the Open Submission proposal review process.
  • Oversee management of active grants and evaluation of closed grants in the portfolio.
  • Create and manage Programming for the Foundation’s Annual Meetings as requested.
  • Serve as supervisor and manager for Program Officers and/or Program Associates who work in grantmaking areas related to the life sciences and genetics.
  • Create and manage annual department budgets.
  • Review external communications concerning the life sciences, genetics, and related areas.
  • Establish relationships with and cultivate co-funding from organizations with similar funding goals.
  • Consult with the Templeton Press on current and future publishing initiatives.
  • Organize conferences and other meetings relevant to the Foundation’s mission.
  • Participate in professional development opportunities.

Criteria & Relevant Skills

  • Ph.D. in one of the life sciences.
  • Minimum of 5 years of relevant experience in academic research or science funding.
  • Excellent communications and networking skills, including experience in and connectivity with a variety of audiences.
  • Interest in developing research networks through funding initiatives.
  • Strong personal interest in shaping the future of scientific research.
  • Strong personal interest in the Foundation’s mission is essential.
  • Travel is required.
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