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Posting Details

Posting Details

Reference Number 40-24936
Posted Job Title MGR RES PROJECT C
School Name Perelman School of Medicine
Org DM-Gene Therapy Program
Posted to the Web 09/12/2017
Posted Job/Salary Grade 029
Employment Type Exempt
Hours 40.00
Position Type Full Time
Position Schedule 8:00 - 5:00
Months 12
Position Length Contingent Upon Funding
Position End Date
University Overview

The University of Pennsylvania, the largest private employer in Philadelphia, is a world-renowned leader in education, research, and innovation. This historic, Ivy League school consistently ranks among the top 10 universities in the annual U.S. News & World Report survey. Penn has 12 highly-regarded schools that provide opportunities for undergraduate, graduate and continuing education, all influenced by Penn’s distinctive interdisciplinary approach to scholarship and learning.

Penn offers a unique working environment within the city of Philadelphia. The University is situated on a beautiful urban campus, with easy access to a range of educational, cultural, and recreational activities. With its historical significance and landmarks, lively cultural offerings, and wide variety of atmospheres, Philadelphia is the perfect place to call home for work and play.

The University offers a competitive benefits package that includes excellent healthcare and tuition benefits for employees and their families, generous retirement benefits, a wide variety of professional development opportunities, supportive work and family benefits, a wealth of health and wellness programs and resources, and much more.

School/Center Overview

Reporting to the Director, Project Management (DPM), the Associate Director, Project Management (ADPM), has responsibility for managing approximately 5 Product Teams. The PM Team will be comprised of the DPM and 4 ADPMs. The ADPM will serve as the Chair of each assigned Product Team.

GTP is a complex R&D organization consisting of research laboratories supported by multiple core functions which provide internal capacity to perform gene transfer studies from basic research through phase 1 proof-of-concept human trials. We currently employ 160 FTEs with an annual operating budget of $50M based on a wide array of funding sources. We expect to have initiated/continuing Product Teams in 20 different disease indications ranging from infectious diseases to rare diseases. The range of public and private sponsors who support these programs is equally diverse. It is a challenge to manage the integration of the science, business, financial and operational aspects of the organization, while navigating such growth.

The PM Team is the central core resource to manage 20 Product Teams, via integration with 13 contributing program units which fall under the responsibility of the Executive Director, Business Development (Alliance Management, Contract Management, and Intellectual Property), Executive Director, Vector Operations (Research Vector, cGMP Vector and Analytics), as well as the Executive Deputy Director (Animal Models Core, Cell Morphology Core, Immunology Core, Regulatory, Laboratory Operations, QA, and Finance).

Each ADPM has responsibility for approximately 5 Product Teams for which he/she serves as the Chair which includes generating meeting agendas and notes, distributing actionable items in a timely fashion, and following up with the Project Leaders and Core Directors to ensure progress/completion. It is essential for s/he to effectively liaison with Project Leader(s) of each Product Team to integrate technical considerations into the operations of the Product Teams, which includes for the ADPM to initiate sub-meetings and informal networking or outreach. In addition, ADPM will develop and maintain current timelines with associated resource commitments for each Product Team as well as proactively identify critical path issues and aggressively manage events that may affect timeline milestones and projected budgets. ADPM will work with Director of Regulatory Affairs or designee, to draft, review, and submit regulatory filings associated with each Product Team and ADPM will have primary responsibility for establishing and managing related submission timelines. For each Product Team, ADPM will coordinate timely preparation and submission of technical progress reports and applications to sponsor.

Beyond the technical and administrative responsibilities listed above, the ADPM must be capable of a higher level analysis of the projects and assert leadership in coordinating a large and complex collection of stakeholders. A critical responsibility of the ADPM is to analyze complex project events to identify and anticipate issues on the critical path, reconcile misalignments between multiple functional units, as well as broker a solution amongst internal and external stakeholders. These higher level administrative functions require outstanding interpersonal skills, insight into technical, finance and operational issues, and experience necessary to adjudicate disputes.

Position is contingent on continued funding.


The minimum of a Master’s degree (life sciences or molecular biology desired) and 5 to 7 years of applicable experience, preferably in scientific project management, or an equivalent combination of education and experience is required. PhD is highly preferred. A candidate with very strong and relevant background in science and little to no direct project management experience will also be considered. PM certification is desired. Ability to interact professionally with key internal investigators, as well as external academic, for-profit, and non-profit organizations. Ability to work with all levels within the organization from senior management to technicians. Ability to work independently and to perform well under pressure and embrace dynamic environment. Strong organizational and time management skills. Excellent oral & written communication skills with exceptional attention to detail.
Strong computer/technology skills including MS Excel, PowerPoint, and MS Project (or other similar Project Management tools).

Affirmative Action Statement

Penn adheres to a policy that prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, creed, national or ethnic origin, citizenship status, age, disability, veteran status, or any other legally protected class.

Special Requirements Background check required after a conditional job offer is made. Consideration of the background check will be tailored to the requirements of the job.
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