Alliance Manager in Portland, OR

$100K - $150K(Ladders Estimates)

Ohsu Healthcare   •  

Portland, OR 97201

Industry: Hospitals & Medical Centers


Less than 5 years

Posted 41 days ago

Functions/Duties of PositionThe Alliance Manager is responsible for managing Knight Cancer Institute industry alliances as well as working to establish new ones. Industry alliances are a critical component of the Knight's mission to transform our approach to treating cancer patients. This position reports to the Director of Strategic Alliances for the OHSU Knight Cancer Institute.

The Alliance Manager will serve as the primary point of contact representing OHSU, and will interact professionally with all levels of our industry partners, from front-line staff to high-level executives. The Alliance Manager will understand the Knight's collaborative projects to a degree that he or she can serve as a proxy for faculty in engaging our partners and can provide detailed reporting back to faculty. The position will be responsible for understanding the scientific, technical and operational viewpoints of diverse stakeholders both within the Knight and at our external partners, to guide resourcing of collaborative projects, to address issues that arise with our partner relationships, and to appropriately foresee and escalate issues when necessary.

The Alliance Manager will serve as OHSU Knight Cancer Institute's lead on specific collaborative projects, and will manage large teams and apply project management principles to move complex, multi-institutional projects through to completion. Projects include the preparation and presentation of collaboration proposals to industry partners and various funding sources. The Alliance Manager will work with OHSU stakeholders on all aspects of such projects, including scientific, legal, financial, and operational aspects. When appropriate, the Alliance Manager will step in to help accomplish or oversee specific tasks on projects, to facilitate timely project completion.

The Alliance Manager will also oversee the evaluation of significant emerging opportunities in the OHSU Knight Cancer Institute. The position will be responsible for acting as the project lead and project manager for large, multi-institutional, collaborative projects and ensuring that all stakeholders are appropriately updated and are able to provide ongoing feedback during the evaluation process. The Alliance Manager must be able to gain an understanding of many different aspects of the opportunities under evaluation, (timelines, milestones, legal agreements, scientific, financial and operational aspects,) so that appropriate parties can be identified to provide feedback that would fill gaps in the team's knowledge and expertise, resulting in a complete, integrated evaluation.

Job RequirementsRequired Qualifications:

  • PhD in life sciences or related field
  • 3 years of experience in program management or relationship management, ideally in an industry setting; managing or coordinating large-scale projects
  • Experience with evaluation of proposed projects and new opportunities, including scientific, financial, technical, legal, and operational aspects
  • Research experience in the clinical or basic life sciences, including authorship on at least five publications
  • Experience hosting visits by industry partners, and in initiating follow-up interactions
  • Familiarity with cancer biology technologies and jargon
  • Demonstrated ability to form relationships with faculty, researchers, administrators, and industry staff and managers; and to use tact and diplomacy to maintain effective working relationships
  • Knowledge of medical and life sciences research, including publication and funding of research
  • Ability to lead and manage complex, multi-institutional projects through to completion
  • Ability to prioritize multiple tasks at one time
  • Excellent communication, analytical and organizational skills: both written and verbal
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team while being collaborative in resolving problems
  • Proficiency with Microsoft applications: (Excel, Access, Word, Outlook, PowerPoint)
  • Typing speed of at least 60wpm
  • Demonstrated excellent customer service skills both on the phone and in person

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Additional advanced degree (JD, MBA)
  • Experience working in a life sciences company (pharma, biotech, diagnostics, device)
  • Experience with cancer research, or other related research
  • Strong background in cancer biology and genomics

Valid Through: 2019-10-30