The Director of Business & Programs plays a central role in the development and coordination of new programmatic initiatives for the Foundation. The Director works independently and collaboratively with Foundation and FDA staff, and external partners to plan, manage, and implement activities in support of the FDA mission. These activities include business planning, program evaluation, public health programming, scientific research, education, meeting design and coordination, grant and report writing. The position requires public health or regulatory science knowledge and experience as well as analytical, interpersonal, organizational, and writing skills and the exercise of extensive discretion, independent judgement, and political acumen. The Director will provide strategic guidance on projects and support public-private partnership relation management.
Duties and Responsibilities:
Facilitate the assessment, development, and planning of new programmatic initiatives.
Provide strategic direction by developing goals and objectives, defining performance metrics, conducting evaluative tracking, monitoring progress, and reporting on results.
Develop and effectively manage program timelines to ensure timely completion of program deliverables; provide timely and accurate reports.
Monitor program activities to ensure quality and accuracy of work outcomes and any contractual obligations.
Manage and coordinate programmatic meetings and calls.
Develop funding applications, program proposals and reports through collaborative writing and editing.
Track relevant activities among stakeholders and in the public sphere to inform program assessment and development processes.
Manage relationships with stakeholders; develop and implement a partnership strategy to increase the reach and impact of ongoing efforts in advancing new focus areas.
Identify opportunities for promotional activities related to new program implementation.
Develop PowerPoint presentations and other material for use during program-related events.
Develop a program scope and evaluation framework to assess the feasibility of successful program implementation that directly supports the missions of the Foundation and the FDA.
Achieve agreement among FDA and stakeholders on the program outcomes.
Develop a budget and plan to support new programs, including the identification of funding sources.
Ensure that the program activities operate within the policies and procedures of the organization and deliver the intended outcomes.
Coordinate the delivery of services among different program activities to increase effectiveness and efficiency.
Identify and evaluate risks associated with program activities and take appropriate action to control the risks.
Analyze proposed projects, quantify impact on Foundation operations and prepare a business case.
Responsible for taking raw ideas and scenarios and shape them into comprehensive deployment plans to implement effectively.
Excellent organizational/project management skills with a particular focus on managing details
Outstanding listening and communication skills—both written and oral
Ability to develop and meet schedules
Expertise with MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint, databases, the Internet, etc.
A track record of program development, evaluation, business and strategic planning
A strong understanding or interest in the mission of the FDA or regulatory science or public health
Demonstrated professional and political aptitude
Establish and maintain positive working relationships with others, both internally and externally, to achieve the goals of the organization
Anticipate, understand, and respond to the needs of internal and external stakeholders to meet or exceed their expectations within the organizational parameters
Positively influence others to achieve results that are in the best interests of the organization
Assess situations to determine the importance, urgency and risks, and make clear decisions or recommendations which are timely and in the best interests of the organization
Set priorities, develop a work schedule, monitor progress towards goals, and track details, data, information and activities
Determine strategies to move projects forward, set goals, create and implement action plans, and evaluate the process and results
Assess problem situations to identify causes, gather and process relevant information, generate possible solutions, and make recommendations and/or resolve the problem
About Reagan-Udall Foundation for the FDA
The Reagan-Udall Foundation for the FDA (RUF) is a non-profit organization that works to support the mission of the FDA by advancing regulatory science and research. RUF establishes public-private partnerships between FDA and external stakeholders to facilitate innovation in science and health.