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Special Initiative Program Director

Special Initiative Program Director

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Job Locations 
US-NY-Rye Brook
FLSA Status 
Full Time Regular

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How many people can answer the question, "What do you do for a living?" with the answer, "I help find cures for cancer." At LLS, employees take our mission seriously. Whether you work in one of our chapters, are an accountant at the national office or a specialist in our Information Resource Center, you work each day on making our mission a reality: Cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin's disease and myeloma, and improve the quality of life of patients and their families.
Join us and give new meaning to the word, "job."


Special Initiative Program Director brings strategic leadership and oversight, research, development, and program management expertise to the oversight of ongoing projects in Mission Special Initiatives. The incumbent has substantial scientific and project management experience and works as a member of the LLS Mission Special Initiative team.


Reports to:         Vice President, Research Strategy

Supervises:         Independent Contributor



  • Provides leadership and strategic review of scientific programs and special initiatives and program management support for the VP, Research Strategy, including the identification and evaluation of potential research opportunities; on-going evaluation of existing alliances and preparation for internal committee meetings.
  • Leads several on-going research partnerships working closely with members of the Mission Special Initiative team and external partners/ collaborators to manage project milestones.
  • Provides strategic support and ensures contract deliverables are being met.
  • Administers the day-to-day activities, including monitoring timelines, tracking costs, and facilitating communication between the internal LLS and trial groups, government agencies and subcontractors.
  • Provides technical and administrative support by meeting regularly with LLS representatives and partners to ensure the program remains on track.
  • Leads project areas relating to achieving assignment scope, quality, budgets, deadlines/milestones, and communication, documentation/administration, and employee resources.
  • Utilizes appropriate strategic metrics and key process indicators to define and measure progress and improvement.
  • Performs other related duties as assigned.


Education & Experience Requirements:

  • PhD or the equivalent in Biomedical Sciences, or related fields.
  • 6+ years of relevant post-doctoral scientific experience including oncology research experience.
  • Demonstrated project management experience in a relevant biomedical research program.
  • Pharma/Biotech or related CRO experience focusing on drug discovery and/or clinical development is desirable.


Physical Demands & Work Environment:

  • Physical demands are minimal and typical of similar jobs in comparable organizations.
  • Work environment is representative and typical of similar jobs in comparable organizations.


The statements herein are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by employees, and are not to be construed as an exhaustive list of responsibilities, duties, and skills required of employees. Furthermore, they do not establish a contract for employment and are subject to change at the discretion of the Company. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.