Van Andel Research Institute (VARI)is currently seeking to hire an individual for a Science Policy and Administrative Manager who will work out of the Office of the Research Director.
This is the job for you if…
You’re a pioneer, a visionary, a hands-on, roll-up-the-sleeves type person who loves the challenge of developing, executing, and guiding multiple complex science and operation initiatives. You have vision, not for what we can be tomorrow, but for what we strive to be five years from now. And you have the strategic insight and expertise needed to guide our Institute toward that vision.
You’re a natural networker who is comfortable interacting at all levels – able to streamline the interaction with senior management, scientific staff, administration, Board of Trustees, and other members of the community both internal and external to the Institute.
You’re a manager and welcome the opportunity to oversee the primary activities, coordinate, and lead team efforts of assigned staff to ensure completion of tasks and attainment of the Office’s goals (i.e., hire, train, reward, motivate, performance management, termination).
You have a knack for solving unsolvable challenges. (We’re a not-for-profit, so resourcefulness and creativity is essential.) You’re a team player who proactively shares your knowledge and expertise with coworkers.
You’re driven to work at one of the fastest growing Research Institutes in the world. The mission of improving the health and enhancing the lives of current and future generations through biomedical research and science education resonates with you.
Essential Duties Include:
As the Science Policy and Administration Manager, you’ll:
• Help develop strategic planning for scientific programs by working closely with investigators to create concepts and plans.
• Provide quantitative and qualitative analyses and assessments, applied knowledge about NIH systems, programs, and data to develop reports on the state of research in cancer and neurodegenerative diseases.
• Anticipate needs, write draft talking points, and contribute to the writing of reports and presentations for board meetings; scientific work scopes for research collaboration agreements; and, documents describing plans and progress of scientific programs. Serves on various committees.
• Formulate policy, design operational systems to support science policy direction, and evaluate statutes, legislative intent and executive intent, and operating procedures.
• Analyze and monitor developments in research that may impact VARI, assessing political and institutional constraints and making recommendations to policy makers.
• Convene and lead work groups to develop, update, and review VARI policy and advocacy position statements and materials.
• Represent VARI in meetings with outside partner organizations and government agency officials on major cross-cutting policy issues to further VARI goals.
• Interact with policy, research, and advocacy organizations to ensure relevance of public policy information and help advance VARI goals.
• Provide technical assistance and guidance to stakeholders and present materials for stakeholder groups.
• Oversee the activities of the assigned staff to ensure completion of tasks and attainment of the Office’s goals (i.e., hire, train, reward, motivate, performance management, termination). Manage the execution of key projects within the various research groups.