Director - Strategic Initiatives on Animal Research

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Washington D.C.

Expiration Date

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Interest Area

Administrative, Advocacy/Outreach, Communication, Consulting, Project Management

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Position Level


Minimum Degree Requirements


Company Name

National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine

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The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine is seeking a Director of Strategic Initiatives on Animal Research to join our Division on Earth & Life Studies (DELS) in Washington DC.




The Division on Earth and Life Studies (DELS) consists of twelve units that facilitate communication among the research community, policy makers, industry, interest groups, and the public. DELS is responsible for a vast array of topics, ranging from the molecular level to the global level. The common thread linking the units is the broad topic of science and the environment, but the division also examines issues outside that area.




The essential job duties will include:  




Reporting to the Executive Director, this position works with DELS leadership and other divisions of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine to develop a sustainable portfolio of activities in four high priority and cross-cutting challenge areas related to animal research. You would also be responsible for identifying potential sponsors and projects, developing fundraising strategies and preparing proposals for activities in these challenge areas.




This position is also responsible for the development and ongoing management of the Institute on Laboratory Animal Research (ILAR), a small unit within the DELS that advises the federal government, the biomedical research and lab animal medicine and science communities through its expert reports, the ILAR Journal, the ILAR Roundtable, and web-based resources.   ILAR is nationally and internationally recognized for its science-based guidelines for responsible animal care and use.  




You will develop the overall budget for the ILAR unit, including staffing requirements, direct staff, develop programs and projects, negotiate funding with sponsors; and ensure that each study or activity meets its stated objectives and supports the mission of the organization.


The portfolio of activity will include:




(1) Bio-medical issues related to the use of animal models and/or alternatives to animal models.

(2) Conservation research and decision-making to address losses of biodiversity/extinction.

(3) “One-Health” approaches to improving human health through greater understanding of the linkages among human, animal, and environmental health.

(4) Sustainable systems for production of food from animals, or alternative sources of protein, to meet the demands of increasing global population.




We are looking for someone who has:  




  • Ph.D. in related field or equivalent knowledge, and ten years of related professional experience, five of which were in a supervisory capacity.
  • Proven skills and experience in program development.
  • Demonstrated leadership skills and ability to work collaboratively.
  • Ability to negotiate funding.
  • Ability to solve intellectual problems that reflect substantial variety and complexity.
  • Ability to train and develop staff.
  • Ability to work successfully in a team environment and to form and maintain effective teams.
  • Demonstrated impact on the advancement of science or policy  and effective dissemination of these activities.