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Application Review Date
The First Review Date for this job is: 4/22/2021
The Innovative Genomics Institute (IGI) is a partnership between the University of California, Berkeley and the University of California, San Francisco. The IGI envisions a world in which genome-engineering innovations benefit humanity and are accessible to all. The Institute's mission is to accelerate genome discovery and translation of resulting technologies in order to ethically and equitably improve human health and sustainable agriculture. Combining the fundamental research expertise and the biomedical talent at UCB and UCSF, the IGI focuses on unraveling the mechanisms underlying CRISPR-based genome editing and applying this technology to cure disease, ensure food sustainability, and provide additional benefits for current and future generations.
The IGI consists of four central programs: Human Health, Sustainable Agriculture, Advancing Genome Engineering, and Public Impact. Unlike the first three, the Public Impact program does not involve laboratory research but instead focuses on accomplishing the goal of IGI founder, Jennifer Doudna, to ensure that genome engineering makes the world a better place. To complement the laboratory work, the Public Impact Program places special emphasis on connecting the science of genome engineering to the world. The role of the Public Impact program is to engage in societal research, public and stakeholder engagement, education, and policy to align genome editing applications with societal needs and values, ensuring that benefits are ethical, accessible, and desirable.
The Policy and Engagement Manager reports to the Public Impact Program Director. The overarching goal of this position is to assist the Public Impact Program Director to develop, oversee, and execute programmatic strategies and projects in Policy, Engagement, and key Ethical, Legal, and Social Implications (ELSI) related research. The Policy and Engagement Manager will work at the interface of science, policy, ethics, and society and help run and execute an innovative and cohesive Public Impact program.
The Policy and Engagement Manager will manage and lead the conception, development, and execution of overarching, cross-functional strategic projects or analyses to define, ensure or enhance the institute's goals of ensuring that its science and technology development/application are ethically and responsibly produced and deployed, equitably distributed, and accessible to all. This position will involve serving as a bridge between members of the IGI in the life-sciences and those internal and external in the social sciences, policy, economics, or humanities, to enhance cross-disciplinary goals, and communicate and incorporate Public Impact analyses, perspectives, or mechanisms to maximize the public good of the Institute's work.
Key Responsibilities include:
Project Development and Management: -Leads projects to conduct and apply highly complex analyses across a broad spectrum of programs, policies and initiatives or provides in-depth, complex analyses on topics such as responsible governance of emerging technologies or equitable allocation of resources.
Assists the Public Impact Director in continuing to develop and implement a strategy for the public impact area, including undertaking additional responsibility for overseeing staff in Policy and Engagement areas.
Develop and oversee policy and partnerships for IGI projects including COVID testing lab and other clinical lab projects as needed.
Acts as a Principal Investigator (PI) for Public Impact Program facets of key institutional initiatives, such as the sickle cell disease, climate change and other initiatives as needed.
Guides and directs planning of projects under each initiatives, which may include managing the input of senior campus management, faculty, and/or external constituencies.
Fosters positive relationships with stakeholders and peer groups creating an environment of innovation, collaboration, and progress within the institute.
Expands and strengthens IGI's ties to the communities affected by our scientific research and policy recommendations.
Assists the Public Impact Director with developing and implementing the annual budget.
Participates in administrative policy and program planning and development.
Organizes and leads workshops/symposiums/working groups on ethics, policies, regulations as they relate to various scientific initiatives.
Serves on committees or as a representative in national or international collaborative projects focused on regulation, governance, or ethics of genome editing.
Partners with scientific directors to facilitate the consideration of public impact as part of scientific projects.
Proposes, leads and/or participates on policy, strategy and planning committees and working groups.
Develops and coordinates policy communications, both internal and external. Such communications may include comments on federal regulatory policy, professional societies policies, or internal policies in order to maximize the ethical use of, equitable access to, or governance of innovative genomic technologies.
Develops and advocates solutions to organizational or research program issues, including developing and administering new systems, policies, processes, or programs.
Develops and advocates for new policies, processes, and mechanisms to advance the institute's values of equity, accessibility, and ethical and responsible technology development. -Researches and summarizes best practices in the field.
Makes high level contacts of a sensitive nature, internally and externally, requiring discretion and diplomacy in order to negotiate with or persuade officials to adopt the proposed solution or program/process recommendations.
Representing IGI at key meetings or in publications to establish the institute as a player in the ethical and responsible use of genomic technologies. This includes, staying abreast of current thinking within the field and giving talks to stakeholder groups or speaking at meetings about the science and policy of genome editing or related technologies.
Provides analyses for complex budget, funding, financial, or academic data, systems and resource projects working directly with internal and external constituents.
Advanced knowledge of common organizational- or research-specific and other computer application programs.
Strong communication and interpersonal skills to communicate effectively with all levels of staff and influence, both verbally and in writing.
Ability to use discretion and maintain all confidentiality.
Advanced project management skills.
Thorough knowledge of organizational or initiative processes, protocols and procedures.
Ability to multi-task with demanding timeframes.
Advanced knowledge of genome editing and related technologies policy and analysis techniques. Advanced knowledge of dilemmas and issues related to the ethics, social impacts, stakeholder viewpoints, and other related considerations of the impacts of the application of genomic technologies.
Advanced analytical / problem-solving skills.
Bachelor's degree in molecular biology, genome editing area and/or equivalent experience/training; or similar education level in social sciences or policy, particularly as it pertains to genomic technologies.
Masters or PhD degree in molecular biology, genome editing area and/or equivalent experience/training.
Salary & Benefits
Salary commensurate with experience. For information on the comprehensive benefits package offered by the University visit:
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