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Program Director, PPE

Blueprint Biosecurity is seeking a Program Director to build and lead our PPE program.
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Who is Blueprint Biosecurity?

Blueprint Biosecurity is a nonprofit dedicated to achieving breakthroughs in humanity’s capability to prevent, mitigate, and suppress pandemics. We aim to do this by providing actionable roadmaps, which we call blueprints, for accelerating and derisking countermeasures and then tackling the main bottlenecks to realizing progress.

Our work begins with scoping and prioritization efforts that maps the landscape of effective biosecurity interventions and creates clear, detailed, ambitious, and achievable plans to implement them. This work culminates with Blueprints for the interventions we believe will have the highest impact. Our pilot Blueprint focuses on a form of germicidal light known as far-UVC as a tool for suppressing transmission of pathogens in the built environment.

Role Overview:

Blueprint Biosecurity is seeking a full-time Program Director to build and lead our portfolio of work on personal protective equipment (PPE). We are seeking a proactive leader who thrives in a dynamic and evolving environment. You will have a high degree of autonomy to design and steer a pioneering program that aims to advance the state of PPE for pandemic prevention. This effort will build on the roadmap for Pandemic Proof PPE, developing goals and objectives to translate our ambitious vision into tangible outcomes. A successful candidate will be excited about building an effort from the ground up and willing to pivot and iterate to find ways to succeed.

In this role, you will be working collaboratively with other teams within and external to Blueprint Biosecurity. The ideal candidate will have excellent interpersonal abilities and strong skills in project management, strategic prioritization, research, and analysis.

All of our ideal candidates…

Want to build solutions to prevent pandemics.

 

They possess a deep passion for research and collaboration, and they are quick learners with a proven track record of initiating and navigating diverse projects that require the skills to self-educate and problem-solve. They will be excited about building relationships with domain experts, nonprofits, industry leaders, policymakers, and other key stakeholders. They will be humble and ambitious, curious and analytical, thrive in ambiguity, and be prepared to ask clarifying questions to acquire the information they need. They appreciate the value of teamwork and regularly include others in planning, decision-making, and execution. They will deliver results in high-energy settings without compromising on quality, demonstrate resilience in overcoming challenges, and seek out fresh opportunities and perspectives.

Responsibilities:

  • Advance our PPE efforts as the subject matter expert on all aspects of PPE for pandemic prevention.
  • In consultation with internal and external stakeholders, develop a phased strategic plan for advancing the state of PPE for pandemic prevention.
  • Develop comprehensive project plans that achieve strategic priorities for advancing innovation, stockpiling, awareness, and adoption of PPE.
  • Assemble and lead a multidisciplinary team of internal employees and external contractors.
  • Maintain up-to-date knowledge of the current state of innovation, production, markets, regulations, stockpiles, and adoption of PPE.
  • Build and maintain strong partnerships, domestically and internationally, with external organizations and key stakeholders related to our PPE and pandemic prevention efforts.
  • Coordinate with stakeholders and subject matter experts across industry, academia, governments, and philanthropy to develop actionable plans for advancing PPE.
  • Evaluate the impact and feasibility of different proposed PPE programs and make recommendations using quantitative assessment approaches.
  • Develop white papers, reports, presentations, and other compelling materials to advance our PPE agenda.
  • As required, conduct semi-structured interviews, plan and hold workshops, visit collaborators, conduct site visits, and attend conferences to stay current on the state of PPE and maintain professional networks.
  • Commission and manage evidence-based analysis and modeling efforts related to PPE.
  • Other duties as required.

Required Skills and Qualifications:

  • A bachelor’s degree or equivalent – advanced degrees are preferred.
  • Proven ability to lead and manage projects effectively, coupled with the skill to achieve outcomes by leveraging the capabilities of others.
  • Excellent networking and relationship-building skills: you will be required to build and maintain partnerships with external organizations, individuals, government bodies, and other key stakeholders.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills with the ability to tailor language for different audiences.
  • Strong research skills, including literature review methods and interpreting/applying statistical data and research results.

Preferred Skills and Qualifications:

  • At least 3 years working in a project management or leadership role.
  • Experience with government affairs or prior policy work and an understanding of departments and agencies relevant to the PPE enterprise.
  • Experience with cost-benefit analyses and familiarity with decision theory.

What we offer:

Compensation: The salary for this position ranges from $117,559 – $171,025 USD. We consider a variety of factors when formulating an offer, including but not limited to the role and responsibilities, work experience, education/training, skills, expertise, and internal equity.

 

Benefits: Our benefits package includes:

  • Generous health and wellness benefits through an Individual Coverage Health Reimbursement Arrangement (ICHRA) for you and your family.
  • Competitive 401(k) contributions.
  • Unlimited PTO and paid holidays.
  • Support for productive remote work.

What Else You Should Know:

We are committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive environment where all employees have the opportunity to succeed. We do not discriminate based on race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, or any other legally protected status. Please let us know what accommodations you might need when applying or if asked to be interviewed by emailing us at recruiting@blueprintbiosecurity.org.

 

Location: This position is ideally located in Washington, D.C. If you are located outside of the D.C. area and feel you would be a great candidate for the role, please provide your reasoning for working remotely in your application. Remote staff must be able to work between 10 am and 2 pm Eastern Time. This role will require travel.

 

Start date: We’d like a candidate to start as soon as possible after receiving an offer, though there is some flexibility.

 

Applications Due: April 26, 2024 at 11:59 PM Eastern Time

How to Apply:

To apply, complete the application form. Please ensure that both your CV and your responses to the following questions are submitted. You may attach your responses as a merged PDF file with your CV, or you may address these questions in the message field below.

  • Why do you want to work for Blueprint Biosecurity? 
  • Why do you think you’re well-suited for this role?
  • What excites you about pandemic prevention? 
  • How do you approach developing a strategic plan for a new initiative, especially in a field that is rapidly evolving and has many unknowns?

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