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Executive Director (Innovative Genomics Institute)

Recruitment Period
Open date: January 22nd, 2020
Last review date: Wednesday, Feb 5, 2020 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications received after this date will be reviewed by the search committee if the position has not yet been filled.
Final date: Monday, Feb 24, 2020 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.
The University of California, Berkeley (UC Berkeley) seeks a dynamic and distinguished executive to serve as the next Executive Director of the Innovative Genomics Institute (IGI). The IGI is a partnership among three highly respected research institutions: UC Berkeley, University of California San Francisco (UCSF), and Gladstone Institutes. Its primary mission is to accelerate genome discovery and translation of resulting technologies in order to ethically and equitably improve human health and agriculture sustainability. A thoughtful and integrated partnership among the three institutions has the potential to transform the fields of medicine and agriculture. This unique moment in time, combined with the collection of talent working on the powerful CRISPR technology, compels the IGI to identify complex problems to solve and create a high functioning organization that supports that work. For more information, please visit
The Executive Director (ED), our highest level administrative officer, will help the IGI realize its vast potential and meet its mission. Through efforts on both the UCB and UCSF campuses, the ED will be responsible for creating and sustaining an organizational structure and culture that supports our mission driven goals, as well as ensuring the financial health of the institute. This is a full time position.
Key responsibilities:
The executive director serves as the chief administrative officer of the institute, leading the IGI team toward targeted, integrated institutional goals; working closely with scientific directors to build and execute scientific strategy; managing the administrative team; engaging the three IGI institutional partners; leading the IGI's organizational development; and engaging with external constituents, including high-level donors, volunteers, and investors. Working with the IGI's stakeholders, the executive director will be expected to:
  • Serve as administrative head of the IGI and primary liaison between the IGI, the Governing Board and Scientific Advisory Board,
  • Lead the staff and scientific directors in developing, implementing and managing IGI programs and operations. Ensure integration and alignment of projects and activities across the various program areas of the IGI.
  • Foster innovative, interdisciplinary research collaborations, assessing needs and establishing necessary research capability and capacity. Support IGI investigators in developing research strategy, identifying new ventures, and resources. Identify and collaborate with scientific and industry partners.
  • Oversee financial stewardship for the IGI, including partnering closely with the Senior Director of Development to support and advance philanthropic fundraising efforts of the IGI and pursuing opportunities for additional funding from agencies, industry and other channels.
  • Work with IGI team members to foster healthy cultural norms that ensure a team-oriented approach and strong morale within the institute.
  • Manage a team of staff directors in operations, finance, communications and program management, providing high level directives and oversight to ensure the mission of the IGI is met.
  • Partner with dotted-line directors in Intellectual Property and Donor Relations to cultivate and manage new relationships, collaborations and other activities with industry partners, IGI and non-IGI academic groups and research centers in the US and abroad.
  • Oversee institute-wide policies and procedures to ensure IGI researchers are in compliance with contract obligations relating to IP and donor agreements.
  • Ensure integration and alignment of scientific endeavors across the IGI, as well as with programmatic activities and communications.
  • Represent the IGI on committees and participate in activities at the campus, national and international levels.
  • Serve as a public point person for IGI. Contribute substantially to efforts to elevate the recognition of the IGI among the scientific community, as well as the general public, and ensure the IGI is viewed as the leader in the genome engineering space.
  • Support the development and management of programs in the areas of education, outreach and entrepreneurship. Give presentations to the broader scientific community, government officials and media to promote the mission of IGI.
Basic Qualifications:
An advanced degree is required at the time of application.
Additional Qualifications:
Five or more years of experience leading in a scientific or research-oriented organization (e.g. institute, initiative, multi-laboratory collaboration, academic department, biotechnology or bioengineering company).
Preferred Qualifications:
  • A Ph.D or equivalent international degree and/or MBA, MPA or JD
  • Demonstrated success leading in a scientific environment, a history of developing and managing biotechnology initiatives, and experience working in a dynamic and growing organization
  • Strong project management and collaborative leadership skills; the ability to move projects with diverse stakeholders to timely completion while maintaining an understanding of long-term goals
  • A proven record of advancing diversity, equity and inclusion within an organization
  • Excellent personnel management ability and the ability to lead and motivate cross-functional teams including administrative and scientific staff
  • Ability to articulate an organization's story in a compelling way to internal and external constituents
  • Prior experience with operations, finance and/or program development
Applications must be completed at
This search will be open until filled. Applicants should send any questions to:
All letters will be treated as confidential as per University of California policy and California state law. Please refer potential referees, including when letters are provided via third party (i.e., dossier service or career center) to the UC Berkeley statement of confidentiality at prior to submitting their letters.
UC Berkeley has an excellent benefits package as well as a number of policies and programs to support employees as they balance work and family.
Diversity, equity, and inclusion are core values at UC Berkeley and the IGI. Our excellence can only be fully realized by faculty, students, and staff who share our commitment to these values. Successful candidates for our academic positions will demonstrate evidence of a commitment to advancing equity and inclusion.
The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age or protected veteran status. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see:
This is a designated position requiring fingerprinting and a background check due to the nature of the job responsibilities. Berkeley does hire people with conviction histories and reviews information received in the context of the job responsibilities. The University reserves the right to make employment contingent upon successful completion of the background check.
Job location
Berkeley, California
Document requirements:
  • Cover Letter
  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.
Reference requirements
  • 3-5 required (contact information only)
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