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Program Manager


The Global Biological Standards Institute, a non-profit organization headquartered in Washington, DC, is dedicated to enhancing the quality of biomedical research by advocating best practices and standards to accelerate the translation of research breakthroughs into life-saving therapies. GBSI was created by ATCC (American Type Culture Collection) in 2013, to provide global leadership in advocating for the development and use of life science standards, engage diverse stakeholders to expand adoption and use of biological standards, and ensure reproducibility of research results through standards-based frameworks, life science standards, and reference materials. Since then, GBSI has led the way to an increased focus on the issue and cost of irreproducibility in pre-clinical research and the need for consensus-based standards. Its work to date has established GBSI as a respected organization and neutral arbiter in the field, and GBSI is increasingly sought out by stakeholders in the external environment to support their efforts in advancing standards. More information can be found at gbsi.org.


The Program Manager leads the development and implementation of multiple GBSI programs, with an emphasis on generating program revenue for GBSI’s mission, science policy, communications, and advocacy. He/she will represent GBSI externally to stakeholder and partner organizations and individuals to advance partnership, fundraising, and other collaborative opportunities.

The Program Manager reports to the Director, Strategic Program Development and works closely with the entire GBSI team, including the President and the CEO. This position has no direct reports.


  • Work with the Director, Strategic Program Development to lead the development and implementation of specific GBSI scientific programs, including those related to cell line authentication, antibody validation, and reproducibility, as well as new programs as they are launched.
  • Identify and/or design opportunities for greater visibility for GBSI to advance its policy agenda through communications and advocacy, including educational programs targeted toward government institutions, academia, and industry, including but not limited to synthetic biology, genomics, stem cells, and data analytics.
  • Support GBSI leadership and stakeholders by conducting relevant policy and research analysis. Generate ideas for position papers.
  • Stay abreast of current and emerging policy issues relevant to GBSI’s mission, particularly related to industry, academia, and government. Develop strategies to engage GBSI in these issues.
  • Oversee all science publications. Draft publications, white papers, briefs, fact sheets, and other educational materials. When needed, work closely with outside consultants to advance this work.
  • Identify opportunities for speaking engagements for GBSI’s leadership at relevant conferences and public forums. Develop abstracts, related briefs, and PowerPoint presentations to support these speaking opportunities.
  • Manage GBSI surveys or other research efforts to generate new data related to science policy.
  • Support the work of GBSI task forces, working groups, and the Scientific Advisory Board to advance specific GBSI policy or program agendas.
  • Speak at public events on topics related to the GBSI’s mission.


  • A PhD or other equivalent advanced degree in life sciences
  • 5+ years of experience working to advance life science policy through communication, advocacy, and/or education
  • Experience working with subject matter experts to develop publications and position papers; evidence of prior productive scientific work in the form of publications in peer-reviewed journals
  • Understanding of the landscape of the basic research community, how various constituency groups interact, and the policy issues affecting them; knowledge and understanding of relevant academic, industry, government and voluntary stakeholders and their role in developing policy
  • Public speaking experience
  • Program management expertise in a research environment
  • Experience in a fast-paced, high-growth start-up or entrepreneurial organization
  • Familiarity with non-profit management
  • Excellent skills working with common business software, including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook, as well as Salesforce, Dropbox, and SmartSheet


  • Strong scientific skills
  • Sound and strong decision making, problem solving, conflict resolution, and analytical skills
  • Excellent oral and written communications skills, including a passion for public speaking
  • Excellent organizational and recordkeeping skills; attention to detail
  • Flexible, positive, and eager to learn
  • Personable and engaging with others; sense of humor
  • Self starter; high degree of initiative and ability to work independently to generate new and creative ideas



GBSI provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants without regard to race, color, religious creed, national origin, ancestry, citizenship status, pregnancy, childbirth, physical disability, mental disability, age, military status or status as a Vietnam-era or special disabled veteran, marital status, registered domestic partner or civil union status, gender (including sex stereotyping and gender identity or expression), medical condition (including, but not limited to, cancer related or HIV/AIDS related), genetic information, or sexual orientation in accordance with applicable federal and state laws. In addition, GBSI complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including, but not limited to, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.