Project Manager Position Description
Progressive Supranuclear Palsy (PSP) is one of several neurodegenerative diseases known as tauopathies. Primary tauopathies involve the gradual deterioration of brain cells and are characterized by the aggregation of the protein in the brain called tau that can become toxic and affect nerve cells that control walking, balance, mobility, vision, speech, and swallowing. There are currently no effective treatments for PSP, or secondary tauopathies such as Alzheimer’s disease, and much remains unknown about the causes of these diseases.
In 2009, Richard Rainwater was diagnosed with PSP. As a result of this diagnosis, the Rainwater Charitable Foundation expanded its focus to include this emerging field of PSP medical research. Mr. Rainwater assembled a team of leading physicians and researchers from around the world to become the Tau Consortium and empowered them to work together innovatively to find a cure for tauopathies. Since that time, RCF has invested over $130M into research and other efforts to find treatments for tauopathies. RCF funding has enabled a better understanding of disease pathology and a growing number of therapeutic programs poised to deliver of tau-directed treatments for PSP and AD.
The Rainwater Charitable Foundation (RCF or “the foundation”) is a private foundation organized as a trust. The foundation’s gifts are designated by Rainwater Distribution Trustees.
The Project Manager (PM) is an integral part of the RCF medical research team comprised of scientists, program administrators, RCF Tau Consortium Trustees (TCC), as well as external partners including scientific advisors (SAB), consultants, academic principal investigators (PI) and other research and drug discovery partners. The Project Manager will support all operational aspects of RCF initiatives including the Basic Science, Drug Discovery, Rainwater Prize and Tau Consortium efforts. The PM plays a key role in ensuring the team operates efficiently while helping to successfully execute key strategic priorities.
The Project Manager reports directly to the Scientific Program Director with “dotted line” reporting to the Senior Director of Drug Discovery and the Grants Manager. The position requires sound judgment, strong interpersonal skills, organizational and problem-solving skills, persistence, attention to detail and follow-through to ensure completion of tasks in a matrix environment.
This is a full-time role. The ideal candidate will reside in the Fort-Worth/Dallas area, but location is negotiable. The PM must be willing to travel up to 20% of the time (seasonally).
The Project Manager will be responsible for supporting and tracking a variety of initiatives. S/he will be accountable for ensuring the team operates efficiently by helping to push key strategic priorities to completion, including:
- Helping identify, design, and implement standards of practice (SOPs) and subsequent system improvements, such as data integration, and establishing collaborative technologies across research programs
- Working with legal and accounting teams to oversee/track scientific reporting and data capture related to grant agreements, grant payments/obligations and related financial audits
- Tracking Intellectual Property (IP), trademarks, and copyrights associated with various medical research agreements and contracts
- Tracking and monitoring funding and spending and collaboratively preparing reports for the TCC and SAB in established timelines
- Working on special projects related to the Rainwater Prize Program including managing some prize-related operations to ensure timelines and goals are met
- Assisting PIs with resource needs, timelines, and agreements
- Supporting the medical research team in coordinating the semi-annual Tau Consortium gatherings, Futures Meetings, Prize summits, and the TCC meetings with Consortium Directors
- Supporting communications including website, creatives, press releases, promotional content, social media management and publications
- Supporting the creation of progress updates, reports, and feedback for Trustees
- Gathering and analyzing research and data for the preparation of publications and presentations
- Collaborating with internal departments and external partners to manage project expectations, schedules, and deliverables
- Serving as ambassador for RCF and programs at conferences/meetings/workshops
Education and Experience
The ideal candidate will possess:
- Excellent interpersonal skills
- Ability to communicate well, including strong writing and presentation skills
- Commitment and passion to the mission of the Rainwater Charitable Foundation and the Tau Consortium
- Project management experience or certification
- 3+ years of relevant work experience in biotechnology, academia, or pharmaceutical research and project management
- Bachelor’s degree in science required; Master’s degree preferred
- Advanced computer skills: Excel, statistics, project management software, online communication tools and mixed media technology
- Ability to multitask and work effectively with diverse audiences that may possess different communication styles
RCF is committed to providing a safe, diverse, and inclusive work environment to all employees.
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