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Program Manager III – Science and Technology Strategy

Department: Office of Science and Technology

Program Manager III – Science and Technology Strategy

The mission of the Allen Institute is to unlock the complexities of bioscience and advance our knowledge to improve human health. Using an open science, multi-scale, team-oriented approach, the Allen Institute focuses on accelerating foundational research, developing standards and models, and cultivating new ideas to make a broad, transformational impact on science.

The mission of the Allen Institute administration team is to provide support and structure to the scientific divisions. Coinciding with the team science approach, administration helps facilitate team learning and the overall mission of the institute. The Office of Science and Technology (OST) works to drive strategic and operational solutions to promote innovation and partnerships within and beyond Allen Institute research programs.

In this framework, the Program Manager of Strategy for the OST is a pan-Allen Institute and outward-facing role. The successful candidate will represent and support coordination of the Allen Institute’s broad research interests and portfolio internally and with external collaborators and scientific community stakeholders. The role requires and leverages: a) a solid understanding of science and technology programs and capabilities across the Allen Institute’s research interests and initiatives; b) strong organizational, analytical, interpersonal and facilitation skills; c) strategic thinking and reduction to practical and timely solutions and d) excellent communication skills to represent the Allen Institute’s science and maximize its impact to and for our internal associates and the external community.

Specifically, the Program Manager will work closely with the leadership of the OST, and participate in shaping and supporting key strategies, activities and initiatives.  Current OST activities include, but are not limited to, government relations, business development, shaping Institute-wide discussions (integrated technology team, integrated scientific team, advisory boards), and the launching of new Allen Institute business units. The ideal candidate is highly professional, organized, deadline-driven, works well with team members across all levels, and maintains the ability to be agile and nimble, evolving to new future directions, strategies, and initiatives.

The Allen Institute believes that team science significantly benefits from the participation of diverse voices, experiences and backgrounds. High-quality science can only be produced when it includes different perspectives. We are committed to increasing diversity across every team and encourage people from all backgrounds to apply for this role.

Essential Functions

  • Work collaboratively to support, shape, articulate and convey the Institute’s vision associated with the development and execution of long-range strategic plans and objectives
  • Assist and facilitate planning and development activities to support and advance the Allen Institute big, open, team science operating model
  • Attend and participate in regular strategy, planning, execution, evaluation and advisory groups and mechanisms across the Institute’s scientific programs
  • Formulate and evaluate science and technology trends and emerging opportunities to help frame and inform strategic decisions relative to current and future opportunities across a diverse science portfolio of initiatives and programs
  • Represent the Allen Institute’s scientific mission and research initiatives to external science collaborators, funders, partners and Governmental stakeholders
  • Support and drive strategic topical discussion and analyses including the Integrated Science Team (IST)

Required Education and Experience

  • PhD in a scientific discipline, post-doctoral research experience preferred; or equivalent combination of degree and experience
  • Record of scientific accomplishment as evidenced by a publication record encompassing first authorship contributions and team science
  • Minimum 5 years of relevant post-PhD experience in scientific and/or technical leadership role(s)
  • Direct experience and success record in managing multi-disciplinary and/or matrixed and integrated scientific programs of complexity and scale
  • Strong scientific skills, including understanding of experimental foundational, applied or clinical research design, workflows and data analysis

Preferred Qualifications

  • 7+ years of experience preferred
  • Recognized thought leadership and ability to think strategically to advance scientific programs in one or more scientific fields, including but not limited to, neuroscience, cell biology and immunology
  • Strong sense and instinct for science and technology trends, translational frontiers, and emerging opportunity areas and/or interfaces across science, technology, research and applications in life sciences
  • Understanding, appreciation for and experience with open science principles and practice
  • Thoughtful partnership and emotional intelligence abilities to productively influence thinking and decision making across diverse initiatives and stakeholders
  • Ability to work with abstract ideas and situations across various functional areas of the business/Institute operations
  • Ability to support senior executive leadership to shape vision and develop implementation of practical and value-add solutions
  • Experience with government relations at the regional and national level
  • Experience with information technology and informatic tools and solutions involving development and use of biocomputation and data science/analytics at scale
  • Excellent organizational, written, and verbal communication skills

Physical Demands

  • Occasional lifting to 30 pounds  
  • Standing and sitting for extended periods of time
  • Fine motor movements in fingers/hands to operate computers and other office equipment  
  • Push/pull up to 50lbs (pushing a cart)
  • Stooping, bending, crouching  

Position Type/Expected Hours of Work

  • Occasional evening and weekend hours required
  • This role is currently able to work remotely due to COVID-19 and our focus on employee safety. We are a Washington State employer, and remote work must be performed in Washington State. We continue to evaluate the safest options for our employees. As restrictions are lifted in relation to COVID-19, this role will return to work onsite


  • Occasional travel related to OST and government relations efforts may be required
  • Occasional travel to regional events or partner sites for oversight may be required
  • Attendance and participation at national and international conferences may be required  

Additional Comments

  • Please note, this opportunity does not sponsor work visas
  • Please note, this opportunity offers relocation assistance


It is the policy of the Allen Institute to provide equal employment opportunity (EEO) to all persons regardless of age, color, national origin, citizenship status, physical or mental disability, race, religion, creed, gender, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, genetic information, marital status, status with regard to public assistance, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local law. In addition, the Allen Institute will provide reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with disabilities





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