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Senior Vaccine Development Director, Center for Vaccine Innovation and Access

About the Role

PATH is a global nonprofit dedicated to achieving health equity. With more than 40 years of experience forging multisector partnerships, and with expertise in science, economics, technology, advocacy, and dozens of other specialties, PATH develops and scales up innovative solutions to the world’s most pressing health challenges.

PATH’s Center for Vaccine Innovation and Access (CVIA) brings together our expertise across every stage of the long and complex process of vaccine research, development, and delivery to make lifesaving vaccines widely available to children and communities across the world. CVIA’s current portfolio encompasses more than two dozen vaccines either in development or already in use to protect against fifteen different diseases. Our focus is on vaccines to address the leading diseases that claim children’s lives worldwide: pneumonia, diarrheal disease, and malaria; as well as other global health priorities, such as polio and meningitis. We work in partnership with national health ministries, pharmaceutical manufacturers, donors, international financing and regulatory organizations, and many others. PATH has led numerous global partnerships, including the award-winning Meningitis Vaccine Project and the Malaria Vaccine Initiative, which helped develop the first malaria vaccine candidate recommended for pilot implementation.

PATH is currently recruiting a Senior Vaccine Development Director to lead vaccine product development teams in the Respiratory Infections and Maternal Immunization (RIMI) Disease Area. This Disease Area drives development of safe and effective vaccines against B. pertussis, Group B Streptococcus, human papillomavirus, measles-rubella, meningococci, Nipah virus, pneumococci, respiratory syncytial virus, SARS-CoV-2, and yellow fever virus.


Reporting to the Global Head of RIMI, the Senior Vaccine Development Director will lead two or more high priority and complex multi-disciplinary vaccine development project teams, as follows.

Provide matrix management and leadership to project team members; ensuring every team member understands their respective duties and responsibilities, and that functional sub-teams are attaining their key deliverables.
Lead the initial drafting and/or continuous refinement of the value proposition, target product profile, results framework, and integrated product development plan (IPDP), ensuring alignment with PATH’s mission, values, and policies.
Direct the generation of a budget, establish project milestones and success criteria, and timeline estimates by functional experts, and communicate to sponsors and donors.
Ensure execution of the IPDP as agreed with partner(s) and donor(s).
Proactively identify issues and mitigate risks, resolve conflicts, and communicate project-related issues to senior management.
Foster critical thinking and accountability by promoting effective decision-making, planning towards milestones, defining clear go/no go decision points, creating scenario plans, and overseeing management of critical path activities.
Oversee project management activities in collaboration with the project team members to allow course correction for activities on critical path.
Manage and ensure effective relationships with development partner(s) and donor(s) through clear and timely communication, diplomacy, and achievement of milestones and deliverables.
Create strategic linkages between the project teams and other vaccine development projects within CVIA to maximize experience and use of resources.
Oversee annual work plans and compliance with all donor requirements; lead drafting of progress reports to donor(s), prepare for and represent the project at scheduled meetings with the donor and/or partner.
Lead or contribute to generating future funding proposals aimed at extending or expanding existing projects or initiating new projects fitting within PATH’s mission.

Required Experience

Minimum of 15 years of vaccine development experience in the pharmaceutical, biotech, or related industry.
Advanced degree in biomedical sciences, business, or other discipline related to life sciences.
Proficiency in strategic, complex, multi-stakeholder operational program leadership, preferably in the pharmaceutical/biotech industry.
Working knowledge of regulatory requirements for licensing of biological products.
A high degree of initiative, independent judgment, and resourcefulness.
Demonstrated strategic thinking, strong analytical skills, creativity, and capacity for problem solving.
Proven ability to write in a clear, concise, and organized manner and make clear and convincing oral presentations.
Proven ability to develop networks, build alliances, and collaborate across boundaries.
Ability to translate scientific data into actionable, business-relevant claims and communications.
Ability to re-balance priorities on a regular basis and to assume responsibility in a multi-tasking environment.
Ability to work flexible hours in a global environment.
Working-level proficiency in Microsoft Office products (Teams, Outlook, Word, Power Point) and cloud-based document management.
Ability and willingness to travel internationally.
Must have legal authorization to work in a PATH location. Fully remote candidates will be considered.

PATH is a diverse nonprofit organization that creates a culture of collaboration and partnership. Learn more about the impact you can make globally here.

We offer our employees a competitive salary and generous benefits. For candidates based in the U.S., the annual salary range for this position is $198,536-$304,000. The final salary is based on a variety of objective factors. PATH provides a comprehensive benefit package that includes 15 vacation, 10 holiday, 2 personal and 12 sick days per year; medical and dental plans; life insurance; disability and retirement benefits. For more details click here.

Hybrid Work

PATH operates within a hybrid workplace model unless otherwise noted. Hybrid employees must reside within commuting distance to one of our PATH offices. PATH’s US offices are located in Seattle, WA and Washington, DC.

COVID-19 Vaccine Requirement

PATH has instituted a COVID-19 vaccine mandate for all employees, interns, consultants, and temporary staff based in the United States. Individuals selected for job opportunities in the United States must be fully vaccinated, and show proof of vaccination status, upon hire. Individuals are considered fully vaccinated 2 weeks after their second dose in a 2-dose series, such as Pfizer or Moderna, or 2 weeks after a single-dose vaccine, such as Johnson & Johnson. Individuals with medical issues or sincerely held religious beliefs that prevent them from getting the vaccine may request an exemption from the vaccine requirement.

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