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Associate Director, Program Management, Research & Preclinical Programs

Moderna, Inc.
Cambridge, MA
Start date
Jun 8, 2024

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The Role:

Moderna is seeking a highly motivated and experienced Associate Director to lead and oversee program managers within our research and preclinical stage programs. This role will involve strategic oversight and coordination of multiple programs, ensuring alignment with corporate objectives and milestones. The successful candidate will be pivotal in driving the advancement of our mRNA technology and therapeutic programs by managing a team of program managers and providing leadership across various initiatives.

Here's What Youll Do:

  • Program Management Oversight: Lead and oversee program managers responsible for the planning, implementation, and tracking of research and preclinical programs. Ensure programs are completed on time, within scope, and within budget.

  • Strategic Collaboration: Collaborate with project leads to develop, prioritize, and execute program strategies that align with Moderna's goals. Facilitate the translation of strategic objectives into operational plans. Provide support to scenario planning and governance presentations.

  • Build and Facilitate Cross-functional Teams: Collaborate with R&D, finance, regulatory, nonclinical drug discovery sciences, technical development, CMC, and clinical teams to ensure seamless program execution. Lead cross-functional program teams to achieve key milestones.

  • Risk Management: Identify and manage potential risks and issues that may impact program timelines and deliverables, including timely escalation of risks to the critical path. Develop mitigation plans and ensure proactive communication with stakeholders.

  • Stakeholder Communication: Maintain regular communication with internal and external stakeholders. Provide updates on program progress, challenges, and achievements.

  • Documentation and Reporting: Ensure comprehensive documentation of program activities. Prepare detailed reports for senior leadership and external partners.

  • Budget Management: Coordinate with finance and program teams to implement and track program budget and forecasts.

Heres What Youll Bring to the Table:

  • Education: Master's degree in a relevant scientific discipline, including background in autoimmune, rare disease, immuno-oncology or cancer vaccine fields.

  • Experience: 10-12 years of relevant experience in program management within the biotechnology or pharmaceutical industry, with a focus on research and preclinical development. Proven success in managing programs from research through to IND filing and transitioning programs into the clinic. Laboratory experience and prior experience as a scientific project lead in a biotechnology setting is preferred.

  • Knowledge: Strong understanding of early drug development, including the transition of novel candidates from research through IND filing and initiation of first-in-human studies.

  • Leadership: Demonstrated experience in leading and managing cross-functional teams. Proven ability to drive complex projects to successful completion. Management experience, including overseeing other program managers, is highly preferred.

  • Skills: Strong organizational, analytical, and problem-solving skills. Excellent verbal and written communication skills.

  • Tools: Strong knowledge of project management tools and software. Experience with Smartsheet is highly desirable.

  • Versatility: Ability to quickly adapt, learn, and pivot into new therapeutic areas, demonstrating flexibility and responsiveness to changing program needs and assignments.

  • Attributes: Self-motivated, proactive, and able to work both independently and as part of a team. Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to influence and inspire others.

Moderna is pleased to provide you and your family with a comprehensive and innovative suite of benefits, including:

  • Highly competitive and inclusive medical, dental and vision coverage options
  • Flexible Spending Accounts for medical expenses and dependent care expenses
  • Lifestyle Spending Account funds to help you engage in personal enrichment and self-care activities
  • Family care benefits, including subsidized back-up care options and on-demand tutoring
  • Free premium access to fitness, nutrition, and mindfulness classes
  • Exclusive preferred pricing on Peloton fitness equipment
  • Adoption and family-planning benefits
  • Dedicated care coordination support for our LGBTQ+ community
  • Generous paid time off, including:
    Vacation, sick time and holidays
    Volunteer time to participate within your community
    Discretionary year-end shutdown
    Paid sabbatical after 5 years; every 3 years thereafter
  • Generous Paid Leave offerings, including 18 weeks of 100% paid parental leave for all new parents
  • 401k match and Financial Planning tools
  • Moderna-paid Life, LTD and STD insurance coverages, as well as voluntary benefit options
  • Complimentary concierge service including home services research, travel booking, and entertainment requests
  • Free parking or subsidized commuter passes
  • Location-specific perks and extras!

About Moderna

Since our founding in 2010, we have aspired to build the leading mRNA technology platform, theinfrastructure to reimagine how medicines are created and delivered, and a world-class team. We believe in giving our people a platform to change medicine and an opportunity to change the world.

By living our mission, values, and mindsets every day, our peopleare the driving force behind our scientific progress and our culture.Together, we are creating a culture of belonging and building an organization that cares deeply for our patients, our employees, the environment, and our communities.

We are proud to have been recognized as a Science Magazine Top Biopharma Employer, a Fast Company Best Workplace for Innovators, and a Great Place to Work in the U.S.

As we build our company, we have always believed an in-person culture is critical to our success. Moderna champions the significant benefits of in-office collaboration by embracing a 70/30 work model. This 70% in-office structure helps to foster a culture rich in innovation, teamwork, and direct mentorship. Join us in shaping a world where every interaction is an opportunity to learn, contribute and make a meaningful impact.

If you want to make a difference and join a team that is changing the future of medicine, we invite you to visit to learn more about our current opportunities.

Moderna is a smoke-free, alcohol-free and drug-free work environment.

Moderna is a place where everyone can grow. If you meet the Basic Qualifications for the role and you would be excited to contribute to our mission every day, please apply!

Moderna is proud to be an equal opportunity workplace and is an affirmative action employer.

Moderna is committed to equal employment opportunity and non-discrimination for all employees and qualified applicants without regard to a person's race, color, sex, gender identity or expression, age, religion, national origin, ancestry or citizenship, ethnicity, disability, military or protected veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, marital or familial status, or any other personal characteristic protected under applicable law. Moderna is an E-Verify Employer in the United States. We also consider qualified applicants regardless of criminal histories, consistent with legal requirements.

Belonging, Inclusion, and Diversity are critical to the success of our company and our impact on society. Were focused on attracting, retaining, developing, and advancing our employees and believe that by cultivating diverse experiences, backgrounds, and ideas, we can provide an environment where every employee is able to contribute their best.

Moderna is committed to offering reasonable accommodations to qualified job applicants with disabilities. Any applicant requiring an accommodation in connection with the hiring process and/or to perform the essential functions of the position for which the applicant has applied should contact the Accommodations team at (EEO/AAP Employer)



Moderna is advancing messenger RNA (mRNA) science to create a new class of transformative medicines for patients. Moderna’s platform builds on continuous advances in basic and applied mRNA science, delivery technology and manufacturing, providing the Company the capability to pursue in parallel a robust pipeline of new development candidates. Moderna is developing therapeutics and vaccines for infectious diseases, immuno-oncology, rare diseases and cardiovascular diseases, independently and with strategic collaborators.

mRNA is now a turning point in the history of science, medicine, technology, even humankind itself. With this breakthrough discovery, many of the world’s biggest and most challenging medical problems are no longer a question of “how?” but merely a question of “when?”

Come with us as we pursue the uncharted reaches of possibility and make your mark on the future of medicine.


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