FasterCures, a Washington, DC-based center of the Milken Institute, is a globally focused, publicly supported, non-partisan and nonprofit think tank, whose mission is to save lives, by saving time. The Milken Institute’s mission is to increase global prosperity by advancing collaborative solutions that widen access to capital, create jobs and improve health. FasterCures is focused on cutting through the roadblocks that slow medical progress in order to speed up and improve the medical research system.
The Senior Associate is primarily responsible for supporting the mission of FasterCures by serving as a key research analyst on core programmatic work. These topics are generally related to accelerating biomedical research to enhance patients’ chances of receiving life-saving cures, and may fall broadly within the fields of public health, health policy, global health, and patient engagement and advocacy. In particular, the incoming Senior Associate should have familiarity with and strong interests in issues related to health data and technology.
This position requires an ability to conduct and synthesize research, write issue briefs and white papers, and lead project management activities focused on FasterCures’ priorities. The Senior Associate works with internal staff to bring FasterCures programs to targeted external audiences and build communities around our areas of focus to move from ideas to implementation.
- Supports senior staff in conducting both qualitative and quantitative research on key topics within FasterCures’ core programmatic areas:
o Elevating the patients’ voice in biomedical R&D
o Aligning incentives for biomedical R&D
o Accelerating innovation in data and technology to accelerate biomedical R&D
- Synthesizes and analyzes reports, presentations, publications, and other materials to assess trends and track progress in biomedical R&D.
- Develops initial drafts of publications and presentations for both internal and external audiences.
- Creates high-quality deliverables with a patient-centric perspective, while also considering perspectives and challenges relative to other stakeholders (i.e. pharma, government, payers, etc.)
- Assists with events that engage key external thought leaders, including identification of potential attendees and presenters, outreach, and development of content in support of the event.
- Aids in in identifying, researching, and cultivating strategic relationships and prospective supporters/funders.
- Develops ideas and builds relationships for potential outreach, programming, and convenings.
- Supports communications staff in the framing of publication for FasterCures’ audiences.
- Adheres to the Institute’s mission, policies, and general safety practices, including any unique safety practices for the department and/or building.
- Other duties as assigned.
We’re looking for professionals who are:
- Excellent writers, analytical, creative and rigorous thinkers: Detail-oriented and flexible problem solver. Can synthesize diverse streams of information and switch comfortably between academic and real-world thinking. Strong writer and communicator with ability to clearly convey key themes and ideas to a variety of audiences.
- Roll-up-your-sleeves mindset: Flexible, adaptable, comfortable with ambiguity particularly in early stages of program development. Comfortable with proposing an approach upfront while constantly refining along the way.
- Team players: Collaborate well with multidisciplinary teams, comfortably taking leadership when necessary as well as following directions.
Experience & Training
- Bachelor’s degree required, Master’s degree is a plus
- Minimum 3 years “hands-on” experience in an office environment
- Strong interest in biomedical research, public health, health policy, patient engagement, health data and technology, and related fields
- High competence with technology and/ or highly experienced with the Microsoft Office Suite (including Microsoft Office 365)
- Strong skills in project management, organization
Working Conditions & Travel Requirements
This position will work in a professional office environment. This person will also be required to travel occasionally to other offices and/or venues to assist with events as needed, requiring occasional work outside of traditional hours. International along with domestic travel is possible.
Note: Due to COVID-19 this position is currently working remotely, you will be expected to physically be at our Washington, DC office location on September 7, 2021 the date of return to the office is subject to federal and local state guidelines. In addition, you will be required to show proof of COVID-19 vaccination.
We are interested in qualified candidates who are eligible to work in the United States. However, we are not able to sponsor visas at this time. Being authorized to work in the U.S. is a precondition of employment.
With our offices in Santa Monica, Washington DC, and New York City, the Institute is proud to employ incredible people across the country. Right now, we are eligible to hire in CA, CT, DC, MA, MD, MO, NJ, NY, OR, and VA. Any candidate must reside in one of these jurisdictions prior to onboarding.
The statements herein are intended to describe the overall nature and level of work being performed by employees and are not to be construed as an exhaustive list of responsibilities, duties, and skills required of personnel so classified. Furthermore, they do not establish a contract for employment and are subject to change at the discretion of the employer.
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