University of California Berkeley


Berkeley, California

Date Posted

July 17, 2020

Job Category

Departmental Overview

The Innovative Genomics Institute (IGI) is a non-profit, academic research organization formed through the partnership of UC Berkeley and UC San Francisco, and located on the UC Berkeley campus. At the IGI, we envision a world in which genome engineering innovations benefit humanity and are accessible to all. A key focus is accelerating translation of CRISPR-based approaches to address real-world problems in human health and agriculture.

The IGI is looking for passionate people who share our vision and values. We are committed to hiring and developing staff who want to work in a high performing culture. We are interested in candidates whose previous experience has prepared them to contribute to our commitment to diversity and inclusion. We encourage individuals to apply who may have had non-traditional career paths, taken time off for family/personal reasons, or excelled in careers outside academia.

Salary & Benefits

This is an exempt, monthly paid position. Annual salary ranges from $103,000 to $208,200, commensurate with experience.

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Program Management:

  • Leads Public Impact team and recruits new staff as needed to build out the program.
  • Manages staff and coordinates the program’s individual effort areas to ensure alignment and unified direction of the Program mission.
  • Directs long-term planning and develops policies and procedures.

Strategic Leadership:

  • Independently develops and implements effective strategic plans to accomplish Institute mission.
  • Participates in Institute-wide discussions of planning and implementation.
  • Consults with IGI Executive Director and Governance Board for high-level approval.
  • Engages with external parties to represent the goals and mission of the program.

Financial Stability:

  • Represents the organization in working with funding agencies, developing financial resources and programs, in coordination with development staff.

Program Integration:

  • Collaborates with research staff on developing research programs and agenda and oversees implementation.

Strategic Partnerships:

  • Identifies and cultivates prospective new industrial, academic and foundation partnerships and funding sources.

External Representation:

  • Serves as the face of the IGI in multiple interactions with individuals and groups outside the Institute and University.


Required Qualifications

  • Knowledge of the public engagement of science landscape, including key players in academia, the nonprofit sector, government, and industry.
  • Knowledge of genome engineering.
  • Knowledge of the commercial landscape related to genome engineering.
  • Knowledge of, and comfort with, academic culture.
  • Ability to lead and motivate a team.
  • Experience leading large-scale strategic planning efforts.
  • Ability to inspire non-direct reports and peer directors to participate in programs external to their immediate work responsibilities.
  • Ability to handle at least two large initiatives simultaneously (e.g., projects in human health and sustainable agriculture).
  • Expert oral and written communication skills.
  • Experience presenting to and working with scientific and non-scientific audiences, as well as business executives, policy experts, program directors, funding agencies, media, etc.
  • Strong skills in understanding stakeholder needs and engaging them in programs.
  • Strong analytical and negotiation, political acumen.
  • Successful fundraising experience.
  • Experience working in collaboration with development staff.
  • Experience identifying levers for change and creating initiatives that improve systems.
  • Experience establishing academic and cross-sector working groups to solve complex social problems.
  • Experience working with high-level advisory boards to guide program impact.


  • Bachelor’s or higher degree in an area related to the objectives of the Public Impact program and/or equivalent experience/training.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Ph.D. or Master’s degree in related science or public policy and/or equivalent experience/training preferred.
  • Scientific training or experience adequate to understand the basic concepts underlying genome engineering, particularly molecular biology or genetics, preferred.
  • Minimum of ten years of experience minimum in a relevant professional area preferred.

Application Process

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Equal Employment Opportunity

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About Berkeley:

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