Program Manager, Biosecurity

CRDF Global
  • Location
    Arlington, Virginia
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Mid Career
  • Posted
    Oct 26

Position description

**This position is contingent upon receipt of funding**

CRDF Global has a contingent job opportunity for a Program Manager supporting the Scientific and Technical Engagement Partnership (STEP) Program of the Defense Threat Reduction Agency’s Cooperative Biological Engagement Program (CBEP).

The candidate will work closely with a prime contractor as well as other members of the team, and provide technical and administrative program management. S/he will be responsible for ensuring the program achieves its goals. The Program Manager will direct team personnel, manage cost and schedule, and serve as a key POC for all relevant communication with the prime contractor and other stakeholders.

Major Responsibilities

  • Plans and manages overall program scope, cost and schedule
  • Designs, plans and leads implementation of program tasks, including program planning, budgeting, reporting, monitoring and evaluation
  • Interfaces with clients and funder(s)
  • Initiates and manages workflows
  • Recruits and manages consultants and staff
  • Represents CRDF Global at relevant conferences and other external events; makes presentations to educate others about programs
  • Develops new programs, including proposal writing, program design and implementation planning
  • Draws on understanding of the practice area to work with research institutes, host governments, and the funder(s) to design and implement programs and mission-oriented projects
    • Examples: supporting and organizing international workshops and events; organizing professional development training grants; providing proposal writing, technical training to scientists, technicians, educators, regulators and other partners
  • Prepares and submits reports to clients and others, as required
  • Tasks Program Assistants, Associate Program Managers and Project Managers for specific assistance on projects and program as needed; hires and supervises interns
  • Develops and monitors annual (internal) budgets
  • Manages stakeholder relations and networks with funders, clients and other CRDF Global stakeholders
  • Depending on program needs, participates in program activities and leads delegations; conducts site visits and attends conferences, meetings, workshops and/or training sessions
  • Travels within the U.S. and internationally to support and advance programmatic and organizational goals
  • Provides status updates to Director, Associate Director or Senior Program Manager; identifies and addresses issues
  • Supports other programs and staff, as required.


  • 4-5 years of relevant work experience, including international project or program management experience
  • 1-2 years of experience working in an international organization or other international experience
  • Bachelor’s Degree required and Master’s Degree preferred
  • Strong diplomatic and negotiating skills and good judgment (especially, the ability to see the big picture while maintaining attention to detail)
  • Sufficient understanding of scientific research processes and relevant issues in order to be credible in contacts with the scientific community
  • Experience working with budgets and familiarity with U.S. Government regulations
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills including ability to present to internal and external clients
  • Willing and able to travel internationally, depending on program needs
  • U.S. work authorization
  • Strong diplomatic and negotiating skills and good judgment (especially, the ability to see the big picture while maintaining attention to detail)
  • 2+ years of supervisory experience preferred
  • Experience with U.S. Government and international biological threat reduction programs in the fields of biosafety and biosecurity; disease surveillance, diagnosis, reporting, and response; and cooperative research with global partners is highly desired.

Application instructions

CRDF Global is an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE).  CRDF Global provides equal employment opportunities to all qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, protected veteran or disabled status.

CRDF Global offers a competitive salary and benefits package.

To apply, please complete our online application and include a cover letter and resume.

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