• Alliance Manager

    Location US-MA-Brookline
    Job Posted Date 3 months ago(3 months ago)
    Job ID
    full time
  • Overview

    Located in Boston and the surrounding communities, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute brings together world renowned clinicians, innovative researchers and dedicated professionals, allies in the common mission of conquering cancer, HIV/AIDS and related diseases. Combining extremely talented people with the best technologies in a genuinely positive environment, we provide compassionate and comprehensive care to patients of all ages; we conduct research that advances treatment; we educate tomorrow's physician/researchers; we reach out to underserved members of our community; and we work with amazing partners, including other Harvard Medical School-affiliated hospitals.


    Reporting to the VP of Innovation, the Alliance Manager is responsible for fostering the relationship between the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard, and the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. Serving as the bridge between the two institutes, the Alliance Manager will proactively work to ensure effective communication and governance, allowing both organizations to realize the full potential of the partnership.


    • Develops and maintains partnerships with leaders and faculty. Understands the culture, roles, and decision-making processes at both institutions in order to facilitate productive discussions and decisions, and remove barriers.
    • Participates in the development of a governance structure, including the establishment of short and long-term goals. Connects overarching strategy of the partnership to effective implementation and execution of projects and deliverables.
    • Maintains an understanding of the projects and contracts between the institutions, ensuring DFCI upholds financial, operational and legal obligations. Proactively identifies potential issues with Broad partners and uses influence to mediate resolution.
    • Plans and executes communication strategies to ensure critical information is shared in a meaningful and timely manner.
    • Develops operational processes for tracking and reporting progress. Creates and monitors metrics and key performance indicators at the project level as well as the program level. Highlights areas of progress and identifies areas of risk.
    • Works closely with IP counsel at DFCI to ensure compliance and regular communication regarding co-owned assets. Works closely with the Innovations office and Clinical Trials Agreement Office to ensure proper cataloguing and management of agreements involving co-owned assets.
    • And other duties and responsibilities as assigned or required


    A minimum of 5 to 7 years of experience managing relationships in an academic medical or biotechnological/ pharmaceutical industry environment is required. A PhD in a scientific discipline is required; MBA preferred.


    • Excellent oral, written, communication, and analytical skills are required. Must be able to communicate proactively and navigate challenging conversations.
    • Demonstrated record of successfully managing alliances.
    • Demonstrated team leadership / management abilities.
    • Strong communication, negotiation and organization skills.
    • Ability to work in a highly matrixed and complex organization with multiple stakeholders, and influence across company lines.
    • Flexibility with changes in environment and role.
    • Thorough understanding of contracts.

    Dana-Farber Cancer Institute is an equal opportunity employer and affirms the right of every qualified applicant to receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, gender identity or expression, national origin, sexual orientation, genetic information, disability, age, ancestry, military service, protected veteran status, or other groups as protected by law.


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