Director, Research Policy

FasterCures, a Washington, D.C.-based Center of the Milken Institute, is driven by a singular goal – to save lives by speeding up and improving the biomedical research system. As a nonprofit, nonpartisan think tank, FasterCures is uniquely positioned to receive input from all stakeholders and make informed, autonomous decisions when prioritizing program and project initiatives.

Federal investment in research fuels promising scientific discovery and supports the development and delivery of treatments and cures. FasterCures develops R&D policy solutions to ensure that there are both sufficient resources and a supportive environment for biomedical innovation. The Director, Research Policy, based in Washington, D.C., will work closely with FasterCures’ program staff and government affairs colleagues at the Milken Institute to:

  • champion federal investment that fuels scientific discovery and supports the development and delivery of new medical products;
  • generate the tools and resources needed by scientists, regulators, government agencies to advance utility of real-world evidence, data sharing, and clinical trial innovation; and,
  • create cross-cutting opportunities for patient perspectives to inform scientific, regulatory, and policy decision-making.

The Director will also help to shape and manage FasterCures’ Collaboration 2.0 program. This program aims to tackle the ever-increasing complexity of medical innovation by re-envisioning a biomedical R&D ecosystem that routinely harnesses its collective power and shares knowledge and experience among diverse stakeholders.

Key responsibilities:

  • Craft a research policy agenda for FasterCures utilizing environmental scans, existing relationships, intelligence gathering, and stakeholder engagement;
  • Build on existing Collaboration 2.0 initiatives and create new ones as part of shaping the program;
  • Serve as a key spokesperson for FasterCures within the broader biomedical R&D policy community and at conferences and meetings;
  • Working closely with FasterCures’ Director, Regulatory Policy, oversee policy analysis of key issues and develop written policy recommendations to accelerate biomedical R&D and improve the overall efficiency of the biomedical enterprise;
  • Working with the Milken Institute’s government affairs team, initiate and cultivate relationships with leaders in the executive and legislative branches of the federal government to inform our policy positions, advance our policy agenda, and further establish FasterCures as a knowledgeable and reliable content expert on R&D and health policy;
  • Demonstrate thought leadership through authorship of articles, white papers, and reports to articulate FasterCures’ research policy positions; and,
  • Shape policy-related content of panels, meetings, conferences hosted by the Milken Institute and its centers.

Qualifications sought:

  • Bachelor’s degree required; graduate degree strongly preferred.
  • 10-12 years of successful experience navigating federal policy environment with a proven track record of leading and implementing research policy initiatives. Experience in federal health agencies or Congressional committees with jurisdiction over health and/or science policy a plus.
  • High intellectual capacity that has been applied to learning new areas of science and health policy, technology, and related fields. Direct experience conducting research and development a major plus.
  • Expertise and experience in consensus building with diverse audiences.
  • Engaging interpersonal style that attracts and motivates people to invest in an ambitious mission and to participate in creative problem-solving. Must possess poise, presence, and a sense of humor.
  • Extraordinary work ethic and ability to translate strategic priorities into entrepreneurial execution on a daily basis, working both independently and in coordination with team members in the D.C. office and around the world. Demonstrable flexibility and responsiveness in a dynamic environment.
  • Adept at program management.
  • Outstanding oral and written communication skills, both one-to-one and one-to-many, in formal and informal settings.
  • Availability for occasional overnight travel.
  • Strong desire to be part of an evolving, innovative organization, and to contribute to its growth and reputation.

About the Milken Institute

A globally focused, publicly supported, nonpartisan and nonprofit think tank headquartered in Santa Monica, California, the Milken Institute’s mission is to increase global prosperity by advancing collaborative solutions that widen access to capital, create jobs, and improve health.

Working with leaders from finance, industry, public policy, philanthropy, and the social sector, the Institute conducts research and convenes conferences and meetings designed to discover practical and actionable solutions to cure disease, create jobs, spread opportunity, promote smart conservation, and spur economic development.

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