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Research, Discovery, Innovation (RDI): Program Manager: Kidney Health Initiative

Posted: August 11, 2022

Location: Washington, D.C.

The American Society of Nephrology (ASN)—which represents over 21,000 physicians, scientists, nurses, and other health professionals dedicated to leading the fight against kidney diseases—seeks a full-time Program Manager (Kidney Health Initiative, KHI) of Research, Discovery, Innovation (RDI). Founded in 2012, KHI is a public-private partnership among the ASN, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and more than 100 member organizations committed to catalyzing innovation and the development of safe and effective patient-centered therapies for people with kidney diseases.

KHI serves as a pre-competitive consortium that addresses shared challenges in the development of innovative drugs, devices, and biologics for people with kidney diseases. Through its partnership with FDA, ASN supports administration and governance of the KHI Board of Directors and manages a portfolio of projects from conception, execution, closure, and communication.

Reporting to the Vice President of Research, Discovery, and Innovation, the KHI Program Manager will collaborate directly with the KHI Board of Directors and FDA liaisons to implement a new governance structure that aligns strategic goals through portfolio and project-level oversight. This individual will be responsible for directly managing an internal team of ASN project management and administrative staff, and for directly managing complex projects. The KHI Program Manager will prioritize and coordinate activities against project workplans, identify and mitigate risks at the portfolio and project-levels, ensure timely and appropriate closure of projects, conduct cross-stakeholder meetings, and ensure communication of KHI's portfolio and projects to the internal and broader communities. The KHI Program Manager responsibilities include the opportunity to exhibit critical thinking, creativity, and team building.

Responsibilities include:

  • Collaborating with the RDI Director, VP RDI, and Program Staff to implement best practices for portfolio and project management.
  • Implementing a new governance structure for the KHI Board of Directors that strengthens oversight of portfolio activities and engagement of KHI members.
  • Providing portfolio and project management oversight and support to KHI Staff and project working groups, including but not limited to developing and tracking project plans against deadlines.
  • Mentoring and managing several team members, including volunteers from other organizations, to ensure progress on communications, program management, and implementation.
  • Identifying and pursuing opportunities that expand or deepen the contribution of KHI in advancing biomedical innovations for people living with kidney diseases.
  • Communicating progress and acting on feedback of KHI stakeholders including the KHI Board of Directors, FDA liaisons, KHI Members, and other experts and key opinion leaders. This includes coordinating with other departments within the ASN Alliance for Kidney Health.
  • Serving as the face of the Kidney Health Initiative to external audiences and ensuring continuous and robust communications with the biomedical communities through multiple platforms.
  • Assume other duties and responsibilities that are appropriate to the position and area.
  • Skills and Experience:

  • Minimum of five years of work experience that relied on strong organizational skills reflecting ability to perform and prioritize multiple tasks across and within teams seamlessly.
  • Experience connecting organizational strategic goals with a project portfolio, including management of available resources that ensure successful completion of quality project deliverables.
  • Experience in team development, mentorship of colleagues in their professional development, and growing relationships with a wide range of people.
  • Direct experience in the operations and strategy of a pre-competitive consortium, particularly one focused on biotechnology, medical device or pharmaceutical industry and/or the federal research enterprise. Management experience in project conception, execution, and closure processes.
  • Experience working with a governance structure that includes external volunteer boards, committees, and working groups.
  • Experience leveraging management soft skills to drive multiple external stakeholders to consensus. Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to build relationships with internal staff, external experts, and other stakeholders.
  • Experience communicating both strategic and activity-based concepts to a diversity of audiences, including formal presentations to non-kidney audiences.
  • Undergraduate degree required. Master's degree encouraged but not required.
  • ASN offers a competitive salary commensurate with experience and a comprehensive fringe benefits package.

    ASN requires all full-time, temporary, and contract employees to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. If selected, you will be required to be vaccinated against COVID-19 and provide proof of vaccination prior to the start of employment.

    Interested applicants should email a cover letter, resume, and salary requirements (with the subject line: KHI Program Manager) to ASN at Please note the society can only accept online applications for this position.