Director, Federal Funding Initiatives

The National Disease Research Interchange Located in: Philadelphia,  Pennsylvania
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The Director, Federal Funding Initiatives, is responsible for building NDRI’s market position. He/She will be responsible for identifying, developing, defining, negotiating and closing partnership relationships with Federal Funding agencies including but not limited to: National Institutes of Health (NIH), Department of Defense (DOD), Center for Disease Control (CDC), and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).  The Director will identify emerging opportunities and develop short and long-term strategic relationships with existing and new federal agencies. He/she will be responsible for strategic Government Relationships / Grant Writing, Client Relations, Business Case Development, Onboarding Projects and defining the Scope/Budget. The position requires extensive external relationship building and cultivation.

  • Federal Government Relationships / Grant Writing
  • Client facing relationships
  • Business case development
  • Onboarding Projects


  • Prior experience developing sales channels, referral programs, and/or partnership structures is preferred.
  • Strong project management and time management skills.
  • Successful track record executing on revenue producing strategic partnerships.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills. Effective interpersonal and presentation skills with a persuasive personal style and the ability to establish long-term professional relationships.
  • Evidence of strong business development and marketing skills, including the ability to analyze complex relationships and identify opportunities for program growth.
  • Proven success as a decision-maker in a collaborative environment with multiple direct and indirect reporting structures throughout the organization. Experience in leading projects through cooperation with other groups with no direct reporting relationships to positions.
  • Possess strong personal drive and self-motivation.
  • Ability to effectively manage multiple priorities in a fast-paced and at times, ambiguous environment.
  • Possesses a high degree of personal integrity and a strong work ethic. Hands-on, results oriented approach to business with a “can-do” attitude.
  • Ability to think and act in a highly disciplined manner, staying focused on the achievement of the organization’s goals and mission.
  •  Strong qualitative and analytical skills which contribute to exceptional problem solving and negotiating skills.




  • PhD in Life Science Discipline or equivalent preferred / Master’s Degree in science or engineering relating discipline, equivalent combination of education and experience will be considered.  A minimum of 10 years’ experience in a business development role and scientific environment, knowledge of the human tissue industry preferred. Project Management Certificate/Training preferred.  Minimum of 10 years’ experience writing, editing and submitting successful grant applications to federal funding entities. Strong knowledge or NIH reporting requirements.  Proficiency in the use of Microsoft Office products, Project, PowerPoint, Word, Excel, Outlook, Microsoft Office suite, Smartsheet and data base management


The National Disease Research Interchange (NDRI) is the nation’s leading source of human tissues, cells and organs for scientific research. A not-for-profit 501 (c)(3) organization founded in 1980, NDRI is funded in part by the National Institutes of Health, public and private foundations and organizations, pharmaceutical and biotechnology corporations. NDRI is a 24/7 operation that partners with a nationwide network of over 130 tissue source sites (TSS), including organ procurement organizations (OPO), tissue banks, eye banks, and hospitals. The TSS are distributed throughout the USA. Their wide geographic distribution allows NDRI to provide biospecimens from donor populations with diverse demographics and also facilitates the timely and efficient provision of fresh tissues directly to researchers around the world—supporting breakthrough advances and discoveries that can affect advances in the treatment and cure of human diseases.


Seniority Level:
Director / VP
  Marketing,  R&D / Science,  Project Management
Preferred Industry Background:
  Academia,  Biotechnology,  Research
Managing a team of:
Required Travel:
Not at all

Base Salary:
•Life insurance equal to two times your annual salary, up to $200,000 maximum •Long term disability
Other Compensation:
Education Required: