Operations Director

Laulima Government Solutions
Fort Detrick, MD
Mar 14, 2018
Mar 15, 2018
Executive, Director
Full Time
Description of Responsibilities: · Responsible for the Overall coordination of all contract operations and for planning, implementing and evaluating contract services and deliverables. · Serve as the liaison with government staff that oversee scientific and operational activities at a BSL-3/4 High Containment Facility. · Serve as the Science Lead for projects focusing on research studies investigating host/pathogen interactions of high consequence viral pathogens and participate in efforts to develop and evaluate animal models, imaging of viral infections, and efficacy assessments of medical countermeasures. · Oversee, and responsible for all research studies: scientific, animal care and technical (includes pathology, and histology), gross Anatomical Pathology, and administrative. · Responsible for the scientific validity of study plans, study conduct, review and analysis and management of the high containment laboratory. · Manage and provide guidance to staff of over 80 people. · Ensures safe and efficient conduct of science in a BSL-2, BSL-3, and BSL-4 environment. · Ensures personnel on research studies that involve BSL conditions adhere to personnel reliaibility program (PRP) guidelines, and maintain/obtain their enrollment in chemical and/or biological programs. · Defines assigned research program objectives to maintain the appropriate focus and manage resources to assure their most efficient distribution and utilization. · Prioritizes various elements of research projects and coordinates studies between the study leads and the core service groups which include pathology, histology, clinical laboratory, cell culture, aerobiology, imaging, and laboratory animal medicine. · Coordinates/Implements assigned/approved projects as directed. · Coordinates research work and laboratory activities with other science and technical staff. · Develops team goals and objectives and provides support to achieve those goals and objectives. · Documents team accomplishments as they relate to strategic goals and contract performance objectives. · Prepares periodic reports for management, as necessary or requested, to track performance objective accomplishment. · Creates program management plan (PMP), reviews and edits standard operating procedures (SOPs), and crafts/executes all other required deliverables in a timely manner. · Identifies efficiencies and cost savings where appropriate. · Establishes and monitors project supply costs and/or budgets to include services, equipment, materials, supplies, and labor as requested by management. · Provides direction and guidance to scientific staff as well as core service groups which includes pathology, histology, clinical laboratory, cell culture, aerobiology, imaging, and Comparative Medicine. · Supervises, coordinates, and manages execution of in vitro and in vivo studies to meet government needs to develop medical countermeasures to high-risk infectious disease agents approved by the government · Informs/advises government leadership on novel scientific, policy, or political developments and suggest novel research directions or solutions to identified problems. Degree/Education/Certification Requirements: · Minimum requirements of a bachelor's or higher degree that includes experience in operational management of a scientific laboratory facility and experience in any of the following: virology, molecular biology and immunology, electron microscopy, cell culture, laboratory animal technology, pathology, histology. · Minimum 5 years of experience in managing 30+ personnel in a laboratory setting required. · Minimum 5 years of experience in project management. Required Skills and Experience: · Must be a US citizen or permanent resident. · Ability to obtain/maintain DoJ Security Risk Assessment (SRA) approval. · Must be willing to be immunized with licensed and FDA approved Investigational New Drugs (IND) recommended for persons at risk to occupational exposure of biological agents · Must be willing to participate in periodic drug screening. Desired Skills and Experience: · MD, DVM, or PhD in microbiology or related science with extensive experience in infectious disease research. · 8-10 years of experience working in a BSL-3/4 laboratory. · Experience with viral Select Agents is highly desired · Good Laboratory Practice experience is preferred. · Proficiency in Word, Excel, and PowerPoint · Basic understanding of laboratory information management systems (LIMS) · Demonstrate interpersonal, oral and written communication, and organizational skills · Demonstrate ability to ability to work independently, design experiments, and analyze data · Demonstrated critical thinking skills/problem solving/good reasoning skills · Demonstrated experience preparing and reviewing scientific presentations and manuscripts. · Expected to participate in any required vaccination programs. · Excellent customer relations and interpersonal skills required. · Excellent oral and written communication and organizational skills

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