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Posted: 05/09/2013

Life Sciences Foundation

The Life Sciences Foundation (LSF) is a non‐profit organization dedicated to capturing the history, preserving the heritage, and sharing the stories of biotechnology. We collect and organize historical information to educate and inspire future innovators, to engage the general public, and to provide lay audiences with a robust understanding of life sciences and biotechnology. Founded in 2010, LSF has quickly established its presence in key biotech clusters across the country, engaging many of the industry executives and scientific leaders who have shaped the field. LSF has made significant strides in early collection and archiving activities and will be focusing on educational and outreach efforts in the coming years, with a number of major projects already underway.

Director of Education and Programs
Professional Opportunity
San Francisco, CA

LSF seeks an experienced and entrepreneurial Director of Education and Programs to develop and implement the Foundations educational plan and to champion relationships with partner organizations.

As a key member of the senior leadership team, the Life Sciences Foundations Director of Education and Programs serves as the point person for educational projects within the Foundation and with partner organizations. The Director will build a phased approach to creating new programs and ensuring that the Foundations materials and research activities bring value to audiences both within and beyond the life sciences community. The Director will increase public awareness and understanding of biotechnology and seek to build a broader appreciation for biotechs impact on health and society.


The Director serves as a bridge between the research team and communications efforts. The Director must possess a passion for preserving and sharing the story of biotechnology and exploring the many ways in which it impacts human health and society. The position requires a self-motivated, confident, creative, and accomplished education professional excited to help build a dynamic, young organization. This position reports to the President & CEO.

The Director of Education and Programs will perform the following, and other duties as assigned:

  • Design and implement a multi-year education strategy that builds the Foundations presence as a reliable, informative source for accessible information about biotechnology
  • Participate in weekly planning meetings and regular communications across the LSF team
  • Explore and develop plans for educational content through a range of channels; possible options to include print media (book, magazine), online (web, social media, streaming content), broadcast features and shorts, exhibits (museums, universities, incubators, associations, public spaces), and direct delivery to educators/students
  • Remain current on emerging thought in the fields of history of science and education
  • Counsel management on effective development and use of historical content
  • Conduct market research, as necessary, to inform and adjust educational activities
  • Identify, cultivate, and secure relationships with expert resources and partners for effective delivery of educational content
  • Identify and track key metrics for educational impact and provide regular reports on program results
  • Identify and execute on events that bring the story of biotechnology to targeted audiences, engaging other staff and board members as needed
  • Create a monthly report for the president and the board of directors
  • Identify and develop individual pieces for publication in LSF and third-party journals
  • Communicate with colleagues across the organization to understand LSFs projects and educational opportunities, as well as to secure support for educational programs
  • Help identify and engage potential development prospects or other supporters
  • Create annual work plan and goals for each fiscal year
  • Establish an active, respected presence in the community of educators and ensure regular Foundation participation in relevant professional groups and events
  • Serve as an articulate, enthusiastic, and visible spokesperson for the organization
















The ideal candidate will have the following experience and qualities:

  • A completed advanced degree in history of science, sociology of science, history, education or a related discipline is preferred; 5+ years of hands-on experience developing educational content for audiences both in formal academic and in public settings is essential
  • Entrepreneurial spirit and success in dynamic and unstructured environments, as well as ability to work independently to set and achieve benchmarks
  • Success in developing and managing interdisciplinary teams
  • Expert knowledge of current and evolving trends in history and science education
  • Knowledge of and experience with the life sciences business community is preferred
  • Professional poise and exceptional written and verbal communication skills, including the ability to present, speak and write persuasively
  • A demonstrated track record of building ambitious programs and generating broad, enthusiastic support for new ideas
  • A team-builder and collaborator with the ability to motivate, train and lead both staff and volunteers in the development of new programs
  • Able to multitask and prioritize in a fast-paced environment
  • Willingness and ability to travel; some weekends and evenings may be required
  • The highest level of personal and professional integrity and quality standards
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How to apply
Interested candidates are asked to send a resume with cover letter and salary requirements to Kathleen@biotechhistory.org.
Heather Erickson
Phone: 4155915438
One Embarcadero Center, 27th Floor
San Francisco, CA 94111

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