Program Manager, Bioscience Roadmap and Research

The office of the Flinn Foundation, in central Phoenix

A member of the Flinn Foundation Bioscience Team, the Program Manager, Bioscience Roadmap and Research supports bioscience research programs by assisting with the management of projects and grants, identification and development of new grantmaking opportunities, and engagement with new audiences. Supports bioscience business and research programs by managing projects and program initiatives relating to Arizona’s Bioscience Roadmap, the Roadmap Steering Committee, Roadmap project teams, and the portfolio of bioscience research programs. Undertakes program-related research projects as needed, helping to strengthen the Bioscience Team’s understanding of emerging trends in the sector.

How to Apply

All applications should be submitted via the post for this position on Indeed. Applicants should submit, along with their resume, a cover letter and list of three references.

Responsibilities and Duties

  • Manages current bioscience-research programs for the Vice President, Bioscience Research Programs and assists in the development of new programs.
  • Manages current bioscience-research programs and assists in the development of new programs.
  • Assists in strengthening relationships with grantees and their organizations, including forging new relationships within these and other relevant institutions, with the goal of developing new grant opportunities.
  • Collaborates with other Bioscience Team members in preparing grant proposals and reports for the Board of Directors.
  • Collaborates with others in devising Bioscience Roadmap strategies and coordinating efforts of the Bioscience Roadmap Steering Committee and Roadmap project teams; serves as staff liaison to all Roadmap project teams.
  • Manages preparation of meetings of the Roadmap Steering Committee and project teams meetings, including scheduling, outreach to members, agenda development, presenter coordination, meeting logistics, catering, and monitoring progress toward achievement of committee priorities.
  • Works with the Bioscience Team and external partners to carry out additional efforts to engage and convene bioscience stakeholders. Such duties include, but are not limited to, meeting planning, agenda development, presenter coordination, and ensuring that all logistical details are addressed and carried out properly.
  • Works with the Bioscience Team to establish processes to organize information and keep projects on track.
  • Works with the Communications team as needed on efforts related to the Steering Committee, Roadmap project teams, or other bioscience matters.
  • Engages in research projects as assigned and prepares special reports and materials.
  • Prepares annual bioscience budget for review and approval by the Executive Vice President and Vice President, Bioscience Research Programs, and regularly monitors costs against the budget.
  • Strives to update and improve upon documents and processes established at an earlier time.
  • Proactively represents the Foundation at bioscience community events; reports back to Bioscience Team and full staff when appropriate on findings and lessons learned.
  • Drafts written materials as needed, including reports, brochure text, agreement letters, meeting summaries, emails, and other communications.
  • Updates and improves previously developed documents and processes.
  • Undertakes other tasks as assigned and contributes to cooperative and collegial shared responsibility for fostering excellence at the Foundation.
  • Fosters the mission and values of the Flinn Foundation, including a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion across internal practices, engagement with the community, and philanthropic activities.
  • Pursues professional development (continuing education and relevant association membership) in areas of professional relevance responsibility.

Required Skills and Abilities

  • Knowledge of the bioscience industry, healthcare systems, and/or bioscience-related workforce development.
  • Knowledge of the academic research environment and processes.
  • Knowledge of how key institutions (e.g., universities, government, community colleges, etc.) work and ability to forge connections with them.
  • Demonstrated initiative and follow-through, accuracy, and attention to detail.
  • Demonstrated credibility and accountability, a positive outlook, and solution-oriented approach.
  • Demonstrated “discernment,” i.e., understanding content, context, relevance, importance, priority.
  • Ability to effectively listen, interact, design, and promote ideas, and create connections to further the work of the Bioscience Team.
  • Ability to perform research and develop white papers and other resources.
  • Ability to build a strong network of collaborators across institutions.
  • Ability to problem-solve and think strategically.
  • Ability to gather and analyze information and data and pose relevant questions.
  • Ability to use online resources and connect with others in gathering relevant information to complete research.
  • Ability to take decisive action and demonstrate ownership in leading and/or managing projects while taking direction from leadership.
  • Ability to break down projects into actionable steps and manage those processes.
  • Ability to manage time, prioritize, and understand when to request assistance in managing projects and processes.
  • Ability to participate, engage, and use appropriate tools to proactively track, manage, and document actions required, follow-up assignments, and needs.
  • Skill in grants management, i.e., knowledge of standard grant processes, preapproval steps, grants programs, and associated tasks.
  • Skill in written and verbal communication.
  • Skill in use and understanding of bioscience terminology.

Education and Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree required in science, engineering, or related field; master’s degree preferred.
  • Five years of relevant experience, preferably in biosciences, demonstrating the ability to perform the job responsibilities.

Physical and Other Requirements

  • This position functions in the Flinn Foundation at least 20% of the time each week. 
  • Occasional travel during and outside of normal work hours, with occasional overnight stays. 
  • Prolonged periods sitting at a desk and working on a computer.
  • Prolonged periods standing and walking.
  • Must be able to lift up to 20 pounds at times.
  • Valid U.S. driver’s license.
  • Current auto insurance on personal vehicles.

About the Flinn Foundation

Since its creation in 1965, the Flinn Foundation’s primary area of grantmaking has been health care, with a specific focus since 2000 on the biosciences. In concert with that area of emphasis, the Flinn Foundation’s grantmaking and programmatic areas also include arts and culture, the Flinn Scholars, and the Arizona Center for Civic Leadership.

The Flinn Foundation’s Board of Directors is comprised of 10 of Arizona’s foremost leaders in medicine, health research, technology, business, and finance. The Foundation’s professional staff is led by President and CEO Tammy McLeod, Ph.D.

The Flinn Foundation is an equal opportunity employer. More information is available on our website about the Foundation’s values and commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Other Details


Central Phoenix. This is a hybrid position, functioning in the Flinn Foundation office at least 20% of the time each week.


Typically, 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday (occasional evenings and Saturdays required).

Salary and Benefits

The Flinn Foundation provides competitive compensation, commensurate with skills and experience. The minimum salary for this position is $80,000.

The Foundation values work-life balance and the retention of its highly valued staff, as reflected in this position’s classification and benefits:

  • The Foundation provides paid holidays, sick leave, and vacation. Paid leave is also provided for bereavement and for maternity/paternity/adoption.
  • Additional benefits include: medical and dental insurance; life insurance, short-term and long-term disability insurance; 403(b) retirement plan; covered parking and electric-vehicle charging.
  • Specific provisions of these benefits are uncommonly generous. Details will be provided to applicants who advance in the selection process for the position.