Open Position at BioNexus KC

Vice President

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Position Title: Vice President

Reports To: President & CEO, BioNexus KC




BioNexus KC is searching for a collaborative scientific leader with grants and project management experience to play a key role in advancing the strategic life sciences and healthcare priorities for the Kansas City region.

Nature and Scope:

Execute on all strategic priorities via working group/task force facilitation, metrics monitoring, and troubleshooting. Administer pre-/post-award mechanics of organizational grant program including identifying appropriate funders/sponsors to enable the program. Advance regional life sciences initiatives by identifying and qualifying collaborative research opportunities (including proposal coordination and writing) and serving as the liaison between staff and administration of stakeholder institutions and outside agencies. Coordinate BioNexus KC activities as assigned by the CEO and assist with relevant advisory committees’ activities. Evaluate needs/solutions with community partners to positively impact regional life sciences workforce development. Serve as a resource in efforts to enhance STEM/STEAM education across all educational levels. Provide additional support consistent with the evolution of BioNexus KC and the region’s priorities.

Principal Accountabilities:

General accountabilities in addition to those described in the Nature and Scope section above:

-Use project management skills to coordinate the organization’s activities. Manage resources and coordinate the efforts of other team members, including contractors or consultants. Prioritizes multiple tasks effectively. Proactively initiate, develop, and maintain effective working relationships with stakeholders. Follow through with commitments and foster mutual trust with stakeholders. Effectively communicate relevant project information, including well-organized presentations, as needed. Resolve or escalate issues in a timely fashion.

-Promote collaboration among stakeholder institutions to address specific research initiatives, contract/grant opportunities, and other related funding opportunities. Identify resource strengths, including staff, facilities, and equipment capabilities in each stakeholder institution that may be utilized in addressing specific research project opportunities.

-Promote regional collaboration between stakeholder institutions, partner organizations, and industry.

-Contribute to the success of BioNexus KC and stakeholder institutions by presenting and promoting strategic research approaches/capabilities and major programmatic objectives to the scientific and technical community, private donors, industry, government agencies, and the lay public.

-Work with strategic partners to leverage BioNexus KC’s assets and capabilities in collaborative, multi-organizational approaches to regional life sciences initiatives.

-Participate in and sometimes lead regional consensus-building efforts among multiple, diverse stakeholders and act as a responsible representative of BioNexus KC with stakeholders, partners, and the community at large.

-Support fundraising activities with foundations and private sources

Specific unique accountabilities:

-Manage all phases of BioNexus KC’s Research Development Grant program from request for proposal development to proposal processing for scientific peer review, through award and post award management. Monitor grant program return on investment.

-Coordinate all aspects of the triennial Life Sciences Company Census.

-Monitor federal grant opportunities for regional initiatives, assemble appropriate stakeholders and manage grant submissions.

-Work with stakeholders and strategic partners to identify appropriate opportunities to connect entrepreneurs, scientists, and inventors to technology transfer and commercialization assets in the region.

-Identify opportunities for BioNexus KC to assume a leadership role on specific workforce development initiatives and serve as a resource to providers across the educational continuum to connect academic and private sector assets that support more rigorous programs in STEM education.

Job Requirements:

-Unique professional experience coupled with advanced degree in a life sciences-related field. An MBA is desirable.

-Demonstrated project and financial management skills for complex, collaborative, high-visibility projects.

-Excellent verbal and written presentation skills, including the ability to tell compelling stories, deliver persuasive presentations, clearly communicate scientific discoveries/results, and comfortably engage all levels of the BioNexus KC community (individual researcher to C-suite

-Demonstrated leadership experience in an academic, governmental, industry, and/or nonprofit organization.

-Knowledge of methods for assessing and protecting intellectual property associated with life-sciences-related technologies. Working knowledge of technology assessment, technology transfer, commercialization, and access to capital.

-Effective problem-solving skills to address project barriers/obstacles while managing stakeholder needs/issues.

-Proven experience in effectively managing multidisciplinary teams to address collaborative research programs.

-Demonstrated success in grant writing with proven knowledge of federal and private funding organizations that invest in life sciences. Experience as a grant reviewer for federal or private organization.

-Convey a professional image that reflects favorably on BioNexus KC

-Strong strategic planning, organizational, and implementation skills

If interested, please send the following documents to BioNexus KC at

-Cover letter / Statement of interest
-CV / Resume
-Any other relevant materials