Open to applicants in the Horsham, PA or Washington, DC area.
The Global Associate Director, Scientific Programs role at DIA Global is an exciting opportunity for a dynamic team player to shape the scientific content of our professional meetings in the Americas and beyond. We’re looking for a scientist who can think broadly across the drug development cycle to work with our team, program committees, and subject matter experts on meeting topics as diverse as pharmacovigilance, medical affairs and scientific communications, biosimilars, and more.
The team surrounding this individual is impeccable, with direct reports working on scientific content as well as peers and collaborators who address all the logistics and details of planning large, complex meetings. The opportunity for impact is tremendous: our meetings – virtual and in-person – reach more than 10,000 life sciences professionals from more than 80 countries each year who join us to learn the latest in drug development. We’re a neutral, mission-driven non-profit with a commitment to multi-disciplinary and multi-stakeholder work, and a firm focus on better patient outcomes worldwide.
The Global Associate Director, Scientific Programs will serve as a key member of DIA’s Global Science Team. As part of this team, they will provide insights, guidance, and collaboration to build DIA’s meetings and learning portfolios. This individual engages with external thought leaders, internal experts, and DIA volunteers to identify and deliver content that will help DIA harness collective knowledge and develop attractive products that support the DIA business plan, with a particular emphasis on the Americas and further engagement globally.
This individual in this role is accountable for identifying and prioritizing content areas and topics of importance to DIA constituents, assessing the implications of important regulatory and health policy changes, and incorporating appropriate content into the development and advancement of content for DIA conferences, courses, communities, and other products.
As a member of the Global Science Team Leadership and the Americas Leadership Team, develop and deliver valuable meeting and training products in line with DIA’s project management cycle, adhering to timelines and ensuring that development processes function efficiently and effectively.
Identify content areas and topics to present new meeting, learning, and scientific opportunities for DIA; use external and volunteer networking communities and events to keep abreast of issues and new content opportunities. Assess the competitive landscape for these opportunities.
Lead the Content Strategy process, in collaboration with the Americas SVP & MD and the Global Program Officer regarding new and emerging content areas and regulatory policy changes that affect DIA stakeholders; serve as a content matter leader for the DIA team.
Cultivate and maintain relationships with subject matter experts and thought leaders to obtain input on content areas of current and emerging significance to the work of DIA stakeholders in medical products life cycle.
Convene meetings of stakeholder groups to gather insight into emerging topics.
Provide input to needs assessment processes to optimize the availability of appropriate data for content-related decision-making and proactive planning of the scientific programs portfolio.
Lead the scientific program staff as they work with program committees in conceptualizing the content framework for DIA events. Partner with relevant meeting planners to develop conference agendas, program descriptions, and objectives content; revise conference agendas based on input from and discussion with program committee members.
Collaborate with the Global Associate Director, DIA Learning to ensure training offerings align to global virtual and learning and eLearning plan for both content and delivery channel. Ensure attractive training products are developed in cooperation with the Learning team.
Collaborate with the Global Program Officer and Scientific Program staff across DIA regions to develop ideas for new content areas and topics that could stimulate new events, courses, publications, or webinars or leverage the multiple content formats offered by DIA, acting as a driver for DIA’s Thought Catalyst initiative.
Participate in strategic content identification activities, attending relevant meetings as needed.
Serve as a partner to the Global Associate Director for Research, potentially co-leading DIA research projects as needed in collaboration with research partners from universities and research institutions. Similarly, serve as a partner to the Global Associate Director for Scientific Communications as needed, contributing to educational programs, articles, blog entries, website content, social media channels, and other communication vehicles.
Attend selected DIA and external events as assigned for the purpose of gathering marketplace intelligence and building relationships with subject matter experts.
Participate in selected post-event review sessions to help drive continuous improvement.
Continuously monitor the environment and relevant professional resources to keep abreast of emerging developments in life sciences and own area of expertise.
Special projects and other responsibilities as assigned.
Qualifications and Requirements
Graduate degree required; with emphasis in the life sciences and/or health care; PhD or PharmD preferred.
Minimum of 7 years’ work experience, 5 years’ in healthcare/product development ecosystem required.
Industry experience in pharmaceutical, association, medical education or healthcare required. Knowledge of or experience in research or life-cycle management of drugs, medical devices, or related products a plus.
Highly motivated and able to set and work against deadlines for multiple projects and coordinate the efforts of others to deliver high quality results.
Outstanding teamwork and team leadership skills.
Ability to participate effectively in globally coordinated efforts, driving to optimal outcomes with a sense of winning as a global team.
Highly effective written, verbal, and interpersonal communication skills including the ability to convey scientific and technical thoughts in simple terms for internal and external audiences.
Able to interact effectively and appropriately with individuals of various organizational levels (up to C-level), scientists, medical professionals, and/or regulatory/agency authorities.
Able to function effectively in a dynamic work environment and contribute to a positive organizational culture.
Ability to travel, including occasional international travel.
Knowledge and experience using relevant IT systems and software.
A global, member-driven organization mobilizing life sciences and healthcare professionals. DIA is your essential partner in catalyzing knowledge creation and sharing to accelerate healthcare product development. DIA fosters innovation to improve health and well-being worldwide by:
Providing invaluable forums to exchange vital information and discuss current issues related to healthcare products, technologies, and services;
Delivering customized learning experiences;
Building, maintaining, and facilitating trusted relationships with and among individuals and organizations that drive and share DIA values and mandates; and
Offering a multidisciplinary neutral environment, respected globally for integrity and relevancy.