Science Coordination & Community Engagement

Associate Director, Team Science

Associate Director, Team Science

At Sage Bionetworks, we believe that we can learn more by engaging and collaborating with people from a diversity of experiences, backgrounds and identities. We develop and apply open practices to data-driven research for the advancement of human health. We are working to establish actionable biomedical observations through the reliable analysis and responsible sharing of representative data. By improving the way scientists collaborate and by increasing the reliability of research, we will improve human health.

We are hiring an Associate Director of Team Science on Sage’s Scientific Coordination and Community Engagement (SCCE) team. We are looking for someone who is passionate about team science, has experience with qualitative and quantitative program evaluation, and has collaborated with large multidisciplinary scientific teams.

The perfect candidate for this role will lead the development of a Team Science program at Sage that is focused on building and supporting a research culture and environment conducive to interdisciplinary research collaborations. As part of this goal, we aim to train researchers about effective collaborations, develop evaluation frameworks and metrics that we can use to assess the impact of our team science activities, implement strategies to incorporate DEI in research, and also disseminate best practices in team science to the broader research community. The Associate Director of Team Science will work under the direction of the Director of Science Coordination and Community Engagement to help grow the Team Science program.

Key job responsibilities:

  • Lead a small team focused on developing and supporting the team science program
  • Design evidence-based trainings and facilitate training in team science for researchers at all career stages
  • Develop evidence-based team science strategies; testing interventions in Sage-supported scientific consortia
  • Develop metrics and evaluation tools to assess team science program impact
  • Create plans to promote collaboration across large scientific consortia through events, working groups, etc.
  • Contribute to grant writing efforts to secure funding for Science of Team Science
  • Lead collaboration strategies for a large multi-consortia cancer research program funded by the National Institutes of Health and National Cancer Institute
  • Contribute to Team Science efforts as part of the Coordinating center for the NIH

Basic skills/qualifications:

  • PhD or Masters degree in science preferred
  • 5+ years of relevant experience in team science practices and evaluation and working across larger interdisciplinary teams
  • 3+ years functioning as a manager or team lead
  • Experience working in the Team Science field, including
    • supporting team science strategies, evaluating interventions, helping teams develop collaboration frameworks, etc.;
  • collaborating with NIH and other stakeholders on complex, multidisciplinary projects;
  • Developing quantitative and qualitative program evaluation metrics.
  • Strong communication (oral and written) skills- across scientific disciplines
  • Ability to communicate in an inclusive manner
  • Demonstrated track record of successful grant writing
  • Highly organized and detail-oriented with strong time-management skills
  • Ability to prioritize competing responsibilities

Physical Demands

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job and those that may be required occasionally. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Prolonged periods sitting at a desk and working on a computer.
  • Routinely required to sit; walk; talk and hear; use hands to keyboard, finger, handle, and feel; may stoop, kneel, crouch, twist, crawl, reach, and stretch.
  • May require travel dependent on company needs.
  • Can work under deadlines.
  • Must be able to lift up to 20 pounds at times.

About Sage Bionetworks 

Sage Bionetworks is a nonprofit biomedical research and technology development organization that was founded in Seattle in 2009. Our focus is to develop and apply open practices to data-driven research for the advancement of human health. Data-driven research has become an important component of biomedicine, but it’s not always easy to understand how to apply computational approaches appropriately or how to interpret their results. Sage believes open practices can help. Our interdisciplinary team of scientists and engineers work together to provide researchers access to technology tools and scientific approaches to share data, benchmark methods, and explore collective insights, all backed by Sage’s gold-standard governance protocols and commitment to user-centered design. Sage is supported through a portfolio of competitive research grants, commercial partnerships, and philanthropic contributions.

At Sage, we have a distributed workforce and support remote and/or on-site hybrid work arrangements within the United States. All interviews will be conducted virtually unless otherwise communicated.

Sage Bionetworks is pleased to offer a comprehensive benefit package, competitive to both commercial and not-for-profit life science organizations. The plan includes: health, dental, vision, life, Accidental Death and Dismemberment and Long Term Disability benefits; paid time off; a retirement plan; flexible spending accounts; a shared incentives plan, voluntary Long Term Care insurance, and other voluntary products. Additional information can found here: Benefits – Sage Bionetworks

At Sage, we engage equitable workplace strategies to ensure fair compensation. Actual compensation is dependent upon current market data, experience, and pay parity within our organization. This position is a Management level position, with a compensation range of $112,374 to $147,492.