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Job Opening: Managing Director

About the job

Housed within the University City District’s West Philadelphia Skills Initiative, the Keystone LifeSci Collaborative is supported by new funding from the American Rescue Plan’s Good Jobs Challenge (GJC) and aims to address ongoing shared business priorities and enhance regional competitiveness in the life science industry. The Keystone LifeSci Collaborative brings together key regional stakeholders, including industry leaders, research institutions, and community organizations to foster collaboration, innovation, and growth in the life science sector across six Southeastern Pennsylvania counties: Philadelphia, Montgomery, Bucks, Delaware, Chester, and Berks.

The Collaborative is based on the nationally recognized “Next Gen Sector Partnership” model, active in over 100 regions and more than 20 states. The Next Gen model departs from the traditional government-driven approach to workforce development where the public sector takes the lead and industry plays a reactive role. In the Next Gen approach, business leaders are proactive, stepping up to champion shared solutions together. Industry leaders draw on expertise and support from government and nonprofit partners to design solutions that strengthen the industry, grow good jobs, and expand equitable access to those good jobs. For more information, visit www.keystonelifesci.org.

About the West Philadelphia Skills Initiative

The West Philadelphia Skills Initiative (Skills Initiative) is the bold solution necessary to close the opportunity gap in Philadelphia. For over a decade, the Skills Initiative has solidified its role as one of the highest performing workforce intermediaries in the country by bridging the divide between unemployed Philadelphians seeking opportunity and employers seeking talent. The Skills Initiative is a year-round, cohort-based, employer-driven training model that harnesses the hiring power of our area’s anchor institutions, including universities, health systems, and other major employers, while cultivating the innate drive and potential of job seekers. Our approach specifically and effectively responds to long- term unemployment and the complex challenges that emerge from living in intergenerational poverty. The Skills Initiative is a signature University City District initiative. For more information, visit philadelphiaskills.org/jobs.

About University City District

University City District (UCD) was founded in 1997 by a partnership of world-renowned anchor institutions, small businesses, and residents to improve economic vitality and quality of life in Philadelphia's University City. UCD’s primary mission is community revitalization. The organization works within a place-based, data-driven framework to invest in world-class public spaces, address crime and public safety, support small businesses along our commercial corridors, connect low-income Philadelphians to careers with employer partners, and promote job growth and innovation. For more information, visit www.universitycity.org/.

THE POSITION

The West Philadelphia Skills Initiative seeks a managing director to support its life science industry sector partnership, Keystone LifeSci Collaborative (KLSC). The managing director will report to the Executive Director and receive direction from other KLSC stakeholders and sector partnership champions. The managing director will be responsible for providing backbone staff support to the industry-led KLSC sector partnership, convened by the Skills Initiative. Collaborating with KLSC’s five action teams that are focused on areas such as influencing policy, growing the life science sector, and marketing the region, the candidate will play a thought leadership role and will have responsibility for facilitation, project management, relationship-building, and communications of the sector partnership.

For the first year, the managing director will be expected to:

• Develop credibility with various KLSC stakeholders and to foster strong engagement with private and public-sector constituencies;
• Deliver value to all the stakeholders;
• Make measurable progress on three of the five action team efforts
• Begin to build fundraising models to sustain KLSC for the long-term.

RESPONSIBILITIES

• Serves as the primary point of contact for both business leaders and public partners for the Collaborative, acting as an information hub to connect and network partnership participants
• Keeps track of the partnership’s written action plan, distributing updates after full partnership or action team meetings
• Coordinates with other partnership members to distribute regular updates on partnership activities and progress
• Manages communications consultant and partners with internal communications teams to successfully tell the story of the Collaborative and engage partners
• Manages the process of updating the recently launches Keystone LifeSci Collaborative website
• Complete all grant reporting to Philadelphia Works, Inc. in partnership with Skills Initiative staff for the GJC grant

QUALIFICATIONS

The Managing Director will have five plus years of relevant experience. An advanced degree in a relevant field is preferred but not required. Experience with the political partners and dynamics in Southeastern Pennsylvania and the non-governmental organization sector in the region is essential.

Other qualifications include:
• Experience working with industry leaders in a convening and project management capacity
• Demonstrated track record working with leaders in the non-governmental public support community
• Awareness of local, state, and federal policies and programs, with experience working with government entities and officials to move initiatives forward preferred
• Knowledge of life science industry is preferred
• Experience working with cross-sector stakeholders to advance an agenda and priorities
• Demonstrated success in building and managing coalition-based advocacy
• A commitment to advancing life science priorities and opportunities in the region
• Outstanding critical thinking skills
• Excellent quantitative and analytical skills
• Sound project management skills
• Strong verbal and written communication skills
• Strong passion for contributing to the mission of the Keystone LifeSci Collaborative and Skills Initiative
• Motivated self-starter; able to take initiative and as well as work as a team
• Ability to work under pressure, meet deadlines and handle multiple projects

COMPENSATION

The anticipated salary is between $120,000 and $140,000 with a compelling benefit package.

PROCESS TO APPLY

UCD has retained the services of Lincoln Leadership (www.lincolnleadership.co) to conduct this search. For those interested in the search or who want to recommend someone for the role in confidence, please contact Daniel Guerrero, Executive Director, at (646) 298-9525 or dguerrero@lincolnleadership.co.

Review of candidate materials will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. For best consideration, please apply by May 15, 2024.

Press Release: Industry Leaders Launch Keystone LifeSci Collaborative, a New Partnership to Support Southeastern Pennsylvania’s Life Science Sector

First sector partnership of its kind convenes life sciences companies from across six counties at inaugural event

PHILADELPHIA, PA – MARCH 6, 2024 – Life science leaders and community partners across Southeastern Pennsylvania launched a business-centered collaborative forum today called the Keystone LifeSci Collaborative. This partnership will serve as a forum for life sciences industry leaders from across the region to collaborate in growing the industry and strengthening the talent pipeline into life sciences careers. The Keystone Life Sci Collaborative is supported by new funding from the American Rescue Plan’s Good Jobs Challenge (GJC) and aims to address ongoing shared business priorities and enhance regional competitiveness in the life sciences industry.

The Keystone LifeSci Collaborative brings together key regional stakeholders, including industry leaders, research institutions, and community organizations to foster collaboration, innovation, and growth in the life science sector across six Southeastern Pennsylvania counties: Philadelphia, Montgomery, Bucks, Delaware, Chester, and Berks.

The Collaborative is based on the nationally recognized “Next Gen Sector Partnership” model, active in over 100 regions and more than 20 states. It is the first of its kind in the Southeastern Pennsylvania region. The Next Gen model departs from the traditional government-driven approach to workforce development where the public sector takes the lead and industry plays a reactive role. In the Next Gen approach, business leaders are proactive, stepping up to champion shared solutions together. Industry leaders draw on expertise and support from government and nonprofit partners to design solutions that strengthen the industry, grow good jobs, and expand equitable access to those good jobs.

"Through the launch of the Keystone LifeSci Collaborative, we are not merely initiating another program; we are actively transforming the life sciences sector landscape in Southeastern Pennsylvania," said H. Patrick Clancy, president and CEO of Philadelphia Works, Philadelphia’s Workforce Investment Board. "This industry-led collaboration will harness the full potential of workforce development resources to cultivate a talent pipeline prepared to meet the challenges and seize the opportunities of the future. Our efforts will unlock regional opportunities, elevating our life sciences sector to national prominence, securing a bright future for our workforce, and affirming our city's status as a center of innovation and excellence."

Keystone LifeSci Collaborative’s inaugural meeting served as a platform for stakeholders to convene, network, and discuss the collaborative’s strategic priorities. Over 30 leaders from the region’s life sciences companies and institutions, including Adaptimmune, Century Therapeutics, Integral Molecular, Iovance Biotherapeutics, Lampire Biological Laboratories, and VintaBio, participated in a facilitated discussion about opportunities for industry growth, stability, and vitality in Southeastern Pennsylvania. The group focused on the region’s unique advantages and identified five priorities for action to coalesce around, including strengthening business to business connectivity, developing a coordinated strategy for building a talent pipeline, influencing policy, raising awareness of life sciences careers, and marketing the region as a life sciences hub. More than 50 public and community partners, including the University City Science Center, Drexel University, CIC Philadelphia, Bucks County Community College, the Philadelphia Education Fund, and the City of Philadelphia Commerce Department, convened after the launch for a strategic discussion to better understand how to assist and execute on these defined priorities.

“One of the top challenges in bringing life-saving and life-changing cell and gene therapies to patients is the availability of a skilled workforce to research, develop, manufacture, and deploy these therapies,” said David Radspinner, CEO of VintaBio. “I am excited that VintaBio can collaborate with other top industry leaders through the Keystone LifeSci Collaborative. We will work together to address this workforce challenge and other shared business priorities, which in turn will help us achieve our company’s mission to accelerate our therapies through the clinic to patients, and to improve patient access through simplified and cost-effective manufacturing.” Sharon Willis, Co-Founder and VP Sales and Customer Relations at Integral Molecular shares her excitement in being an early champion for the partnership. “We are thrilled to have Integral Molecular play a pivotal role in the Keystone LifeSci Collaborative. By cultivating a robust talent pipeline, supporting employee needs, bridging capital access gaps, and fostering stronger connections among companies and universities, we look forward to strengthening our thriving biotech ecosystem in Philadelphia.”

The Keystone LifeSci Collaborative is guided by a steering committee with members in life sciences, workforce development, education, and economic development including the West Philadelphia Skills Initiative, The Wistar Institute, The Chamber of Commerce for Greater Philadelphia and Select Greater Philadelphia Council, Montgomery Community College, Life Sciences PA, and SMART Bio Works.

“With the support from the US Economic Development Administration’s Good Jobs Challenge, we are excited to focus on this prime opportunity to create sustainable talent pipelines and solve industry challenges across the region with our partners,” said Cait Garozzo, Executive Director of the West Philadelphia Skills Initiative, a workforce development organization and the backbone organization behind the Keystone LifeSci Collaborative. “We thank our public sector and community partners, life sciences business leadership, and members of the steering committee for their commitment to the Keystone LifeSci Collaborative and we can’t wait to get started on the work.”

The funding from the American Rescue Plan's Good Jobs Challenge will enable the collaborative to implement strategic initiatives, including workforce development, infrastructure enhancement, and targeted support for emerging life science businesses, contributing to the overall economic development of the region. The funding allocated to this collaborative is part of a larger $22.8 million GJC to the region to spur job growth in other sectors, including energy, building trades, and construction, with an ultimate goal of creating 3,000 new quality, family- sustaining jobs in Southeastern Pennsylvania. To learn more about the Keystone LifeSci Collaborative, visit www.keystonelifesci.org, or send an email to hello@keystonelifesci.org