Reports to: President, Global Immunization
Location: Washington, DC
Last updated March 14, 2018

Position Summary:

The Director is responsible for operational and programmatic oversight of Sabin’s newly initiated project related to next generation influenza vaccine leadership.  The project aims to target and convene influential world leaders to form a leadership council, elevate conversations about current vaccine research and development efforts, and generate opportunities to infuse new thinking to achieve innovative solutions.  A workshop series will be established to generate new ideas and priorities to accelerate next generation/universal influenza vaccine development through a multidisciplinary lens.  The Director will work closely with global policymakers and leadership of the influenza vaccine research community to establish greater understanding and the urgency to develop next generation vaccines and will help identify influential voices to mobilize the public and influence decision-makers.  The incumbent will have seasoned knowledge and expertise in vaccines and vaccine innovation, preferably with experience in influenza.  He/she will be an energetic, self-motivated, creative, goal-oriented, strategic thinker with superior organizational and communication skills, as well as a collaborative and collegial working style.


  • Oversee day-to-day project-related responsibilities, including: maintaining communications with all relevant project constituents, as well as partner and donor agency counterparts; ensuring deliverables are achieved within established timeframes; advising key project resources; and, reviewing project documentation to assure collective action support activities are appropriate and lead to desired outcomes
  • Establish and manage a high-level leadership council to serve as advocates for the urgency of next generation/universal influenza vaccine development; develop a governance structure and mechanism to actively support the council
  • Set an agenda to drive innovation in next generation/universal influenza vaccine development and stimulate new thinking and new science to accelerate the process
  • Leverage council members’ networks and influence to reach a broad group of stakeholders and the public
  • Facilitate the identification and engagement of thought leaders – across disciplines – to participate in workshops
  • Promote robust dialogue on needs to advance next generation/universal influenza vaccine development by high-level decision-makers
  • Develop consensus on touch points to advance next generation/universal influenza vaccine development
  • Convene leaders from government, international civil service and the private sector in simulations of influenza pandemic to surface key decision-making nodes and pressure points
  • Develop new strategies to engage public and private sector thought leaders to increase awareness of the threat of an influenza pandemic and the need for next generation/universal influenza vaccines to mitigate pandemic risk
  • Integrate seamlessly into targeted partner organizations processes, where appropriate
  • Manage project budgets and program reporting
  • Supervise and mentor assigned staff
  • Other related duties, as assigned


  • Bachelor’s degree in a related field; Advanced degree preferred
  • 10+ years relevant experience, including broad-based public health experience in a government or non-profit environment
  • Experience working in vaccines and vaccine innovation, preferably with influenza-related initiatives
  • Experience dealing with and establishing successful working relationships with senior level science, policy and private sector thought leaders, donors and business professionals
  • Established contacts within the vaccine community highly desired
  • Experience managing programmatic operations and oversight of grants across multiple locations
  • Proven ability to manage people
  • Demonstrated communications, scientific writing and diplomacy skills (active listening, writing, speaking)
  • Ability to organize and manage multiple complex tasks simultaneously
  • Ability to independently analyze and resolve issues and problems at a strategic and functional level, including unique problems without precedent
  • Expert negotiation skills and ability to develop and implement persuasive cultivation ideas and techniques for program staff and donors
  • Experience working within budget and grant funding agreements
  • Experience researching and evaluating information and preparing concise, well-organized reports, summaries, correspondence, policy documents and targeted analysis
  • Ability to travel frequently, with notice

How to Apply:

To be considered, please submit your cover letter and resume via e-mail to, fax to 202-842-7689 or mail to HR Manager, Sabin Vaccine Institute, 2175 K Street, NW, Suite 400, Washington, DC 20037.  Please be sure to reference “Director (Influenza Project)” in the subject line.  Your cover letter should: (1) address the reasons for your interest in this position; and, (2) describe the knowledge, skills, and abilities you would bring the Sabin Vaccine Institute.  No phone calls, please.  Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.

Salary commensurate with qualifications and experience.  Sabin Vaccine Institute has a generous benefits package.

Sabin is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  All applicants will be considered for employment without attention to their race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, age, disability or genetic information, sex (including gender identity, pregnancy or sexual orientation), marital status, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by applicable federal, state or local laws.