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Associate Director, Bioscience Workforce

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College / VP Area: Research Office
Work type: Staff
Location: Newark
Categories: Research & Laboratory, Full Time



The Delaware Biotechnology Institute (DBI) is an interdisciplinary research unit at the University of Delaware. Recent analysis of the Life Science opportunities for Delaware cites enhancing relations between higher education institutions and private industry and ensuring Delaware produces a skilled, ready, and sufficient workforce as strategic areas for opportunity that would benefit from a coordinated approach.  In partnership with the Delaware Bioscience Association the Associate Director, University Relations and Bioscience Workforce Development will develop and implement new programs for statewide life science workforce development and university-industry relations that will expand the ready talent pool for current and future Delaware life science employers, improve communication and engagement between industry and institutions of higher education. inform and influence curriculum and training programs and spark collaboration around research, technology development and advanced training. The Associate Director will prioritize key areas of focus and recommend resource allocation and educate and engage communities, families, and diverse audiences on life science career opportunities.

DBI's mission is to promote research, education, and technology transfer for biotechnology applications to the benefit of the environment, agriculture, and human health. DBI staff will be committed to being proactive in solving problems, and performing all duties efficiently, with careful attention to detail, and with priority on issues that support the Institute's mission and the team.

This new role was jointly conceived with the Delaware BioScience Association (Delaware Bio) to support and lead the shared priority of developing a skilled life science workforce and to improve connections between industry and universities. Under the direction of the Director and the President of the Delaware Bioscience Association, the Associate Director has specific responsibilities around strategic interactions with Delaware institutes of higher education and the Delaware business community as well as local, state, and federal government officials. The Associate Director will represent the Institute and Delaware Bio in topics and issues of concern to the broad bioscience community in Delaware.


  • Engage key education and economic development partners to develop strategic vision and scope of work for the Life Science Workforce Development Initiative
  • Partner with economic development decision makers to ensure alignment on priorities for potential industry members looking to locate in Delaware.
  • Research other successful programs around the country and bring best practices to Delaware.
  • Build institutional knowledge of workforce needs by engaging relevant stakeholders (Delaware Bio Membership) through surveys and personal outreach.
  • Establish and implement systems to track student placement, internships, job shadowing or work-based learning programs; milestone achievements; and other related qualitative and quantitative data.
  • Design new programs, infrastructure, and resources to facilitate information exchange and community building across industry and education/training institutions
  • Create an annual report on the progress of the initiative to share with stakeholders.
  • Contribute to the planning, development, implementation, administration, and evaluation of programs, activities and operations related to workforce development and university -industry relations.
  • Engage with Delaware government officials and key business & community leaders to develop policies and programs relevant to mission.  
  • Contributes to the planning, development, implementation, administration, and evaluation of programs, activities and operations related to an external organizations and individuals support function.
  • Represents the organizations in state and regional public forums and programs.
  • Convert collected data into deliverables by commissioning the academic institutions across the state (UD, DSU, DTCC) to put in place appropriate degrees, certificates, and/or classes to satisfy the industry demand.
  • Create a bridge between academic institutions and industry by placing students in internships, job shadowing, or work-based learning programs.
  • Establish better connections between industry HR teams and career centers across all academic institutions.
  • Establish relationships with STEM student and professional organizations. 
  • Engage academic institutions and assist them establishing/populating industry advisory committees for their technical programs.
  • Work with K-12 schools including Vo-Tech to develop programs that will inform and inspire students such as to promote a stronger STEM workforce pipeline.
  • Along with partners, host at least 2 events per year to demonstrate the value of the workforce development efforts such as a career fair & showcase
  • Create digital platforms for communication and sharing career opportunities/student interest
  • Participate and have a presence in career fairs across the state.
  • Identify and secure federal, state, and private funding opportunities for workforce and collaboration-enhancing efforts.
  • Spend time building connections beyond the State of Delaware with other workforce development operations.
  • Partnering closely with cross-sector stakeholders, including community groups and leaders, educators, elected officials, funders, government agencies, hospital administrators, industry associations, labor leaders, and others.
  • Network and reinforce relationships with companies/organizations that support strategic organizational goals; and conduct site visits to maintain engagement with employers and internship partners.
  • Serve as facilitator, recruiter and promoter of the Delaware Bioscience Center for Advanced Technology supporting research collaborations between academics and Delaware businesses and advocate for the center to the State.
  • Performs job-related duties as assigned.


  • Bachelor’s Degree in job-related field and/or a minimum seven years of experience.
  • Familiarity with the Delaware Bioscience business community including connections to stakeholders and awareness of general, public knowledge technical competencies and initiatives.
  • Knowledge of state and local government organization and legislative processes, including budget and appropriations processes.
  • Experience in economic development, strategic planning, and stakeholder management
  • Public/community relations experience.
  • Ability to use independent judgment and to manage and impart information to a range of internal and external organizations and constituencies.
  • Ability to develop, plan, and implement short- and long-range goals.
  • Knowledge of relevant State and Federal government issues, including lobbying regulations.
  • Knowledge of organizational structure, workflow, and operating procedures.
  • Ability to foster a cooperative work environment.
  • Effective written and oral communication skills.
  • Ability to work effectively with a wide range of constituencies in a diverse community.
  • Ability to supervise and train assigned staff including organizing, prioritizing, and scheduling work assignments.
  • Demonstrates an understanding and consideration of the differing needs and concerns of individuals with varying identities, cultures, and backgrounds.
  • Committed to fostering a workplace culture of belonging, where diversity is celebrated, and equity is a core value.

Notice of Non-Discrimination, Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action
The University of Delaware does not discriminate against any person on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, genetic information, marital status, disability, religion, age, veteran status or any other characteristic protected by applicable law in its employment, educational programs and activities, admissions policies, and scholarship and loan programs as required by Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and other applicable statutes and University policies. The University of Delaware also prohibits unlawful harassment including sexual harassment and sexual violence.

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