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PROGRAM DIRECTOR

Location: Berkeley, CA

BACKGROUND: For 15 years, the Center for Genetics and Society (CGS) has led the way in public interest efforts to reclaim human biotechnologies for the common good. We bring a social justice, human rights and public interest perspective to our work on human genetic and assisted reproductive technologies and practices, supporting those that are beneficial and opposing those that threaten to exacerbate inequality, discrimination and conflict. 

CGS is a nonprofit organization based in Berkeley, CA. We work with a growing network of scholars across a range of disciplines; with scientists, health professionals, legal experts and policy analysts; and with advocates across a range of civil society sectors (reproductive health, rights and justice; racial justice; disability rights; environmentalism and others). Our work includes building collaborative relationships within this network, a comprehensive communications program, policy advocacy and advocacy-oriented research.

POSITION OVERVIEW: The Program Director will be responsible for strategic planning and implementation of program activities and message development to further CGSs mission. The duties of the Program Director will include, but not be limited to, planning and managing one or more policy and public awareness campaigns related to the most consequential human biotechnologies, in collaboration with colleagues and allies; public speaking and writing; and contributing to overall organizational strategic planning and fundraising. As a key member of CGS leadership, s/he will work with staff, fellows, interns and colleagues, and report to the Executive Director. 

ACTIVITIES MAY INCLUDE

  • Develop and direct a campaign, in collaboration with CGS allies and colleagues, to raise public awareness about the dangers of recently revealed efforts toward developing techniques that could create genetically modified humans.
  • Manage ongoing CGS projects on commercial egg retrieval and cross-border surrogacy.
  • Plan and manage work on other CGS issues including assisted reproductive technologies, genetic testing, and the implications of genetic technologies for racial justice and disability rights.
  • Supervise interns and/or junior staff.
  • Work closely with the Communications and Program Associate on CGSs strategic communications program, including media relations, writing commentaries and online activities.
  • Work closely with the Executive Director on organizational strategic planning and development and on fundraising.

IDEAL QUALIFICATIONS

  • Passion for CGSs mission and commitment to social justice and the public interest
  • Demonstrated experience in developing and managing social justice-related initiatives and developing innovative programs in the public interest sector
  • Familiarity with or strong interest in the politics and social implications of human genetic and assisted reproductive technologies, and basic scientific understanding of them
  • Expertise in monitoring and responding to policy developments (state, federal and/or international)
  • Ability to take initiative, self-manage, and work with a small fast-paced team within CGS and across organizations, and to manage multiple and shifting priorities
  • Experience organizing collaborative responses to complex issues
  • Excellent research, writing, and editing skills; flair for public presentations and engaging in media work
  • Relationships with key scholars and advocates in social justice and public interest fields
  • Aptitude for addressing cutting-edge political and intellectual challenges, and for strategic thinking about translating new challenges into organizing activities and programs
  • Willingness to do some state, national and international travel
  • Bachelors degree required; advanced degree preferred

This is an exempt position. CGS offers a competitive salary commensurate with experience and a comprehensive benefits program.

The Center for Genetics and Society, a project of Tides Center, is an at-will and equal opportunity employer. We strongly encourage and seek applications from women, people of color, people with disabilities, and members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender communities. Applicants shall not be discriminated against because of race, religion, sex, national origin, ethnicity, age, disability, political affiliation, sexual orientation, gender identity, color, marital status, or medical condition. Reasonable accommodation will be made so that qualified disabled applicants may participate in the application process. Please advise in writing of special needs at the time of application.

To apply, send cover letter and resume by COB May 15 to Emily Galpern at jobs@geneticsandsociety.org, with the job title in the subject line.

Only candidates invited to interview will be contacted.

 

COMMUNICATIONS AND PROGRAM ASSOCIATE

Location: Berkeley, CA

BACKGROUND: For 15 years, the Center for Genetics and Society (CGS) has led the way in public interest efforts to reclaim human biotechnologies for the common good. We bring a social justice, human rights and public interest perspective to our work on human genetic and assisted reproductive technologies and practices, supporting those that are beneficial and opposing those that threaten to exacerbate inequality, discrimination and conflict. 

CGS is a nonprofit organization based in Berkeley, CA. We work with a growing network of scholars across a range of disciplines; with scientists, health professionals, legal experts and policy analysts; and with advocates across a range of civil society sectors (reproductive health, rights and justice; racial justice; disability rights; environmentalism and others). Our work includes building collaborative relationships within this network, a comprehensive communications program, policy advocacy and advocacy-oriented research.

POSITION OVERVIEW: The Communications and Program Associate will be responsible for the smooth operation and expansion of CGSs strategic communications program, and for working in support of the full range of CGS program activities. Duties will include, but not be limited to, overall responsibility for CGSs online operations (posting to the website, writing blogs, preparing the newsletter, organizing a webinar series, maintaining social media accounts, etc.); coordination of CGSs media relations (writing press releases, assisting in placement of articles and op-eds, etc.); and key assistance with policy and public awareness campaigns related to the most consequential human biotechnologies. In addition, the Communications and Program Associate will assist with organizational and campaign planning and message development; writing and production of materials including reports and policy memos; and other support of CGSs policy and program work. S/he will work with staff, fellows, interns and colleagues, and report to the Executive Director.

ACTIVITIES MAY INCLUDE

  • Write blog posts for CGS and articles for publication.
  • Post news articles and other materials on the CGS website and take lead responsibility for social media.
  • Organize and promote CGSs Talking Biopolitics series of online conversations and interviews.
  • Analyze trends in media coverage of CGS and our issues.
  • Work closely with the Program Director to support campaigns and policy efforts through online and traditional media, with the Director of Finance and Administration on planning CGSs new website, and with the Executive Director on planning and implementing communications strategy and on other tasks as requested.

IDEAL QUALIFICATIONS

  • Passion for CGSs mission and commitment to social justice and the public interest
  • Familiarity with or strong interest in the politics and social implications of human genetic and assisted reproductive technologies, and basic scientific understanding of them
  • Demonstrated experience and superior skills in research, writing, and editing, including published articles and/or blog posts
  • Experience with social media and online communications
  • Ability to take initiative, self-manage, and work with a small fast-paced team within CGS and across organizations, and to manage multiple and shifting priorities
  • Ability to self-manage, take initiative and work with a small fast-paced team within CGS and across organizations; to organize collaborative responses to complex issues; and to manage multiple and shifting priorities
  • Aptitude for addressing cutting-edge political and intellectual challenges, and for strategic thinking about translating new challenges into media and communications activities
  • Willingness to do occasional travel
  • Bachelors degree or equivalent

This is a non-exempt position. CGS offers a competitive salary commensurate with experience and a comprehensive benefits program.

The Center for Genetics and Society, a project of Tides Center, is an at-will and equal opportunity employer. We strongly encourage and seek applications from women, people of color, people with disabilities, and members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender communities. Applicants shall not be discriminated against because of race, religion, sex, national origin, ethnicity, age, disability, political affiliation, sexual orientation, gender identity, color, marital status, or medical condition. Reasonable accommodation will be made so that qualified disabled applicants may participate in the application process. Please advise in writing of special needs at the time of application.

To apply, send cover letter and resume by COB May 15 to Emily Galpern at jobs@geneticsandsociety.org, with the job title in the subject line.

Only candidates invited to interview will be contacted.


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