Senior Director, Global Biological Policy Program, Nuclear Threat Initiative (NTI)

Posted Jan. 5, 2018

The Nuclear Threat Initiative is seeking a Senior Director to support NTI’s Global Biological Policy Program. The Senior Director would help to implement and coordinate NTI efforts related to reducing global biological threats. The Global Biological Policy Program the following activities:

·         Curbing global catastrophic biological risks

·         Combating biological risks posed by advances in technology

·         Improving global biosecurity capability

·         Enhancing domestic and international capacity to detect emerging, unknown, and/or unexpected biological threats

·         Elucidating barriers to achieving rapid development and distribution of medical countermeasures for pandemic threats

·         Catalyzing biosecurity innovation

·         Advancing measurable international commitments to biosecurity, health security, and the Global Health Security Agenda

·         Congressional outreach

The Senior Director would report to the NTI Vice President for Global Biological Policy and Programs but would be part of NTI’s senior staff and would maintain significant authority over programming activities.  The position will require regular domestic and international travel.

NTI is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization working to protect our lives and livelihoods, our environment and quality of life from the growing risk of catastrophic attacks with nuclear, biological, radiological or chemical weapons—weapons of mass destruction and disruption (WMDD) —as well as devastating cyber attacks. Our work influences policy and networks worldwide. 

Responsibilities: The Senior Director will have the following responsibilities:

  • Serving as a strong programmatic partner for the Vice President for Global Biological Policy and Programs
  • Assisting with oversight and management for the NTI biosecurity budget
  • Representing NTI both domestically and internationally as necessary to support and promote program goals
  • Overseeing two or more of the following NTI activities:
    • Global and domestic activities to enhance biosurveillance for emerging, unknown, or unanticipated biological threats
    • Global activities aimed at reducing dual-use biological risks posed by advances in technology, including developing international norms and methods for their adoption
    • Global and domestic activities to identify and counter Global Catastrophic Biological Risks, including cascading effects that may cause a high consequence biological event to become catastrophic for a larger portion of the global population.
    • Global activities to advance biosecurity capability and commitments
    • Global and domestic activities to elucidate options for enhancing rapid development and distribution of medical countermeasures for pandemic threats.
    • Domestic advocacy to enhance biosecurity, biological threat reduction, and global health security
  • Conducting substantive research and policy analysis
  • Developing written analysis and content for reports, memos, blogs, the NTI website, and social media
  • Helping to plan and coordinate meetings and events
  • Helping to schedule, coordinate, and prepare materials for Congressional outreach activities
  • Proactively identifying opportunities to share NTI content or the content of NTI-sponsored regional leadership networks and global biological policy partners via the NTI website and on social media
  • Tracking new developments and activities of other organizations of relevance to NTI and the Global Biological Policy Program
  • Liaising and developing relationships with key stakeholders in governments, industry, academia, and non-government organizations.


  • Master’s degree or PhD in an area relevant to countering biological threats, including, but not limited to, biology/molecular biology, biosurveillance, biotechnology, or another relevant field
  • Minimum of 8-10 years of relevant work experience in national security, international affairs, with the majority of that time focused on biological policy and/or implementation
  • Demonstrated experience with biotechnology and/or development and implementation of policies related to dual use research
  • Demonstrated experience developing, implementing, or overseeing policies related to biosurveillance.
  • Interest in biological threat reduction and global catastrophic biological risks
  • Demonstrated ability to juggle multiple projects with competing deadlines 
  • Outstanding analytic, research, writing, and communication skills
  • Outstanding organizational, interpersonal, and collaborative skills
  • Ability to work independently but in a team environment
  • Willingness to travel
  • Government experience implementing or overseeing policies related to biological threat reduction, biosurveillance, and/or dual use research of concern a plus
  • Experience working on the Hill and/or with congressional outreach a plus



Send a cover letter, resume, two references, and writing sample on a relevant topic to  Please use the subject line, “BIO SENIOR DIRECTOR.”  Please submit your interest no later than January 31, 2018