Global Biosecurity Organization Executive Director, Global Biological Policy and Programs (NTI | bio)

NTI Global Biological Policy and Programs (NTI | bio) is seeking a creative and dynamic EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR to work with the team to shape and lead a new global organization dedicated to strengthening and upholding global biosecurity norms, the International Biosecurity and Biosafety Initiative for Science (IBBIS).  This is an exciting opportunity to work in partnership with NTI to guide toward the launch of IBBIS in late 2022, and to lead this new organization going forward.

The IBBIS mission will be to work collaboratively with global partners—including key stakeholders across international organizations, biotechnology industry, philanthropy, and the scientific research community—to strengthen biosecurity norms and develop innovative tools to uphold them. IBBIS will undertake this work to safeguard science and reduce the risk of catastrophic events that could result from deliberate abuse or accidental misuse of bioscience and biotechnology.

This Executive Director position should have the ability to:

  • Incorporate scientific and technical knowledge to develop and lead creative and practical projects focused on reducing emerging biological risks associated with technology advances, to safeguard science and its many benefits.
  • Serve as a trusted leader and honest, empathetic broker, who can bridge across key stakeholder communities, including the scientific research community, industry, international organizations, and the biosecurity community to build tools for collective impact.
  • Foster dialogues that incorporate diverse and global perspectives and build strong relationships with international leaders, experts and key stakeholders to advance IBBIS’ mission.
  • Serve as a creative, dynamic thought leader and visionary, who can identify and shape new opportunities, using a risk-tolerant approach, to build and optimize the IBBIS organization in pursuit of its mission.
  • Communicate effectively and transparently, both in writing and through public speaking engagements, to advance the IBBIS mission.
  • Lead IBBIS staff members and oversee operational elements of the IBBIS organization.
  • Facilitate regular IBBIS governance body convenings and oversee implementation of governance decisions within the organization.
  • Launch new programs with global reach and managing major projects, staff and associated budgets.
  • Relocate and/or travel internationally.

The ideal candidate should have 10-15+ years of relevant professional and leadership experience in the field. They should be an internationally recognized leader with subject matter expertise in global biological risk reduction and familiarity with bioscience research and biotechnology development.

This position will begin as a CONSULTANT working closely with NTI, with the expectation that it will transition to a full-time employee position of the new organization upon its launch, which is currently slated for late 2022.

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To apply: Please send a resume and cover letter to Greg Butchello ([email protected]). The subject line should read: BIO EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR. The position will remain open until filled. Early application is encouraged.

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NTI is a nonprofit, nonpartisan global security organization focused on reducing nuclear and biological threats imperiling humanity. The NTI | bio program works to reduce biological risks and enhance global biosecurity. We are working toward this goal by: promoting concrete actions to reduce risks posed by advances in biotechnology; identifying gaps in the capacity of individual countries to mitigate high-consequence biological events and motivating governments and other stakeholders to fill them; developing novel approaches for curbing potential catastrophic outcomes from a high-consequence biological event; and working to strengthen national biosecurity capacity in countries around the world.


NTI is committed to attracting and retaining a talented and diverse workforce. We are an equal opportunity employer. Discrimination for any reason other than that of individual merit is prohibited by NTI policy. Specifically, NTI bases its employment decisions upon the needs of the organization and the individual merit of applicants and employees, without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, marital status, personal appearance, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, familial status, family responsibilities, matriculation, political affiliation, genetic information, disability, or any other quality or circumstance protected by Federal or D.C. law.

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