Vice President, Global Biological Policy and Programs (NTI | bio)

An exciting leadership role is opening at the Nuclear Threat Initiative (NTI) – we are seeking a Vice President to lead our Global Biological Policy and Programs (NTI | bio).

NTI is a non-profit whose mission is to transform global security by driving systemic solutions to nuclear and biological threats imperiling humanity.

The NTI | bio team’s mission is to reduce biological risk 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.

This position is based in our DC office.  Teleworking up to 2 days per week may be permitted.

Note:  Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, NTI employees currently remain on a full-time telework status.  We anticipate a return to the DC office later this fall.  When health conditions improve and a date has been determined, we will give employees at least one month’s advance notice.

The Vice President, Global Biological Policy and Programs reports to the President of NTI.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

The Vice President will provide overall leadership of NTI’s Global Biological Policy and Programs (BIO) in support of the overall objective of significantly and measurably reducing the potential for future catastrophic bioweapon/pandemic events.   The VP will establish and promote NTI’s vision and goals for biological security.

Leadership, Management, and Substantive Expertise and Responsibility:

  • Develop and implement all projects within the BIO Program, including the Global Health Security Index; enhancement of global biosecurity commitments and financing; catalyzation of international norms to curb biological risks posed by advances in technology; enhancement of global bio surveillance for emerging threats; and advocation for measurable biosecurity commitments.
  • Represent NTI as a subject matter expert on biological threat reduction, biological security, global health security, disease surveillance, emerging biotechnologies, life sciences dual use research of concern, biodefense, and related topics.
  • Develop and manage partnerships with other organizations.
  • Identify, develop, and supervise staff to accomplish program goals. Establish performance objectives and evaluation criteria for BIO staff and monitor their performance.
  • Oversee the development, negotiation, and execution of all NTI grants and contracts within the BIO Program.
  • Support NTI’s strategic and financial planning processes, including programmatic fundraising.
  • Develop, in cooperation with the NTI CFO, the yearly budget for the BIO Program and oversee its execution.
  • Lead the development of materials for the Board of Directors on BIO program activities. Present program strategies and projects to the Board.
  • Provide support to NTI and activities in other program areas.  As appropriate, provide substantive input and review of other NTI activities, including written material, website content, speeches and official correspondence.
  • Perform other duties and support projects as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • 15 – 20 years of relevant professional, managerial and leadership experience in the field.  Senior level Federal Government experience is highly desirable.
  • Ph.D. or M.D. degree in a related discipline, or master’s degree in a related discipline and equivalent experience.
  • Recognized field leader and subject matter expert in biological threat reduction, including biosecurity, global health security, and biodefense, as well as with national security policies and programs.
  • Demonstrated expertise in leading programs and managing major projects, staff, and budgets.  Demonstrated ability to develop, launch, and secure funding for global activities to reduce biological threats preferred.
  • Proven ability to interact effectively with senior officials from the U.S. and international public and private sectors.
  • Strong written, oral, and interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to travel internationally.  (Note:  NTI is currently operating under a limited essential travel only policy due to the COVID-19 pandemic.)

The above is intended to describe the general content of and requirements for the performance of this job. It is not to be construed as an exhaustive statement of essential functions, responsibilities or requirements.

COVID-19 vaccination policy:

In accordance with NTI’s duty to provide and maintain a workplace that is free of known hazards, we have adopted a mandatory COVID-19 vaccination policy.

All employees, including interns working in our D.C. office, will be required to be fully vaccinated, unless a reasonable accommodation for medical reasons or sincerely held religious beliefs is requested and approved.

To apply

Send a resume, cover letter, and a writing sample on a relevant topic to [email protected] Subject line must read: “NTI BIO VP”. Position will remain open until filled. Early application encouraged.


NTI is proud to be an equal opportunity employer and encourages people of all background and identities to apply. All applicants will be considered without attention to race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, marital status, personal appearance, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, familial status, family responsibilities, political affiliation, genetic information, disability, or any other quality or circumstance protected by Federal or D.C. law.


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