Deputy Director, Operations and Research Affairs (8187)
This position may be located in Seattle, Washington or Nairobi, Kenya.
PATH seeks to hire a seasoned leader with extensive experience working in operations to serve in the new role of Deputy Director, Operations and Research Affairs. This position supports and represents our Chief Operations Officer internally and externally, and ensures that operations are resourced and aligned to achieve PATH’s mission of delivering high quality programs with maximum impact. The deputy director will be located in our Seattle, Washington or Nairobi, Kenya office.
PATH is an international organization that drives transformative innovation to save lives and improve health, especially among women and children. We accelerate innovation across five platforms—vaccines, drugs, diagnostics, devices, and system and service innovations—that harness our entrepreneurial insight, scientific and public health expertise, and passion for health equity. By mobilizing partners around the world, we take innovation to scale, working alongside countries primarily in Africa and Asia to tackle their greatest health needs. Together, we deliver measurable results that disrupt the cycle of poor health.
The Operations and Research Affairs division is comprised of five departments: Business Development, Legal Affairs, Office of Grants & Contracts, Office of Research Ethics, and Office of Scientific Affairs. The mission of the division is to provide effective, efficient, pragmatic, and compliant operations support for PATH’s global operations.
Leadership and Management
- Foster collaborative relationships at all levels and locations of the organization to understand existing and changing needs with the goal of continuous improvement in the alignment, efficacy, and efficiency of operations, world-wide and across functions.
- Evolve development of business pipeline, projects, and knowledge management to deliver success.
- Work with stakeholders to design and implement a Transformational Management Office (TMO) function.
- Develop and introduce continuous process improvement within key institutional initiatives sponsored by the COO.
- Manage open access requirements implementation and compliance framework activities for FY 17.
- Manage division management staff as required.
- Serve as a bridge builder across PATH to increase our impact and program efficacy and compliance through an optimized operations framework.
- Lead the coordination (including capacity, resource mobilization, and sequencing) of key institutional initiatives.
Communications and Knowledge Management
- Plan and organize team meetings and serve as primary representative for the COO on select PATH committees, teams, and initiatives.
- Working with the COO, craft routine and special communications.
- Drive the cascade of operations information to stakeholders across PATH and within the division’s departments in collaboration with PATH’s Global Engagement team.
- Lead the design, planning, implementation, and maintenance of knowledge management systems specific to the division.
- Collaborate with Project Management/Knowledge Management staff to optimize PATH’s knowledge management in relation to operations and key initiatives sponsored by the COO.
- Collaborate with other operations/shared services departments to enhance coordinated, seamless service provision.
- Master’s degree in business, public health, management, or related area.
- Minimum of six years in senior management working in the public or private sector in low resource settings to achieve change.
- High-level, strategic understanding of operations within a global organization.
- Proven skills in project, knowledge, and policy management.
- French language skills a plus.
- Demonstrated experience and success in strategy development and oversight.
- Demonstrated strength in strategic thinking and pragmatic problem solving.
- Skilled systems thinker with demonstrated ability to develop and manage processes.
- Proven skill building new and effective partnerships, and managing external relations.
- Strong ability to drive for results while dealing with ambiguity.
- Proven success leading systematic change through strategic planning, and developing and managing systems, tools, and processes.
- Proven collaborative leadership skills, including a track record of exercising good judgment and managing change effectively.
- Excellent writer and communicator with success as a spokesperson who can articulate messages to diverse audiences.
- Proven success managing staff and supporting professional and leadership development.
- Demonstrated cultural competence and strength in appreciating and managing diversity.
- Demonstrated interpersonal effectiveness with track record of taking initiative, leading through influence, and building relationships to achieve success.
- Demonstrated commitment to PATH’s mission and values.
- Ability to work flexible hours and travel up to 40% time.
- Must have current authorization to work in Kenya.