Director, Project Management

Excision Biotherapeutics

Boston, MA, US / New York City, NY, US / San Francisco, CA, US / United States of America
  • Job Type: Full-Time
  • Function: Engineering Prod Mgmt/Dev
  • Post Date: 06/03/2021
  • Website:
  • Company Address: 988 Market Street , San Francisco, CA , 94102

About Excision Biotherapeutics

Excision is developing CRISPR-based therapies to cure viral infectious diseases and improve the lives of chronically ill patients.

Job Description

Excision BioTherapeutics, Inc., is a biotechnology company developing CRISPR-based therapies to cure viral infectious diseases. Excision is focused on improving the lives of chronically ill patients by eliminating viral genomes from infected individuals. By using CRISPR in unique ways, the Company has already demonstrated the first functional cure for HIV in animals. Excision is located in San Francisco, California and is supported by ARTIS Ventures, GreatPoint Ventures, Norwest Venture Partners, Adjuvant Capital, Cota Capital, WRVI Capital, IndusAge Partners, Loreda Holdings, Olive Tree, Anzu Partners, SilverRidge Venture Partners, Oakhouse Ventures, and Gaingels.

Excision's advanced CRISPR gene therapy platform is built on technology licensed from Jennifer Doudna’s Lab at UC Berkeley and Kamel Khalili’s Lab at Temple University. Excision is the first company to remove HIV genomes from animals and generate functional cures for HIV.

On February 17, 2021, Excision BioTherapeutics announced the completion of a $60 million financing. For more information, please visit

About the Role

Excision BioTherapeutics is seeking a highly motivated individual to fill the position of Director, Project Management to help develop the early project portfolio and advance these projects to clinical trials. The Director, Project Management will be a key contributor to Excision BioTherapeutics’ success and will interact with the company team members at every level, including the CEO, as well as multiple collaboration partners. This is an opportunity to join and work in a highly collaborative and energetic team, in a startup environment, with short communication lines across functions and departments.

Key Responsibilities

The Director of Project Management will:

  • Develop and implement plans for several CRISPR-based gene therapy development projects.
  • Lead multiple workstreams and coordinate teams covering molecular biology, cell biology, virology, gene therapy manufacturing, assay development, in-vitro studies, in-vivo studies.
  • Must have both science and business skills to lead and manage teams both internal to Excision and with external academic and corporate collaborators.
  • Partner with project team leadership, matrix team members and external partners to develop detailed research plans, budgets and timelines.
  • Foster positive engagement at all levels, optimize efficiency and efficacy.
  • Create and maintains integrated project timelines and prepares internal team documents
  • Ensure questions and decisions are assessed and communicated to stakeholders in a transparent and timely manner.
  • Proactively identify project risks, as well as design and implement mitigation plans to balance asset and portfolio needs.
  • Coordinates resource planning across functions and with partner.

Required Experience/Qualifications

  • MS or PhD degree in Life Sciences, Physical sciences or relevant discipline preferred.
  • Project management or similar experience with over 10 years of relevant experience in the biotech or pharmaceutical industry. Familiarity with molecular biology, cell biology, and preclinical in-vivo models is essential.
  • Breadth of scientific expertise with solid understanding of project strategy and disease content to contribute to strategic discussions
  • Leadership skills including situational leadership and ability to influence without authority
  • Demonstrated ability to collaborate in a cross-functional environment
  • Positive, collaborative and strong communicator able to integrate multiple contributions from various research groups into clear summaries for internal teams, external teams, management, and board of directors
  • Ability to lead the development of critical path analyses and support scenario planning
  • excellence in project management - drives execution while balancing speed, quality, and cost.

Preferred Experience/Qualifications

  • Project management experience in gene editing, infectious disease, and/or gene- or cell-therapy.
  • PMP certification

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