Director, Biotechnology Learning Center

Massachusetts Biotechnology Education Foundation


June 16, 2014

The Massachusetts Biotechnology Education Foundation (MassBioEd) is a nonprofit organization committed to science & biotechnology education through workforce development, school and college programs, and lifelong learning. In 2001, MassBioEd was founded by the Massachusetts Biotechnology Council (MassBio), which is a not-for-profit trade association serving 625+ companies at the center of growth and future development of the biotechnology industry.

The Biotechnology Learning Center (BLC) provides educational and training experiences primarily to MassBio member company employees to enhance their professional ability to meet workplace demands. Courses provided by the Learning Center, either at our office or on-site at companies, prepare corporate employees to become more knowledgeable in specific life sciences fields and to develop leadership skills necessary for success in the biotech industry.

The Learning Center Director will provide the leadership, direction, and support necessary to achieve the challenging goals established. The successful candidate will be an energetic, highly motivated individual, who is detail-oriented, results-driven, collaborative, and can juggle multiple priorities in a fast-paced environment. 

Responsibilities for the Biotechnology Learning Center Director include:

  • Establish productive relationships with Learning Center instructors and service providers.
  • Negotiate instructor contracts and work with MassBio In-House Counsel to develop contracts which protect MassBioEd’s fiscal interests and proprietary course offerings and business relationships.
  • Manage course budgets and coordinate financial reporting with MassBio’s Accountant and VP of Finance and Administration.
  • Partner with the Communications team to developing strategies to promote courses.
  • Integrate Learning Center marketing with MassBio member services and public relations functions.  
  • Develop relationships with industry leaders responsible for employee and organizational development.
  • Collaborate with MassBio Forum Co-Chairs to identify topics and trends for new course development
  • Forge and maintain productive and positive relations with management and key decision-makers at MassBio member companies.
  • Attend MassBio and life sciences industry events to network with the intent of driving Learning Center course participation and revenue.
  • Collaborate and coordinate company outreach efforts with the Foundation’s Director of Corporate and Community Relations.
  • Provide onsite technical and logistical support during courses to ensure successful course outcomes.
  • Achieve quarterly income and annual revenue goals and realize cost savings where possible.
  • Assist small companies with state workforce development reimbursement process.
  • Develop new partnerships to offer best-in class trainings.
  • Understand the competitive landscape and other life sciences professional training operators in MA with an aim of expanding the Learning Center’s market share.
  • Perform program and organizational administrative tasks as necessary.

This position requires a strong interest in the life sciences industry, the science and business of biotechnology, professional education, and leadership training. Familiarity with the Massachusetts life sciences workforce development networks and education affiliations is desired.

Demonstrated ability to forge and maintain productive sales relationships is highly valued.

Candidates must hold a minimum of a bachelor’s degree, superior communication skills, and proficiency in Word, PowerPoint, and Excel. Position is full-time. Compensation range is $55,000 to $65,000.

This position reports directly to the MassBioEd Executive Director, Lance Hartford. To apply, email cover letter and resume to:



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