The International Society for Stem Cell Research (ISSCR) is seeking a Manager, Policy to join the ISSCR’s policy and regulatory team. The ISSCR engages in policy debates concerning stem cell research and regenerative medicine at the federal and international levels.
This individual will join the ISSCR team at a time of tremendous interest in regenerative medicine and stem cell research. The position offers the opportunity to work with the world’s leaders in stem cell research to increase the ISSCR’s influence in regulatory and governmental decision-making environments around the world. The ISSCR’s policy program aims to impact standards, policy and regulation pertaining to stem cell research, driving international collaboration and accelerating responsible scientific and medical discovery.
The Manager, Policy will help craft the ISSCR policy strategies to advocate for and support the development of:
Scientifically informed policy pertaining to stem cell research and application.
Regulatory frameworks that allow for innovation while retaining critical oversight and review practices.
Policies that promote rigorous and ethical scientific and medical behavior, and reinforce the trustworthiness of scientists, clinicians, and the scientific and medical enterprise.
Duties include but are not limited to:
Work closely with the ISSCR Director of Policy to develop infrastructure to monitor and comment on emerging policy issues (scientific and ethical-legal-social), as well as possible public concerns regarding stem cell research technologies.
Identify and develop strategic alliances with advocacy organizations to address multi-stakeholder issues.
Track key political and regulatory groups as they seek public comment or other input into the development of their regulations or policies.
Craft statements, factsheets, and comment letters for policymakers, regulators, and other decision-makers in support of ISSCR advocacy initiatives.
Administrative and strategic staffing for ISSCR policy-related member committees.
Build relationships with Members of Congress, their staff, and administration officials to advance the ISSCR’s policy priorities.
Assist in identifying communications and media strategies to effectively present and strengthen the ISSCR’s policy initiatives and positions.
Three to five years of experience in government affairs, with a preference for those who have worked in a congressional office or as an advocate with a health or science-related organization.
Strong interest in science policy and regulation.
Exceptional written, communication, and verbal presentation skills.
Excellent organizational and leadership skills; ability to handle multiple projects under time and resource pressure.
Thoughtful, energetic individual with the ability to communicate about science and science policy to policymakers.
Existing relationships and the ability to build a network of relationships with Congress and relevant federal agencies is preferable.
Knowledge of the scientific research enterprise; familiarity with the process of developing new medical treatments beneficial is preferable.
About International Society for Stem Cell Research
The ISSCR is an international non-profit scientific organization established to promote excellence in stem cell science and applications to human health. The ISSCR brings together researchers engaged across a wide spectrum of stem cell research from discovery to clinical application. The ISSCR supports responsible research using all forms of stem cells, including pluripotent stem cells and stem cells from and within organs and tissues. Through its Policy and Advocacy program, the ISSCR advocates on behalf of the stem cell research community around the world, giving researchers a voice in crucial policy and regulatory debates.
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