Program Manager, Translational Biosciences and Entrepreneurship

May 24, 2024

By brianpowell

The Flinn Foundation is hiring for the position of Program Manager, Translational Biosciences and Entrepreneurship, to work in our bioscience program area.

The foundation began nearly 60 years ago with a focus on health care, and
today much of our most important philanthropic work still happens in the life

  • Our grants advance precision medicine, enable translational research, and
    improve training of care providers.
  • Our programs support scientists with big new ideas and entrepreneurs ready to
    bring them to the world.
  • We convene hospitals, universities, startups, global companies,
    economic-development teams, and policymakers to work together on Arizona’s

Below is the job description:

TITLE: Program Manager, Translational Biosciences and Entrepreneurship 

 Job Overview 

The Program Manager, Translational Biosciences and Entrepreneurship will be a key Flinn Foundation resource in (1) moving life-science discoveries toward patient benefit and (2) fostering a thriving entrepreneurial ecosystem. This individual will lead and execute competitive cohort-based programs operated by the Foundation in these areas while embracing a broader mandate to engage with, connect, and support researchers, startup founders, funders, community partners, and other sector leaders.  

Competitive applicants will have significant knowledge of entrepreneurship and research processes; demonstrated success in designing, implementing, and improving programs; capacity to build mutually supportive connections across the community; and commitment to applying best practices and data-informed decisionmaking.  

The minimum salary for this position is $85,000. 

How to Apply 

Applicants should apply via Indeed. Please submit (1) a resume, (2) a detailed cover letter explaining their interest and qualifications for the position, and (3) a list of three references. 

Responsibilities and Duties 

  • Provides leadership and execution of the Foundation’s Bioscience Entrepreneurship Program and Seed Grants to Promote Translational Research Program. Manages recruitment, application, and review processes; collaboration with ecosystem partners; support for participants; and data tracking and program evaluation. Cultivates diverse applicant and reviewer pools in both programs. 
  • Serves as a resource and convener for Arizona bioscience entrepreneurs and translational-research teams, including by developing and executing programming and events for participants in the Entrepreneurship and Seed Grants programs. 
  • Engages with leaders, companies, and other organizations involved in translational research and entrepreneurship throughout Arizona’s bioscience ecosystem.  
  • Maintains knowledge of advancements and best practices in translational bioscience research and entrepreneurship and enhances Foundation programming accordingly.  

Required Skills and Abilities 

  • Knowledge of: Entrepreneurship, bioscience research, and technology transfer, how the bioscience industry and key institutions work, and how to forge connections across the ecosystem. 
  • Strategic thinking: Ability to survey the landscape, identify trends, ask questions, analyze data, test hypotheses, improve processes, and design initiatives aligned with Foundation priorities. 
  • Public presence: Ability to work effectively with community partners, strengthen networks, and represent Foundation interests in meetings, presentations, and other external settings. 
  • Responsibility: Ability to initiate and complete projects aligned with Foundation goals, exercising exceptional follow-through, accuracy, and attention to detail. 
  • Accountability: Ability to listen, incorporate feedback, and learn from challenges.  

Education and Experience 

  • Bachelor’s degree required in science, engineering, entrepreneurship, or related field; master’s degree preferred. 
  • Five years of relevant experience, preferably in biosciences, demonstrating the ability to perform the job responsibilities. 

About the Flinn Foundation 

Since its creation in 1965, the Flinn Foundation’s primary area of grantmaking has been health care, with a specific focus since 2000 on the biosciences. In concert with that area of emphasis, the Flinn Foundation’s grantmaking and programmatic areas also include arts and culture, the Flinn Scholars, and the Arizona Center for Civic Leadership. 

The Flinn Foundation’s Board of Directors is comprised of 10 of Arizona’s foremost leaders in medicine, health research, technology, business, and finance. The Foundation’s staff of 20 is led by President and CEO Tammy McLeod, Ph.D. 

The Flinn Foundation is an equal opportunity employer. More information is available on our website about the Foundation’s values and commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion. 


Central Phoenix. This is a hybrid position, functioning in the Flinn Foundation office at least 20% of the time each week. Regular in-state travel during and outside of normal working hours, with occasional overnight stays. 


Typically, 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday (frequent evenings and occasional Saturdays required). 

Salary and Benefits 

The Flinn Foundation provides competitive compensation, commensurate with skills and experience. The minimum salary for this position is $85,000. 

The Foundation values work-life balance and the retention of its highly valued staff, as reflected in this position’s classification and benefits: 

  • The Foundation provides paid holidays, sick leave, and vacation. Paid leave is also provided for bereavement and for maternity/paternity/adoption. 
  • Additional benefits include: medical and dental insurance; life insurance, short-term and long-term disability insurance; 403(b) retirement plan; covered parking and electric-vehicle charging. 
  • Specific provisions of these benefits are uncommonly generous. Details will be provided to applicants who advance in the selection process for the position. 

Learn more and apply.