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Break Through Cancer is a 501(c)3. We are a growing team based in Cambridge, MA. We offer full benefits, competitive salaries, and are committed to equal opportunities in employments. Learn more about our open positions below.
To apply for any of these positions please submit a cover letter and CV or resume to careers@breakthroughcancer.org

CHIEF DATA OFFICER

Break Through Cancer is a new type of foundation which empowers outstanding researchers and physicians to intercept, as well as find cures, for the deadliest cancers by stimulating radical collaboration. It represents a first-of-its-kind collaboration of five of the top cancer research centers in the world: Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Johns Hopkins Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center, MIT’s Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, and Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.

Break Through Cancer is focused on several of the world’s deadliest cancers: initially glioblastoma, AML, ovarian, and pancreas cancers. These are diseases with poor prognoses for which progress has been very slow. We are looking beyond conventional therapies, utilizing new strategies, structures, and thinking from across disciplines, with the goal of enabling discoveries at an unprecedented pace. A key part of our strategy is to create technology and systems that make sharing data in real time frictionless. We believe that sophisticated computational infrastructure and analysis platforms are critical to support radical collaboration between academic institutions and between academia and industry.

Position Summary

The Chief Data Officer (CDO) is responsible for articulating and implementing data strategy for Break Through Cancer. The CDO will engage world leading cancer researchers across a range of funded projects to understand their data and computational needs, then work collaboratively to provide support and leadership for a team of data scientists, software engineers, and computational biologists distributed across the five cancer centers. The goal is to implement a shared vision for the Break Through Cancer Data Science Hub, which brings together excellence in data infrastructure, laboratory & clinical data science, and governance. 

The CDO will build and manage a data management and software engineering team at Break Through Cancer, and oversee the development of data and software collaborations with external partners to operationalize the data strategy, including contracting, relationship development, and management. The CDO will be a member of Break Through Cancer’s Executive Leadership team.

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Duty and Responsibilities

  • Working closely with the CSO, President, COO, and Data Science Hub leadership team, direct the overall data strategy for Break Through Cancer;
  • Define Break Through Cancer’s research data assets and functional capabilities;
  • Build a strategic model for maximizing impact based on these assets and capabilities;
  • Lead the development and stewardship of cloud-based vendors and software platforms with the goal of creating a modular, integrated system for for Break Through Cancer teams;
  • Create solutions to clearly understand use cases and priorities (for computationlists, wet-lab biologists, and clinicians) and convert them to software engineering requirements;
  • Lead the curation and management of clinical and research data for human subjects in a manner that is compliant with the regulatory environment;
  • Act as a champion for data management, data quality, and data science across the organization and beyond, including serving as a champion for partner institutions;Facilitate change management as needed to embrace future priorities;
  • Distill data analytics needs for computational analysis infrastructures, and create policy for the implementation and access tools for data analysis;
  • Lead, motivate, manage, and develop team members;
  • Perform regular needs assessments and make strategic recommendations to the Break Through Cancer CSO;
  • Work closely with the CSO and other members of the Executive Leadership Team to provide updates/presentations to the Scientific Advisory Board and Board of Directors; and
  • Other duties as assigned.

Skills/Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree required; advanced degree preferred
  • Significant experience in data science, life science, and business strategy in commercial and/or academic settings
  • Ability to define and articulate the data management strategic vision and translate it into tactical, implementable steps
  • Strong project leadership and management skills to lead organizational change
  • Detailed knowledge of the cancer ecosystem and the field’s challenges in the use of data, information, and analytics
  • Deep product knowledge of data infrastructure solutions for clinical and laboratory management of cancer data
  • Experience operationalizing data governance, data stewardship, data quality, and data security
  • Experience leading multi-dimensional/multi-functional teams
  • Team player who thrives in a highly matrixed environment

Break Through Cancer is committed to providing equal opportunities in employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any kind. We treat our fellow Break Through Cancer colleagues and Break Through Cancer applicants fairly and respectfully. We seek to employ people with skill and integrity, and provide them with the means to develop professionally. We hire without regard to race, color, religion, creed, citizenship, national origin, age, sex, gender, pregnancy, gender identity/expression, sexual orientation, marital status, disability (including neurodiversity), genetic information, veteran status, and any other legally protected group, in accordance with applicable federal, state, or local law.To apply, please submit a cover letter and resume or CV to careers@breakthroughcancer.org

ADMINISTRATIVE COORDINATOR

Break Through Cancer is a new foundation which empowers outstanding researchers and physicians to intercept, as well as find cures, for the deadliest cancers by stimulating radical collaboration. It represents a first-of-its-kind collaboration of five of the top cancer research centers in the world: Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Johns Hopkins Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center, MIT’s Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, and Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. Break Through Cancer is focused initially on several of the world’s deadliest cancers: glioblastoma, AML, ovarian, and pancreas cancers. These are diseases with poor prognoses for which progress has been very slow. We are looking beyond conventional therapies, utilizing new strategies, structures, and thinking from across disciplines, with the goal of enabling discoveries at an unprecedented pace. A key part of our strategy is to create technology and systems that make sharing data in real time frictionless. We believe that sophisticated computational infrastructure and analysis platforms are critical to support radical collaboration between academic institutions and between academia and industry.

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Primary Responsibilities of the Administrative Coordinator

  • Schedule virtual and in-person meetings with stakeholders from five cancer centers, industry, biotech, foundations, staff, Board and Board committees, Scientific Advisory Board (SAB), etc. Serve as liaison to executive assistants to the cancer center directors at the participating institutions.
  • Provide administrative support for the Break Through Cancer team.
  • Maintain systems (including filing) to ensure smooth office operations.
  • Support Board and SAB activities, including updates to Board communications site, meeting minutes, bios, and drafting correspondence.
  • Design and maintain room reservation system for Break Through Cancer’s new office space.
  • Make updates to the Break Through Cancer website.
  • Assist in scheduling, planning, and staffing events, ordering event supplies, and communicating with participants.
  • Manage travel arrangements, including preparation of itineraries, briefings, and expense reports.
  • Other duties and responsibilities as assigned, including opportunities to get involved beyond your role.

Requirements

A minimum of three years of administrative experience or equivalent; bachelor’s degree; ability to anticipate, prioritize, organize, and manage multiple projects simultaneously; a proactive approach to problem solving; excellent interpersonal, written, and oral communication skills; accuracy and keen attention to detail; ability to function efficiently despite frequent interruptions and deadline pressures; discretion, tact, and ability to manage confidential information; ability to work independently and as part of a team. Proficiency with Mac OS, Microsoft Office, Teams, Slack, and Adobe Suite; willing to learn new applications as necessary. The ideal candidate will be flexible, comfortable with ambiguity, and have a strong interest in cancer research.

PROJECT MANAGER

Break Through Cancer seeks an organized, passionate, and enthusiastic Project Manager to report to the Program Management Team Lead under the Chief Science Officer. The primary responsibilities of these roles will be to work closely within one of our specific disease areas to manage timelines, deliverables, and expenditures for specific project(s) and to work closely to support Break Through Cancer-funded scientists to proactively identify and overcome key executional barriers.

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Break Through Cancer is a new foundation which empowers outstanding researchers and physicians to intercept, as well as find cures, for the deadliest cancers by stimulating radical collaboration. It represents a first-of-its-kind collaboration of five of the top cancer research centers in the world: Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Johns Hopkins Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center, MIT’s Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, and Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.

Break Through Cancer is focused on several of the world’s deadliest cancers: initially glioblastoma, AML, ovarian, and pancreas cancers. These are diseases with poor prognosis for which progress has been very slow. We are looking beyond conventional therapies, utilizing new strategies, structures, and thinking from across disciplines, with the goal of enabling discoveries at an unprecedented pace. A key part of our strategy is to create technology and systems that make sharing data in real time frictionless. We believe that sophisticated computational infrastructure and analysis platforms are critical to support radical collaboration between academic institutions and between academia and industry.

Break Through Cancer seeks an organized, passionate, and enthusiastic Project Manager to  report to the Program Management Team Lead under the Chief Science Officer. The primary  responsibilities of these roles will be to work closely within one of our specific disease areas to  manage timelines, deliverables, and expenditures for specific project(s) and to work closely to  support Break Through Cancer-funded scientists to proactively identify and overcome key  executional barriers. 

Responsibilities  

  • Managing specific project(s) within the Break Through Cancer portfolio of projects; Working closely with embedded project managers and scientists at world class cancer  research centers across the country to align goals and meet timelines and deliverables; 
  • Schedule, manage and provide support for team meetings, project review presentations  and written project reports; 
  • Manage and track project progress and communicate with stakeholders, and as needed,  develop team and project metrics for monitoring success;
  • Working to revise and manage IRB protocols and inter-institutional legal agreements  related to project(s); 
  • Preparing and monitoring project budgets and expenditures; 
  • Work closely with computational experts to gain an understanding of data processing  methods and tools 
  • Working closely with data manager(s) to oversee the appropriate flow of data into a  shared cloud environment, as well as maintaining access control  lists; 
  • Organize training sessions and engagement activities including retreats, in-person team  meetings, and hackathons; 
  • Preparing notes and minutes for key scientific meetings and well as strategic  programmatic memoranda; and 
  • Other duties as assigned. 

Qualifications 

  • Advanced degree in Cancer Biology or equivalent experience; 
  • Expertise managing projects related to human subjects and large-scale datasets preferred—ideally in both academic and industry environments ; 
  • Expertise with project management and communication tools 
  • Familiarity with programming and command-line tools required; 
  • Familiarity with financial reporting; 
  • Growth mindset with the desire to work in a collaborative environment to promote and  drive superior team performance; 
  • Demonstrated ability to succeed in a fast-paced, dynamic, and high growth  environment; 
  • Excellent external and internal communication, organizational; and 
  • Solutions-oriented problem solver. 

Break Through Cancer is committed to providing equal opportunities in employment and  prohibits discrimination and harassment of any kind. We treat our fellow Break Through Cancer  colleagues and Break Through Cancer applicants fairly and respectfully. We seek to employ  people with skill and integrity, and provide them with the means to develop professionally. We  hire without regard to race, color, religion, creed, citizenship, national origin, age, sex, gender,  pregnancy, gender identity/expression, sexual orientation, marital status, disability (including  neurodiversity), genetic information, veteran status, and any other legally protected group, in  accordance with applicable federal, state, or local law. 

To apply for the Project Manager role, please send a cover letter and CV to info@breakthroughcancer.org

PROJECT COORDINATOR

Break Through Cancer is a new foundation which empowers outstanding researchers and physicians to intercept, as well as find cures, for the deadliest cancers by stimulating radical collaboration. It represents a first-of-its-kind collaboration of five of the top cancer research centers in the world: Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Johns Hopkins Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center, MIT’s Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, and Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.

Break Through Cancer is focused on several of the world’s deadliest cancers: initially glioblastoma, AML, ovarian, and pancreas cancers. These are diseases with poor prognoses for which progress has been very slow. We are looking beyond conventional therapies, utilizing new strategies, structures, and thinking from across disciplines, with the goal of enabling discoveries at an unprecedented pace. A key part of our strategy is to create technology and systems that make sharing data in real time frictionless. We believe that sophisticated computational infrastructure and analysis platforms are critical to support radical collaboration between academic institutions and between academia and industry.

Making project teams across five institutions function as if they were all working within the same laboratory requires world-class project management in several domains, including building and strengthening relationships and alliances, overseeing compliance/IRB and intellectual property obligations, and managing projects and deliverables to succeed on appropriate timelines. Projects will include new clinical trial formats, new laboratory experiments, and complex relationships with academic, hospital, and industry partners. Excellent project management to empower project teams and deliver impact is critical to Break Through Cancer’s success.

Break Through Cancer seeks an organized, passionate, and enthusiastic Project Coordinator to report to the Program Management Team Lead under the Chief Science Officer. The primary responsibilities of this role will be to work closely within one of our specific disease areas to manage timelines, deliverables, and expenditures for specific project(s) and support Break Through Cancer-funded scientists to proactively identify and overcome key executional barriers.

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Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Managing aspects of specific projects within the Break Through Cancer portfolio of projects;
  • Working closely with BTC Project Management Team and embedded project managers and scientists at the participating institutions to align goals, and meet timelines and deliverables;
  • Schedule, manage, and provide support for team meetings, project review presentations, and written project reports;
  • Manage and track project progress and communicate with stakeholders, and as needed, develop team and project metrics for monitoring success;
  • Organize training sessions and engagement activities including in-person team meetings, and hackathons;
  • Preparing notes and minutes for key scientific meetings and well as strategic programmatic memoranda; and
  • Other duties as assigned.

The successful candidate will gain exposure to working with leading cancer researchers across the United States, and, as such, the role affords great professional development potential.

Skills/Requirements

  • BS or equivalent, familiarity with/experience in life sciences preferred;
  • Familiarity with project management and communication tools such as Asana, Slack, and LucidCharts preferred;
  • Familiarity with programming and command-line tools preferred;
  • Growth mindset with the desire to work in a collaborative environment to promote and drive superior team performance;
  • Demonstrated ability to succeed in a fast-paced, dynamic, and high growth environment;
  • Excellent external and internal communication, organizational, and verbal/written skills;
  • Solutions-oriented problem solver.

Break Through Cancer is committed to providing equal opportunities in employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any kind. We treat our fellow Break Through Cancer colleagues and Break Through Cancer applicants fairly and respectfully. We seek to employ people with skill and integrity, and provide them with the means to develop professionally. We hire without regard to race, color, religion, creed, citizenship, national origin, age, sex, gender, pregnancy, gender identity/expression, sexual orientation, marital status, disability (including neurodiversity), genetic information, veteran status, and any other legally protected group, in accordance with applicable federal, state, or local law.

To apply for the Break Through Cancer Project Coordinator position, please submit a cover letter and cv to: info@breakthroughcancer.org

Break Through Cancer is committed to providing equal opportunities in employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any kind. We treat our fellow Break Through Cancer colleagues and Break Through Cancer applicants fairly and respectfully. We seek to employ people with skill and integrity, and provide them with the means to develop professionally. We hire without regard to race, color, religion, creed, citizenship, national origin, age, sex, gender, pregnancy, gender identity/expression, sexual orientation, marital status, disability (including neurodiversity), genetic information, veteran status, and any other legally protected group, in accordance with applicable federal, state, or local law.

To apply please submit a cover letter and CV or resume to careers@breakthroughcancer.org

MAKE A DIFFERENCE

Break Through Cancer was created in February 2021 with an extraordinary matching gift of $250,000,000. Every gift to the Foundation supports groundbreaking cancer research and helps us to meet our matching commitment.

For questions about giving please email Lisa Schwarz, Chief Philanthropy Officer at LMS@BreakThroughCancer.org

Break Through Cancer
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Info@breakthroughcancer.org
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