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Warp 2 Director

Science Contractors

How We Hire

The full hiring process for many roles looks something like this:
  • Submit a resume and cover letter
  • A remote interview
  • Further remote interviews with additional team members
  • Invitation to take a paid-by-hour work trial to simulate the work you would do if hired and/or evaluate certain skills important for success in the role
    • All of our work tests are created “in house” and simulate real work done by 1Day Sooner staff
  • Reference checks
  • Employment offer

When we make an offer to a candidate, our offer includes a trial period of up to four months – we generally hope to make a long-term offer by the two month mark, but if we don’t, we offer two additional months of employment (in effect as severance). Employees receive full benefits during the trial period. Of the last eight employees to begin employment with a trial period, only one has reached the end of the period without being offered full employment (the other seven continued past the trial period or chose to depart during the trial period.)

Consistent with federal, state, and local law, we are committed to equal employment opportunity regardless of race, color, ancestry, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, age, citizenship, marital status, disability, veteran status, or other protected category.

Operation Warp Speed 2.0 Director

The Opportunity

We are looking for an experienced leader who will manage and oversee all aspects of Operation Warp Speed 2.0 moving forward including funding, programming, and staffing as well as research, publishing, and engaging with policymakers.

Operation Warp Speed 2.0 aims to institutionalize the successes of Operation Warp Speed in order to accelerate medical countermeasures against epidemic-prone diseases as well as other medical products of high social value. It seeks to do so by developing high-impact regulatory and market shaping policies. The priority over the coming months will be to advance the campaign’s regulatory reform proposals, in particular the proposal for an Emerging Pathogens Preparedness Program within the FDA’s Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research (CBER).

The position will report to 1Day’s President.

Key information:

  • Apply by emailing a resume and a brief cover letter to Julia Murdza at jobs@1daysooner.org using “Operation Warp Speed 2.0 Director” as your subject line. (The review of applications is underway and will continue until the position is filled.)
  • Details about the role:
    • Full-time
    • Remote from within the US; preference for candidates located near Washington, D.C. (home to many relevant stakeholders as well as two 1Day employees)
    • The position will report to 1Day Sooner’s president (who is based in NYC with frequent trips to Washington, D.C.)
    • Compensation: Depending on location, background and experience, we expect salary for the position will fall into a range of $85,000-130,000 USD
      • Highly competitive benefits package: including 401(k) match, vacation, sick and parental leave and individual coverage HRA
      • Trial Period: We expect the position will include an initial 4-month trial period. During that period, the employee would receive 1.25x their normal salary (as compensation for the uncertainty of future employment) until a decision is made whether to bring the employee on permanently. The plan would be to have a formal check in at 4 weeks and 8 weeks, with the 8 week check in serving as the most likely time where we would hopefully be in the position to make a long-term commitment, but if not there would be an additional 8 weeks notice at the trial period compensation level.

Position Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Leading development of operationalizing text for Warp 2 policies based on Warp 2 white paper and other policy documentation e.g. statutory, appropriations, Executive Orders, regulatory text
  • Identifying appropriate vehicles for enacting policy goals
  • Overseeing lobbying and advocacy efforts
  • Recruiting legislative champions.
It is expected that most of this work can be performed from whatever location is most convenient, though frequent presence in Washington, D.C. is expected.

What We’re Looking For

The ideal candidate will have the following traits and abilities:
  • Mission-driven: You are motivated about 1Day’s mission, vision, and values, and are eager to have a positive impact on humanity. Your colleagues can count on you to do your best work for 1Day Sooner.
  • Relevant experience (each desirable but not strictly necessary):
    • Familiarity with lobbying and advocacy efforts
    • Experience in leadership and team management
    • Background with science and scientific policy, ideally involving infectious disease and vaccinology
  • Operational focus and ability to envision and manage multiple projects simultaneously: You can manage projects fluidly, fiercely prioritize, and track timelines, data, and information in an organized and systematic fashion.
  • Self-directed: You can develop campaigns and execute on them on your own, based on given objectives.
  • Strong orientation to making difficult decisions: You can make important decisions when with appropriate consultation and communication.
  • Highly organized and detail-oriented: You pay close attention to detail, in an organized fashion.
If this sounds like you, please apply now!

More About Warp Speed 2.0

The United States’ Operation Warp Speed (OWS) is one of the most successful government-led initiatives in recent memory. In the spring of 2020, the $18 billion public-private partnership was announced to accelerate the development and subsequent production of vaccines against COVID-19. Within 8 months of the program’s announcement, on December 11, the first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine was authorized. 1Day Sooner’s Warp Speed 2.0 campaign seeks to draw lessons learned from OWS and develop policies that will embed its most successful mechanisms for the benefit of future medical countermeasures and other medical products of high-social value.

Project Next Gen Science Contractor(s)

The Opportunity

We are looking for either one or two contractors to assist 1Day’s work relating to Project Next Gen—a new $5 billion initiative aimed at accelerating the development of pan-coronavirus vaccines, intranasal vaccines, and monoclonal antibodies. We are specifically seeking contract support for two projects—(1) identifying and pursuing use cases of Human Challenge Trials for advancing the development of next generation coronavirus vaccines; (2) incentivizing the accelerated development of immunoassays and correlates of protection (COPs) for next-generation coronavirus vaccines (in particular, COPs for mucosal immunity and breadth of protection).

We are open to either hiring separate contractors or a single contractor to undertake these tasks, depending on experience and availability.

Key information:

  • Apply by emailing a resume and a brief cover letter to Julia Murdza at jobs@1daysooner.org using “Science Contractor” as your subject line. (The review of applications is underway and will continue until the position is filled.)
  • Details about the role:
    • Contractor (Independent/1099) – approximately 20 hours/week per project.
    • Remote from within the US, with a preference for candidates located near Washington DC (location of a number of our key stakeholders as well as two 1Day employees)
    • The position will report to 1Day Sooner’s president (who is based in NYC with frequent trips to Washington DC)
    • Compensation: Starting at $50/hour, commensurate with experience
  • We are also open to hiring a more permanent version of the position for a compelling candidate, following a successful period of contract work.

Contractor services include but are not limited to:

Human Challenge Trials and Next-Gen Coronavirus Vaccines
  • Identify opportunities to pursue recommendations relating to Human Challenge Trials (HCTs) within CIDRAP’s Coronavirus Vaccine R&D Roadmap.
  • Organize a workshop focused on the use of HCTs for next-generation coronavirus vaccines.
  • Work closely with key stakeholders to develop potential pathways for using HCTs as part of the authorization process for next-generation coronavirus vaccines.
  • Research existing regulatory barriers for using HCTs as part of the approval process and develop potential policy solutions, with a particular focus on the use of HCTs to demonstrate transmission reduction.
  • Lead 1Day’s engagement with CEPI’s Call for Proposals for HCT activities to support CEPI in the area of vaccines that target mucosal immune responses against betacoronaviruses, including SARS-CoV-2. This will involve coordinating proposal submissions and identifying opportunities to facilitate engagement with Project Next Gen.
Immunoassays for Next-Gen Coronavirus Vaccines
  • Identify the key scientific challenges facing the development of immunoassays and correlates of protection (COPs) and gain an in-depth understanding of the necessary steps to establish COPs for mucosal immunity and breadth of protection. This will involve interviewing experts in vaccinology and correlates of protection as well as vaccine developers.
  • Identify opportunities to pursue recommendations relating to immunoassay development within CIDRAP’s Coronavirus Vaccine R&D Roadmap.
  • Work closely with 1Day’s Warp Speed 2.0 Policy Lead in order to develop a prize for incentivizing developers and research groups to establish and share COPs for next-gen vaccines.

Background/Relevant Experience

The ideal candidate will have the following traits and abilities:

  • Mission-driven: You are motivated about 1Day’s mission, vision, and values, and are eager to have a positive impact on humanity. Your colleagues can count on you to do your best work for 1Day Sooner.
  • Relevant experience (each desirable but not strictly necessary):
    • Knowledge of human challenge trials, vaccinology or immunology
  • Operational focus and ability to envision and manage multiple projects simultaneously: You can manage projects fluidly, fiercely prioritize, and track timelines, data, and information in an organized and systematic fashion.
  • Self-directed: You can develop campaigns and execute on them on your own, based on given objectives.
  • Highly organized and detail-oriented

If this sounds like you, please apply now!

More about Warp Speed 2.0

This work forms part of 1Day’s Operation Warp Speed 2.0 campaign, which aims to institutionalize the successes of Operation Warp Speed in order to accelerate medical countermeasures against epidemic-prone diseases as well as other medical products of high social value. It seeks to do so by developing high-impact regulatory and market shaping policies. The priority over the coming months will be to advance the campaign’s regulatory reform proposals, in particular the proposal for a new program within the FDA’s Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research (CBER).