|Request for Proposal: Career Development Consultant|
Request for Proposal – Life Science Washington Commercialization Program
Project Name: Student Career Development Program
Position: Life Science Career Consultant
Life Science Washington – Organizational Background
Life Science Washington is an independent, non-profit 501(c)(6) trade association serving the life sciences industry in the state of Washington. Our mission is to support and grow Washington state life sciences through advocacy, collaboration and investment.
The life science industry encompasses any initiative aimed at improving the quality and standard of life. Its many industry sectors include biotechnology, medical devices, biopharmaceuticals, health IT/digital health, global health, bio-agriculture and bio-fuel. Our members include organizations engaged in, or supportive of, the research, development and commercialization of life science technologies. Life Science Washington is fully-funded through memberships, sponsorships, grants, and event registration fees.
In 2016, with support from the Life Sciences Discovery Fund, the organization launched a new initiative to enhance an ecosystem that encourages entrepreneurs to establish early stage life science ventures within WA State and to improve the success rate of these ventures in translating promising science and technology into commercial products. Ultimately, our vision is to create an ecosystem that accelerates the cycle of idea generation and concept validation, and boosts development of market relevant, impactful products and solutions for healthcare. In the immediate term, our focus is on addressing gaps and opportunities in the ecosystem by designing and implementing a sustainable, statewide system of entrepreneur start up and commercialization programs.
One of the challenges facing the life science community in Washington state is a reported lack of suitable local talent in the workforce, which has caused employers to look out of state for employees. Simultaneously, many talented graduate student and post-doctoral scholars in Washington state looking for non-academic positions do not know how to make the most of their translational skill sets or lack sufficient exposure to information about the variety of potential alternate careers. Furthermore, existing career-development resources may be limited for those students at non-university institutions or those universities who cater mainly to undergraduates. This program therefore endeavors to provide educational content focused on career development and individual guidance on career planning and goals.
Position Objectives and Functional Requirements
We are seeking a qualified Life Science Career Consultant who can provide consultation services and expertise to help plan career development workshops. The project entails the following:
Project is expected to begin by May 15, 2017 and be complete by April 15, 2018. Office hours will initially occur monthly (8-hour day), with the first day of office hours to occur before June 15, 2017. The frequency of office hours may be altered depending on demand.
Please submit an estimated budget to address the above program objectives and functional requirements.
Acceptable candidates will demonstrate that they have the following qualifications:
Applicant Should Submit:
Proposals are due by email to INGRID@LIFESCIENCEWA.ORG by MAY 1, 2017
Proposals received by the deadline of May 1st will be evaluated based on candidate qualifications upon review of materials provided, telephone interviews for finalists, and discussion with references.
Ingrid K. Ruf, PhD
Commercialization Program Manager
Life Science Washington
1551 Eastlake Ave East, Suite 300