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Request for Proposal – Life Science Washington Commercialization Program

Project Name: Student Career Development Program

Position: Life Science Career Workshop Facilitator

 

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.

 

Project Scope

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.


To fulfill the needs of students, postdocs and individuals seeking advice regarding career transitions, as well as strengthen the pipeline for employers, Life Science Washington will be hosting several Life Sciences Career Development Workshops.  These workshops will be aimed at identifying and developing the business and social skills a scientist needs to be competitive and successful in their professional career.

 

Position Objectives and Functional Requirements

We are seeking a qualified and experienced Life Science Career Development Workshop Facilitator who can plan, develop content for, and execute career development workshops.  The project entails the following:

  1. The workshop facilitator will contribute their expertise by assisting in the planning, content development, and execution of Career Development Workshops.
  2. Two half-day workshops to occur in Fall 2017 and Spring 2018 are planned.
  3. Workshops are expected to include discussion of core competencies, establishing personal branding and a professional online/social media presence, targeting resumes, effective networking, and potential career opportunities. Additionally, the workshop is intended to be hands-on, interactive, and have time allotted for participants to practice their new skills.

 

Position Timeline

Project is expected to begin by July 15, 2017 and be complete by April 15, 2018. Two half-day workshops are planned within this time frame. The facilitator is expected to help in the planning, content creation, and execution of the workshops.

 

Position Budget

Please submit an estimated budget to address the above program objectives and functional requirements.

 

Applicant Qualifications

Acceptable candidates will demonstrate that they have the following qualifications:

  1. Prior experience in the life science sector.

  2. Prior experience developing career development workshops designed to assist students, post-docs and other job seekers in the life science sector with defining career options, identifying transferable skill sets, developing a personal brand and professional online presence, writing target resumes and improving interview skills.

  3. Evidence of success, as measured by client satisfaction or testimonials.  

 

Applicant Should Submit:

  1. Cover Letter
  2. Resume
  3. References and contact information from 2-3 individuals with whom you have consulted or organizations for whom you have provided similar service.

Proposals are due by email to INGRID@LIFESCIENCEWA.ORG by JUNE 5, 2017

 

 

Contract Terms

  • Vendors will be required to comply with a financial conflict of interest policy that includes disclosure and mitigation of any potential conflicts.
  • Vendors will be required to comply with the Life Science Washington confidentiality policy
  • Payment will be directed as invoiced monthly during the project as milestones are completed.

 

Evaluation Criteria

Proposals received by the deadline of June 5th will be evaluated based on candidate qualifications upon review of materials provided, telephone interviews for finalists, and discussion with references.

 

Contact Information

Ingrid K. Ruf, PhD

Commercialization Program Manager

Life Science Washington

1551 Eastlake Ave East, Suite 300

ingrid@lifesciencewa.org

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