The Maryland Stem Cell Research Commission (Commission), an independent commission administered by the Maryland Technology Development Corporation (TEDCO), seeks an experienced executive-level manager with expertise in stem cell biology or a related field to direct and manage the Maryland Stem Cell Research Fund (MSCRF). The MSCRF was established by the Maryland legislature in 2006 to award State-funded grants for stem cell research in Maryland for the purpose of advancing medical treatments and cures. MSCRF has a State Fiscal Year 2023 appropriation of $20,500,000 for that purpose, and has funded a total of over $177,000,000 in such awards. The Commission is composed of 15 Commissioners with a variety of experience and expertise including biomedical research, patient advocacy, bioethics, and law. It operates under a rotating chair and meets approximately six times per year to determine grant awards and discuss policy initiatives, among other things. TEDCO is an independent entity established by the Maryland legislature to facilitate the creation of businesses and foster their growth throughout the State by operating investment programs focused on tech-based businesses, and assisting tech-based entrepreneurs.
The Executive Director is primarily responsible, under the direction of the Commission, for managing and overseeing all MSCRF funding programs; supporting extramural funding programs for human stem cell research at Maryland-based universities and research institutions, and at Maryland businesses; overseeing administrative and technical support for the meetings of the Commission; supervising the activities of the Scientific Review Administrator (SRA), Assistant Director, and Assistant Manager; helping the SRA identify, recruit, and assign peer reviewers; overseeing the preparation of the MSCRF Annual Report and its filing with the Governor and legislature; analyzing metrics for MSCRF programs; establishing and maintaining relationships with State and federal agencies that fund human stem cell research, and with the legislature and Governor, including monitoring and testifying on relevant legislation; establishing and maintaining relationships with the Maryland stem cell research community and collaborators; overseeing marketing, communications, and outreach activities; interacting with TEDCO officials regarding budgetary and administrative matters, and with outside and State auditors; and other duties as determined by the Commission.