Seeding Labs

Director of Strategic Partnerships

Boston, MA

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Executive Summary

Seeding Labs, a Boston-based nonprofit that empowers every scientist to transform the world, seeks a proactive, solutions-focused Director of Strategic Partnerships to play a key role in enhancing the fundraising capability, visibility and impact of the organization.

Seeding Labs awardees are working on the frontlines of globally important issues from epidemics like Dengue and Zika to cancer and heart disease. Providing scientists with the support needed to do their work is a powerful means of driving discoveries that benefit us all. Seeding Labs is joined by supporters and partners across the world who care about global health, environmental protection, climate change, and agriculture. Over 140 national and international philanthropic partners comprised of R&D corporations, manufacturers, nonprofits and universities such as MilliporeSigma, Takeda Pharmaceutical Company, Merck & Co., Addgene, and Cell Signaling Technologies are engaging on multiple fronts, whether it is sharing equipment, creating TeleScience videos, helping to set up new labs, or donating financial resources. Serving as a connector of people, resources and ideas, Seeding Labs is able to tap into and align with an institutional partner’s social impact efforts ranging from corporate social responsibility, and diversity, equity and inclusion practices; to deepening employee engagement; and reducing environmental impact.

Reporting to the Chief Executive Officer and working in close collaboration with Seeding Labs’ board members and staff, the Director of Strategic Partnerships will develop multi-faceted and shared value philanthropic support at the six-figure and above level designed to tap into the social impact, values, and business practices of corporate partners. These aligned efforts will create new pathways for exploring mutually reinforcing partnerships that inspire greater levels of commitment and capture the attention of potential new donors.

An ideal candidate will have at least 5-7 years of experience relevant to key account management and the engagement and activation of strategic partnerships with an emphasis on corporate relations. A depth of knowledge around the decision-making and business drivers of players connected to biological and chemical industries including life sciences, pharma, agriculture and global health is preferred.

Successful candidates will have demonstrated success driving revenue growth and an exceptional talent for building and sustaining relationships both externally and internally. Confidence with face-to-face solicitations as well as an understanding of how to appropriately engage organizational and volunteer leadership, as well as staff, in partner cultivation is required.


About Seeding Labs

Recognizing that talent is everywhere, but resources are not, Seeding Labs mobilizes resources and networks across the global scientific community to equip under-resourced scientists with the tools, training, and connections they need to be on the cutting edge of discovery. Anchored by its flagship Instrumental Access Program, Seeding Labs has provided more than $28 million in reclaimed laboratory equipment and training to 70 institutions in 34 countries.

Seeding Labs especially welcomes candidates who bring diverse cultural, ethnic, national, or international experiences and perspectives to its work and values the richness that diverse perspectives bring to a single mission. Learn more about Seeding Labs, its grantees, partners and impact at www.seedinglabs.org


Seeding Labs is an equal opportunity employer.
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