Chief Operating Officer, Bakar BioEnginuity Hub at QB3
Berkeley, CA, US
The Bakar BioEnginuity Hub (BBH), launched in November 2021, provides a home for innovation and entrepreneurship, focusing on technologies at the convergence of life sciences with the physical sciences, engineering, data sciences, and social sciences. The BBH is comprised of two components: Bakar Labs, to address the problems of today, and BBH Campus Programs, to train the founders of tomorrow. The Bakar Labs incubator offers world-class laboratories and direct connections to expert communities and resources for startups working in areas of health, ag-tech and food-tech, to ensure that companies can accelerate taking discoveries to market. The BBH Campus Programs offer training, support and experiences tailored specifically for undergraduates, graduate students, postdocs and faculty, to prepare future founders to realize their entrepreneurial potential. In addition, QB3-Central is an organization focused on innovation and entrepreneurship in the biosciences and helps run scientific programming at Bakar Labs, as well in an emerging effort in climate technology and sustainability.
  • Represents the program to institute advisory boards, other campus institutes and offices, outside agencies, the City of Berkeley, and the public.
  • Manages and oversees the design and development of major startup company support program and academic program components, and oversees execution of funded programs.
  • Identifies and develops continuance of funding from multiple external sources.
  • Plans, directs and oversees program budget(s) and oversees financial, HR, technical and other supporting resources through subordinate managers.
  • Ensures overall compliance of unit operations with UC policies and procedures.
  • Ensures the assessment and success of the units’ and related programs’ effectiveness, and recommends changes to programs’ content, policies and strategic goals accordingly.
  • Monitors strategic direction of program, impacting all company support and academic programs, with respect to funding new programs and ongoing oversight of projects to ensure achievement of mission.
  • Makes recommendations and implements decisions on issues (operational and budget processes, staff FTE, finance, and space planning) that have program-wide impact.
  • Develops, implements and adheres to policies regarding intellectual property in addition to negotiating and managing IP agreements and contracts of highly significant impact.

Required Qualifications
  • Academic background and recognized expertise in multiple disciplines of research.
  • Demonstrated expertise with program building within a leading academic institution for handling administrative, budgetary, human resources and financial principles and practices.
  • Expert oral and written communication skills; ability to convey complex concepts to multiple audiences, including across scientific researchers, industry, donors, funding agencies, students, the media, and the public. 
  • Expert ability to think creatively and independently on concepts requiring advanced analytical skills. Excellent problem-solving skills.
  • Expert interpersonal skills and ability to work with diverse groups of campus and external partners to achieve results.
  • Expert ability to work collaboratively with a dynamic and diverse group of staff, tenant company employees, and students
  • Strong leadership and management skills; expert ability to foster teamwork, collaboration, and achievement of results through others.
  • Ability to work in ambiguous conditions, and develop relationships, systems and processes to advance organizational goals.

  • Doctorate in related area and/or equivalent experience/training.

Preferred Qualifications
  • Expert fundraising experience; experience cultivating relationships with executives and donors to create engagement.
  • Expert negotiation skills.
  • Demonstrated expertise building collaborations between academia, industry and / or governmental agencies.
  • Expert in program design.
  • Leadership experience in academic and / or government agencies.