[Ip-health] Universities Allied for Essential Medicines (UAEM) is looking for a new Executive Director!

Virginia Zaunbrecher vzaunbrecher at gmail.com
Thu Sep 16 22:09:29 PDT 2010

After years of phenominal service to the organization, UAEM's current
Executive Director is moving on.

UAEM is searching for a sharp and motivated individual who has
experience working with volunteers, fundraising, leading operations,
and providing strategic vision.  The full job description, including
directions for applying, is posted below.  Please forward to promising

UAEM Executive Director Job Description

Universities Allied for Essential Medicines (UAEM), a 501(c)(3)
organization, is seeking a new Executive Director.  As a private
non-profit organization rooted in a movement of university students,
UAEM aims to:

1. Promote access to medicines for people in developing countries by
changing norms and practices around university patenting and licensing
2. Ensure that university medical research meets the needs of the
majority of the world’s population
3. Empower students to respond to the access and innovation crisis

The Executive Director is responsible for successfully leading UAEM as
the organization continues to mature and grow in accordance with the
long-term strategic plan established by the Board of Directors.  The
Executive Director reports directly to the Board of Directors, and is
responsible for the day-to-day management of UAEM.  The Executive
Director works closely with UAEM’s highly committed student leaders,
ensuring they work together to further UAEM’s goals and supporting
their development as future global health leaders.  The Executive
Director will be expected to develop an expertise in UAEM’s areas of
activity, thoughtfully expand UAEM’s projects domestically and
internationally, and successfully engage in fundraising.

There is a preference for a ED based in the Bay Area in northern
California, but UAEM will consider other locations on an individual

Key Duties and Responsibilities

The Executive Director is responsible for both leading UAEM’s
day-to-day operations and for presenting UAEM’s work to the public.
The specific duties and responsibilities of the Executive Director


*Leading UAEM in continuing to successfully implement the strategic
plan approved by the Board of Directors.

*Engaging, inspiring, and organizing student volunteers to complete a
wide range of projects and tasks

*Fostering effective team work between the Board of Directors, the
Executive Director, student leaders, and UAEM staff members.

*Acting as a spokesperson for UAEM and representing UAEM effectively
in the public sphere.

*Facilitating student leaders and Board members in developing policies
and strategies

*Developing the leadership and professional skills of student members

*Working with the Board of Directors to continue refining UAEM’s
strategic plan, and identifying and informing the Board of Directors
of internal and external issues that affect UAEM’s work.

Operational planning and management

*Overseeing the efficient and effective day-to-day operation of UAEM

*Organizing student leadership to engage in projects that fulfill
UAEM’s Mission and Vision.

*Ensuring that UAEM’s operations meet the expectations of UAEM
members, the Board, and Funders.

*Reviewing existing policies on an annual basis, recommending policy
changes to the Board when appropriate, and preparing new policies and
procedures for the approval of the Board as necessary.

*Ensuring that UAEM operations are consistent with existing policies,
including conflict of interest policies and policies regarding
protecting the confidentiality of UAEM donor information and personnel

Program planning and management

*Overseeing the planning, implementation and evaluation of UAEM's
advocacy campaigns and projects.

*Ensuring that UAEM’s advocacy campaigns and projects contribute to
the fulfilment of UAEM’s mission and reflect the priorities of the
Board in compliance with the core values of the organization.

*Managing student efforts to ensure timely completion of project goals.

Human Resources Planning and Management

*Ensuring that staffing requirements for organizational management and
program delivery are met.

*Maintaining a positive, healthy and safe work environment in
accordance with all appropriate legislation and regulations.

*Overseeing the implementation of UAEM’s human resources policies,
procedures and practices, including the staff performance management
process, which involves monitoring staff performance on an on-going
basis and conducting an annual performance reviews.

*Recruiting staff that have the right technical and personal skills to
help further UAEM's mission, and ensure that all new staff member are
provided with the appropriate orientation and training.

*Coaching and mentoring staff as appropriate to improve performance.

*Disciplining staff when necessary using appropriate techniques;
release staff when necessary using appropriate and legally defensible

Financial planning and management

*Working with UAEM staff and the Finance Committee of the Board of
Directors to prepare a comprehensive annual budget.

*Working with the Board and part time fundraising director to ensure
adequate funding is secured for UAEM’s operations.

*Administering UAEM’s funds in accordance with the approved budget,
and approving expenditures within the authority delegated by the

*Monitoring the monthly cash flow of the organization and providing
the Board with regular reports on the revenues and expenditure of the

*Ensuring that sound bookkeeping and accounting procedures are
followed, and that UAEM complies with tax withholding obligations and
related regulations.

Community relations/advocacy

*Communicating with UAEM stakeholders to keep them informed of UAEM’s
work and to identify changes in the community served by UAEM.

*Establishing good working relationships and collaborative
arrangements with community groups, funders, politicians, and other
organizations to help achieve the goals of UAEM.

Risk management

*Identifying and evaluating the risks to the organization’s people
(clients, staff, management, volunteers), property, finances,
goodwill, and image and implement measures to control risks.

Qualifications and Skills

The Executive Director must have proven leadership skill and a
demonstrated commitment to UAEM’s core goals.  The ideal candidate
will have the energy and ability to tackle a wide range of critical
tasks, from fundraising to drafting policy proposals, and will enjoy
working closely with UAEM’s highly motivated student volunteers.  All
candidates should be self-motivating, be able to take initiative on a
variety of projects, and manage his/her time well.

Specific needed skills and qualifications include:

*A demonstrated commitment to activism, with experience organizing
around issues of social justice.

*Experience managing staff members, and the ability to coordinate with
a large number of diverse stakeholders, ranging from students, to
governments, to partner organizations.

*The ability to work collaboratively with UAEM’s student volunteers,
often on student hours, and to keep volunteers motivated, engaged, and
focused on UAEM’s mission.

*Experience with policy development, and an understanding of how to
communicate with policy makers.

*The desire to engage deeply in complex policy debates, and the
ability to think innovatively about policy issues.

*The ability to write and communicate clearly, and translate complex
topics into clear terms, along with an attention to detail.

* A deep commitment to the principles of social justice that drive
UAEM’s work, and to the goal of training the next generation of global
health leaders.

*Experience managing multiple tasks and budgeting time and resources

*Excellent people skills.

*Experience with budgeting.

*Demonstrated success in multiple roles including leader, facilitator,
and implementer.

*Strong preference for someone with a graduate degree in a relevant
field and at least 5 years professional experience, preferably with an
NGO.  Will consider an exceptional candidate who does not meet these
requirements assuming their skills set is well-developed and meets our

*An advanced degree (or undergraduate degree with appropriate
experience) in a relevant field and at least four years of work
experience in progressively more managerial roles.

*Ability to travel frequently (approximately 15% of the time), mainly
in U.S. but also overseas; flexibility in accommodation and travel

*High level of personal integrity and honesty

To Apply

Please send a resume, a writing sample, and at least three
professional references to hiring at essentialmedicine.org.  Please
reference Executive Director in the subject of the email.

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