Assistant Director of Biotechnology Education Programs

About MassBioEd

The Massachusetts Biotechnology Education Foundation (MassBioEd), a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, is in its third decade of growing and developing talent in the Massachusetts life sciences workforce which in turn, develops innovations that save and improve lives. Please visit to review all open positions.

Founded in 2001 by the Massachusetts Biotechnology Council, MassBioEd has evolved into a key link connecting students, educators, and professionals to the exciting opportunities within the life sciences industry. Our mission is to build a sustainable life sciences workforce in the region through educational and training programs that engage and excite teachers, inspire and propel students, and illuminate the pathway from the classroom to career with a focus on expansion, opportunity, and diversity.

Position Summary

Through BioTeach, our secondary education program, MassBioEd supports the integration of authentic science activities and labs into middle and high school classes, and offers an introduction to  the many careers in the life sciences.

Job Responsibilities

Support the Vice President of Biotechnology Education Programs in the planning and execution of educational programs and initiatives that are aligned with the Foundation’s missions and vision including:

General BioTeach

  • Identify, participate in and support regional events relating to life sciences education to strengthen education community partnerships that increase the efficiency and impact of BioTeach
  • Onboard underserved schools and districts involved in the Aligned Curricular and Career Experiences for Secondary Science (ACCESS) program, a vertically aligned, multi-grade science and career education program
  • Assist Instructors in creating annual scope of work (SOW) for school partners including choice of activities and teacher training and tracking of schools’ progress towards completion of SOW
  • Provide in person and/or remote support to classes engaged in labs and career awareness programs as part of the ACCESS program
  • Plan and implement on-going and new professional development programing to meet the needs of middle and high school science teachers and further the MassBioEd mission
  • Oversee the scheduling of on-site or remote technical training visits to the Massachusetts middle and high schools partnering with MassBioEd; Serve as district/school liaison and teacher mentor to increase the quality and quantity of hands-on lab activities and innovative career awareness programing, which may require travel to schools throughout Massachusetts
  • Work with the BioTeach team to manage the logistics and tracking of all teacher professional development, school and student events
  • Support the authoring and delivery of email and newsletter communication to stakeholders
  • Engage in MassBioEd events including the Champions fundraiser, Life Science Workforce Conference and MassBio annual meeting
  • Work with MassBioEd team to monitor, assess and evaluate program impact using student and teacher feedback, focus groups and other appropriate measures

Teacher Professional Development

  • Research, develop and support Instructors in the implementation of on-going and new professional development programing to meet the needs of our teachers and further the MassBioEd mission
  • Recruit grade 6-12 teachers to participate in professional development programs including workshops, Summer Institute and graduate course
  • Work with teachers, schools and districts to improve attendance and reduce the barriers to participation in professional development

Curriculum Development

  • Provide leadership in the research and development of new lab-based, standards-aligned lab curricula and educational material to meet the needs of diverse learners
  • Assist in the development of effective career awareness curriculum and activities designed to build a diverse pipeline of talent for the life sciences industry

Volunteer Programs and Outreach

  • In conjunction with the workforce development team, prepare and support industry volunteers to deliver career programming to school partners
  • In conjunction with LabCentral Ignite, oversee the delivery of the joint program “What the Heck is Biotech” to community-based organizations and other interested parties

Qualifications and Experience

  • Master’s or doctorate degree in life sciences or education a minimum
  • 4 years or more teaching secondary science in traditional, blended or remote classrooms
  • Familiarity with the research and careers in the biotechnology industry
  • Experience recruiting and serving school partners at the district level
  • Experience developing hands-on inquiry-based life sciences curriculum; familiarity of current research and best practices required
  • Effective oral and written communication skills to interact with a broad spectrum of stakeholders
  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail and accuracy required
  • Proficient computer skills, particularly word processing, spreadsheets, and database and web management sufficient to prepare correspondence, reports, forms, presentations, statistical/technical/scientific materials, etc. with speed and accuracy, including the willingness to learn and use new computer programs/applications
  • Ability to complete multiple assignments within provided time constraints with minimal supervision to meet deadlines: must be able to accommodate changes in assignments and priorities depending upon identified needs of the team
  • Self-starter who works independently, but who also thrives on a team, sharing ideas and working collaboratively

Salary and Benefits

Salary commensurate with experience. Benefits package includes health, dental, and vision insurance, 401K, long and short-term disability, life insurance, healthcare savings account, and paid time off.

Interested applicants should submit the following to

  • Resume/CV
  • Detailed cover letter outlining how your qualifications meet those sought in this post

MassBioEd Culture

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

We strive for diversity and equity in all the work we do. We are committed to building a team with a variety of backgrounds, skills and views to best serve our communities. View our diversity, equity, and inclusion statement here:

Employee Values

At MassBioEd, we value:

  • An inclusive, open, inviting, and diverse work culture.
  • Building our team and interpersonal rapport.
  • Maximizing both productivity and collaboration.
  • Work/life balance.

MassBioEd is committed to equal employment opportunity regardless of race, color, ancestry, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, age, citizenship, marital status, disability, genetic information, gender identity, gender expression or Veteran status.

Massachusetts Biotechnology Education Foundation
255 Main Street, 8th Floor
Cambridge, MA 02142