Job vacancy and Internship opportunity with Center for Genetics and Society

The Center for Genetics and Society (CGS) has an opening for a Project Director on Assisted Reproductive Technologies. Please forward the job description widely (attached
and below), and encourage colleagues to apply. CGS also has openings for summer interns (description included).

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JOB ANNOUNCEMENT
Position: Project Director, Assisted Reproductive Technologies
Closing Date: April 1, 2014

The Center for Genetics and Society is a nonprofit information and public affairs organization working to encourage responsible uses and effective societal governance of human genetic and reproductive technologies and other emerging technologies. We work with
a growing network of scientists, health professionals, civil society leaders, and others. CGS supports benign and beneficent medical applications of these technologies, and opposes those applications that objectify and commodify human life and threaten to
divide human society.

The Project on Assisted Reproductive Technologies will expand CGS’s longstanding work to bring a social and reproductive justice perspective to new and emerging assisted reproductive practices and technologies. The Project Director will report to the Executive
Director, and will work closely with CGS staff, collaborating organizations and individuals, and other allies.

MAJOR RESPONSIBILITIES

Develop, monitor and analyze the impact of ART research and practices, specifically regarding concerns related to women’s health, social justice and human rights

Assume responsibility for building and strengthening relationships with social justice and public interest advocates, as well as scholars, scientists and medical professionals, to support responsible
use of and public policies on ARTs, with a special focus on advocates of reproductive health, rights and justice

Develop and implement a tracking mechanism for ART-related policy and media and organize multi-faceted responses with collaborative partners

Research and prepare articles, commentaries and blog posts on ART-related topics

Take a lead role in presenting on ART issues at briefings, conferences, and media venues

Ensure CGS’s Project on Assisted Reproductive Technologies takes place in the context of CGS’s organizational needs, and its mission to build a “new biopolitics” grounded in social justice and
the public interest
Participate in fundraising initiatives, and take lead responsibility for elements of these as requested

Participate in other CGS program and project work, including organizational strategic planning

Examples of activities may include:

 

o  Organize public and invitational events, e.g., an upcoming forum on international surrogacy
o  Lead CGS work coordinating the “Assisted Reproductive Technologies Working Group”
o  Coordinate research on country-level policies on third-party reproduction for CGS’s BiopolicyWiki
o  Conduct and analyze qualitative interviews with people involved in third-party egg retrieval arrangements

o  Supervise summer intern(s)

DESIRED QUALIFICATIONS

Three to five plus years’ experience developing and managing social-justice related programs

Relationships with key women’s health and reproductive health, rights and justice organizations; and with other social justice constituencies (e.g., LGBTQ rights, racial justice, disability rights,
human rights, environmental justice)
Expertise monitoring, crafting and responding to policy (on state, federal, and international levels; and among professional organizations)

Ability to work within a team and across organizations and to organize collaborative responses to complex issues

Excellent research, writing, and editing skills

Flair for public presentations and engaging in media work

Some familiarity or at least strong interest in:

o  The politics and social implications of ARTs and other human biotechnologies
o  Domestic and/or international policy and legal frameworks on assisted reproductive technologies and practices
o  The basic science and technology of assisted reproduction

Aptitude for

o  New political and intellectual challenge
o  Strategic thinking about translating new challenges into organizing activities and programs
o  Multi-tasking, program management and self-management
o  Working productively in a fast-paced and collaborative organization

Willingness to do some state, national and international travel

This is an exempt position. CGS offers a competitive salary commensurate with experience and a comprehensive benefits program.

The Center for Genetics and Society, a project of Tides Center, is an “at-will” and equal opportunity employer. We strongly encourage and seek applications from women, people of color, people with disabilities, and members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and
transgender communities. Applicants shall not be discriminated against because of race, religion, sex, national origin, ethnicity, age, disability, political affiliation, sexual orientation, gender identity, color, marital status, or medical condition. Reasonable
accommodation will be made so that qualified disabled applicants may participate in the application process. Please advise in writing of special needs at the time of application.

To apply, send cover letter and resume by COB April 1 to Emily Galpern at
ARTposition@geneticsandsociety.org
.  Only candidates invited to interview will be contacted.

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INTERNSHIP OPPORTUNITIES
Open until filled

The Center for Genetics and Society (CGS) is a nonprofit information and public affairs organization working to encourage responsible uses and effective societal governance of human genetic and reproductive technologies and other emerging technologies. We work
with a growing network of scientists, health professionals, civil society leaders, and others. CGS supports benign and beneficent medical applications of these technologies, and opposes those applications that objectify and commodify human life and threaten
to divide human society.

CGS is seeking interns to work in support of our efforts to ensure socially responsible policies regarding new human biotechnologies. Interns will play key roles in assisting CGS’s projects on Assisted Reproductive Technologies (ART) or DNA Forensics.

CGS’s project on Assisted Reproductive Technologies (ART) will expand CGS’s longstanding work to bring a social and reproductive justice perspective to new and emerging assisted reproductive practices and technologies.

CGS’s project on DNA Forensics is a new effort that seeks to raise awareness of injustices linked to misuses of DNA forensics by collecting stories and narratives that illuminate the need for policy reform and greater government accountability in the use of
DNA forensic databases, and by disseminating these stories through a strategic communications and public education campaign.

Applicants should have:
·       Strong data and analytical skills
·       Strong research, writing, and editing skills
·       Strong management skills
·       Strong people and networking skills; ability to help get people working in concert

·       Strong knowledge of or affinity for online communications tools and applications
·       A bachelors degree or higher, or in final year of undergraduate study

Specific tasks might include:
·       Preparing background materials for research papers and/or presentations
·       Providing support for symposia, conferences and meetings
·       Assist in researching, writing, and editing CGS whitepapers, reports and other written materials

Familiarity with and strong interest in the issues is beneficial. Aspects include:
·       Understanding of the politics and social implications of human genetic and assisted reproductive technologies, and of CGS’s perspective on these issues

·       Technical understanding of human reproductive and genetic biotechnologies

·       Familiarity with domestic and/or international policy and legal frameworks regarding these technologies
·       Experience in political or community organizing

Commitment, compensation, course credit:
·       2-4 month internships are available
·       Stipend/salary negotiable depending on experience and skills
·       Course credit may be arranged in cooperation with your institution

The Center for Genetics and Society, a project of Tides Center, is an “at-will” and equal opportunity employer. We strongly encourage and seek applications from women, people of color, people with disabilities, and members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and
transgender communities. Applicants shall not be discriminated against because of race, religion, sex, national origin, ethnicity, age, disability, political affiliation, sexual orientation, gender identity, color, marital status, or medical condition. Reasonable
accommodation will be made so that qualified disabled applicants may participate in the application process. Please advise in writing of special needs at the time of application.

For more information about CGS and our current activities, see our website,
www.geneticsandsociety.org

To apply, send cover letter and resume to Charles Garzon at
garzon@geneticsandsociety.org
. Candidates invited to interview will be asked to provide references and writing samples.