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Director, Technical & Scientific Support Division

Ripple Effect

Rockville, maryland

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Full Job Description

Are you passionate about supporting federal biomedical research programs? Do you excel at building teams, mentoring, and project planning?

Join our dynamic leadership team at Ripple Effect as the Director for the Technical & Scientific Support Division. In this role, you will lead and develop teams of highly technical and scientific staff, manage government contracts, provide exceptional customer service to our clients, and grow the division. You will collaborate with our government clients to understand their needs and provide them with #worksmarter solutions.

If this position sounds of interest, there’s a place for you here at Ripple Effect! We are a diverse, progressive, and engaging work environment. We offer a multitude of incentives to customize your work experience to your lifestyle.

General Information

  • Job Code: SHR-AM-06X
  • Location: Ripple Effect Headquarters - Rockville, MD
  • Employee Type: Exempt, Full-Time Regular
  • Telework: Partial (TW agreements on case-by-case basis)
  • Travel: Occasional
  • Clearance: NACI
  • Manager: Yes
  • Number of Openings: One
  • Salary Range: $125,500 - $144,500/year


  • Consistently maintains knowledge of relevant industry trends to provide knowledgeable advice. 
  • Leads the design and implementation of new programs and initiatives including developing objectives, drafting strategic & implementation plans, and developing new workflows. 
  • Identifies and locates resources through hiring, recruiting, consultants and internal resources to execute programs and projects. 
  • Manages large and complex projects and teams, multiple concurrent projects or interdisciplinary projects spanning multiple business units. 
  • Ensures projects are delivered on time, within scope, and within budget and are technically sound and accurate, and meet stakeholder expectations. 
  • Provides advice on technical approaches to accomplish project objectives for complex or large programs including meeting cadence, research approaches, resource needs, communication strategies, and data management. 
  • Develops a detailed project plan to track progress and manage changes in project scope, schedule and costs. 
  • Establishes and maintains relationships with external consultants, vendors and partners and identifies new partnerships when appropriate. 
  • Manages the relationship with client and all stakeholders and provides briefings to executive level leadership and resolves challenging problems with stakeholders. 
  • Works with the BD team to develop a pipeline of proposal opportunities for the division by developing relationships, vetting opportunities, supporting or leading proposals and overseeing the pricing and technical solutioning for proposals.
  • Leads proposal efforts to grow the division.
  • Actively promotes the company and the division by contributing to recruiting, participating in networking events, presenting at professional meetings, and actively developing networks.
  • Provides overall strategic direction and leadership for the division including staffing (recruiting, mentoring, development, retention), business capabilities and areas of focus, financial planning and profitability, annual priorities, and goal setting.
  • Leads the development of processes and procedures that enhance effectiveness and efficiency of team's operations. 
  • Performs other job-related duties as assigned. 


Minimum Education and Experience

  • Master's degree in science or health related field.
  • 15 years' experience, including 6 years project management experience and 2 years of supervisory experience 

Basic Requirements

  • Experience with relevant research or programmatic software packages to accomplish project objectives. 
  • Advanced ability to navigate program’s web-based system such as SharePoint, Teams, and other electronic business systems and train others on its use. 
  • Advanced skills with Microsoft Excel, PowerPoint, Word, and Outlook 
  • Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail 
  • Project and people management skills in budgeting, resourcing, planning, tasking and risk management 
  • Ability to communicate results simply and effectively 
  • Ability to bring along existing relationships with potential clients, partners, and external vendors
  • Government contracting or consulting experience, particularly in a biomedical research or health related field
  • U.S. citizenship and ability to obtain a security clearance.

To be successful at Ripple Effect, you must be able to pay attention to details, clearly communicate, work independently, and have an eagerness to learn. Learn more about what it takes to become a Rippler here.

Skills That Set You Apart

  • PhD in a biomedical science or health related field
  • Experience in business development
  • Experience with quality standards such as ISO or CMMI
  • PMP certification

If you don’t have all of the skills above, don’t be discouraged—no resume paints a complete picture of a person. There’s a good chance you’re more wonderful than you think, so please apply! 

About Ripple Effect 

Ripple Effect is an award-winning women-owned small business providing professional consulting and exceptional talent for federal, private, and non-profit clients. We deliver multi-disciplinary solutions across communications & outreach, research & evaluation, policy & program management, digital transformation, and strategic staffing solutions with a focus on science, research, and healthcare domains. 

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Ripple Effect rewards our employees for their contributions to our mission in many ways, from competitive pay and exceptional benefits to a range of work/life programs based on your employment classification and personalized preferences. 


Ripple Effect is proud to be an equal opportunity workplace and is an affirmative action employer. We are committed to equal employment opportunity regardless of race, color, ancestry, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, age, citizenship, marital status, disability, gender identity, political affiliation, or Veteran status. We also consider qualified applicants regardless of criminal histories, consistent with legal requirements. If you have a disability or special need that requires accommodation during the hiring process, please let us know by contacting our HR department at or your recruiter. Eligibility for employment will be verified using E-verify. 

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