LA Bioscience Hub

Executive Director

Employment type
Full Time
about 1 month ago
Los Angeles

LA Bioscience Hub (LABH), a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, was created in 2014 to ensure that LA’s growing bioscience industry reflects the diversity and dynamism of the region. We are dedicated to fostering the creation of the LA Bioscience Corridor, a biomedical innovation cluster in Los Angeles’s Eastside, along Valley Boulevard between LAC+USC Medical Center and Cal State LA. LABH is a place-based organization that works across sectors to shape the LA Bioscience Corridor to become a thriving innovation center that creates good jobs and careers for local residents. LABH carries out its mission through three core initiatives: 

1. Biotech Leaders Academy: A summer program that creates new professional opportunities forEast Los Angeles’ community college students pursuing life sciences degrees, and fostersfuture generations of diverse bioscience entrepreneurs for Los Angeles. Since the programlaunch in 2016, LABH as provided 28 students with internships and entrepreneurship training.

2. Real Estate & Placemaking: LA Bioscience Hub works to attract public and private investmentsin the LA Bioscience Corridor that catalyze the development of commercial lab and flex space,improve infrastructure, and provide amenities that support the area’s residents and thebioscience community. LABH has served as an advisor and advocate for the creation of newcatalytic projects such as HATCH Labs (multi-tenant lab space) and LA BioSpace (incubator atCal State LA). In 2017-18, LABH inspired design courses at East LA College and Cal PolyPomona to create landscape architecture schematics for the LA Bioscience Corridor.

3. Connecting & Convening: LA Bioscience Hub works to create a network of companies, serviceproviders, public sector leaders, and academic institutions to strengthen the identity of thebioscience community in LA’s greater Eastside, and connect area residents to the opportunitieswithin the growing bioscience sector. We have hosted networking and speaker events withpartner organizations to strengthen the regional bioscience eco-system.



LABH’s seed funding from Los Angeles County provided the organization running room to establish itself within the eco-system, develop community serving programming, and seek out additional funding support. In its fourth year, the organization is now poised to hire dedicated staff. We seek to hire a full-time Executive Director (ED) who can continue driving the vision and mission forward, and grow the organization’s impact and reach. Over time, the ED is expected to grow and diversify the organization’s sources of funding, build upon LABH’s program areas, and further establish the LA Bioscience Corridor as a destination for biomedical innovation and economic opportunity. The Corridor has advantages over some of the other areas of LA County that need to continue to be brought to the attention of stakeholders in the region, particularly, proximity to multiple research universities, its diverse population, and ample industrially zoned land. The Executive Director will have strategic and operational responsibility for LA Bioscience Hub’s operations, programs, and expansion. This position reports to the Board of Directors.


General Responsibilities Strategic Direction 

  • Work with the Board of Directors to develop a strategic plan with clear goals and objectives.
  • Identify, assess, and inform the Board of Directors of internal and external issues that affect theorganization.
  • Act as a professional advisor to the Board of Director on all aspects of the organization's activities.


Organizational Management 

  • Conduct daily operations of the organization.
  • Support the Board by preparing meeting agenda and supporting materials.
  • Maintain official records and documents, and ensure compliance with federal, state and localregulations.
  • Supervise potential future volunteers and staff, including evaluating performance and conductingall hiring and employee retention activities. 



  • Coordinate and implement programming and events.
  • Maintain a working knowledge of significant developments and trends in biosciences, economicrevitalization, and related fields.
  • Represent/promote LABH’s programs and point of view to agencies, organizations, and thegeneral public.
  • Establish and maintain working relationships with industry partners, community organizations,academic programs, and public-sector leaders. Form relationships with bioscience companies inthe region. Use those relationships to strategically advance LABH’s mission. (Partners includeSupervisorial District 1, City of LA Mayor’s Office, LA City Council District 14, LA County EconomicDevelopment Corporation, Biocom, Biotech Connection LA, East Los Angeles College, USCHealth Sciences Campus, Cal State LA. LABH has existing relationships with most key actorswithin the region.)
  • Regularly attend networking, panel, and industry events to represent LABH. Participate in workinggroups and collaboratives that help LABH advance its mission.
  • Serve as a resource and liaison for bioscience stakeholders across sectors in the regional eco-system.
  • Administer Biotech Leaders Academy, including planning and execution of internships programand entrepreneurship training.
  • Identify and pursue opportunities to foster place-making, infrastructure improvements, and labdevelopment in the LA Bioscience Corridor.
  • Implement systems to track and evaluate program progress and components to measuresuccesses that can be effectively communicated to the board, funders, and other constituents.
  • Promote LABH activities and mission.
  • Manage LABH’s online presence, including website, social media, and e-mail list serve.



  • Serve as LABH’s chief financial officer. This includes budget development, funding projections,monitoring and forecasting cash flow, and managing other financial activities.
  • Follow financial practices in accordance with state and federal guidelines and regulations.
  • Prepare data for financial statements, audits, and all other related financial materials andrequirements.
  • Work closely with the outside audit firm and legal counsel, as necessary.



  • Develop an ongoing fundraising plan to ensure sustainable revenues.
  • Generate funding from new and existing private, public, philanthropic, and individual grantors anddonors. This includes corporate sponsors.
  • Stay abreast of and continuously apply for competitive grants. Seek out new and innovativefunding sources.
  • Conduct all fundraising administrative activities (e.g., documentation and reporting).


Desired Qualifications 

  • Bachelor’s degree required, advanced degree preferred. Background in any of the following: urbanplanning, real estate development, economic development, community development, business,finance or life sciences.
  • Experience in nonprofit management, program/project management, fundraising, and/orcommunity relations management.
  • Proven record of fundraising and creating valuable partnerships.
  • Strong oral and written communication skills and the ability to present to diverse audiences.
  • Entrepreneurial; multitasker; organized; self-directed working style; and strong work ethic.
  • Strong financial and budgeting skills (e.g., expertise with Excel and QuickBooks).
  • Ability to work with individuals from diverse groups, industries, and sectors.
  • Understanding of and commitment to advancing social equity and economic justice.
  • Experience with marketing/promotion via traditional channels and social media.
  • Able to work some evenings and weekends, as meetings and events arise.
  • Access to a reliable vehicle, possess a valid California driver’s license, and able to travel regionallyon an on-going basis.


Salary and Location

Salary range for this position is $75,000 to $85,000, dependent on established skills, relevant past success, and experience. LABH offers benefits, including paid time off and health insurance. The ED can work remotely or in Downtown Los Angeles (at the Estolano LeSar Advisors offices).

To apply

Application package must contain a cover letter, resume, writing sample (limit 2 pages), and at least three (3) professional references, including contact information (email and phone number).Submit the application package to Tulsi Patel at [email protected] LA Bioscience Hub will accept applications until September 12, 2018 at 11:59 pm.

Contact Tulsi Patel with inquiries at [email protected] or 323-306-9866.

Diversity Statement

LABH is an equal opportunity employer that is committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, sexual orientation, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, marital, parental, disability or veteran status, or other applicable legally protected characteristics.