Director, Operations

Genocea Biosciences is looking for a motivated biotechnology professional to be the head of Facilities and Operations, including oversight of the security and purchasing functions. The individual will be responsible for managing vendors, facilitating projects to streamline facility operations, and maintenance of office and laboratory infrastructure and equipment. The person in this role will work closely with the landlord and internal and external building management teams, execute projects related to office and lab expansion, and ensure compliance with local and federal licenses and permits. 

Primary Responsibilities

  • Strategic and tactical lead for short-term and long-term infrastructure development and other capital projects for supporting company growth, including lab and office design and construction

  • Manage facilities encompassing office, vivarium and laboratory spaces; including management of facility vendors for regular maintenance, upgrades and renovations

  • Oversee the supervision of the vivarium and its staff, including participation in the IACUC

  • Oversight of the purchasing function including optimization of the procurement processes and coordination of material and resources allocation.

  • Develop strategies for space planning, fulfilling EH&S requirements, building/office/lab access and programs, and establishing/maintaining security policies

  • Build and maintain operations and facilities budget and forecasting, and oversee purchasing, staffing, contract negotiations and vendor management

  • Ensure service contracts and robust laboratory management programs are in place to support continued growth

  • Maintain and enforce compliance with local, federal and international licenses and permit requirements

  • Collaboratively manage the Operations committee, chaired by the CFO, to ensure cross-functional alignment


  • Strong communication, influencing and interpersonal skills are necessary for daily interaction with all levels across functions

  • Robust leadership and people management skills

  • Demonstrated organization skills with the ability to simultaneously manage multiple projects

  • Articulate, external facing representative of the company to landlord, vendors, existing and potential partners and consultants

  • Able to work independently and prioritize appropriately based on demands and company goals

  • Strong knowledge of facilities and operational needs of a lab-intensive research organization including security, temperature monitoring, and safety

  • Demonstrated customer-service focus – understanding needs and desire to meet/exceed expectations

Required Skills

  • 12+ years of experience managing facilities operations for office and laboratory spaces

  • Track record of vivarium oversight and management

  • Demonstrated experience setting and implementing short and long-term infrastructure strategies

  • Experience with budget management and contract negotiation, vendor management and software to facilitate purchasing

  • Working knowledge of local, federal, and international licenses and permit requirements

  • Extensive experience with automation and engineering preferred

  • Knowledge of Excel, PowerPoint, NetSuite, LIMS systems

Education Requirements

  • Bachelors of Arts or Bachelors of Science