Vice President, Clinical Operations


The Vice President of Clinical Operations is accountable for operational strategic planning, oversight, and execution of Silverback’s clinical development programs. The Vice President will also lead key strategic Clinical Operations organizational initiatives.

Essential Responsibilities:

  • Lead overall planning and effective management of clinical development programs, trials, and teams.
  • Coordinate development of, and contribute to, study protocols and other study documentation; study implementation and execution; and data delivery and interpretation.
  • Direct Principal Investigator/site selection; cultivate collaborative relationships and prioritization of studies.
  • Guide CRO selection and oversight, including all project-specific clinical, data management, pharmacovigilance, and statistical functions.
  • Lead patient recruitment initiatives and ensure coordination across clinical trials and development programs.
  • Develop, implement, and monitor Clinical Operations processes and infrastructure to support adherence to best clinical practice and regulatory guidance, including departmental SOPs and ICH-GCP requirements.
  • Support the development and management of departmental budget, and monitor expenditures within budget guidelines.
  • Recruit, develop, and retain high performing clinical talent as and when needed.
  • Form a cohesive and collaborative Clinical Operations team that effectively and productively interfaces both internally between departments and externally with collaborators and partners.


  • BS, MS, PharmD, or equivalent in a scientific discipline is preferred.
  • 15 years of progressively more challenging work experience in clinical and drug development, including 5+ years of Clinical Operations management experience.
  • Strong background in pharmaceutical and biotech clinical research.


  • Proven ability to provide scientific and clinical expertise to a clinical development program.
  • Familiar with advanced concepts of clinical research (including complex study designs) and able to work effectively in a team/matrix environment.
  • Excellent management of project timelines and driven to achieve corporate goals.
  • Must have the ability to build and maintain positive relationships across a broad range of individuals both internally and externally.
  • Solutions mindset to overcome problems that jeopardize the schedule or the quality of the work.
  • Mission-driven individual with high energy and strong levels of perseverance; works toward both individual and team goals.
  • Proven ability to effectively collaborate with internal team and external parties in a rapidly growing environment.
  • Constructively direct. Will foster an environment of transparency and direct dialogue about tough issues.
  • Thrive in a fast-paced environment and is comfortable with ambiguity. Flexibility and the ability to operate effectively within a dynamic environment will be key.

Job Complexity:

  • Develops strategic plans to ensure successful implementation of action plans and objectives where analysis of situations or data requires an in-depth knowledge of the company, competitive environment, technology and economic or social implications of organization activities.
  • Participates in development of corporate methods, techniques and evaluation criteria for projects, programs, and people.
  • Approves budgets and schedules to meet corporate requirements.

Silverback Therapeutics is a privately held biotechnology company advancing a pipeline of first-in-class therapies targeting fundamental disease pathways that are systemically delivered but locally active. Founded in 2016, Silverback is funded by OrbiMed, Celgene Corporation, and Alexandria Venture Investments. The company is headquartered in Seattle, Washington. For more information, please visit We offer our employees competitive compensation and benefits, including paid time off, health insurance, life insurance, flexible spending accounts, a 401(k) plan, and stock options. Qualified candidates should forward their resumes to We are an equal opportunity employer.