Director, Program Management

Department: Corporate Development
Location: South San Francisco

Nkarta is seeking a Director, Program Management to establish and oversee project plans, timelines, partnerships, and budgets. This role will be responsible for integrating and managing projects to successful decision points across research, CMC, and clinical functions. The Director, Program Management will work with sub teams to manage multiple programs towards defined objectives.


  • Establish and maintain timelines for multiple programs aligned with the mission and goals of the company
  • Facilitate team alignment and integration of goals
  • Oversee budget preparation, tracking, and be the primary interface with finance team
  • Manage program and project team meetings ensuring cross-functional communication, decision making, and alignment
  • Be the primary point of contact for program-related activities and decisions
  • Support and manage external partners and internal stakeholders
  • Facilitate and improve team effectiveness to ensure project objectives are being met within specified budget and timelines
  • Identify opportunities to improve operations, make recommendations to leadership, and oversee their implementation
  • Communicate, coordinate and present program updates to company leadership
  • Negotiate and get alignment from internal and external stakeholders



  • Dynamic, team-oriented individual able to interact with individuals in different functions
  • Strategic thinker able to use a business overlay in decision making and project oversight
  • Advanced degree in science is desired (e.g., M.S., Ph.D.)
  • 10-12 years’ project management experience working as part of a multi-disciplinary team in drug development
  • Proficiency with project management tools
  • Experience planning and managing budgets
  • Self-motivated and able to operate independently

Nkarta offers a creative, team-oriented scientific environment, along with a strong compensation package that includes salary, stock options, and a comprehensive benefits package.