Senior Director, Clinical Development

Job Title:  Senior Director, Clinical Development

Reports to: Chief Operating Officer

Employment Type:  Full-Time

FLSA Status:  Exempt


The Sr. Director is accountable for multi-disciplinary planning and execution of one or more clinical development programs.  The Sr. Director works closely with senior leadership, operational colleagues, and other stakeholders in a matrix environment to ensure clinical development milestones are achieved on-time and on budget.

Key Roles and Responsibilities of the Sr. Director include the following:

  • Developing and driving clinical strategies in collaboration with Aravive medical and operational leadership
  • Creating and maintaining the overall clinical development plan
  • Analyzing, summarizing and presenting clinical study data, and drafting relevant sections of study protocols and key regulatory documents
  • Effectively engaging internal and external study teams, negotiating budgets for clinical activities, and managing the overall clinical program timelines
  • Coordinating development team operations and ensuring accountability to deliver on time and on budget
  • Updating senior management and the Board of Directors on critical activities and advising on development strategies.

Required Skills & Abilities:

  • Ability to work across all aspects of clinical development and proactively identify potential issues and put in place plans to mitigate/avert.
  • Ability to drive project timelines from clinical trials through to regulatory submissions.
  • Excellent Project Management Skills with ability to balance speed, quality, risk and cost while driving execution
  • Strong communication skills with ability to tailor messages to various audiences, including senior leadership
  • Ability to solve complex problems and manage difficult situations.
  • Strong knowledge of commonly used project management tools including but not limited to Microsoft project.
  • Detail oriented and able to lead the development of critical path analyses and scenario planning.
  • Ability to lead matrix teams and effectively influence without authority


  • Ph.D. or Pharm.D. preferred with a minimum of 7 years’ experience in the pharmaceutical industry or a master’s degree with a minimum of 10 years’ experience in the pharmaceutical industry.
  • Prior program/project management experience.
  • Therapeutic experience in oncology (strongly preferred).
  • Experience in all phases of clinical trials through marketing submission.
  • Successful presenting/defending clinical strategies to FDA and other regulatory agencies preferred or at minimum participation in supporting submissions and clinical strategies to FDA and other regulatory agencies

Company Overview: Aravive, Inc. is a late clinical-stage oncology company developing transformative, targeted therapeutics to treat metastatic disease. The company is based in Houston, Texas, and has a satellite office in the Research Triangle Park area in NC. For more information, please visit our website at

Aravive, Inc. is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, protected veteran status, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, genetic information, or any other characteristic protected by law.