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Program Officer, Medical Research, Confidential

Washington, DC
Program Officer, Medical Research
Washington, DC
A Washington, DC based family foundation seeks a Program Officer to help drive its impact efforts in medical research.  The Foundation focuses its research on two areas: early investigators at inflection points in their careers and neurological, particularly neurodegenerative diseases. Since 2013, the Foundation has worked to catalyze medical discovery across a number of global research universities. The Program Officer will play a critical role in the Foundation’s continued growth and impact. This position will report to the Executive Director and the Foundation President and collaborate with the Foundation President in developing, monitoring and expanding the grant portfolio.
The ideal candidate has a strong interest in scientific research and is commited to focusing on cutting-edge neurological research through a high-impact grant portfolio, content-driven partnerships with a select group of research universities, and collaboration with a small results-driven team.  The Program Officer will be a superb communicator, a resourceful self-starter, and will thrive in an external role representing the foundation with partners and grantees.
Specific responsibilities include:
  • Manage the medical research grants process: research and identification of promising projects and grantees, evaluation and review, grant agreements, reporting, monitoring and evaluation.
  • Provide technical assistance to grantees, and contribute information towards the Foundation’s knowledge-building and grant review process.
  • Attend progress report meetings at grantee Universities; attend regular update meetings with Foundation President to evaluate impact. 
  • Research areas of current and potential focus for grant opportunities.
  • Work with medical grantees to receive all reporting materials, including IRS compliant grant receipts.
  • Assess the success of grants and their impact, and continuously learn from/improve work based on research, grant results, and work with experts.
Knowledge Management
  • Contribute to the Foundation’s deep knowledge in neuroscience and maintain relationships with individuals and organizations that can provide information and insight to enhance effectiveness.
  • Provide regular reports on recent medical research news to Foundation leadership, including Board of Directors.
Strategy and Operations
  • Think creatively and strategically about growth opportunities, including potential convenings, symposiums, or gatherings to advance scientific research.
  • Support the Executive Director and the President in grantmaking operations and communications.
  • Maintain an open and transparent dialogue with the Executive Director and the President.
  • At times represent the Foundation at partner/grantee meetings or relevant convenings and conferences.
The ideal candidate for this role will have:
  • Bachelor’s degree or higher (concentration in neuroscience or life science a plus)
  • At least 5 years of work experience, preferably in the non-profit or life science industry
  • A passion for scientific research (particular interest in neuroscience a plus)
  • Self-starter with strong organizational skills, highly professional communication skills, and rigorous attention to detail
  • A successful record of cultivating and managing relationships with scientists and leaders in the research community
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