American Brain Tumor Association
  • 20-Dec-2019 to 18-Feb-2020 (CST)
  • Chicago, IL, USA
  • Full Time

The American Brain Tumor Association (ABTA) (located near the Chicago O'Hare Airport) is a steadfast advocate on behalf of the brain tumor community in the U.S. where we help patients, caregivers and their loved ones.  Our mission is to advance the understanding and treatment of brain tumors with the goals of improving, extending and, ultimately, saving the lives of those impacted by a brain tumor diagnosis. Join us as the Science Manager where you will partner with our research team as an integral contributor to this important mission.

Position Summary

Applies scientific expertise to Research Programs for the American Brain Tumor Association. Coordinates with the Research Grants Manager to manage the peer review process for Request for Application-driven grants.  Works closely with Patient Services, Marketing and Communications, as well as members of the Development team.  Manages research grant initiation, annual progress and financial reporting, grant status change requests and grant close out. Tracks and evaluates research outcomes and promising discoveries. Supports communications and education efforts to develop strategies and novel approaches for illustrating the impact of ABTA's research investments.


Position Duties and Responsibilities

  • Manages the scientific review process and assigned peer review committees for Request for Application-driven grants. Examines and analyzes letters of intent and grant applications for completeness and adherence. Assists in the recruitment, selection and training of qualified scientific reviewers.
  • Manages initiation, reporting, change requests, and close out for active research grants through monitoring grant conditions compliance and reviewing interim and annual progress and financial reports.
  • Identifies and implements approaches for improving grantee engagement, recognizing unmet research gaps, evaluating partnership opportunities, and serving as a key liaison to grantees.
  • Evaluates research outcomes and promising discoveries and develops novel approaches for illustrating the impact of ABTA's research investments.
  • Assists in planning an Annual ABTA Alumni Research Network Meeting.
  • Serves as an ABTA representative on external committees and working groups to represent ABTA's research process and provide advice about best practices.
  • Attends scientific conferences to represent the ABTA and stays current with research taking place in the field.
  • Other duties and responsibilities to support the research program, as needed.

Knowledge / Skills / Abilities

  • Doctorate degree required with completion of postdoctoral fellowship training in biomedical research, oncology preferred
  • Experience in nonprofit research grant-making preferred, demonstrating increasing responsibility for the successful execution of mission-driven research efforts
  • Ability to independently manage multiple projects with multiple priorities and objectives
  • Excellent and instinctive service and customer relationship skills
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills and organizational skills
  • Advanced computer skills preferred, including Sharepoint, MS Office (Word and Excel), SalesForce, internet research, mail merge, tables, with basic knowledge of creating formulas and charting;  proposalCENTRAL grant software experience is a plus
  • Must demonstrate a positive outlook, enthusiasm, and be self-motivated
  • Intermediate to advanced project management skills required
  • Ability to work effectively in an ever-changing environment
  • Ability to represent ABTA in a professional capacity with healthcare professionals and the scientific community
  • Ability to communicate and interact well with socially, culturally, and professionally diverse groups and individuals
  • Working knowledge of grant processes and literature search engines


Salary is in the upper $50's to $60K range


If you are interested in joining our team, please forward a cover letter with your resume by clicking the apply button.

Equal Opportunity Employer     

The ABTA is an Equal Opportunity Employer and provides equal employment opportunities to all persons.  The ABTA does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, age, religion, national origin, or disability in accordance with applicable laws.



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