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Director, Scientific Programs and Outreach

Job Location

Chicago, IL

General Summary

The Alzheimer's Association is the world's leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer care, support and research. We are the largest private funder of Alzheimer research and the premier source of information and support for the more than 5 million Americans with Alzheimer's disease and their 15 million families and caregivers.  The Alzheimer's Association has been recognized as a Best Non-Profit to Work for the last seven years in a row by the Non-Profit Times .

The Alzheimer's Association is seeking an experienced, enthusiastic, and successful scientist to serve in the role of Director of Scientific Programs and Outreach.

This position will work out of the Association's Home Office in downtown Chicago, with travel as needed and will report to the Chief Science Officer.

Essential Job Functions

  • Provide operational and scientific leadership targeting Association events and initiatives and programs such as Alzheimer's Association TrialMatchTM, the Alzheimer's Association International Conference, the International Society to Advance Alzheimer's Research and Treatment.  This includes working closely with the Association's Programs Department to manage the daily operations of the Alzheimer's Association TrialMatchTM program .
  • Work directly with the Chief Science Officer in support of the National Research Campaign
  • Collaborate with the Association Chapter network to assist in the dissemination of the research message throughout the organization and accomplish the Research goals of the Alzheimer's Association Strategic Plan.  This includes translating and directing the understanding of external audiences to the current and future challenges of Alzheimer's science
  • Support the Chief Science Officer in the daily operations of AAIC and ISTAART by working closely with Conference Services and Membership/Society departments.

Minimum Requirements

  • PhD/MD in neuroscience related area or social and behavioral science
  • Outstanding enthusiasm and ability to effectively communicate complicated science and research issues to various audiences, including laypersons and media in one on one and group settings ranging from 10 to 1,000 people.
  • Exceptional communication skills to effectively convey information across technical/scientific/non-scientific audiences inclusive of written presentations
  • Experience with hospital and/or clinical populations related to Alzheimer's disease or dementia.
  • Substantial direct experience in conducting Alzheimer's disease research, preferably clinical in nature.
  • Proficient at managing complex relationships with external and internal stakeholders and assisting in cultivation of collaborations for the advancement of the Association mission and science program initiatives.
  • Knowledge of creating and leading programs designed for clinical or social/behavioral intervention.
  • Ability to provide leadership, coaching, and operational direction as appropriate to diverse staff.
  • Preferred experience with clinical trial recruitment in clinical setting.
  • Understanding of IRB, FDA, and HIPPA guidelines.
  • Experience analyzing clinical trial protocols to develop clinically appropriate communication tactics to support patient recruitment.
  • Ability to translate scientific findings into applied processes
  • Ability to present scientific information to non-technical audiences
  • Experience managing technical/professional staff
  • Experience in writing/reading/analyzing scientific publications
  • Ability to travel extensively, for within the US and internationally - estimated travel is approximately 50%. 
  • Must possess valid US passport, driver's license, and good driving record.

  • by mail:
    Send resume to:
    Alzheimer's Association, Home Office
    225 N. Michigan Ave, Suite 1700
    Chicago, IL 60601

We are an Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity Employer and we appreciate your interest in the Alzheimer's Association.




Alzheimer's Association

Our vision: A world without Alzheimer's disease®.
Formed in 1980, the Alzheimer's Association is the leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer's care, support and research.