Director, Global Science Initiatives


The Alzheimer's Association


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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 was recently recognized as the No. 1 large Best Nonprofit to Work For in the Nonprofit Times Best NonProfit Organizations to Work for 2011 and 2012.

The Alzheimer's Association is seeking an experienced, enthusiastic, and successful scientist to be director of global science initiatives to provide leadership on specific domestic and international medical and scientific relations division efforts. This key leadership position will help the Alzheimer's Association effectively communicate a deeper understanding of the Alzheimer's disease global research landscape, the Alzheimer's Association research and science programs, and the critical need for more funding to change the trajectory of the disease and care for those living with the disease today.

The director will work directly for the vice president of the division to advance the science agenda of the Alzheimer's Association through the operational management of an industry consortium, the Alzheimer's Association Research Roundtable (AARR), lead the Global Biomarker Standardization Consortium, manage and direct future meeting efforts and output and assist with the coordination of National Alzheimer's Plan efforts on behalf of the medical division.


Interested candidates who meet the following criteria are warmly invited to apply.

  • Outstanding ability to effectively communicate complicated science and research issues to various audiences, across a global landscape, including laypersons and media in one-on-one and group settings ranging from 10 to 1,000 people.
  • Exposure or experience with public-policy efforts related to Alzheimer's disease issues, statewide or national.
  • Direct experience with the Alzheimer's drug-development pipeline and/or pharmaceutical industry experience.
  • Proficient at managing complex relationships with external and internal stakeholders and assisting in cultivation of collaborations for the advancement of the association's mission and science program initiatives.
  • Knowledge of creating and leading external international scientific workgroups to yield targeted product outcomes, i.e., papers, conferences, etc.
  • Ability to provide leadership, developmental coaching, and operational direction as appropriate to diverse staff.

Minimum Requirements

  • Ph.D./M.D. in neuroscience-related area or social and behavioral science.
  • Exceptional communication skills to convey leadership and accurate information effectively to technical/scientific/non-scientific audiences inclusive of written presentations.
  • Ability to present scientific information to non-technical audiences.
  • Ability to translate scientific findings into applied processes.
  • Experience managing technical/professional staff.
  • Experience in writing/reading/analyzing scientific publications.