Scientific Program Administrator

Philadelphia, PA
Apr 14, 2021
Required Education
Position Type
Full time

Organizational Profile:  

The American Association for Cancer Research (AACR), with more than 47,000 members residing in 126 countries, is the first and largest organization in the world dedicated to advances in all areas of high-quality, innovative cancer research.  Its mission is to prevent and cure all cancers.  The programs and activities of the AACR foster the exchange of new knowledge among scientists and physicians in cancer research as well as in related sciences.  The AACR publishes nine peer-reviewed scientific journals and an award-winning magazine for cancer patients and their loved ones; convenes topical scientific conferences and an annual meeting that draws more than 22,500 participants; offers educational workshops that train young investigators in a variety of scientific and clinical areas; funds research fellowships, career development awards, and research grants for both senior and junior investigators; raises public awareness of the progress in the biology, detection, diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of cancer; engages actively in advocacy for increased federal research funding and other national policies that accelerate progress against cancer; and interacts with regulatory agencies to support regulatory science and policy. 


The Scientific Program Administrator, Scientific Programs Department, serves as the project manager for several scientific meetings, conferences, educational workshops, and innovation summits per year. Scientific Program Administrators assist leading cancer researchers to develop the scientific content of these programs. This position requires sustained interactions with these scientific leaders to develop the programmatic goals and objectives, outcomes, and deliverables for these scientific programs. The position also requires collaboration with internal staff across multiple departments (marketing, fundraising, publishing, finance, meeting logistics, CME, etc.) to successfully execute the scientific programs according to AACR’s high standards.  The Scientific Program Administrator may also be responsible for special projects as needed.

Major Duties and Responsibilities:

The Scientific Program Administrator will work with and have oversight over support staff for these scientific programs. This position will support the Directors in his interactions with internal and external stakeholders as needed. The Scientific Program Administrator will also maintain a working knowledge of cancer research and related sciences and keep abreast of the latest developments in the cancer field. The Scientific Program Administrator may also be assigned to special projects by the CEO to utilize the individual’s scientific expertise outside of the usual departmental responsibilities.

Qualifications and Requirements:

  • Advanced scientific degree with expertise in basic, translational, and/or clinical cancer research (PhD, MD, and MD/PhD, or equivalent)
  • A minimum of 3-5 years of relevant research experience at the postdoctoral level or beyond
  • Ability to interact with diverse external constituencies
  • Ability to work on several simultaneous projects with multiple internal departments
  • Ability to travel 15% per year
  • Experience in scientific writing or grant writing preferred
  • Experience managing one or more direct reports
  • Excellent administrative and organizational skills
  • Excellent customer service skills
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Knowledge of project management principles and CRM a plus
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office products

How to Apply:

To apply, please submit a resume, cover letter, one writing sample, and salary history.

Equal Opportunity Employer