Manager of Science Initiatives and Outreach

Research!America, a nonprofit membership alliance that advocates for science, discovery, and innovation to achieve better health for all, is seeking a key staff member to lead science outreach initiatives. The Manager of Science Initiatives and Outreach, on behalf of Research!America, provides high-level support and coordination of the Science CEO group, comprised of chief executives and senior policy staff of more than 70 scientific societies and associations. Primary among the objectives of the CEO group are reinforcing relationships across the scientific disciplines, sharing timely information and identifying potential joint activities for members of the group to work together. The Manager of Science Initiatives and Outreach provides organizational, administrative and logistical support for the Science CEO group, including:

  • Communicating and coordinating with the executive-level co-chairs
  • Organizing weekly meetings and developing agendas 
  • Coordinating joint activities for the scientific societies within the Science CEO group
  • Maintaining the Science CEO group database and ensuring proper grant reporting

In addition, the Manager of Science Initiatives and Outreach will lead Research!America’s Microgrant program which provides funding to early career scientist groups to engage with public officials and other policy leaders. Now entering its third year, the program has supported over twenty PhD student and post-doc led science policy initiatives across the country, including creative virtual programming in response to COVID-19. The responsibilities of the Manager of Science Initiatives and Outreach for the Microgrant program include:

  • Leading efforts to market the program and recruit high-quality applicants (with support from the Research!America Communications team)
  • Organizing and overseeing grantee selection process
  • Providing ongoing support and supplemental programming to grantees to enable their success

The Manager of Science Initiatives and Outreach will also assist with Research!America’s advocacy priorities through policy research, writing and representing the organization at key meetings, for example, related to NSF and OSTP. Candidates must possess 2-3 years of relevant experience, outstanding written and verbal communication skills and exceptional interpersonal skills. A PhD in a scientific field with a demonstrated interest in civic science is required.

Research!America offers a competitive salary and benefits package, including health insurance and a retirement plan. Staff is currently working remotely due to COVID-19. When the office reopens, parking or Metro benefits are available, as well as a convenient location in Crystal City.

To apply, e-mail résumé and cover letter with contact information by November 27, 2020 to No phone calls please. EEO. 

Without continued support for health research, many of the most promising young scientists, their ideas and a myriad of potentially life-changing scientific breakthroughs will vanish into oblivion.
Paul Marinec, PhD; University of California San Francisco