Job Description


Job Title: Associate Director, Science Engagement & Outreach – Home Office

Location: Chicago, IL

Full Time: Based on a 37.5 hours work week

Grade: 8

Reports To: Director, Medical & Scientific Relations

Who We Are:

The Alzheimer’s Association is the leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer’s care, support and research. Our mission is to lead the way to end Alzheimer's and all other dementia - by accelerating global research, driving risk reduction and early detection, and maximizing quality care and support.

At the Alzheimer’s Association, our employees are at the core of all we do. Our network of more than 1,700 employees across the United States makes a difference each and every day for those impacted by Alzheimer’s and those at risk for the disease.

We warmly invite qualified applicants to consider this opportunity to make a life changing impact on the millions living with Alzheimer’s, their caregivers and those that may be diagnosed with the disease in the future.  Read on to learn more about the role, then visit our website to find out more about who we are and why we've been recognized as a Best Place to Work the last eleven years in a row.  

Position Summary:

The Alzheimer’s Association is seeking an enthusiastic, organized and highly motivated individual to serve in the role of Associate Director, Science Engagement & Outreach for the Medical and Scientific Relations. This role will oversee daily operations in interfacing Medical and Scientific Relations with other departments and divisions within the organization in developing and providing reports of Association funded research and translating this information for a general public audience.  In addition, this position will work with the Science Engagement team to broaden the Association’s reach and engagement in research and will provide support for scientific programming, including ISTAART, various webinar series, workshop meetings, and others when opportunities arise.  


Essential functions and responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Collaborate with Division to effectively process requests from different divisions throughout the organization and external requests for information of our funding and engagement of research community, including tracking related metrics. 
  • Manage the tracking of progress reports for all sponsored grants and science initiatives (due dates, submission), including the process for translation/editing and posting all abstracts to public website, posting of all abstracts and reports shared web database Proposal Central, and other related materials such as the grants portfolio, grants by category, state, etc.
  • Oversee team of contracted science writers to support the development of grant and donor-related project work, including management of deadlines and contractor invoicing.  This also includes editing and finalization of these materials.
  • Provide scientific writing and/ or content editing for all funded award abstract translations, all sponsored grant progress reports, annual donor summaries and impact reports, and biannual research updates for various scientific initiatives and special projects.  
  • Work closely to support the Science Engagement team to expand the reach and opportunity for programming to larger audience of science related initiatives and efforts (i.e. ALZ magazine and youth engagement).  
  • Provide support for scientific programming, including ISTAART, various webinar series, workshop meetings, and others when opportunities arise. 


  • Bachelor of Science required.
  • 3-5 years of medical/science writing experience in academic, medical or healthcare setting required.
  • Master of Science or PhD candidate preferred.
  • 5 years of medical/science writing experience in academic, medical or healthcare setting preferred. 

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Experience in developing scientific content for general and technical audiences.
  • Must have excellent organizational and project management skills, ability to adapt to change and effectively manage and meet deadlines.
  • Must have excellent written and verbal communications skills for a wide audience, technical and lay audiences.
  • Must have experience working with academic and clinical thought leaders in the field of dementia.


Employees working 24 hours/week or more are eligible for a comprehensive benefits package, including medical, dental, vision, flex accounts, short and long-term disability, life insurance, long term care insurance, tuition reimbursement, generous Paid Time Off, 12 annual holidays and Paid Family Leave, as well as an annual Cultural & Heritage Day and Volunteer Day of their choosing. They are also eligible for our gold standard 401(k) retirement plan. 

Full time employees (37.5 hours/week), will enjoy all of the above plus an annual School Visitation Day and an Elder Care Facility Day of their choosing.

The Alzheimer’s Association is committed to diversity, equity and inclusion in the workplace and provides consideration for an employment relationship without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender expression, gender identity, genetic predisposition, national origin, ethnicity, disability, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local law.


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