Job Description


Job Title: Director, Medical and Scientific Relations

Location: Chicago, IL

Work Hours: Full-time (based on a 37.5 hour work week)

Grade: 11

Reports To: Vice President, Medical and 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:

Director, Medical and Scientific Relations will oversee and manage the day-to-day function of the International Research Grant Program and the strategic grants funding program.  This includes oversight of the grants staff, the development and implementation of core and standalone requests for applications oversee and lead the peer-review process and moderate the review panel discussions.  Working with the Vice President, Medical and Scientific Operations and the Scientific Engagement Team, this position will also serve as a communicator with internal and external audiences of grant-related activity, including serving on panels, providing educational sessions about the Association’s funding.   


  • Lead and manage the performance of Medical & Scientific Grant Department team, including Associate Director, Scientific Grants and two Senior Specialists, Grants.  
  • Provide leadership with the International Research Grant Program Council to facilitate request for application development and implementation for annual grant programs; this includes working closely with partner organizations on a strategic level to support and grow collaborations, leadership of the Alzheimer’s Association and the external Medical and Scientific Advisory Group.
  • Oversee and lead the peer-review process for letters of intent and grant applications. Oversee the generation of reports on demographics of grant program, applicants and reviewers throughout the year.    
  • Identify, develop, implement and manage on-going evaluation program, with the support of Associate Director, to ensure Medical & Scientific grant-funding strategies can be measured for successes and areas of potential improvement in an ongoing basis.    
  • Manage review process for all scientific and financial grant reporting, as well as the review process for translated abstracts, pending grant summaries and yearly reports provided to Relationship Development, including their review, and provide assistance as needed to support Relationship Development.  
  • Provide leadership of the Alzheimer’s Association partnership in the International Alzheimer’s and Related Dementia Research Portfolio and Health Research Alliance grants tracking systems.
  • Work cross divisionally with legal, finance and development to oversee the necessary reporting and data capture related to grant agreements, grant payments and related financial tracking.  


  • PhD in neuroscience or related field with expertise in neurodegeneration required.
  • 5 years of related experience required.
  • 7 years of related experience preferred.
  • Staff management experience required. 

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Ability to thrive in a fast-paced environment, manage multiple simultaneous priorities and provide leadership to diverse staff.
  • Proficient at managing complex relationships with external and internal teams, inclusive of collaborative external funding partners, cross divisional partners, peer-reviewers and past/active awardees and applicants to navigate and deliver scientific products.    
  • Experienced and proficient communication strategies, inclusive of using technological resources to create and deliver information to scientific and non-scientific audiences, and to prepare and deliver information to diverse audiences.
  • Knowledge of designing and managing methodological approaches that support program evaluation systems and reporting processes.    
  • Ability to lift up to 20lbs.
  • Ability and willingness to travel up to 20%.


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, tuition reimbursement, generous PTO as well as an annual Cultural & Heritage Day of their choosing , Caregiver Leave, Volunteer and School Visitation time off, paid holidays and a gold standard 401(k) retirement plan. 

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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