Job Description

The Alzheimer’s Association is seeking to hire two experienced, enthusiastic and captivating spokespersons to serve in the role of Director of Scientific Engagement. This key role will be responsible for stimulating excitement for the Alzheimer’s Association scientific leadership nationwide, targeting Association events, initiatives and programs.


The Director of Scientific Engagement will report to the Chief Science Officer.


These positions can be based at the Association’s Home Office in Chicago (preferred), or in any major city in the lower 48 states of the US. (If based outside Chicago, office location will be split between remote and the local Chapter office.)


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



  • Execute the Association’s Strategic Plan to accelerate research through creation and delivery of inspiring and riveting updates around the country to regional and chapter directed audiences. Such updates would be in the form of personal presentations as well as webinars. A critical component is the ability for this position to translate the Association’s contribution to the Alzheimer’s scientific enterprise as well as an update on the state of Alzheimer’s research overall, in a positive and hopeful, yet  responsible manner.
  • This position will also partner with other Medical and Scientific Directors on the oversight and management of the Association’s strategic investment portfolio as well as with the Relationship Development team to assist in development of strategic giving opportunities. This includes representing the Association to major donors as needed, to communicate the Association’s role in research and the difference their donations can make to the race for a cure.
  • Participate in annual goal setting to achieve the goals of the strategic plan, and ensure the nationwide organization achieves full embrace of the Association’s scientific agenda.
  • Work with Chief Science Officer and other Medical and Scientific Directors to fulfill, track and update yearly goals and priority activities aimed at increasing scientific engagement of the Alzheimer’s Association network (staff, volunteers, donors).
  • Create, update and direct presentations for a variety of organizational uses.


  • PhD/MD in neuroscience related area or social and behavioral science
  • 7-10 years related experience in either an academic setting or neuro-science area of a pharmaceutical company
  • Outstanding ability to confidently engage and stimulate audiences both large and small, with scientific information and calls to action.
  • Exceptional speaking skills to effectively convey information across technical/scientific/non-scientific audiences, inclusive of written presentations
  • Ability to translate scientific findings to various lay audiences
  • Excellent scientific evaluation and communication skills with the ability to synthesize ideas from presentations and published literature. Experience in writing/reading/analyzing scientific publications
  • Ability to work effectively both independently and in a team environment. Collegial and spirited personality, who is passionate about educating audiences on these topics.
  • Experience with hospital and/or clinical populations related to Alzheimer’s disease or dementia.
  • Experience in conducting Alzheimer’s disease research, preferably clinical in nature. Or the ability to rapidly become proficient in this body of knowledge.
  • Proficient at managing complex relationships with external and internal stakeholders and assist in cultivation of collaborations for the advancement of the Association mission and science program initiatives.
  • Experience with creating and leading programs designed for clinical or social/behavioral intervention.
  • Demonstrated problem-solving and decision making skills and ability to work well under pressure
  • Ability to influence, provide leadership, coaching, and operational direction as appropriate to diverse staff.
  • Demonstrated problem-solving and decision making skills and ability to work well under pressure
  • Proficiency in MS Office Suite. Familiarity with Google Apps preferred.
  • Ability to travel throughout the US by plane and surface transportation, as well as travel internationally as needed. Must possess valid passport. Estimated travel is 75%.

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