The Scientific Director is a senior-level, technical position within the organization. They will collaborate with the organization’s grantmaking team to create and maintain the organization’s biomedical research award program services and work to enhance program impact and further diversify and expand the organization’s funding base. They will also cultivate and maintain positive working relationships with current clients, grant applicants/awardees, and scientific reviewers.
The Scientific Director works with the Vice President, Scientific Officer, and other staff to complete life sciences consulting projects including scans of specific research and funding landscapes and completing in-depth data analysis to assess Award Program impact. In developing new grant programs, the Scientific Director designs the scientific focus, eligibility, and size of the awards to maximize the impact of client funds. Furthermore, the Scientific Director must translate complex biomedical research reports into exciting non-technical summaries for clients.
The Scientific Director provides scientific oversight to 12 grant programs by working with team members through pre-award, application review, and post-award activities. They also work with staff to develop strategies to continually improve the grant administration process. This is a full-time, exempt position.
Duties and Responsibilities
The Scientific Director position consists of four main functions:
Leadership and Management
Program and Project Work
About Health Resources in Action
Health Resources in Action (HRiA) is a nonprofit organization based in Boston, MA dedicated to promoting public health and advancing medical research. Since its founding in 1957, HRiA has been at the forefront of health, leading the way to promote healthier and more vibrant communities. Our work recognizes the impact of social, economic, and racial factors on health outcomes. Health equity is a core principle that guides the organization’s approach and work.
HRiA’s services are organized into three areas: (1) grantmaking, (2) research and evaluation, and (3) capacity building assistance. HRiA’s grantmaking services include both biomedical research as part of The Medical Foundation (a program of HRiA), and community health grantmaking. This senior level position will oversee HRiA’s biomedical research grantmaking service area. The Medical Foundation (TMF) staff work with private individuals, bank trusts, and family foundations to provide life sciences consulting, program evaluation, and customized grant programs designed to accelerate medical discoveries. Additionally, the organization provides evaluation services designed to optimize the impact of philanthropic investments. In 2018, TMF staff worked with foundations and bank trust departments to develop customized biomedical research grant programs to award approximately $22 million to outstanding investigators across the United States.
HRiA’s grantmaking services include strategic consultation, grant program development, grants administration and disbursement, and evaluation of grant investment to assess impact.
For more information about the organization visit http://www.hria.org.
This role requires a strong commitment to customer service and satisfaction. It also requires the ability to work and collaborate with a broad range of staff and stakeholders. The successful candidate will have the following qualifications:
This description is intended to indicate the kinds of work duties that will be required in this position. It is not intended to limit, or in any way modify, the rights of any supervisor to assign, direct, and contract work of staff under their supervision. The use of a particular illustration describing duties shall not be held to exclude other duties, not mentioned, that are of a similar level or difficulty.