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Scientific Program Administrator

American Association for Cancer Research, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Organizational Profile:
The American Association for Cancer Research (AACR), with more than 37,000 members residing in 108 countries, is the first and largest organization in the world dedicated to advances in all areas of high-quality, innovative cancer research. Its mission is to prevent and cure all cancers. The programs and activities of the AACR foster the exchange of new knowledge among scientists and physicians in the cancer field as well as in related biomedical sciences. AACR publishes eight peer-reviewed scientific journals and an award-winning magazine for cancer patients and their loved ones; convenes topical scientific conferences and an annual meeting that draws more than 19,400 participants; offers educational workshops that train young investigators in a variety of scientific and clinical areas; funds fellowships, career development awards, and research grants for both senior and junior investigators; raises public awareness of the progress in and reasons for hope in the biology, detection, diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of cancer; engages actively in advocacy for increased federal research funding and other national policies that accelerate progress against cancer; and interacts with regulatory agencies to support regulatory science and policy.

Position Summary:
The Scientific Program Administrator / Program Development serves as the project manager for a number of meetings, conferences, think tanks and educastional workshops, per year. This position requires regular interaction with outside scientific experts who are on the front lines of cancer research in the development of program goals and objectives, and scientific content for the AACR's scientific programs. This position also requites collaboration with internal staff across multiple departments (marketing, foundation/fundraising, publishing, finance, meeting logistics, CME, etc.) to successfully execute the scientific events according to AACR's high standards. The Scientific Program Administrator may also be responsible for special projects as needed.

Duties and Responsibilities:
The Scientific Program Administrator will have oversight over support staff (Program Coordinator, Associate, or Assistant). The Scientific Program Administrator will support the Director in his or her interactions with internal and external stakeholders as needed. The Scientific Program Administrator will also maintain a working knowledge of cancer research and related sciences and keep abreast of the latest developments in the cancer field.


  • At least 3-5 years relevant research experience preferably at the postdoctoral level or beyond
  • Excellent administrative skills and experience in managing direct reports
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office products
  • Knowledge of project management principles a plus
  • Experience in scientific writing or grant writing preferred
  • Ability to interact with diverse external constituencies
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Ability to multi-taskand to work with multiple internal departments
  • Ability to travel internationally and domestically 10-15% per year
  • Ability to work with multiple departments
  • Excellent interpersonal skills

Education Requirements:

  • Advanced scientific degree with expertise in basic, translational and/or clinical cancer research (PhD, MD and MD/PhD, or equivalent) with a strong background in translational science.

To Apply:
Please send a resume, cover letter, one writing sample, and salary history to:
Human Resources
P.O. Box 40138
Philadelphia, PA 19106
Fax: 215-440-1045

Equal Opportunity Employer