Associate Director, Medical Research

Associate Director, Medical Research

Center for Strategic Philanthropy (CSP) is looking for a talented, energetic, and detail-oriented professional to play a key role in executing several aspects of the Aligning Science Across Parkinson’s (ASAP) initiative. The Associate Director will be primarily responsible for coordinating meetings and workshops; managing aspects of the soon-to-be-launched research network; engaging with stakeholders, key opinion leaders, as well as the donor and patient community as necessary. In addition, the Associate Director will support Center staff and assume increasing responsibility for the execution of high impact projects, events, and communications strategies to build awareness and effect change. 

About the Milken Institute and the Center for Strategic Philanthropy

CSP is part of the Milken Institute, which is a globally focused, publicly supported, non-partisan and nonprofit think tank headquartered in Santa Monica, California, with offices in Washington DC, London, New York, Abu Dhabi and Singapore. The Institute’s mission is to build meaningful lives by increasing global prosperity and advancing collaborative solutions that widen access to capital, create jobs and improve health.

For its part, CSP advises philanthropists and foundations seeking to develop and implement transformative giving strategies. To do this, we conduct deep due diligence across a range of issue areas that philanthropists are keen to solve, and identify how and where to effectively deploy philanthropic capital. We engage with experts, and apply a systems-based approach to uncover bold ideas and new opportunities for philanthropic investments.

We focus on four key issue areas, each making a unique, but cross-cutting impact:

  • Advancing medical solutions: Uncovering the ways philanthropy can break down barriers to progress in medical research.
  • Building healthier communities: Devising solutions that allow people and communities to thrive.
  • Creating robust education models: Advancing a skilled, resilient workforce able to cope with the changing demands of our world. 
  • Protecting environmental assets: Breaking down silos in conservation causes for the benefit of people and planet.

Associate Director Responsibilities and Requirements

Programmatic Responsibilities:

  • Work closely with ASAP’s collaborators to manage grant programs through key stages of grantmaking, including but not limited to proposal development, review, milestone setting, and troubleshooting issues as they arise
  • Actively monitor the landscape of Parkinson’s disease and neurodegeneration research (including reading of literature, identifying key meetings, etc.), synthesize developments, and keep program leadership informed
  • Attend and report findings from external meetings, conferences, and congressional hearings
  • Special projects as assigned

Communications and Marketing Responsibilities: 

  • Develop key communications tools, including fact sheets, case studies, slides, and infographics
  • Manage content development for ASAP’s digital presence, including website, and social channels
  • Draft content for thought leadership pieces, including opinion pieces, blog posts, white papers, etc.

To be successful in this role you should be:

  • Well-organized and have great time management skills with the ability to set priorities, meet deadlines, and work with high degree of accuracy
  • Resourceful in executing on tasks and finding solutions when problems arise all while exercising sound judgment and discretion when necessary
  • A self-starter that does not need constant supervision and direction
  • Persistent and committed to diligent follow up
  • Trustworthy with sensitive information


  • Advanced graduate degree in molecular and/or cell biology, biochemistry, neuroscience, immunology, virology, or other related areas;
  • Ability to navigate scientific literature, distill key concepts, and learn new concepts quickly;
  • Interest in venture philanthropy and innovative biomedical funding models;
  • Demonstrated ability to manage multiple work streams, set priorities, meet deadlines, and work with high degree of accuracy; and
  • Demonstrated ability to work with diverse constituencies and through many communication vehicles (email, voice mail, written correspondence, personal meetings, etc.);
  • Outstanding relationship management capability, as well as excellent interpersonal, verbal, and written communication skills;
  • Facility with PC systems and competency/experience with standard software (Microsoft Office, Word, and Excel);
  • Willingness to travel (domestic and international) for meetings and conferences when required; and
  • Personal attitude that includes being outgoing, entrepreneurial, action-oriented, flexible, and a willingness to adapt to changing situations and have a good sense of humor.

Note: We are interested in every qualified candidate who is eligible to work in the United States. However, we are not able to sponsor visas at this time. Being authorized to work in the U.S. is a precondition of employment.

The statements herein are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by employees and are not to be construed as an exhaustive list of responsibilities, duties, and skills required of personnel so classified.  Furthermore, they do not establish a contract for employment and are subject to change at the discretion of the employer.  

Please submit a cover letter and resume - all applications materials should be attached as PDF files. Any application that does not include both a cover letter and a resume saved as PDFs will be rejected.