The Society for Neuroscience is looking for a self-motivated and agile professional to support our Grants & Development function. The Awards and Grants Specialist has overall responsibility for coordinating SfN’s annual awards and prizes to recognize achievements in neuroscience and for coordinating SfN’s grant management processes. The Specialist facilitates the full cycle for each of SfN’s 18 annual named awards and prizes, including promotion, nomination, selection, notification, presentation, and reporting, with special emphasis on engaging staff and volunteers across the organization. The Specialist also tracks and monitors SfN’s grants from government and foundation sources, ensures reporting to funding agencies, and assists with prospect research and proposal development to new funders.
You're responsible for:
Project-manages the annual cycle for 18 named awards and prizes, including planning needs prior to nominations, promotion and advertising, nominations, review and selection, notification, and presentation and recognition of awards at SfN’s annual meeting.
Facilitates workflow and logistics related to several SfN travel and trainee award programs, which may include SfN member travel awards, partner travel awards, and/or early-career trainee awards.
Liaises with and provides guidance to internal teams and external vendors on all aspects of promotion, marketing, advertising, and process management.
Plans and coordinates the Award & Prize Recipients Reception event at SfN’s annual meeting. Arranges meetings between awardees and funders and represents department at SfN annual meeting.
Serves as main point of contact with subset of portfolio of award funders and ensures stewardship and reporting; supports team on development of any new awards/funders.
Generates regular reporting on award demographics and results and keeps award process documents up to date.
Responsible for timely and customer-centered replies to award-related inquiries.
Manages compilation and submission of reports to funders for SfN’s annual awards as well as for existing grants from federal agencies and private foundations.
Prepares and submits grant requests to corporate and other foundations for support for SfN’s awards.
Works with leadership to identify, research, and qualify new grant prospects for SfN priority areas. Helps to research, write, and prepare resulting proposals to federal agencies or private foundations.
Essential Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
Strong project or proposal management experience.
Good written and verbal communication and presentation skills.
Strong organization skills.
Attention to detail.
Ability to work independently and in a team environment and to exercise sound judgement
Ability to exhibit high-level professionalism when interacting with external constituents and stakeholders including organizational volunteers and committee members, funders and donors, and award recipients.
Education and Experience:
Bachelor’s degree required.
2-3 years of experience in project or proposal management, preferably in a professional association, foundation, or other nonprofit and/or development setting.
Understanding of and familiarity with review-based processes for grants, awards, and prizes.
Comprehensive health plan through United Healthcare with a fully funded HRA up to $1,500, plus dental and vision coverage through MetLife
Hybrid work environment (we are fully remote now and plan to return to a hybrid model in January with 2 days in the office and 3 days working from home)
39-51 days of annual paid time off depending on seniority, including holidays, vacation, and sick leave
20 days of paid parental leave for new parents
Retirement plans with employer contributions up to 8%
Employee assistance plans
Life and disability insurance
Flexible spending accounts
SfN provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local laws.
Please provide a resume and cover letter with your application. Incomplete application packages will not be considered.
Founded in 1969, the Society for Neuroscience (SfN) now has more than 36,000 members in more than 95 countries. Year-round programming includes the publishing of two highly regarded scientific journals, JNeurosci and eNeuro; professional development resources and career training through Neuronline¸ the Society’s home for learning and discussion; science advocacy and public policy engagement including annual Capitol Hill Day; and a variety of engaging public outreach efforts, led by the expanding and interactive collection of public-facing resources on BrainFacts.org.
Nearly 100 staff committed to SfN’s mission are employed at its headquarters building in downtown Washington, D.C., which the Society has owned since 2006. SfN’s annual meeting regularly attracts more than 30,000 attendees, representing 80 countries; 536 exhibiting companies; and close to 300 journalists.
SfN exists to:
Advance scientific exchange;
Support the neuroscience community;
Educate and engage the public; and
Advocate for the field.