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Job Opportunity: Senior Associate, Center for Strategic Philanthropy, Milkin Institute, Washington, DC

Posted by on Tuesday, October 27, 2020 in Job Opportunities .

Senior Associate, Center for Strategic Philanthropy, Milkin Institute

Full-time Regular

Requisition ID: 1017

Department: Center for Strategic Philanthropy

 Position Summary:

The Milken Institute Center for Strategic Philanthropy (CSP) is looking for a talented biomedical or public health scientist to lead research planning and implementation efforts in collaboration with our team of scientists and partner foundations. Through comprehensive due diligence and deep engagement with experts, the Center for Strategic Philanthropy helps philanthropists, family offices, wealth advisors, and foundations take a more entrepreneurial, data-driven approach to giving.

We are looking for an energetic, detail-oriented early-career professional with excellent organization and research skills to join our team as an associate. The senior associate will provide programmatic support to the team to move forward core initiatives in medical research philanthropy.


  • Lead due diligence efforts for various health-related projects in our portfolio which include but are not limited to neuroscience, rare disease, inflammatory disorders, etc.;
  • Lead state of the science and state of the system analysis for various health projects, which can include landscaping of latest scientific research, experimental therapies, industry pipelines, key research players, drug development models, key nonprofit and advocacy stakeholders, etc.;
  • Support activities related to scientific advisory board management for each project, including coordinating meetings, preparing materials, note-taking, conducting specific analysis as requested, etc.;
  • Develop executive-level literature to communicate findings for philanthropists, researchers, advisors, etc.;
  • Represent the Milken Institute within the broader biomedical research community throughout the due diligence process and at various industry-specific events;
  • Contribute to communications efforts to build awareness of key funding opportunities, philanthropy resources, and overall opportunities to engage with CSP amongst the philanthropic and nonprofit communities; and,
  • Support the expansion of the Philanthropy Toolkit to include investment decision-making tools and case studies of innovative philanthropy strategies and giving vehicles.


  • Masters or Ph.D. in a field related to biomedicine or public health with at least 2 years of experience beyond academic studies;
  • Scientific writing experience for both technical and lay audiences;
  • High intellectual capacity that can be and has been applied to learning new areas of science and technology and related fields;
  • Facility in navigating scientific literature, scientific conferences, and other biomedical research resources;
  • Familiarity with scientific grant evaluation and peer review processes;
  • Personal attitude that includes being outgoing, entrepreneurial, action-oriented, flexible, with a willingness to adapt to changing situations and have a good sense of humor; and
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.

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 application 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.


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