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Job Opportunity: Scientific Programs Manager, Susan G. Komen, Remote

Posted by on Wednesday, June 2, 2021 in Job Opportunities .

Remote Scientific Programs Manager

Regular Full-Time Professional

Requisition ID: 1965

This is a virtual position and only one candidate will be selected for this role, and this person can reside anywhere in the U.S.

Basic Function:

The Scientific Strategy and Programs (SSP) team works at the intersection of science and patient advocacy, translating scientific strategy and patient insights into programs that will accelerate research discoveries to save lives.  The Scientific Programs Manager works closely with the Director, along with Komen’s scientific advisors, patient advocates and other internal and external stakeholders to: 1)  advance strategies for Komen’s investment in innovative and impactful research and scientific programs; 2) develop and implement programs and initiatives in priority areas, including clinical trials, metastatic and aggressive breast cancers, breast cancer disparities, and big data; and 3) position Komen as a thought leader in breast cancer research.

Primary Responsibilities:

Serve as a subject matter expert in breast cancer biology/oncology to provide guidance and thought leadership internally as well as to partners, donors and other external stakeholders.

Develop, implement and manage scientific programs, initiatives and events to advance priority areas, including clinical trials, metastatic and aggressive breast cancers, breast cancer disparities and big data.  These may include programs co-created with strategic partners and cross-disciplinary projects and initiatives (e.g., science reviews, think tanks) to convene key opinion leaders, explore critical issues in breast health/breast cancer, and/or develop evidence-based strategies for Komen involvement.

Build strategic relationships and drive collaborative activities with industry, other non-profit organizations, coalitions and partners to advance areas of common interest.  Obtain and curate knowledge of other organizations’ activities relevant to the breast cancer, and community perspectives.  Identify emerging issues/trends and potential opportunities for collaboration sponsorship, position statements and/or policy development.

Build strong relationships with Komen’s scientific advisory bodies (e.g., Scientific Advisory Board; Komen Scholars).  Manage their operations and facilitate their participation in research/mission programs, development events, media opportunities and other activities to advance Komen’s mission and demonstrate Komen’s thought leadership, as assigned.

Manage contracts, grants and sponsorships related to assigned projects and programs.

Apply strong program management skills to develop project plans, ensure timelines are being adhered to and prioritize projects accordingly across the multiple programs. Monitor and manage project budgets, liaising with Accounting and other departments as needed.   Work collaboratively with other teams, including Mission, Development, Evaluation & Outcomes, Communications, Marketing, IT and others to define and deliver on specific programmatic needs. This includes coordinating ongoing communications internally and externally, as appropriate, to ensure everyone is aware of progress.

Leverage relationships and expertise to support fundraising and enhance marketing and communications efforts.

All other duties as assigned.

Management Responsibility: 

Guides work of others.  May organize, set priorities, schedule and review work, but has no responsibility to hire, terminate, review performance or make pay decisions.

This position supervises the following positions: None

 Position Qualifications:

Demonstrated experience (>3 years) in non-profit program management

Demonstrated expertise in cancer research, health disparities, public health, health data or similar.

Knowledge of breast cancer, current literature and advances in breast cancer research, with an understanding of agencies/regulatory bodies that regulate drug development and/or health care.

Ability to communicate complex ideas in a clear and straightforward manner, for both technical and general audiences.  Excellent writing skills, particularly for general audiences.  Active listening skills and proactive communicator.

Self-starter willing and able to take responsibility and ownership for producing timely and high-quality work with limited supervision.  Ability to deconstruct complex problems and develop actionable plans.

A team-oriented attitude, strong cross-functional collaboration skills and proven ability to advance and drive tactics in a matrixed, global organization.

Strong organizational and project management skills; detail oriented. Proven ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously.

High degree of professionalism, maturity, executive presence, business understanding and confidentiality.


Work Experience: 

Indicate the minimum required level of work-related experience required to effectively perform the job’s responsibilities.  2 – 5 years



Doctoral Degree: Life Science, Oncology, Health Disparities, Public Health, Data Science/Bioinformatics


Preferred experience includes: 

Expertise in breast cancer research, breast cancer oncology, breast cancer health disparities, and/or data science/bioinformatics (oncology) with publications history.

Demonstrated experience with a health-related nonprofit organization preferred.

Understanding of best practices used in research funding/grant-making operations a plus.


In addition to the qualifications above the successful candidate should have: 

Intermediate level of computer/technical skills, including proficiency with the Microsoft Office Suite required.

Proficiency with collaboration tools such as Asana preferred.

Proficiency in another language, particularly Spanish, a plus

Travel requirements:  25%


If you know of anyone interested in utilizing their scientific training to advance scientific programs, initiatives, relationships, partnerships in breast cancer, please have them learn more about the open positions and apply. At this link, search for Scientific Programs Manager – this is a virtual (remote) position and candidates can reside anywhere in the U.S.

BRET/ASPIRE Program trainees: If you are interested in this position, please contact Ashley Brady at

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