Job Posting: Associate Director of Science Policy, American Association for Cancer Research, Washington DC

Kate Stuart
September 30, 2013

The Associate Director of Science Policy position is through the American Association for Cancer Research, Inc, Science Policy & Government Affairs Department, in Washington DC.

Position Description and Responsibilities:
• Proactively provide direction and support for the AACR's national policy activities and priorities in terms of advice, needs assessment, strategies for implementation, and execution of activities toward their successful completion by the AACR.
• Provide real-time information, analysis, and expert oversight on a wide variety of science policy issues.
• Monitor, analyze, and assess federal regulations, legislation, and other government activities as it pertains to priority policy issues.
• Prepare issue briefs, policy statements, white papers, Congressional testimonies, and other documents, and contribute to the AACR policy newsletter to inform AACR members, cancer organizations, targeted individuals, and other groups.
• Support committee activities, including coordinating meetings and providing background materials and draft reports.
• Help shape special sessions and briefings to educate Members of Congress and their staffs about important pending legislation and issues affecting cancer research.
• Keep abreast of the scientific programs of the AACR and consider policy implications where appropriate.
• Develop and maintain strong working relationships with the policy staffs of other relevant organizations and coalitions.
• Attend and report on relevant scientific and science policy meetings and conferences.
• Provide support to the Director of Science Policy on a wide array of policy initiatives and assignments.

Position Requirements:
• Graduate degree required; Ph.D., M.D., or other doctoral degree in a science-related field preferred.
• Three to five years of relevant experience in a public policy environment.
• Knowledge of cancer and cancer-related biomedical research and a working knowledge of the needs of the field; expertise in clinical and translational cancer research issues including comparative effectiveness research, patient-centered research, cancer clinical trials, and personalized medicine preferred.
• A demonstrated ability to analyze complex political and policy issues, build evidence-based arguments for policy proposals to AACR approval bodies, and bring conflicting points of view to consensus.
• Experienced project manager with proven accomplishments in implementing complex policy projects.
• Superb written and oral communication skills, including ability to effectively communicate the progress and future needs of cancer research to the public and government officials.
• Excellent interpersonal skills.
• High degree of judgment, discretion, tact, and insight.
• A self-starter with creativity and initiative.
• Demonstrated problem-solving and decision-making abilities.
• Knowledge of government policies and procedures and the political process.
• Ability to interact, negotiate, and work with VIPs and all levels of management on complex policy matters, including the CEO, Board members, prominent scientists, Administration and Congressional officials, corporate executives, and members of the media.
• Ability to make rational, realistic, and sound recommendations and decisions based on consideration of all facts and alternatives.
• Ability to work independently towards approved goals and objectives, while at the same time being able to predict when such approaches need discussion with AACR officials prior to final action.
• Ability to multi-task and work under rapidly developing deadlines and priorities.
• PC, word processing, PowerPoint, spreadsheet, and database programs.

To Apply:
Please submit your cover letter and resume (including salary history) to:

Human Resources
P.O. Box 40138
Philadelphia, PA 19106
Fax: (215) 440-1045