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Program Manager, Neuroscience

Foundation for the National Institutes of Health
Montgomery County, MD
Closing date
Feb 17, 2024

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Science, Life Sciences, Neuroscience
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About the Organization

The Foundation for the National Institutes of Health (FNIH) connects the world's leading public and private organizations to accelerate biomedical breakthroughs for patients. The FNIH brings together leading scientist to navigate and solve complex human health problems and advance development of new therapies, diagnostics, and potential cures; advance global health and equity in care; and celebrate and train the next generation of scientists.

Established by Congress in 1990 to support the mission of the NIH, the FNIH is a not-for-profit 501 (c)(3) charitable organization. For more information about the FNIH, please visit .

EOE Statement

The FNIH is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law. The FNIH celebrates diversity and is committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees.


The Foundation for the National Institutes of Health (FNIH) is seeking a Program Manager for Science Partnerships-Neuroscience to lead and manage core programs in mental health within the FNIH Neuroscience portfolio. The Programs Manager will focus on multiple research consortia with diverse stakeholders, including biopharmaceutical companies, patient advocacy not-for-profit partners, government (scientific and regulatory), and academic scientists.
The Program Manager-Neuroscience will also be responsible for day-to-day management of consortia activities for research and drug target discovery initiatives to advance the understanding, diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of neuropsychiatric conditions including but not limited to depression, anxiety, substance abuse, post-traumatic stress, and schizophrenia.
The Program Manager will drive new initiatives and oversee management of key partnerships in the Neuroscience portfolio, including its strategic direction, continued new project development, and oversight of one or more scientific project managers performing day-to-day management of the consortium. Duties involve managing and guiding scientific project meetings, logistics, timelines, and budgets, team members, as well as other activities related to the Neuroscience portfolio. Work will be conducted under supervision of a director and/ or associate vice president at the FNIH offices located in North Bethesda, Maryland.
This is a non-research, administrative management position requiring excellent interpersonal and writing skills, a high level of organization, diplomacy, focus, ability to work under tight deadlines, and familiarity with biomedical research environments. A scientific background in mental health, brain aging, neuropsychiatric disorders, and neurodevelopment is required. An individual with vision and insight into the evolving needs in biomarker science and translational medicine in mental health is strongly preferred.

Position Requirements

Successful candidate for the Program Manager-Neuroscience role will be able to demonstrate:
  • Program/project management experience applying knowledge of internal processes, budget considerations, and contractual needs to project activities to ensure goals are met on time and within budget
  • Demonstrate the ability to independently assess project plans to spot and address potential issues
  • Strong record of managing relationships among scientific and administrative partners from diverse sectors of biomedical science (e.g. government, academia, industry and not-for-profit organizations) and diplomatically lead these groups to consensus that provides service excellence
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills with the ability to tailor communications to relevant audiences
  • High degree of flexibility, ability to adapt to organizational priorities, learn quickly, and make decisions independently to meet tight deadlines
  • Ability to oversee and provide strategic guidance to multiple projects within the portfolio, while still performing day-to-day management on some projects
Ideal candidates for the Program Manager-Neuroscience role will be able to show:
  • A minimum of master's level degree is required in a scientific/clinical discipline in mental health related field and 8+ years of relevant project management work experience in biotech, pharmaceutical or health related organization
  • PhD/MD is preferred
  • Demonstrable background in neurological disorders related to mental illness, behavior and cognitive abilities with a focus on neuropsychiatric disorders and neurodevelopment is strongly preferred
  • Experience in regulatory science is preferred
  • Experience in managing drug development projects (e.g. preclinical or clinical stage development) is a plus
  • Prior role in consulting or client-based environment is a plus
  • Project Management Certification is a plus



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