Open Position, (Senior) Director, Grants Management

Posted January 11, 2024


Cure Alzheimer’s Fund is looking for a new colleague to join the Research Management team to help us advance our mission to end Alzheimer’s disease.

Cure Alzheimer’s Fund

We are a non-profit organization dedicated to funding research with the highest probability of preventing, slowing or reversing Alzheimer’s disease. The vision for Cure Alzheimer’s Fund was set by our founders. Frustrated with the slow pace of research about the disease, they applied their experience in venture capital and corporate startups to build an organization specifically designed to accelerate research, make bold bets, and eradicate the disease. The organization’s unwavering focus on finding a cure is made possible by our Board of Directors and Trustees who finance our overhead expenses so that 100% of all donations go to support our research. Learn more about us at

Cure Alzheimer’s Fund Research Management Team

The Research Management team ensures that our portfolio of funded projects meets our mission goals, that our external scientific leadership has the right information to make the best possible decisions, and, alongside our internal colleagues in the Marketing and Development teams, that our generous donor community and the public is kept well informed of what we are supporting and why it matters.

Job Description

The Director, Grants Management will report directly to the EVP of Research Management. They will be responsible for managing and communicating all aspects of the research funding process: identifying research and researchers with strong potential for transformative ideas, guiding them through our letter of intent and application submission process, matching invited proposals with expert scientific reviewers, and tracking research progress and impact post-award.

Other Key Responsibilities

  • Communicate how and what we fund with CureAlz staff, lay and scientific audiences.
  • Work with external scientists as applicants, reviewers and direction setters.
  • Facilitate collaborations and connections between funded researchers.
  • Stay current with – and communicate to various audiences – the overall landscape of Alzheimer’s disease-related research and treatment options; including basic, translational, and clinical trial results reported in meetings, scientific publications and the popular press.

Required and Preferred Qualifications

  • Advanced degree required (PhD) in a field related to neurodegenerative diseases.
  • Experience with grant writing and/or grants management preferred.
  • Strong intellectual curiosity and flexibility, with an ability to think broadly across disparate areas of science and research.
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate complex information clearly and accessibly to scientific and lay audiences in both oral presentations and writing. Examples of your writing or recorded talks may be requested.
  • Experience in academic or industry research required – direct experience in drug discovery or translational/clinical research experience is a plus.
  • Familiarity with diverse methods and recent technological advances in neuroscience research.
  • Ability to think broadly and make connections across the scientific research landscape.
  • Commitment to working as part of a team across CureAlz and external partners.
  • Strong project and time management skills with the ability to manage competing requests.
  • Comfort with remote work and building professional relationships at a distance.
  • Drive to find effective treatments for people living with Alzheimer’s disease.

Position Type/Expected Hours of Work

  • This role requires domestic and international travel on an occasional, planned basis, primarily to scientific conferences.
  • This role is full time, but working hours may be flexible depending on circumstances.
  • This role can be fully remote or hybrid. It does not require residence in our local area (Wellesley Hills, Massachusetts).

Salary and Benefits

  • Expected annual salary range for this position is $85,000 – $125,000. Final salary and title will be commensurate with experience.
  • Employees (and their families) are eligible to enroll in benefits per eligibility rules. Benefits include medical, dental, vision, and basic life insurance.
  • Benefits also include a 401K plan, paid time off and 13 holidays per year.

Alzheimer’s disease affects people from all backgrounds. CureAlz similarly encourages applications from people of all backgrounds and will evaluate each applicant without regard to race, ethnicity, country of origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, genetic information (including family medical history), physical ability, or length of time spent unemployed. As a US-based foundation, we adhere to all US employment legal requirements. We are unfortunately unable to sponsor immigration applications.

Interested candidates should send a cover letter and CV or resume to Dr. Julie Harris, EVP of Research Management at [email protected].