Chief Scientific Officer

Job Title: Chief Scientific Officer

Reports To: Chief Executive Officer

FLSA Status: Exempt

Date: September 18, 2017


National Brain Tumor Society is the largest non-profit organization in the U.S. solely dedicated to the global brain tumor community. We are fiercely committed to our mission of finding better treatments, and ultimately a cure, for brain tumors. We’ve seen unprecedented progress and momentum to find better treatments. This is an exciting time to be part of our agenda to seek out and catalyze the development and delivery of new and more effective treatments as well as help patients, care partners, clinicians, researchers and policymakers to improve the health care journey. For over twenty-five years, dating back to the origins of our organization, we have been a strategic funder, convener, and advocate for advancing research, improving public policies, and helping all those diagnosed today and anyone who is diagnosed in the future. Some of the most important discoveries in brain tumor research have been attributable at least in part to NBTS, and over the past six years, NBTS has achieved several victories on the public-policy front that, in turn, improved the landscape for research. Going forward, NBTS aims to achieve even greater impact toward the goal of finding a cure and improving the lives of brain tumor patients. Organizationally, we have a highly collaborative workplace and believe that teamwork, robust volunteer engagement, collaboration, and a great organizational culture are essential to success.


The Chief Scientific Officer reports to the CEO and is a key member of the management team. The ideal candidate will be an outstanding scientific leader with a passion for neurological, oncological, and/or neuro-oncological research and treatment development who can identify compelling and impactful science that helps drive our brain tumor-related research initiatives forward. The ideal candidate will also be a results-oriented program leader and communicator with research and development experience, preferably with the ability to initiate and carry out research-based partnerships with companies in life sciences and nonprofits. The ideal candidate can represent NBTS while collaborating directly with the medical and research community to further our mission. The candidate must demonstrate teamwork and relationship building within NBTS and externally to engage the research, academic, life-sciences industry, and biotech communities. The CSO will create, verify, and review new research content, generate data and information to be used by NBTS, outline and develop new research-based initiatives, and manage a team to achieve research and development results.

Major Areas of Responsibility: 

I: Internal Scientific Knowledge, Program Development, Interpretation and Communication 

II: Direct and Align Research and Development Initiatives 

III: Grant/Award Oversight and Review 

IV: External Interface/Contribution 

Education & Experience: 

A minimum of 15 years of research management or equivalent career experience, preferably in oncology or disease-related research and development. Ph.D. and/or MD required. Industry R&D management experience is highly desired.

Required Skills, Knowledge & Abilities: Ability to work with the public and patients/caregivers as well as the scientific community, volunteers, and all levels of staff. Must demonstrate an appreciation for how a nonprofit such as National Brain Tumor Society functions, including its governance, legal and management structure, and the needs of each that ultimately serve our mission and constituents. Ability and willingness to travel.

To apply, please email your cover letter and resume or CV to

No phone calls please.