Society for Neuroscience
  • Membership & Professional Development
  • Washington, DC, USA
  • Full Time


The Society for Neuroscience (SfN), the world's largest non-profit professional organization of scientists and physicians devoted to advancing understanding of the brain and nervous system, seeks a Senior Director, Professional Development and Membership. The Senior Director will guide the development and execution of a range of high-priority initiatives for the Society, including its professional development, training and networking programs for nearly 42,000 members worldwide both online and in person. The position also oversees the development and execution of effective membership and marketing strategies that drive significant organizational revenue. The portfolio also includes oversight of SfN's international activities and programs and fostering of collegial relations with other international and national neuroscience organizations.

SfN is a dynamic, highly respected, growing organization with nearly 42,000 members in nearly 100 countries. It plays a critical role in advancing neuroscience research, serving a rapidly expanding international field, and promoting understanding of neuroscience among the public and policy makers.  The neuroscience field is a rapidly expanding, interdisciplinary and exciting area of research, with growing interest among the public and support from policymakers worldwide.

The Senior Director is a key member of the leadership team, managing  three department directors'and through them, a team of approximately twenty staff'in the design, implementation, and content development of assigned programs while soliciting and incorporating input from internal and external stakeholders. She/he will oversee program expense budgets of more than $5 million and revenues streams of approximately $7 million.

The successful candidate will be:

  • An effective, fast-paced senior level manager' experienced in the development and management of multi-faceted projects with key stakeholders, keeping multiple projects on track; swiftly engaging and providing high-value strategic input and tactical oversight; ensuring stakeholders are informed/engaged as appropriate; triaging and resolving complexities; and maintaining support and enthusiasm.
  • A skilled communicator in the broad sense'able to understand, synthesize, and convey the value of programs for diverse audiences, and do so consistently, concisely, and compellingly in person, in writing, and through designed materials.
  • A thoughtful, engaged, and engaging manager and peer'able to hear, provide counsel to, and work with junior and senior colleagues, executive leadership, and volunteers collaboratively and flexibly.
  • A professional committed to understanding, advancing, and helping to set the organization's highest priorities'adopting already-strong programs or those with potential and taking them to the next level; integrating unique ideas flexibly and over time; and guiding prioritization discussions, including project launch and sunsetting.
  • A rigorous and ethical steward'of financial resources; governance responsibilities and practices; and SfN's brand promise and strategy.
  • An individual who demonstrates maturity in managing complex issues, relationships, and expectations' demonstrating humility and receptivity from those up, down and across the organization, looking for win-wins; being willing and able to calibrate expectations and clarify priorities; using leadership humbly, strategically and ethically; and exhibiting sound judgment and discretion in matters internal and external.
  • Quick intellectually , and a self-motivated, lifelong learner'interested and eager to understand the content of programmatic areas, as well as appreciate and adapt to the unique and valuable cultures of fields and organizations. Enthusiastic to support one of the most rapidly advancing areas of science and critical areas for global health and economic growth. 

Desired demonstrated experiences include significant successful experience guiding the development, implementation and successful execution of multi-faceted program and communication strategies in similar organizations; demonstrated exceptional skills in oral, written and interpersonal communications; substantial project, budget, and personnel management experience; an interest in and passion for science and for professional learning in a membership society; and familiarity with the effective use of online programs and new media for program efforts. S/he will have a personal commitment to excellence and high-performance, and a track record of demonstrating and modeling it themselves and eliciting it from their team; comfort with a culture of "leading from behind," enabling and facilitating engagement of and support from volunteer leaders; and the ability to effectively manage and mentor professional-level and junior staff and support and facilitate the work of volunteers. Some experience with overseeing grant writing and execution of grant funded projects, as well as managing revenue producing programs is desired.


This search is being led by Jane Gruenebaum with Pam Pezzoli.  For more information and to submit an application or nomination, please visit Isaacson, Miller website: or contact

It is the policy of SfN to: recruit, hire, train, assign and promote individuals based on their qualifications for available positions without regard to race, color, creed, religion, age, gender (including pregnancy, childbirth or a related condition), national origin, marital status, physical disability, status as a Vietnam-era veteran or other veteran status, or any other category protected by law, and to ensure that all personnel actions and terms and conditions of employment, such as hiring, training, compensation, benefits, transfers, promotions, demotions, extended leave, layoffs, and returns from layoff are administered in a non-discriminatory fashion.

This position has been closed and is no longer available.
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