Society for Neuroscience
  • Advocacy & Training
  • Washington, DC, USA
  • Full Time

The Society for Neuroscience (SfN) is searching for an Advocacy and Training Associate that will help provide perspective for logistical and programmatic support for SfN's scientific federal advocacy and training programs, including policy research, coordination to Capitol Hill, and in-person and digital training events. This Associate role is ideal for someone who has a strong interest in life sciences and wants to work towards developing a career in public policy.

ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS include the following. Other duties may be assigned.

  • In coordination with the Federal Advocacy Manager, implement federal advocacy efforts in support of scientific research, including development and expansion of Congressional neuroscience "champions", SfN's Capitol Hill Day activities and Hill briefings; and assist in the engagement of positive, proactive communications concerning the role of animals in research.
  • Provide research and perspective on expansion of advocacy and policy efforts around federal research funding and animals in research.
  • Assist with drafting and updating letters, statements, testimony, handouts and any other communications for use in federal advocacy efforts.
  • Work with the team to coordinate communications and programming for the Committee on Animals in Research, Government on Public Affairs Committee, and Neuroscience Training Committee as needed.
  • Supports preparation for annual meeting events (Animals in Research Panel, Graduate School Fair, pre conference courses, and Advocacy and Training booth presence).
  • Supports the development and execution of virtual learning initiatives (digital training series, webinars, and virtual conferences), as needed.

 General Duties

  • Serve as an engaged and involved team member, supportive of the varied experiences and perspectives of internal and external colleagues.
  • Support and actively build an office culture dedicated to superior customer service that exceeds member expectations.
  • Work within the team and among teams to ensure that decisions are made to further the organization's goals.


Education and Experience:

  • Bachelor's degree required. Degrees in Neuroscience, other life sciences and public policy preferred.
  • 2 years of relevant experience, such as on Capitol Hill and/or familiarity with the federal policy issues, or the government affairs department of an association.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Previous experience providing scientific perspective to advocacy efforts.
  • Familiarity with scientific education and research issues preferred.
  • Project management and/or event planning experience preferred.
  • Ability to organize multiple projects, with sometimes competing deadlines.
  • Ability to interface with members of the scientific community at all career stages.

If this is you and you are eager to make meaningful contributions to a highly relevant and important mission, please submit a cover letter with your salary requirements and a copy of your resume for consideration. Applications without cover letters will not be considered.

Our generous benefits package includes:  medical, dental, disability and life insurance; flexible spending accounts, two retirement plans with employer matching and nonmatching contributions; 12 days of paid vacation, 12 days of paid sick leave, with additional personal leave and 10 paid holidays; gym membership reimbursement; and tuition reimbursement.

The Society for Neuroscience is wholly dedicated to recruiting, developing, and retaining a diverse group of talented people.  We are committed to provide equal opportunities to all employees and applicants without regard to race, color, religion, gender, national origin, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, or other protected criteria, in accordance with applicable law and we welcome Veteran applicants.

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