Breast cancer is a complex disease with no simple solution. Every diagnosis is unique and puts lives at risk. We must stop breast cancer in its tracks, and research is the answer. 

Founded in 1993 by Evelyn H. Lauder, the Breast Cancer Research Foundation is the largest private funder of breast cancer research in the world. We invest in a wide range of research—prevention, diagnosis, treatment, survivorship, and metastasis—because each area of investigation informs another, propelling us toward the solutions we urgently need. 

We convene and connect the best minds in science—giving them the opportunity to pursue their most innovative ideas. Our combination of investment and cross-disciplinary collaboration accelerates the entire field and builds momentum for new discoveries. BCRF-funded investigators have been behind every major breakthrough in breast cancer research, and the field is moving faster than ever. We can’t stop now.  

With you, and the entire BCRF community, we are fueling the world’s most promising research. Join us—together, we will bring the end of breast cancer into focus.



With advanced scientific degrees, the Scientific Program Manager (SPM) serves as a scientific content expert for a diverse portfolio of approximately 60 to 80 grants and contributes thought leadership to the overall research grant portfolio.

Reporting to the Managing Director, Research Program, the SPM is one of three SPMs who collaborate within the Research team and across all BCRF departments in their primary responsibilities related to: 

  • Scientific content for a range of diverse internal and external audiences
  • Fundraising by donors and corporate partners
  • Strategic alliances in the scientific community
  • Grant administration related to their portfolios
  • Grant strategy and policy related to the Research team’s goals

Primary Responsibilities Include:

  1. Scientific content: The SPMs work closely with the Chief Scientific Officer (CSO) Managing Director of the Research Program, and the Communications & Engagement team to communicate research progress and impact to diverse audiences across BCRF’s communications platforms and developing a variety of other scientific content by:
    • Helping identify content highlighting BCRF-supported research from their portfolio of grants, online sources and scientific conferences or meetings
    • Drafting breast cancer-related content
    • Reporting from scientific conferences and meetings, including video interviews with BCRF researchers
  2. Fundraising: As BCRF scientific leadership works closely with other departments to identify fundraising opportunities and help cultivate donors, the SPMs may be asked to contribute by:
    • Helping communicate the impact of BCRF-funded research
    • Preparing annual research summaries and maintain researcher profiles
    • Identifying and presenting research projects and initiatives that match donor interests
    • Helping ensure the success of BCRF fundraising events through the identification and preparation of research panelists and speakers and other key elements
  3. Strategic alliances. Depending on their portfolio or other programmatic tasks, the SPMs may work with external partners or be asked to contribute by:
    • Engaging members of the Health Research Alliance to improve operations and increase awareness of BCRF’s programs and priorities
    • Partnering with AACR, Conquer Cancer of ASCO, and ASTRO to develop RFA’s and to communicate the impact of these partnerships in advancing research and shared goals
    • Supporting the CSO and scientific leadership in sustaining existing industry partnerships and fostering new ones to expand BCRF’s grant making capacity in innovative ways to accelerate the development of new treatments
    • Volunteering on a subcommittee or initiative of the Metastatic Breast Cancer Alliance
  4. Research grant administration. The SPMs support all aspects of grant administration and policy by:
    • Using the online grants management system to monitor and update grant records, review applications and deliverables
    • Assisting with the maintenance of the research program dashboard, historical awards tracking, and program evaluation
    • Assisting with the maintenance and development of applications, reports, policies and procedures
    • Participating in meetings and working groups of the Health Research Alliance to identify process or policies that could improve our operations
  5. Grant strategy and policy. The SPMs support the strategic goals of the research program as outlined by the CSO and scientific leadership by:
    • Participating in meetings to facilitate the execution of strategic objectives and achievement of performance goals
    • Providing support for meetings of the Scientific Advisory Board, its subcommittees, and Board of Directors
    • Offering constructive feedback on processes and policy
    • Performing program analysis and evaluation

Other duties may arise as the team collaborates to achieve our mission.



  1. You are motivated and driven, as demonstrated by a willingness and enthusiasm to identify and take on new challenges that contribute to program development and/or efficiency.
  2. You have the relevant education and experience:
    • An advanced scientific degree in the biomedical sciences (PhD or equivalent)
    • Strong knowledge about breast cancer and cancer biology (preferred)
    • A background in or experience with big data, and/or pharmacology (a plus)
    • Program management in a nonprofit (preferred) or academic research setting (a plus)
  3. You have analytical skills and proficiency with tools including:
    • Microsoft Office Suite
    • Online portals and databases, data management
    • Project management software
  4. You have a successful track record of:
    • Effectively communicating science, both verbally and in writing, to a range of stakeholders (lay and scientific audiences including Board leadership, external advisors, donors, peers, and team members). Strong communication skills are key.
    • Collaborating seamlessly across diverse disciplines and stakeholders
    • Managing multiple projects, priorities, and deadlines among staff and vendors to manage projects to completion
    • Adapting to and fulfilling unexpected and time-sensitive requests from multiple stakeholders



Work Environment:

While performing the duties of this role, you would regularly work in a hybrid remote/in-office arrangement in New York City.

SPMs must be able to provide support and responsibilities at a variety of scientific conferences and events, BCRF, and partner events and activities taking place outside of business hours, including at night and occasionally on weekends (with advance notice); occasional travel and speaking engagements required.

Physical Demands:

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to use hands and fingers to handle, feel, or operate objects, tools or controls, and reach with hands and arms. The employee is frequently required to stand, talk and hear.
Position Type/Expected Hours of Work:

This is a full-time position. 

How to apply:

Please send a cover letter and resume with the subject line Scientific Program Manager to hr@bcrf.org. Candidates who share both why they’re a good fit and their salary expectations are more likely to qualify. Only short-listed candidates will be contacted. Please no phone calls. All inquiries will be held in confidence.


The compensation range for this role is $100,000 - $105,000 annually along with an exceptional benefits package focusing on employee physical, financial and mental wellness.

Please note this role description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties, or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this role. Duties, responsibilities, and activities may change or new ones may be assigned at any time with or without notice.



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