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—from 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. Learn more and get involved at BCRF.org.


The Senior Manager, Grants Administration (SMG) manages all administrative aspects of a $50M + grants portfolio consisting of approximately 275 discrete awards including annual and multi-year investigator-initiated awards, partnerships, and meeting requests.

About the Research Team: The largest nonprofit funder of breast cancer research and the top-rated charitable organization in this space, BCRF produces these results in a fast-paced, high-volume workload office with four dozen passionate and driven staff all eager to make a difference in the fight against breast cancer. The Research Department is a small but dynamic team of individuals within BCRF that works to ensure that the BCRF Research Program and the investigators we support are successful in achieving the Foundation’s mission to prevent and cure breast cancer by advancing the world's most promising research. The Research team works collaboratively across BCRF with staff from the Communications & Engagement, Development and Events, Corporate Partnerships, and Finance, and is comprised of the:

  • Chief Scientific Officer, who reports to the CEO
  • Managing Director, who reports to the CSO
  • Scientific Program Managers, who report to the MD
  • Senior Associate, who reports to the CSO
  • Senior Manager, Grants Administration, who reports to the MD


  • Grant strategy and policy. The Senior Manager, Grants Administration supports the strategic goals of the research program as outlined by the scientific leadership and CEO by:
    • Participating in regularly scheduled team and other department meetings and one-on-one meetings to facilitate the execution of strategic objectives according to their skillset and performance goals
    • Providing support for meetings of the SAB, its subcommittees, and Board of Directors
    • Offering constructive feedback on processes and policy
    • Assisting with program analyses and evaluation
  • Research grant administration and policy:  The Senior Manager, Grants Administration
    • Serves as primary point of contact to applicants, institution officials, and sponsors, when applicable
    • Manages the online grants management system
    • Manages the review, maintenance, and distribution of program announcements and grantee communication
    • Maintains and updates program policies and procedures and grant administration sections of the Research Program Manual in coordination with the MD and CSO
    • Manages the administrative aspects of grant execution, including review of grant agreements and coordination of payments
    • Tracks the collection of all grant deliverables and amendments
    • Assists MD and CSO in preparation of board documents, presentations, and reports
  • Scientific content: The Senior Manager, Grants Administration does not play a defined role in scientific content but may be called upon to provide awardee contact information, bios or photos, program statistics, including historical funding of investigators, universities, states, or regions, and similar requests.
  • Strategic alliances. The Senior Manager, Grants Administration strengthens strategic alliances by:
    • Managing the post-award administration of the research partnership awards, ASCO, AACR, ASPO, and ASTRO
  • Fundraising. The Senior Manager, Grants Administration assists in the planning and organization of fundraising retreats and events as needed

Plus, other duties that may arise as the team collaborates to achieve our mission.



  • The massive – and very real – impact that we make every day;
  • How to accelerate our work through our talented team; and
  • How to operate within a successful not-for-profit that punches well above our weight.



  • You have:
    • 1-3 years of development/fundraising experience, working with donors giving four-figure or five-figure gifts, as well as a desire to advance your career in development
    • Understanding of basic prospect research processes
    • Familiarity with donor databases, data entry, and understanding of reporting systems
    • Appreciation and respect for principles of diversity, equity, and inclusion
    • Belief in BCRF’s mission and a keen interest in related science
    • Undergraduate degree or commensurate educational experience required
  • You bring:
    • Strong sense of initiative and resourcefulness
    • Flexibility and strong interpersonal and relationship-building skills
    • Ability to maintain the highest level of confidentiality and professional conduct with donor audiences
    • Attention to detail, strong organizational and project management skills
    • Outstanding oral and written communication skills
    • Proficiency with Microsoft Office
    • Proficiency with Raiser’s Edge/NXT preferred



Work Environment:

BCRF staff are currently working remotely and are planning for a tentative return to the BCRF office in New York pending health and safety guidance. This role can be done remotely.


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.



Some participation in events beyond normal office hours, which are scheduled in advance, and occasional domestic travel for partner-related events, meetings, and speaking engagements required.


To Apply:

Please email your cover letter and resume to: hr@bcrf.org with the subject line Senior Manager, Grants Administration. 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.

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.



BCRF is proud to be an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer/Disabled/Veterans.

The BCRF upholds an equal opportunity employment policy and employs personnel without regard to race, creed, color, ethnicity, national origin, ancestry, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, age, physical or mental ability, veteran status, military obligations, genetic information, or any other basis protected by applicable law.
This policy applies to all applicants, employees, consultants, third-party workers.